Today the weather was so glorious. I know there are many that don't have access to a garden and whilst ours may not be large, it is certainly enough for us to be able to splash in the paddling pool (I am using 'we' here rather loosely since I did no intentional splashing) and eat… Continue reading Soaking up the Sun
It may be a big dark cloud above us right now but it doesn't come without a silver lining or two. One such lining is the National Theatre who is showing a different play each week. I was just enthralled by Sally Cookson's production of Jane Eyre. The staging, the music, the sparsity of it… Continue reading Watching a Play
The sun is streaming in through the living room window. We have nothing we *have* to do and nowhere we are able to go. Austin asks for me to read again his newest Julia Donaldson book, The Scarecrows' Wedding, so we read and listen to the audio CD that came with it. Then it is… Continue reading Reading Aloud
When I start to write, I light it. It burns high at first reaching up towards the ceiling like it is happy that it is carrying out its true purpose. The flame settles down after a time and then it burns steadily. Its steadiness feels trustworthy. Reliable. It warms me even though I know it… Continue reading Lighting a Candle
I have been wanting to write something since we started this period of social distancing but I hadn't really known where to start. I kept opening up this space to share my thoughts but those thoughts became elusive, hiding in the shadows. Part of the problem is that I associate this place with normality and… Continue reading A Spring Clean
It's taken me a couple of weeks to pin this one down. I am not planning on working through the Ali Edwards One Little Word workshop the year, I do want to pick the right word as a way of focusing on what is important for me this year. I had quite a list of… Continue reading Bold – my word of the year
My list of 19 things for 2019 was a total success. I allowed it to be a success by changing up some of the items on the list. I didn't see the point of ignoring all the things that I had managed to achieve just so that I could stick doggedly to (and fail at)… Continue reading My List of 20 in 2020
As I write this, I am feeling a strange kind of gratitude to my word of 2019. Worth is a weighty word. One that scared me a little when I chose it because unlike my word of 2018, I knew it was the right one straight away. I did not journal or scrapbook this year or… Continue reading Goodbye Worth, Hello ..?
I did two things I haven't done before with regard to my yearly list of goals: a) I changed some of the goals mid-year to align with things that became more important to me as the year went one (in the past, I have doggedly stuck to my original list); and b) I completed my… Continue reading Finishing up my 19 for 2019
At some point last school year - I can't pinpoint it exactly - I decided that I had to make a change to my working life as it was not sustainable as it was. It had been a tough year for a lot of reasons, not all of them to do with my job. Once… Continue reading What next.