Category Archives: books

Long Tail Tits, Pear Shaped and Paddington Bear

My favourite birds turned up at the bird feeder this morning, about a dozen of them at the fat balls that I renewed yesterday. By the time I took my photo the skittish little creatures were away! They were truly there until I clicked the camera!

The Long Tails have just left the picture

After a fabulous sing this morning, plans went pear-shaped and the less said the better but I now have glasses that I can see through though I was too late for my lift to the singing tonight.

As compensation, we went to see a delightful film, Paddington 2 and a couple of screen shots follow. This beautiful Bear who loves Marmalade sandwiches stole my heart!



Story Time, Greetings and Thanks

It’s been another quiet, stay-at-home, curl-up-with-a-good-book sort of a day today too as  Storm Brian blows a hoolie outside. Today, however, we have had the best treat, two hours of having a story read to us! Not just any old story either but the first of Philip Pullman’s brilliant new trilogy, The Book of Dust,  read by Simon Russell Beale on BBC Radio 4 this afternoon – two and a half hours of entrancement.

Philip Pullman’s new novel

I promised you more of the Onondaga Nation’s Greetings and Thanks to the Natural World. Here are the next two panels.

and from the four directions…..

and now the sun

Tomorrow, the Moon….

Just found this photo which demonstrates the hoolie very well! Thanks to Adam Sprague for this amazing photograph.



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Project and Happy World Book Day

I have spent the whole day on our project, walking the graveyard first with the writers to time the stories and the journey and this afternoon, walking with the choir leaders deciding where to have music and what music to use.  It is all coming together and is very exciting!

It’s World Book day and all the following appealed to me, especially  the walk-in library one!

Reading at night

Reading Oscar Wilde

No such thing as a kid who hates reading

Walk-in library



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Rumi, A Library and Blogging

One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring,

One smile can begin a friendship,

One hand can lift a soul,
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal,
One sunbeam can light a room,
One candle can wipe out darkness,
One laugh can conquer gloom,
One hope can raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care,
One voice can wake up everybody,

One life can make the difference.

Be that one.

What beautiful words and sentiments from Rumi.

How is this for a library? It is in Kansas City, Missouri. Thank you, Rachel, for showing me this.

I have been blogging for FIVE years! Most days I have found three beautiful things, things that have made me smile and warmed my soul. There have been 1975 posts making about 5900 beautiful things and there are 1500 people who are following and, I hope, enjoying all the beauty in our lives. Thanks to all my lovely readers. 🙂 


Posted by on November 6, 2016 in America, architecture, Beauty, books


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Mural, Poppy and Rose

As we were leaving Falmouth last night after our friend Sue’s Book Launch of her ‘Walks in the Footsteps of Winston Graham’s Poldark’, I tried to take a photo of a mural and loved the somewhat surreal result.


We are looking forward to doing these walks around Cornwall.

Sue's book

We love our frilly poppies.


There is a single rose today, long after the first flush. They smell gorgeous too.DSCN3761


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Signs, Footprints and A Bookshop

I post here anything that makes me smile and these signs did just that. I love the idea of the mad rabbit and the ferocious hamster! I know someone who would love Chien gentil.Amusing signs

We noticed a plaque on the pavement that pleased us too.


This bookshop, Beerwolf Books,  was another delight today, books to browse through, beer or coffee to be enjoyed and a special table to put one’s drinks on while browsing! Just perfect.



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Clematis, James Kavanaugh and Curry Night

Our Clematis in the front garden, ‘Winter Sensation’ is living up to its name, flowering bravely in the bitter wind and rain that have been our lot today.

Clematis Early Sensation

Here is my second poem this month – a delight for the senses and the imagination, Sunshine Days and Foggy Nights was written by James Kavanaugh, an American poet and a very interesting man. Click here to read more. I love how ‘sunshine days’ and ‘foggy nights’ are repeated through the poem coming together at the end for that is what a life together is –  good days and bad ones – and if you are lucky (or work at it) you come through the foggy nights to share sunshine days. I just love this poem!

I was born to catch dragons in their dens
And pick flowers
To tell tales and laugh away the morning
To drift and dream like a lazy stream
And walk barefoot across sunshine days.
I was born to find goblins in their caves
And chase moonlight
To see shadows and seek hidden rivers
To hear the rain fall on dry leaves
And chat a bit with death across foggy nights.
I was born to rub my hands in dirt
And walk green hills
To plant corn and make bread
To build a house strong against the wind
And to live free across sunshine days.
I was born to watch owls in dark forests
And hear coyotes cry
To feel trees tremble and the grass sleep
To taste cold air and smell the damp earth
And watch ghostly shapes disappear across foggy nights.
I was born to love a man wrapped in sunshine
And dressed in fog
To make a pact on a high hill
Ratified centuries ago by the sun
To walk together through sunshine days and foggy nights.


A few days ago I cooked a recipe from my new cookery book (I collect Cookery books. Even after culling after moving house some 8 years ago, I still have well over 100) The new book is Good+Simple by the Hemsley sisters and their Curry Night Fish Curry was delicious. Tonight we had the leftovers with added peas and spinach and, as is so often the case with curry, the flavour was even better second time around.

Fish Curry

Fish Curry


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