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

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Two Lucky Ladies

Jack and I went to the Post Office today to post packages to two lovely ladies.  Jack wanted to give a special gift to one of his Facebook friends and blog readers, and ended up picking not one, but two names on his nifty random-name-generator--Marianne and Helene. Both book bags are now headed over the Atlantic to the United States.

Thank you everyone who commented or just enjoyed Jack's Cotswold 
adventure and be sure to watch for more of his adventures to come.
I've heard rumours that now Lady Catherine de Bourgh and
 Mrs. Havisham want to get in on the fun and give something 
special away--hopefully it's more than just an egg (although they 
are quite lovely). Stay tuned!


  1. Very cute!! We look forward to hearing from the Lady C. and Mrs. H! Congratulations to the "two lucky ladies". Love your new blog platform, by the way, but must admit, I do miss seeing the Spires!! Hope they will come back from time to time!! :-) Jane xo

  2. Hi Jane ~ I'm sure the 'dreaming spires' will be back soon--I have a few vintage views waiting in the wings. Hope summer is cooling down for you now. Take care! xxx