The Healing of a Broken Heart

The Healing of a Broken Heart

I was reflecting the other day on my impending return home to Lancashire to see my mum. Since I left the place of my birth, I have tried to visit her regularly, but that usually meant a weekend. Time is short, and so it has been rare to have the opportunity to revisit the wild [...]

When the Mist Descends

When the Mist Descends

I follow Robert Macfarlane on twitter and particularly look forward to reading his word definition tweets. One that caught my attention recently was an Irish/ Gaeilge word,  “ciúnas gan uaigneas”, which literally means “quietness without loneliness” A phrase, he explains, that carries a sense of peaceful solitude, of being beyond the usual chaos & noise. I [...]

I missed the daffodils​

I missed the daffodils​

I missed the daffodils this year. A whole month slipped by As I walked with my head down, My thoughts in other places.   I missed the daffodils this year. A whole month locked in a room Because I needed to study My head in grammar books.   I missed the daffodils this year. A [...]

How to value the things you have?

How to value the things you have?

Last summer, I went to Odense in Denmark. Odense is the birthplace of Han Christian Anderson, the great storyteller. I was fortunate enough to visit the house where he was born - a tiny little place, with a few bare rooms. Hanging on one of the walls was an inventory of the possessions of his [...]

Are you struggling​ with the need to Conform?

Are you struggling​ with the need to Conform?

On Picking Up a Paintbrush The bristles were dipped with care into azure blue. Cobalt paint rolled an ocean wild, untamed And this landlocked soul began to play. A memory surfaced with recognisable hue. Exhilaration slipped its eternal, anchor chain, Freedom untied its moorings and cast off. Over crisp, white paper, the brush strokes launched. [...]