September spiders, weaving webs from window to washing line.
A new academic year, time to refresh, rethink, reconsider.
Will we look at the web we’ve built for ourselves?
This is a new beginning, brighter, warmer, sunnier than January 1st. Life is full of hope and possibilities. New opportunities.
September sun shining after a cleansing downpour and it’s time to declutter. Do I need quite so many things? Can they be recycled, reused?
It’s the same with the garden. Time to tidy up, wash out all the pots ready for next year.
Amidst these thoughts for the future, I’m going to take a moment to think of all the good things. Yes, it’s exhilarating to plan new adventures but I think the starting point must be where I celebrate all the lovely people in my life and the successes, large and small.
Wishing you a happy, sunny and successful September! What will you celebrate?
“By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.”
– Helen Hunt Jackson, September, 1830-1885
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?