Blog, Mental Health, Outdoors, Simplicity

Observe

Observe. A teeny, tiny crocus has reared its head in the garden under the birch tree. Poking through the snow, adjacent to a singular snowdrop, the bright yellow bud looks almost fluorescent in the palate of ice whites, muted greys and browns that accompany bad weather here in the UK. It’s as if my eyes… Read More Observe

Blog, Living, Simplicity

Winter Nesting

Winter Nesting. This last few weeks I’ve felt the need to stay home. Pottering, cleaning, fixing, making. I usually love to be out in the freezing cold, or in the wind and rain, but for some reason the pull to stay indoors is strong. A little routine is developing – feed the birds, de-ice the… Read More Winter Nesting

Blog, Simplicity

Snowfall and Firelight

Snowfall and Firelight. So another week passes by in this endless lockdown. I’m at the point where all time is blurring into one. What day is it? Who knows. But this week at least brought some change in the form of snow – a good few inches here in Yorkshire. Standing at the doorway, watching… Read More Snowfall and Firelight

Blog, Simplicity

January Drifting

January Drifting It’s a grey day, -1 outside, with breath misting and birds looking expectantly through the window, waiting for me to break the ice on the old green plant tray that serves as a bird bath. The mist sinks in the valley, freezing everything it touches. Wildlife hunkers low, a wren flitting in and… Read More January Drifting

Blog, Outdoors, Simplicity

The Leaves They Fall

The Leaves They Fall.  The leaves they fall, a riot of colour now muted. Softly, in damp fog, following clear water droplets from the tips of branches. They let go and float, rocking gently downwards on invisible currents. The earth becomes a blanket of leaves, yellows, reds, browns. November settles in and we wait. Second… Read More The Leaves They Fall

Blog, Self Discovery, Simplicity

Endings and Themes

Endings and Themes.  As the days fall shorter and October slips slowly into November, all is gathered and the Celtic year comes to a close. Samhain, Halloween – the culmination of the harvest, and the time for planning and setting foundations for the next year. And so, with evenings darkening and leaves falling, I settle,… Read More Endings and Themes

Blog, Mental Health, Self Discovery, Simplicity

Stepping Out.

Stepping Out. I think I’ve reached a point where I want out of this divided society. Remember the days where people had different opinions, but that was okay? The days before hacked elections and feed algorithms. The days where people would have an opinion, and maybe not agree with someone else – but that was… Read More Stepping Out.

Blog, Simplicity, Words

Away from the News

Away from the News.  Away from the news, a soft breeze brings a hint of coolness through green leaves. Waves lap up a pebbled shore, constant, rhythmical. A ray of sunlight falls on morning dew. Away from the news, laughter echoes from gardens as people gather in friendship. Young birds learn to fly, and feed,… Read More Away from the News

Blog, Outdoors, Simplicity

My small patch of earth

My small patch of earth. The world is a weird place at the moment. I feel small, and although not hiding away, just like I want to take a step out of it all. I want to fade into the background, and watch, and wait. I pace the length of the garden, with tea and… Read More My small patch of earth

Blog, Self Discovery, Simplicity

Thoughts on social media

Thoughts on social media.  I watched illustrator Julia Bausenhardt’s video on giving up social media the other day, and it really struck a chord with me. I’ve tried hard to quit social media before, countless times (if you’re a long time reader of the blog you might know!), always lasting just a few weeks before… Read More Thoughts on social media