Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.

It turns what we have into enough...

.........and more.

It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast,

a house into a home,

a stranger into a friend.

~Melody Beattie


Don't be satisfied with stories,

how things have gone with others.

***Unfold your own myth.***
~Rumi


I hope you will go out and let stories,

that is life, happen to you, and that

you will work with these stories . . .

water them with your blood &

tears & your laughter till they bloom,

till you yourself burst into bloom.

~Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Oxford looked like Narnia this morning, but sadly no Mr. Tumnus under the lamppost.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Santa's Workshop



Stuart and I leave in two days for Christmas in the U.S. with our children, grandchildren and family, so The Merton Room has been turned into Santa's Workshop and Packing Station.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

A Dusting of Advent Snow


We awoke this morning to a dusting of light snow--just enough to frost things over like icing on a Christmas cake.

Holywell Cemetary
and a path in the snow for deer,
fox, Max, and us.
Snow frosts Merton Street