Silence is a word that we think we all understand, but Sara Maitland's A Book of Silence has prompted me to think about the role silence plays in my own life. A few years ago, I suffered a bout of seriously debilitating nervous exhaustion. In the years I've been recovering I've realised that I have … Continue reading Degrees of silence
Back this week, after some lovely family time away, to the dying days of the summer, although with rowan berries glowing and acorns on the ground it’s been feeling like the season has been on the turn for a few weeks now. As part of my project to try doing things a different way I’ve … Continue reading Going barefoot
You know when you do those things that seem like a really great idea at the time, but then half way through you wish you'd never started? I'm just in the middle of finishing one of those projects. A couple of weeks ago on Pinterest I came across a great idea for a small garden … Continue reading Wood, sweat and tears
I’ve been having a tiny declutter this week. Another five bags of assorted items to go to the charity shop, well, after they’ve sat in the hallway for a week or so, as I’m good at bagging and less good at actually dropping off. As part of the purge I went through the kitchen cupboard, … Continue reading Hang on to your plastic, it might be worth something!
Each night before I go to bed I read a daily excerpt from a book on stoicism. One way to help with feeling more gratitude and thus counteract society's siren call of 'more, more, more' is to practise gratitude. Last night's stoic quote, in its way, makes reference to today to what we'd call 'hedonistic … Continue reading What you have now you once dreamed…