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, Mental Health

Normality in unusual times

Normality in unusual times.  What is normal, any more? 4 months has passed by with at least some form of lockdown measure (increased again this week where I live). Amidst zoom calls, masks and endless amounts of hand sanitiser, a new normal seems to be settling into everyday life here in the UK. I find… Read More Normality in unusual times

Blog, Mental Health

Losing Concentration

Losing Concentration.  I can’t concentrate. On anything. Even my ability to throw myself wholeheartedly into ‘anything that isn’t the thing I’m supposed to be doing’ has disappeared. I’m even procrastinating procrastination, which was one of my most developed skills. I can’t give my attention to anything any more. I’m sure a lot of this is… Read More Losing Concentration

Blog, Mental Health

Ups and Downs

Ups and downs.  Where do I start with the last few months? Where do any of us start? I’ve re-written this paragraph about 6 times now. It’s still hard to put this whole lockdown thing into words. The pandemic is still lurking around, at odds with the general feeling of ‘back to normality’ that is filtering through… Read More Ups and Downs

Blog, Mental Health, Words

Together, apart

Together, apart.  After the memes. After the shouting, the knee-jerk buying, the panic, the refusal to accept. After the swarming of national parks. After the threats, the beating heart of community, the pleas on deaf ears. After the news, the updates, the endless, endless statistics. After it all. A slow acceptance of the trembling fear… Read More Together, apart