Small Things

Now seems like the perfect time to compose a Small Things post. There has been a lot of worry and fear and strain lately, which is all the more reason to count the sweet, simple things that bring us joy and remind us that this world is abundant with goodness, hope and love. Here are…

A Prayer for our Daughter

In January I resolved to pray more, out of a desire to draw near to God’s compassionate heart and let that radiate into my life and into the hope-parched, love-starved world around me. As part of my new year’s resolution, I decided to publish a prayer a month on lifelived. So here I am, with…

All you need is LOVE

What does balance look like for you? This is the question Fearne Cotton asks in her wise, engaging pep-talk of a book, Happy.‘ I’ve been trying to give myself the pep-talk for a while now. You know, the whole self love, self care, self respect kind of pep-talk. (It’s not about being selfish, by the…

A Year of Prayers

In the inevitable spurt of January reflections, I have resolved to blog a little more, and to pray a lot more. Praying, for me, is a living and breathing thing, more a day-to-day openness to God’s Presence than a formal or liturgical rite. I believe in the love and encouragement of God, in his goodness,…

Three Good Things

Remember that book, Three Good Things, by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall? It’s a recipe book, released several years ago, based on the concept that less is more, that a good dish can often be made with three simple but wholesome and tasty ingredients (plus a few store-cupboard items). Lately, I’ve been applying that concept to my latest…

Decade

A decade is a good chunk of time to use as a measurement, the end of one being a pleasing point at which to reflect and take stock. A lot can happen in ten years, yet you’re not so very far away from where it started. Where did this last decade start? With a sunlit…

Gardens

It’s June, and as you’ll have read in my previous post, that means I’m sticking to my tradition of celebrating ’30 Days Wild’, along with many others. Since having children, one of my favourite places to go is RHS Rosemoor. In every season, this place is beautiful and fragrant, full of flowers, herbs and trees….

On Parenting (and writing and, of course, the Small Things)

For various reasons, I never wanted this to become a parenting blog and especially not a motherhood one. But it has slowly dawned on me, firstly that writing one or two posts on parenting doesn’t have to make the whole blog about parenting, and secondly that, as a parent, I really have very little else…

Doors

2018 has been a defining year in my life and now, as it comes to a close, I find myself reflecting not only on the year just gone, but on all the years that came and went before it. I find myself thinking about doors, of the metaphorical variety. The doors that were closed to…

My Year in Books

Books are my thing. They keep me company all year round, helping to ground me and lead me, shape me and encourage me. I’m pretty sure that it’s not just me, this book thing, so I do take the liberty of sharing my favourites with you here every now and then. This year, with the…

Blackberries

I grab half an hour of slow on a grey day in late August, and everything slides into perspective again. Small, ripe blackberries, abundant but carefully chosen, begin to fill my bag and stain my fingers. Fruit from a thorn bush, essentially. The branches scratch at me as I search out the loveliest ones. I…

Gold

I love colours in nature: the auburn and russet of Autumn, theĀ  yellows, whites and blues of Spring, the green of early summer. And then there is the crowning of summer evenings: the gold of wheat and hay and the late setting of the sun. This gold is not one that you can hold or…