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.

May my life be like a great

hospitable tree, and may

weary wanderers find in

me a rest.

~John Henry Jowett

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Oxford looked like Narnia this morning, but sadly no Mr. Tumnus under the lamppost.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Santa's Workshop

Stuart and I leave in two days for Christmas in the U.S. with our children, grandchildren and family, so The Merton Room has been turned into Santa's Workshop and Packing Station.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

A Dusting of Advent Snow

We awoke this morning to a dusting of light snow--just enough to frost things over like icing on a Christmas cake.

Holywell Cemetary
and a path in the snow for deer,
fox, Max, and us.
Snow frosts Merton Street