June passed me by: How did that happen?

I must really apologise for being such a bad blogger at the moment. Truthfully I have been struggling with a family issue that has really knocked me for six since March. At a time when I should have been happily emerging from my winter hibernation, blinking at the sun and planting seeds for summer blooms, I was staring into space, looking like I’d been caught … Continue reading June passed me by: How did that happen?

All is Calm, All is Bright: Waiting

I am not the world’s best at waiting. I don’t hold secrets well, and when I was younger used to drive my brothers wild by taunting them. A lot like the Ghost of Christmas Present in Scrooged. I’m so glad I wore my pretty dress. But these last few days before Christmas, especially for me and anyone else who started and finished organising early, are … Continue reading All is Calm, All is Bright: Waiting

All is Calm, All is Bright: Contentment

Contentment: it’s a soft little word, and sometimes gets looked down on in the face of its bigger, brasher cousin Happiness. After all, contentment isn’t enshrined as a fundamental human right the same as the pursuit of happiness is. Yet, I love contentment all the more. I want to be content more than I want to be happy. Don’t get me wrong, the days that … Continue reading All is Calm, All is Bright: Contentment

All is Calm, All is Bright: Gifts

Is there any mess more glorious than the floor of a family home on Christmas Day morning? Andy Rooney, of whom I know nothing more than this quote, said it was “One of the most glorious messes in the world,” before adding, “Don’t clean it up too quickly.” Indeed, the paper displayed after every little gift has been opened, oohed and aahed over and placed … Continue reading All is Calm, All is Bright: Gifts

All is Calm, All is Bright: Sweetness

Christmas is the season for sweetness, in food at least. Could you imagine a season without mince pies, cake, cookies, candy canes, chocolates or any one of the hundred other sugar-filled treats that have become associated with Christmas? Even the Danes, a healthy bunch most of the year, celebrate Christmas with a marzipan pig and potatoes cooked in sugar (yes, seriously). Sweetness is a pleasurable … Continue reading All is Calm, All is Bright: Sweetness

All is Calm, All is Bright: Smiles

When I look back at my childhood Christmases, the one facial expression I remember most often is a smile. The smile on my brother’s face as he opened up that much-longed-for LP, the smile on my Nan’s voice as she opened up a cheap, tacky present carefully chosen and paid for by a grandchild, the smile on everybody’s face as we ate a carefully prepared … Continue reading All is Calm, All is Bright: Smiles

All is Calm, All is Bright: Beauty

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  A thing of beauty is a joy forever. Beauty is only skin deep. Beauty. It’s a peculiar word, and it means different things to different people. It’s quite possible to think of beauty just as a physical attribute, but I think real beauty in people is always more to do with their nature than their looks. The … Continue reading All is Calm, All is Bright: Beauty