Yearly Archives: 2016

Doing December Differently

One year, probably about 10 years ago, I made my own Christmas chutney, mincemeat and the pies, Christmas cake, Christmas pudding –  you get the drift, I was “into” preparing for the festivities big time. I didn’t stop cooking, decorating,

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Remembering Leonard

I have a strong memory of lying by the fire on the sitting room floor at the house in the Yorkshire Dales I lived in from the age of 13. I was listening to a Leonard Cohen LP on our

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A slightly different take on Hallowe’en

Flying back in to Gatwick last week, expecting to see bare trees and a cold, grey landscape I was amazed as I looked down at the stunning colours on the treetops, a rare event in late October, when autumn winds

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How do Feathers Fly?

If anyone’s noticing, I’m writing this piece way early this month. Really with the idea of “getting ahead”  as I can’t see many free days now til the end of the month. Somehow I’ve got busy again, and I’m not

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What strands make up your life?

August has flown by, it’s been the busiest month at Retreat by the Dart since I started offering retreats 3 years ago. Yesterday after all the visitors had departed and washing was on the line, I had some time to

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Where were you when England won the World Cup?

Yesterday I was remembering where I was when England won the World Cup in 1966  – with my family on Looe beach (not far from here along the Cornish coast). Mum and I had gone to buy ice creams, we

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The task within the task

I had the impression there hadn’t been many nature sightings this month but as I loaded my photos onto the computer, I smiled. There was a multitude of images of new life – mandarin ducklings, teenage goosanders, and mallard ducklings

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Tick Story 2

It’s hardly surprising my notebook of insights and reflections for this past month contains very little, the focus of my energy having been with processing Jeanne’s passing on and then preparing for her funeral. A mutual friend of ours told

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Bluebells for Remembrance

April has been a month of transition in many ways.     Photos taken early in the month showed leafless trees and grey skies, and towards the end of the month there was some stunning greenery around, and the occasional clear blue sky.

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A kingfisher, a clam shell and real freedom

I started Lent with a rather spontaneous decision not to buy anything new for the period.  It was born of feeling too preoccupied with what I “needed” for the house. As I write on Easter Monday, that practical decision was,

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