This week I finished reading a book I had been savouring. Every now and again I would dip into this book of essays and immerse myself in the writing of Kathleen Jamie. I had already read her book ‘Findings’ and had been looking forward to reading her first book ‘Sightlines’. It didn’t disappoint.
One lasting impression was her mention of a whale’s eardrum and how the bone is so dense it would often be the only thing left in the furnace from the carcass. The whalemen thought they could hear the sea in them.
Not a very charming thought really but this, and being in lockdown, made me consider my use of the senses. Perhaps it is a time for me to go back to basics?
So here is my round up of lockdown senses for the week. I wonder what would be on your list?
I’ve enjoyed watching the birds on the feeders and seeing them having a bath in the small pond we put in last year.
Books – Richard Mabey, Erica James, Rebecca Stead, A Little Book of Rhymes, Old and New.
Films – ‘The Matrix’, Doris Day in ‘The Glass Bottom Boat’, BBC1 Drama ‘The Nest’, Beechgrove Garden, Gardeners’ World.
The cheery radio presenters – thank you!
Mary Wesley on desert island discs
Scones baking – made my first gluten free scones. (Far too tempting, they’ve gone already!)
Planting seeds, transplanting seedlings.
(Scones again – making breadcrumbs from the flour and butter.)
Wishing you all a happy and healthy week.
Couldn’t resist adding in this photo and thinking of Wordsworth’s daffodils.
2 thoughts on “Spring Sense”
Lovely blog, Sareen. Made me think about my own list – thank you. And I too love Kathleen Jamie’s writing. Nourishing for the soul. x
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Thank you, Elaine. I’m so inspired by your work, hope that all is going well for you.