Friday Bits and Bobs.


Today is my self-imposed Day Off. And I can feel my equilibrium being at least partly restored as a result.

This morning, I went for a long, (and longed-for) walk, (in the absence of hail and other hazards). Although I missed my regular walking companion and lovely friend today, for she is brilliant company. But she was unable to accompany me this particular morning. Instead, stepping out alone, I allowed music and birdsong and magnolia blossoms to fill my senses.

My camellias are coming to an end now. They’ve certainly provided a goodly amount of cheer over the Winter months.

It certainly helped with the fug I’ve felt of late. In fact it has fugged right off, for now. And outside my window it is undeniably Spring. Wanton, seething, technicolour Spring. The combination of bright sunshine spliced with heavy rain on a daily basis means that there is a startling amount of growth happening. Measurable growth every day. Here we go!

But now…some linkies…

Why do old books smell so good? 

Speaking of books, have you come across The Guardian series, ‘books to give you hope’? I remember reading Marilynne Robinson’s beautiful book Gilead many years ago, and it having quite an impact upon my young heart and mind.

I love these kinds of lists: ’23 emotions people feel but can’t explain’.

Light pollution is one of those things I tend to ponder quite often, (I beg your forbearance). Because…well, there’s this essay on light pollution: ‘Fear of the light: why we need darkness’, by Amanda Petrusich.

I adore, (and covet), The Floral Fox Art by Amy Rose on Etsy.

Lactose has never been a friend of mine, and therefore icecream neither. But…vegan chai icecream, (recipe courtesy of The Minimalist Baker). Well, then. I’ll be subbing the cane sugar for coconut sugar, methinks.

Real Historical Witches’ Houses and Cottages, (I love Biddy Early’s cottage, and how brilliant is her name?!)


Well, I must away, for now. I wish you a very happy weekend, and many good things. xx

4 thoughts on “Friday Bits and Bobs.

  1. always happy to have a book list. how is it i’ve never read “gilead”? well, it’s on the list now. i’d add ursula le guin’s “earthsea” books to any list of hope-giving literature.

    love that list of emotions! i think i suffer from monachopsis and ellipsism…and i expect we all suffer from kuebiko these days…

    my husband and i both bewail the growing lack of dark night sky where we live. when i was young, and living in a more rural section than i now do, it was properly dark at night. i took the stars for granted. now i dream of going somewhere to find them again. i was thinking the atlas mountains, or high desert in the american west, but the article mentioned this cherry hill state park which is a lot closer. i think we have lost something immeasurably important by giving up our ancient dark, our stars, our deep blanket of night-time enfoldment…

    oh, biddy early’s cottage! one of my favorite things about the plot-challenged and soap opera-paced “penny dreadful” series was the witches’ houses…both the brooding, skull-encrusted, rambling home of the (pure evil) london witch and her daughters, and the quirky stone cottage of the ‘cut-wife’ on the moor. talk about emotions one needs a word for—i am afflicted with an inability to cleave to just one style of domicile, vacillating between so many different things. but one constant among them is a witchy house, though even there i’d be torn between dark grandeur and a homier herbwife style…

    must try that chai ice recipe. it sounds delicious! ’tis the season for it here, too. something creamy and spicy and COLD would be most refreshing.

    happy weekend!


    1. Ursula le Guin’s Earthsea books are absolutely on my hope-giving list. Very near to the top, in fact : )

      Where I live, there can be a lot of dark-sky at night. But even here is not nearly as breathtaking as an hour further from the city. And the deeper you go into the Australian desert, the more of a reminder it is just how light our modern skies are now. I read somewhere that many people living in highly populated areas now experience a near constant, low-level mini-jetlag because of the amount of 24 hour light. Which makes sense to me. There is nothing quite so restful as deep darkness.

      I’ve decided that “Biddy Early” has to be the best name I’ve heard in ages. And yes, it is a tough toss-up between dark grandeur and homey herbwife style. I think, realistically, I go more for homey. I’m perilously close to strewing herbs on my floorboards, but think my family would draw the line at that ; ) The Bloke already has issues with his head being entangled with herbs drying as they hand from the ceiling. Being a Tall Person.

      Very happy weekend to you also m’lovely! xxx


  2. lovely linkables, as always m’dear! i do love that artwork — brilliant!! and i’m still chuckling over the list of emotions…’s a tad strange i suppose that i can relate to most of them?! hope you have the loveliest of weekends! xoxo


    1. Isn’t that art delicious?! And I relate to the majority of those emotions as well. I do think that the Germans in particular have a genius for such words, that encapsulate so very much.

      Have a beautiful (and hopefully not too stinky-hot) weekend, dearest Mel. xxx


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s