Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Using All The Senses

Yesterday could be described as a 'heavy' day

I absorbed lots of other people's emotions

And quite frankly it wore me out

When I got home what I felt like doing was curling up into the foetal position and waiting for rescue


Having been given the heads up firstly from Hawthorn on here that it could be a very natural trait I have of absorbing the feelings of others and all sorts of other things I took action

Heidi point blank refused to accompany me so she was left abandoned at home

I was off

Up the road and down the lane, round the corners and on for quite a way

It wasn't a particularly restful walk

And I didn't stop to admire the beauty around me

I stepped out and gradually my breathing became less ragged

On reaching home Heidi presented me with a very sad face which I chose to ignore in favour of preparing our evening meal

Then hubby phoned to say that he was being fed where he was working and would be away all evening

Aah well

This gave me the opportunity to try again with Heidi after tea

She was reluctant at first, thinking she'd prefer to be having a trip in the car

But with a little coaxing, over the road and down the lane we went...and into the wood

This time I was absorbed in my surroundings

The evening air held the wonderful scent of honeysuckle

I stopped and took deep breaths

It was past mid evening but still we entered the wood

The only sounds were of nature

A blackbird scuttled from right in front of my feet before taking a low flight path away from us

Other birds were clearly settling themselves down for the night

I talked and touched trees

Spoke gently to the ferns

And whispered to the waters in the stream

Heidi was alert to sounds I could not hear

Whether she saw deer that frequent the bank by the stream I don't know

The recent rains have allowed for lush growth which provides good coverage

We lingered a while, me watching the flies dance just above the waters surface

And Heidi to sniff where she pleased


Back up the path we went

Me feeling much more at ease and Heidi looking very happy

I didn't want to take photos

I just wanted to use my imagination

And I often clutched the pendant that had arrived for me earlier and I had immediately worn

Of blue and green obsidian

I hope that this will absorb some of the negative energies from others that they freely and without knowing pass on to me

In fact I was so confident that it had indeed taken away some of my negative baggage that I showered without removing said pendant in order to cleanse the stones

Many times I stopped and gazed at ivy

Growing strong up the sides of trees

I could feel the invisible pull of roots through my own feet down into the earth

Until once more we were back in the lane

I know I need to repeat this experience often

For not just physical health

We have more senses than we care to understand sometimes

Last evening I felt truly alive

Not just hustling along with the masses

But being me, the real me

And fitting in with the natural world

Being a part of reality

In our modern world I feel we have to be what is expected of us

Not what we really are

Blessings J. x

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

One Last Time?

Well as our internet connection is so slow I've migrated back to Blogsy this morning in the hope it will still work!

Google photos getting to google shared photos seems to take forever and I just don't have forever to mess around

So while I'm here, here is a small selection of what I've been up to during our heatwave

Tea and cake on the patio...naughty but nice!

Not wanting to heat up the house this little beauty was brought out of hiding!
Oh yes I did...and it was lovely

First batch of elderflowers

Of course this madam came too

And finally last night at the beach in an attempt to cool down

All looks rather idyllic from the photos...what doesn't show is the crispy washing coated in bird poo...the sweaty bodies...the aching limbs...or the throbbing heads

But mostly it has been good

Alas today again I must leave the house for much of the day in order to earn money to pay the bills...big sigh...and tomorrow I need to dedicate the whole day to assessing a pile of distance learning workbooks...even bigger sigh...but at least I can be home...with the mutt...who loves to have me with her...not necessarily doing anything...but just there

So let's hope everyone is staying safe in the sun

Blessings J. x


Wednesday, 14 June 2017


This blogger thingy isn't that compatible with my iPad

As in I can't scroll completely up or down the page

I could blog from my mac

However for some reason Google photos kind of doesn't see eye to eye with that piece of equipment 

Insert sigh

Deep sigh

I'm currently investing Wordpress

But am not ditching here until I'm sure

Absolutely sure

And I believe Blogsy still works until I agree to the next update for iPad

Which I keep declining

For now

I have a home day today

Which won't all be at home

I feel another trip to the garden centre 

Hubby keeps commenting on how lovely the garden has begun to look!

Strike while the iron's hot do they not say?!

So more of this

Plus some more compost, secateurs, fresh herbs, and solar lights are on the list

It promises to be some day!!

Blessings J. x

Monday, 12 June 2017

At Last

It's been a busy and productive afternoon

Well...hubby left me alone today as he went upon a tractor run

After going to the farm and eyeing up my massively overgrown plants

I ventured forth to rather a nice garden centre

It was there that a carload few carefully chosen plants found their way into my possession

Anyway I had begun the transformation when who should appear home earlier than expected but hubby himself

Just in time to dig up the two remaining roses and transplant them to the other side of the patio

He's been a big help and fixed wires up for the roses 

These beauties I cut from the roses before they were moved

We had a BBQ tea outside
Determinedly so for it had become rather chilly

And so we along with these hunkered down inside while once more rain fell from the sky

Blessings J. x

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Farewell Blogsy

Apparently the time has come for me to part company with Blogsy
Dear friend...I stuck with you for a long time
Alas now you are unsupported and as such have become unusable 
So as it stands I have to relearn how to upload photos 
I will find out how
But today I am clueless 
Google will I'm sure be my friend 
But not today 
Today I need to create
After an emotionally turbulent week
For many reasons 
Several people I associate with are suffering 
In different ways
Grief, heartache, worry
Colleague, learner, and blog friends
I absorb others suffering 
And sometimes I need to stop and exhale 
Some people would say I worry
I'd like to say I care
So my plan is this weekend to do a small amount of paperwork 
As in get some bills out
And then absorb myself in the glorious creative cloak of happiness
Chocolate sits waiting on the dresser
I have an idea
And a peaceful weekend hopefully lies ahead
Blessings J. x

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

What To Share

June is being typical June I suppose

One day brilliant sunshine

The next almost monsoon-like

The end of this week brings us a full moon

And my Mother always said that the weather changed with a new moon

So a couple or more weeks of wet then


The elder is flowering around us

Though I shall have to wait for drier conditions before picking this years harvest

I wish to bring home my dehydrator

I don't have the storage facility to keep lots of cordial made so think drying some flower heads would be a good idea

That way I can make smaller batches when required



I abruptly stopped knitting when the evenings became a little lighter

This usually happens each year

I'm not sure exactly why

It just does

I'll pick it up again come Summers end



I love reading

Especially blogs at the moment

I'm very interested in topics of a natural theme

Of our changing seasons

Old folklore


Hedgerow finds and makes


Work is very demanding at the moment

I need to chill

Not easy when evil beings are running amok in our land

People are hurting

This makes me sad

But together we are strong


Blessings J. x


Thursday, 1 June 2017

It's Been A While

It must be a certain time of year

I really don't like the term busy

But well

That's just what I have been


The river of poppies

Really quite something

But there were even more

Rather a lot of damp eyes around the displays

I believe the ones in the centre display numbered eleven thousand five hundred

The number of lives lost from Devon in the First World War

And our Son's special someone

Well she's lovely

I've been up with him from last Friday to yesterday and have now hit a pile of work running

It's hard to believe that the Summer Solstice will soon be upon us

There is much to do

I know I'll set myself up to fail with unrealistic targets

For tonight I am satisfied that our bedding has at long last been changed to light Summer weight

Blessings J. x