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New Year’s Resolutions

I guess it’s not surprising that a retreat might feature on a New Year’s Resolution list (note the capitals). That’s considering the flurry of enquiries I had on New Year’s Day and shortly afterwards. Completely unprepared this year, we were

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Welcome the light

I was away more days than at home during November.Both were rich and welcome times. A personal retreat on the Moray Firth gave me time to delve deeply into my own heart,  surrounded by  the rich natural world of the

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Magical encounters with seals

I love autumn. I love the changes that go on, as the weather wildens, the river swells and bursts its banks, trees shower us with vibrant colours, storms delight us from behind closed doors. Summer is of course lovely, but

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One thing leads onto another

Recently a couple came to stay, and during a conversation I was asked where they could see kingfishers. The question came about because they had read an earlier blog (Seeing with New Eyes) and that led on to another question

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A River Romance

Still Pool at Staverton on the River Dart Last September as the builders had almost finished, and I was much recovered from surgery, I took time out for a retreat in a beautiful location on the Moray Firth. On that

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Just Sit There Right Now

Downriver from Staverton Bridge Out with Selkie on a beautiful late autumn day, enveloped in the stunning surroundings that embrace this place – the quiet river, rich bird life, last golden leaves hanging on trees like decorations, magical stillness, soft

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Outer and Inner Renovation

It’s over 20 years ago since the seed of an idea for offering a retreat space came into my consciousness. Where it came from I don’t know,  but being strongly connected to achieving in the outer world, I thought in

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Buy the tree you see.com

Today the plants arrived for the garden. Months of discussing, debating, arguing (mostly about costs) culminated in a lorry arriving at midday (after not being able to traverse Staverton bridge), with a huge load of trees, shrubs and plants. This

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The Story Behind the Window

This window started out life as a door opening, in the old days when this part of the house was a stables. When I bought the property it had been made up into a window.  I worried that I might

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Emerging from the winter mudbath

I haven’t written a blog for a month or so. I haven’t had a morsel of space in my head, such has been the busyness of the building project and getting started here. True to my slightly over-ambitious form, I

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