Star of Wonder

Alternative Advent Calendar – December 24, 2017 When you wish upon…the International Space Station Hmm – not quite the same ring as the version sung by Louis Armstrong! But I guess the International Space Station (ISS) could now be considered a ‘heavenly body’. At this time of year, thoughts often turn to the heavenly body … More Star of Wonder

Midwinter Take 2

The “Unthought Known” Last week my gorgeous mother-in-law, now aged 97 and one of the most insightful women I know, said to me, ‘Sometimes you don’t know you have a thought until you speak it.’ Such a short sentence. Such simple words. But never a truer, more wise sentence was spoken. Her words ran through … More Midwinter Take 2

A Time for Light

12th December 2017 – Happy Hanukkah! Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah – the Jewish celebration of light. Part of the Hanukkah tradition is to light small candles, one by one, for the eight days of Hanukkah and place them in a menorah (candelabra). Two things I find really touching, and meaningful about this … More A Time for Light


There’s always time for a bit of nonsense     11th December – Christmas Stocking Nonsense Monday morning seems a perfect time for a bit of nonsense.  You might remember nonsense poems from you childhood: Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll; The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear; On The Ning Nang Nong by Spike Milligan … More Nonsense!

2nd December – Real Animals and Mythical Creatures!

  One word: REINDEER! What’s not to like? I guess unless you’re a Sami reindeer herder then you don’t think about them much throughout the rest of the year then, BAM! December arrives and they line up amongst the other symbols of the Christmas Holidays as reminders of what we might be missing out on. … More 2nd December – Real Animals and Mythical Creatures!

Big Stuff, Small Mindings: finding your own way through the festive season.

Anyone who knows me (and I can see friends and family members rolling their eyes in recognition!) will know that I am just a bit ‘bah humbug’ about the festive season/Christmas. The idea of it is wonderful, cozy, glittery and delicious. Somehow I find the reality all a bit overwhelming. I am not religious so … More Big Stuff, Small Mindings: finding your own way through the festive season.

#Thank You

Good morning lovely blog readers.  It’s the first day of frost here on the South Coast of the UK.  Here are some lines from one of my fave poets, Billy Collins – from his poem ‘Winter’.  See the rest of the poem here. A little heat in the iron radiator, the dog breathing at the foot … More #Thank You