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

Saturday, 7 March 2015

"There Is a Blessing In the Air"

The very first Holywell daffodil.

Jowett Walk Blooms

"It is the first mild day of March
Each minute sweeter than before
The redbreast sings from 
the tall larch
That stands beside our door.

There is a blessing in the air,
Which seems a sense of joy to yield
To the bare trees, 
and mountains bare,
And grass in the green field."

There was definitely "blessing in the air" today, especially being able to work in our garden.  As I banished spiders from the summerhouse, winter cobwebs were banished from my muscles and mind too.  A fresh spring breeze blew through everything. As Margaret Atwood said, "In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt" ~ and I definitely do, joy of joys.

"Hope is the thing with feathers,
That perches in the soul, 
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops, at all."
~Emily Dickinson

My reading chair in the summerhouse has a new
slipcover and all spiders have been sent packing.

"The best place to seek God is in a garden.
You can dig for him there."
~George Bernard Shaw

New curtains in the windows of the summerhouse, and
the tower of New College keeps watch over it all.....until tomorrow.

"Our England is a garden, 
And such gardens 
Are not made by singing--
"Oh, how beautiful!" 
And sitting in the shade........"
~Rudyard Kipling, The Glory of the Garden

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