The Day of Small Things

Dear Saturday, Thank you for your quiet, easy morning. Only you allow waking with the light or dreaming on ’till ten, as the body and mind please. Only you give permission for endless coffee refills, staying in pyjamas, daydreaming and magazines. Oh Saturday, you are for drifting about the house, slow and steady. The washing…

Small Things

It’s been another overwhelmingly busy month or two, which means that yet again there has been little time or head-space for updating the blog, but welcome back if you are kind enough to still be following along! It’s very easy to lose sight of the small things* in the busy, more stressful seasons of life,…

Small Things

I had a letter from our sponsor child in Guatemala last week: a page of Spanish brimming with childish warmth and gratitude. Where do we lose all that? At what point do we grow out of all that heart-full, joyful exuberance? I want it back. He, who lives so far from me on the slopes…

Catching Up

I wrote a few months ago about not wanting this blog to become a desert, and here I am again, writing at least a month since the last post. It seems that a catch-up is in order. On Wednesday evening, Andrew and I walked by the river and I can only describe the scenery as…

On Giving

I have wracked my brains for a better word than ‘giving’, looking for something edgier, something less nice, less bleurgh. I don’t know why, but writing about giving feels uncool, prim and proper, old fashioned. Perhaps it is because of my years of staring at those discreet Anglican Gift Aid envelopes left in church pews and politely…

Life Lived

This blog has become a bit of a desert in recent months, with new posts few and far between. I’ve neglected my tiny corner of the internet, left it to become a ramshackle shack. Once well loved, the wood is beginning to creak and what was once a brimming home now stands subdued in dust and empty space. For a blog…

Weekend Moments (Small Things)

My search for the Small Things has appeared often on this blog, but not quite so often of late. Busyness can drown even the most established thankfulness habit. This weekend, though, I decided a resurrection was in order. My shoes were kicked off on Friday evening and I attempted to emerge from the workload I…

Autumn Moments

It draws me outside again. It’s just one glance through the kitchen window; the lowering sun, the blustering. And those colours. I can’t help myself: it’s on with the coat and boots, steaming cup in one hand, camera in the other, dog following behind and out to the garden for another fix of pure Autumn. Those…

In the air

It’s in the air now: the scent, the coolness, the hint of change. I’ve hung the two little wooden birds Andrew bought me at either side of the fire place, and on the to do list are jobs like stew apples, call chimney sweep and buy oil. There are blackberries in the hedges and last…

Small Things

Ah, the small things. Where would we all be without them? Here are some of the small things giving big lifts to my heart at the moment: *Elizabeth Goudge novels. There’s nothing pretentious about them; the stories are really quite simple, but the settings are perfect in their wildness and the plots draw you in deep. *RoseHill…

How to Spend a Summer

I began this summer with very few plans, just 6 weeks or thereabouts stretched ahead of me to fill and enjoy and make the most of. As the weeks have gone on, I have learnt a lot about myself and life. Past summers have been spent doing all kinds of wonderful things: climbing mountains, learning to…

I’ve gone a little bit quiet…

You may have noticed that there haven’t been a great deal of new posts coming up on here recently. Lately, writing’s just not coming as easily as usual, so I’m trying to use my spare time to rest and to nurture my creativity rather than force it. Life of course is carrying on, a sweet…