Yearly Archives: 2015

Unexpected Gift

This is my first Christmas at home alone in Devon, and so far  (it’s Christmas Eve), I’m loving it. After torrential rain (again) this morning, the skies cleared to blue and Selkie and I went out for a second walk, 

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F Words: Fog, Floods and Friendship

I have spent all of November in a bit of a fog, under doctor’s orders to rest. I can hear you say, how wonderful, and I didn’t mind either to begin with. This was the “cure” for for Lyme disease.

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Life Lessons from … a Tick

A close friend of mine used to work for a major publishing company. She left a couple of years ago, after 20 years, a conscious decision  to explore what life had to offer her beyond the success she’d achieved as

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The Sea Urchin

This past month has been enriched beyond measure with  the second half of my 30 day retreat. I went to Scotland without a camera, which was a strange feeling. I would like to have included in this blog images of

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Kingfishers and the Meaning of Life

I have finally taken a photo of a kingfisher, and I decided to write about it, not knowing that it was the start of something way more meaningful than a simple photograph. Yet as a photo it still has pride

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Rain Stops Play

For the past 2 weeks I have been quietly going about chores at home, some of them a bit dull, like servicing the car, and even cleaning it. Some of my chores have been a bit unexpected, like clearing a

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Gratitude

Looking back to the first post I wrote in August 2012, I sounded like a real river swimming virgin. In Sept 2012, I wrote “I don’t know this adventurous part of me that is up for early morning river swims

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The robin, the froglet, and the blackbird’s eggs

What has struck me most about May is the explosion of growth around us – a huge array of colourful spring flowers in abundance in the hedgerows, the extravagantly scented white blossom of hawthorn, the  gorgeous cherry and apple blossom

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As gentle as the touch of a feather

I’ve just returned from a retreat – 2 weeks of sunshine on the Black Isle in Scotland, doing the first half of the classic Ignatian 30 day retreat. During that time lambs were being born in the field next door.

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Mad March and Otter Joy

I’m sneaking in a blog for March. The month has been too busy really, but despite that I have a nature scoop! Two groups gathered here at Retreat by the Dart  – my regular “Thomas girls” who meet fortnightly to

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