Be like a train; go in the rain,

go in the sun, go in the storm,

go in the dark tunnels!

Be like a train;

concentrate on your road

and go with no hesitation!
~Mehmet Murat ildan

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.***

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

Monday, 31 December 2012

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