It was Twenty Years Ago Today …

My business started, with me standing at Oxenholme train station, waiting for the train to London Euston. I was full of anticipation, enthusiasm and a bit of nerves. I thought there were strong possibilities and I wanted to explore them. Since that successful first job, I’ve delivered training throughout the UK & Ireland in person… Continue reading It was Twenty Years Ago Today …

Magic and Loss

The magic started nine years ago, when the SSPCA contacted us about a whippet in their Balmore shelter. We loved the picture – he had something! When we met him, it felt like we’d always known each other. The moment we brought Eivor home, he gave a quiet sigh and slept. The nervous, frightened whippet… Continue reading Magic and Loss

Home from Home on Burns Night

Again rejoicing Nature seesHer robe assume its vernal huesHer leafy locks wave in the breezeAll freshly steep’d in morning dews (Robert Burns – Composed In Spring) I am a proud Scouser. I am also proud to call Scotland our home for the past twelve years, so tonight we will be raising a tot of whisky… Continue reading Home from Home on Burns Night

Here’s to a Happy 2022

This is our local postbox. Caroline Mackay ‘yarnbombed’ it, and 12 others in our town, with her crocheting skills. She did it as an act of kindness, to spread some joy and happiness around our community. And I’m sure they keep the postboxes warm… Thank you Caroline! 2021 has been kind to me. This year,… Continue reading Here’s to a Happy 2022

Into the Light

Last week it was dark and cold. All day, every day. I had a packed week of virtuals, with the curtains closed and the big light on at all times. Friday was my first non-delivery day in weeks. We set our intention to seize the opportunity and spend a day in nature. The sun came… Continue reading Into the Light

Discovery

No-one was there. That’s how we sometimes like it. We made a point of stopping at the kind of place people pass while they’re busy rushing from A to B. There was ‘nothing’ there. Except overgrown bushes, a variety of fungi, a couple of weathered picnic tables and midge. Hundreds of midge, looking for the… Continue reading Discovery

Smaller World

My world feels physically smaller, yet bigger, these days. I’m no longer an expert in transport timetables, hotel and sandwich chains. That knowledge is now applied to sourcing the best independent locally sourced food. Work is all over the world, even though I run everything from our dining room table. Despite hardly travelling and meeting… Continue reading Smaller World

Gratitude

There’s an old Sufi story about the philosopher who is asked, ‘Why are you always so happy?’ He replied, ‘I wake up every morning with a choice – do I feel sad, or do I feel blessed? I choose to feel blessed.’ Recently, I’ve had conversations with people who keep talking about what they’re missing… Continue reading Gratitude

Unexpected Pleasures

Life’s throwing a few things at us right now. Amidst the constant change and surprise in our lives, it’s good to notice the unexpected pleasures. These are the good things around us, waiting to be noticed, noted and appreciated. Make a note of the ones you notice. You’ll start noticing more of them and appreciating… Continue reading Unexpected Pleasures