Block Island is always beautiful, and the weather is changing daily, so walks vary from a still day at Andy’s way, to out in the wind with tossed waves last week, to a glorious day of warmth, blue sky with white cloud patterns and an almost translucent rainbow within one of them. I had the … More Beautiful Days
It’s coincidence I suppose but seems uncanny, that the Daily Post prompt is Glimmer, just after I was looking at that word and a list of gl words*. Why such a thing? Well I have started writing again, and was looking for the word that describes words that sound the way the thing LOOKS, not … More Glimmer, of what? Hope.
It is ten days since my plane touched down at Edinburgh airport, just as the first flakes of snow fell and the city, like the rest of UK, went into cancel mode. Now it has all melted, we are left with a few muddy patches, and watery puddles so I stayed on the path as … More The Shape of Water, What Do Fish Know?
Lots of time for stray thoughts, no time for considered thoughts. It strikes me that I have not ever lived like this before. When my own family were children, I was working, shopping at lunch hour from a fast pre-planned list, and cooking the night before, or batches for the freezer. Until the last month, … More Meditation, anytime, anywhere…
I am beginning to think about travel again as I hope to be in New Zealand by Christmas. The island is all closed down except for what is called the “Holiday Stroll” on Tuesday evenings. The shops open in hope that Christmas shopping will produce some sales. I have had a week of self-induced frustrations. … More Beach Walk Cure and Chagrin
Once again, another year, I find myself thinking that Thanksgiving really is the best holiday celebration. Whatever bits of crankiness, obligation, overeating, etc. may happen, it feels like love and family and friends conquer all, gratitude exists. This year the US family and a friend family went to Vermont, taking a five hour drive (after … More Thanks for Thanksgiving
Since I returned to Block Island at the end of September, I have felt in a kind of limbo, not in a bad way, but just very aware that I have been away for the whole summer, and have booked flights to New Zealand so will be away again most of the winter. Where is … More Transitions and Change
I had forgotten what it is like to be sick. I picked up a bug of some sort on the long flight back from New Zealand, was recovering more or less when I took off again, as planned, from Edinburgh to Ireland to see family there. On Sunday we drove to Dunseverick on the north … More Not quite well
Yesterday – I drove to Carterton to see my friend Fred who now lives there, an hour and a half away from Palmerston North across the Tararua Range. I looked forward to the drive, knowing how beautiful the country is. It rained. And rained. So I had a great visit with Fred and headed back, … More Contrasts
The New Economics Foundation (well worth looking at) listed five acts that we can all do, that promote wellbeing: connecting to the people around us (grandsons and their cousins – tick) being active in our bodies (see below – tick) taking notice of the world (driving hire car on left in New Zealand – tick) … More Activity promotes Wellbeing