Awakening the dawn


The days continue to stretch out their borders, claiming time from the night. And here in the valley, the birds tune their voices to welcome the dawn. Although this will reduce as their mating, hatching and fledging season will be drawing to a close in a few weeks. Until then, I will enjoy their wake-up … Read more

Being grateful for the present-ness of water


Ours is a blue planet, and water defines us, even though we think we do… We are water ­– at least 60% – and the water in our area has been through us multiple times. Water is present. It doesn’t have to decide who it is going to be. It is. Borrowing from Alan Moore’s … Read more

Revealed by the dew


At this time of year, beautifully delicate spiders webs are everywhere. It’s just that we don’t see them. Usually. What else are we missing?

Being in the flow


The threads of water are beautiful and clear as they weave around the stones. Yet until I stopped to look, I hadn’t realised that water could flow in so many different ways. These are actual contours, with water moving at different speeds reflected in the sunlight. Like water, we all move, at different rates and … Read more

Being held


The goslings are growing. Instead of just being little bundles of green fluff, they’ve grown legs. And legs, or more particularly webbed feet, can propel you underwater. Yet, you can’t stay there. And like the proverbial cork, they bob to the surface again. Held by the buoyancy of the water. And here’s the thing: that’s … Read more

Where is your ‘water place’?


I love it when thoughtful and generous people say: “Have you come across X? I think you might like it…” One such recent signpost was from the delightfully perceptive storyteller, Rachel Ostrander. “I wondered if you have ever read the book Blue Mind by Wallace J Nichols? … The book is about the importance of … Read more