Do you ever just know you are in the right place at the right time? Sometimes you’re lucky.
This Small Tortoiseshell butterfly did a tour of my garden before settling down for a rest.
I’ve always been fascinated by the symmetry and beauty of butterflies. Maybe because as a child I loved stories about fairies. If you look closely at the depictions of a fairy’s wings then really they are the wings of a butterfly. And so, it always seems to me there is something magical, something of another world about them.
Perhaps seeing a butterfly reminds me of those childhood days, lost in a book of fairy stories, transported to another world.
Just for an instant as they grace our presence.
I recently read had the pleasure of reading a beautiful book, ‘Cicely Mary Barker and her Art’ by Jane Laing. I’ve posted my review on GoodReads.
Ever wished you could name the butterfly that is fluttering by you?
I wrote a blog post last week and for some reason it didn’t save.
Not a great start to a Monday morning when I was hoping to just check it over and publish.
Still, oddly enough the post was about little things and how they can make you happy. In the scheme of things I decided, this was not a big thing and certainly wasn’t going to make me unhappy.
In fact, in a cup half full sort of way, perhaps it was a good thing? Maybe the post wasn’t that great anyway and now this was a chance to start afresh?
A few years ago I cut out this clipping from a newspaper. For a while I hung it up in the kitchen and then I used it as a bookmark. I hadn’t seen it for sometime and had forgotten about it until thinking about this post.
On my way to try and find it amongst the mountain of books on my bedside table it was there; lying on the floor in front of me!
Somehow it must have blown off the table as I picked up a book that morning! Bizarre, definitely meant to be anyway!
Taking part in the Great British Bee Count has made me really pay attention to the beauty and intricacy of flowers. I’ve spent a few moments each time watching the bee at work, an amazing sight and well worth taking the time to see. Definitely a small thing I would like to add to this top 20.
So, here we are, blog post written, photos included, a small thing but certainly one to make me happy – I could add it to the list above.
I’d love to know, what small thing makes you happy, is it on this list or something different?
Funny how little things link together throughout your life.
At the weekend I had a day of ‘connections’.
I was lucky enough to attend a writing course run by David Gray on behalf of the SCBWI.
What a treat, to take part in a writing course and be surrounded by books! The course took place in the fantastic setting of Dunfermline Carnegie Library, which, linked with the new museum, galleries, reading room, cafe and much more, looks out over Dunfermline Abbey.
Afterwards we had a look at the super ‘Blooming Marvellous’ family friendly gardening exhibition and it even had knitted flowers!
I grew up hearing the story of Andrew Carnegie and love the way his gift has just kept on giving. Dunfermline was the world’s first library to be funded by Andrew Carnegie and it opened in 1883.
The library was busy, even on a rainy day, and I’ll definitely be back to spend more time in Dunfermline.
So many things I love all together in one place; writing, reading, gardening, art, museums, knitting (and a cup of tea!) – truly a day of connections.
Knitting: the weaving of wool together into an intricate pattern, just as a writer combines the threads of a story.
Both have been a part of my story for as long as I can remember. The thrill of beginning a knitting or writing project is a moment full of hope.
Although, to be honest, the final product is not often exactly as I imagined it would be!
On examination there are usually sections I’m really proud of but also holes I know need fixed.
I’m comforted by the fact that at least I’ve given it a go.
Recently I entered a wee competition to say how I’d prepare for going to the Aberdeen Yarn Fest. This was my entry and I won a lovely totebag – which needless to say – I’m sure I’ll be filling with wool at the next Yarn Fest!
It’s Aberdeen’s Yarn Fest!
I’ve my needles counted My patterns planned Ready to be inspired.
I’m looking to spin a yarn Weave a woollen tale Hook a bag of hope.
I left the show inspired, I must do more knitting!
Before anything else I’m hoping to visit the Gray’s School of Art Degree Show (16th-24th June) and see the work of Laura Ukstina who is combining blocks of colourful knitting to create outfits you can change about and wear as you like. Sounds very environmentally friendly and they look amazing!
Now, if you don’t feel like knitting, how about having a wee look at Rae Cowie’s story in the Scottish Book Trust’s ‘Rebel’ series all about a lovingly crafted jumper…