Tuesday 31 December 2013

☾ new moon

now is the time to choose a word
that resonates with me for the coming year
better than a resolution, an intention
 my word is ~

extend |ik'stend|

verb [trans]

cause to cover a larger area
make wider or longer
expand in scope, effect or meaning
straighten or spread out (the body or a limb) at full length


wishing you all a happy and surprising new year

Sunday 24 November 2013

** Scandifun

a gentle day with my friend Anna 
piano music played
as we looked at the colourful things to buy
traditional packaging
for everyday things to eat
and clean
and jars of baby food, so cute!
we ate Karelian pies
and Korvapuusti while I listened to the
ladies in traditional dress chat in Finnish
couldn't resist a quick photo with MoominPapa!
thoroughly recommend a visit to this friendly 
and charming place ❤

Thursday 31 October 2013

ᐰᐱ four hours by train

last week I went to spend time with my sister
she lives in one of the most breathtaking 
places we have in England
I will never tire of slate walls
dry stone, lichen and ferns
one day we set off in search of this gravestone
I read recently that Schwitters had died in Kendal
and he was buried in Ambleside
although he was exhumed in the 70's 
and buried in his hometown
his gravestone remains in his last living place
this curious little house is not where he lived
but is owned by the National Trust
thought to have been an apple store
now an information centre
a short drive from there 
we visited Dove Cottage which was 
William Wordsworth's house
at Grasmere
"the loveliest spot that man hath ever found"
he rested his notebooks on the arm of this chair
considering desks "an abomination"
most of his works were transcribed by his wife Dorothy
her garden was her love
her own journals full of plans 
and notes 
the Lakes really do Autumn in spectacular colour
even on the dullest days
the sun did appear on my last full day
in time for a hearty brunch at Kitridding Farm
a stroll around the lake
dodging sheep and smiling at the rubber duck
floating aside the real ones
there's layers of history and inspiration
in those hills, helms and scars
poet, writers and artists have known it for centuries

Tuesday 8 October 2013

Ж of trees and bright skies

I'm still blending in
but looking up
And when I awoke, I was alone, 
this bird had flown 
So I lit a fire, isn't it good
 Norwegian wood 

Wednesday 2 October 2013

☯ time for change

last month
we dropped my girl off at University
tears with fear of the unknown
anticipation at adventures to come

our home is different without her
my role as Mama has a new meaning

we had never been apart for more than 7 days
my life revolving around her needs
she has flown and settled into a new chapter
and so must I
and I will in my own time

just busy yourself doing what you most want, 
among the choices now before you, 
and before long your life's purpose will find you

I took at trip to my friend Suzie's
her family always make me so so welcome
and who can resist an invitation to absorb
the beautiful light of Southern France?
olive groves
 picnics by the lake
 layers of light and colour

rickety roofs
and washing lines to gladden my heart

Tuesday 30 July 2013

living is like crocheting patterns to someone else's design
but while one works
one's thoughts are free 
and as the ivory hook dives in and out amongst the wool
all the enchanted princes that ever existed
are free to stroll through their parks
the crochet of things ....
a pause ....

from the book of disquiet by fernando pessoa

Saturday 20 July 2013

☼ summer break

we love staying at my best friends house
in Andalucia
evening trips to hillside towns
winding up cobbled streets
past white washed buildings
watching the sunset
drinking tinto
dipping our toes in the water at Sancti Petri
collecting stones
falling in love with honey rum
and best of all
knitting by the pool!

Saturday 22 June 2013

♤♠ dig the scene

 last month we took a train to Kendal 
to visit my sister Zoe and her man 
Zoe has an allotment not far from her home
there are traces of the other keen growers
Zoe and Libbie put up canes for peas to scramble
water them in
always work to be done

you can follow Zoe's progress with her plot
in the Lakes with the most beautiful view 
show her some blogging love and follow follow

Saturday 27 April 2013

★ tying the circle, together

April was kind for an hour today
the sun came out
as we hailed to the North, South, East and West
the bride put down her flowers
a hand fasting ceremony 
the joining of Alan and Claire
they jumped the broom
and hailing farewell to the elements
we danced and smiled with the happy couple
love and light to you both