Thursday, 21 April 2016

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater or lesser persons than yourself.


 Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the council of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. 


Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars, you have a right to be here.



And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.

And what ever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.


Offering a few of my favourite lines of 'Desiderata' By Max Ehrmann


Thursday, 14 April 2016

Notes of Niah


"Love is the bridge between you and everything."
                                                                              Rumi


Let me hold these memories in my heart forever, 

The first Spring that you walked in your little purple shoes, The way you wear your hair in a clip to the side and the soft curls that fall down the back of your neck, 

The mornings we would wander in the village excited by bumble bees, black birds and dogs that chase balls in the park,

And this morning in particular when you placed your soft hand in mine and raised the other to the trees above, your beautiful little index finger outstretched to a perfect point, 

"That's blossom" I told you, "Isn't it so Beautiful, just like you" 

I explained to you how the trees flower at this time of the year, and that's one of the reasons that makes Spring so very special. You look at me so carefully when I teach you things, so full of wonder, so mindfully observant with your big blue eyes, I can almost see the information as it enters and settles within your being, shaping who you are and who you are becoming, your desire for knowledge is growing every single day.

 Too tired to walk home I made you comfy in your pushchair, you were wearing your sweet little rain coat with the birds and I covered you over with the same blanket you've had wrapped around you since you were born. 
Giving  thanks to the tree I reached up for a small wish bone shaped branch which I broke in to two and placed one in each of your hands, you lifted one and then the other up to your nose and said "mmmmm" with a smile, "Does It smell nice sweetest heart? mmmmm, it does!" and of course I couldn't resist kissing the lovely soft skin of your cheek, 

Your skin, these kisses, your hands and the way you held that blossom the whole way home and laid it down beside you whist you slept in the middle of our bed, Moments like these,

Let me remember them always.





Sunday, 3 April 2016

Writing a Letter by hand

Spring has arrived slowly and subtly around here, a time of transition. 

The air is still cool, the sun warms the skin but not the bones, It's still a little chilly to leave the house without a coat but a little too warm to wear one, many of the branches have pretty green buds emerging, tightly bound leaves in their very infancy, whilst the bold and proud magnolia are singing in all their showy splendour.

Walking hand in hand with Niah beneath the blossom confetti that falls below bright blue skies and birds that sing has me feeling so blessed.

As the new season of Spring builds in momentum so too will our energy reserves, now is the time for fresh inspiration, new projects and the manifestation of a long winters thought up dreams.  

Let us tune in to mother nature to receive. Hear. See. Feel.

"The earth has music for those who listen" Shakespeare

I've been sending out so many wishes just recently for a little more vitality and life force, so that I might find the energy to engage more in the creative pursuits I love.
Things have been a little quiet here on my blog so It's wonderful to stop by today with something lovely to share. I have recently taken part in a Letter Exchange, a wonderful slow and calming way to spend the peaceful moments that are Niah's nap time! 



And so, serenaded by the gentle sleep induced snores of my Beautiful girl I sat down over the course of a week to write a letter by hand, one of my favourite simple pleasures. 
Celia Hart was the name chosen for me to write a letter to, Celia is an artist who's work is inspired greatly by the Great British countryside as well as her passion for gardening and so these too became the theme of the little parcel I put together.


 I made some copies of one of my favourite old fashioned botanical books, and cut the finely drawn illustrations to decorate my writing paper.

 I also covered a matchbox and filled a miniature cork bottle with the tiny seeds of Basil.


 And made some doves of peace.



 "Nature never did betray the heart that loved her" William Wordsworth

I included some pretty gardening gloves for the new season. 

With everything wrapped in brown paper and tied with twine and the envelope securely sealed, the parcel was complete.




what a wonderful way to engage with new acquaintance, slow and simply, reminiscent of a time gone by.

Wishing you all the joy of Spring, have a wonderful week ahead.


Anyone is welcome to join in with The Hand Written Letter Exchange which is being run by the lovely Emma of ~
 'Silver Pebble' A talented lady indeed, making the most beautiful crochet and jewellery designs, her hand drawn botanical illustrations are so pretty, Emma also writes a really lovely blog. If you like the idea of a new pen friend, be sure to pay her a visit for more details.

And if you would like to have a look at the wonderful work of Celia Hart you can find her here.