Worthwhile.

My brother has the art of being coolly and casually profound. With one word from a letter of his, I have been sustained and heartened for weeks. The traditional greeting for a birthday is, of course, Happy Birthday. But this year, as my birthday approached I began to wonder, what on earth is happy anyway? Happy seems…

Fair Trade Fortnight

Happy Fair Trade Fortnight! I’ll be honest, I’ve been a bit slow on the uptake this year, but it’s happening NOW and I’d encourage you to get involved! There are all kinds of events going on around the country, so there are lots of ways to get involved. If you’re not sure what the Fair Trade…

35 Days of Giving (Because I started Lent late…)

It began back in January: this nagging fascination with the magic of giving. It was when I was reading Ann Voskamp’s gold-mine of a book, The Broken Way. As I read of how Ann and her family traipsed around their town putting dollars in dollar stores for her birthday, I was at once curious and hopeful. I…

Books to Start the Year With

Books are not like buses. They always seem to find their way into my life at exactly the right time and place, almost as if by appointment. Last summer, it was an Agatha Christie for summer afternoons in the hammock. There was also the script for the latest exploits of Harry Potter, keeping me gripped…

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…

Ethical Summer

With the world looking troubled right now, making ethical shopping choices offers us some small hope of making a difference. It may seem like a small drop in a big ocean but any challenge to injustice, however small, is fighting against an increasingly apathetic culture. Consumers have power: let’s use that to act with compassion,…