In allowing myself these few days in which to celebrate family, my heart opens.
How to write about Christmas when it’s all packed away, in the past, gone and forgotten? Maybe not entirely forgotten but certainly time has moved on and people are thinking of other things now that January has its feet firmly under the table. But Christmas is an important event in my calendar and I can’t pack away the memories along with the boxes of decorations. The memories need to be stored here. Preserving memories and thankfulness were key reasons for starting this blog.
So feel free to move right along on these belated festive posts – they’re likely to be schmaltzy and sentimental but I need to give Christmas and New Year their moments in the spotlight.
Continue reading “The View from Here: Christmas 2016”
Finally I emerge – not a shining butterfly … more like a sleepy owl, blinking and bemused, but ready to wish one and all a belated Happy New Year!
Well! Here I am, halfway through the second week of January 2017. And finally settling to a blog post. I have been writing – but for myself alone. And I have been reading – reading books, and also whittling away at the ever-growing list of posts written by others: people who make time for writing, reading and living in a way that seems to elude me a lot of the time. And I’ve caught up on some people I owe emails to, though several important and dear friends are still waiting. Continue reading “The View from Here: the January sap is rising”
I’d like to bottle this autumn and bring it out to smell and savour whenever I need to stop and slow down and remember all that is good in this world.
It has been a languorous autumn. Long, slow and peaceful. Bright, crisp, sunny days only occasionally demarcated by a grey no-weather day or a day of relentless rain. Frosty mornings. Stunningly beautiful star-spangled velvet skies. Continue reading “The View from Here: autumn in a bottle”
Inspired by Katrina at Pining for the West I am joining the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge 2016 hosted at the wonderfully festive Christmas Spirit blog. Continue reading “Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge 2016”
(Reviewed as part of the Classics Club Challenge) Continue reading “Emma by Jane Austen”
It was frosty this morning: a crisp, sharp frost. The water in the bird bath was a solid bowl of ice. This morning’s walk up the hill was invigorating, with smoky breath trailing in my wake. Continue reading “Books and other warming things”
It’s November. Enticed by the pleasures of small achievements, in September I applied myself to two reading challenges which ended with October. I remember thinking at the start that Halloween would have been and gone by the time I’d finished and it seemed such a long way off back then. The weeks fly past! Continue reading “Reading round-up: October/November”