There is an emanation from the heart

which cannot be described,

but is immediately felt and puts

the stranger at his ease.

~Washington Irving


Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough...

.........and more.

It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast,

a house into a home,

a stranger into a friend.

~Melody Beattie


Don't be satisfied with stories,

how things have gone with others.

Unfold your own myth.
~Rumi


May my life be like a great

hospitable tree, and may

weary wanderers find in

me a rest.

~John Henry Jowett


Monday, 13 February 2012

Holywell's Head Porter











This little robin was acting as head porter of the gate today, greeting Max and I as we went into Holywell Cemetery for our afternoon walk.  I think he was trying to tell us that, along with melted snow and blooming snowdrops, spring is just around the corner.  (Also, he's probably come out of hiding because it's warmed up about 20 degrees overnight.)






*Snowdrop  ~ a bulbous flower related to the lily family, which blooms during late winter.



* College Porter ~ Porters are college employees who work in what's known as the Porter's Lodge.  One of their jobs is to control entry into the colleges through the main gate (a job taken very seriously).  This chap in the bowler hat is a Christ Church College porter, otherwise known as a Bull Dog.







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