Category Archives: the meaning of life

‘Er Indoors

So often I don’t want to go out, perfectly content pottering about with my music and knitting, just thinking. Internet too of course. Musing on Mother Julian of Norwich, though there is hardly a comparison. She could participate in the … Continue reading

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An Unlikely Role Model

Hugh Hefner, who’d have thought it? The old chap has been working from his bed since his heyday, way back in the sixties, was it?  Before laptops – even before cell phones!  I think he had to give dictation… I … Continue reading

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Best Intentions

There are so many things I want to do, besides resting my elbows in lemon skins. I have been meaning to do that for years, heaven knows it shouldn’t be hard. Learn Spanish.  California is a bi-lingual state and I … Continue reading

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Waste Not, Want Not, I Always Say

MrsNewlands was a friend of my mother’s, an older woman who lived across from the church in a fascinating old house, four-square and ordinary in a pretty garden, but untouched since heaven knows when. Her kitchen had a scrubbed pine … Continue reading

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Color-Blocked Kitchen

My love affair with black and with colour-blocking continues: kitchen too! Counters, kick and small appliances were always black, but now lower walls and inside upper shelves are too. Utensils are easy to find in black –  tea towels and … Continue reading

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English Digestive Biscuit Recipe

Hallelujah, I can now post the photos which are a basic human blogging right, and late Friday evening I had to do something which wasn’t work, so I made these addictive biscuits with the half-brain which was still faintly sparking. … Continue reading

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Back to the Land

How time passes! I have just had a pleasant morning harvesting dill seed, weeding, and cutting my vine trimmings ready for the fire, about as domesticated as it can get. It has been so dry I have been watering the … Continue reading

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Tybee Island

One day I shall visit, but I can’t December 8, more’s the pity – so if you can, do!

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Daylight and Nightlight

                            Somehow tonight we had the perfect evening after a tough day – it was too hot, too much was happening and I was tired. Somehow we … Continue reading

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Reciprocity

This poem made me cry at a time when I needed to cry: I think of all the older ladies I know whose love is for animals and I understand! I am not naturally misanthropic, but there is something about … Continue reading

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