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

Friday, 17 March 2017

This is the day the Lord has made; 
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
~Psalm 118:24

Give us this day our daily walk......

And give thanks for cameras....

.....and muddy wellies.

For wax jackets that protect
against the spring winds....

....and the colour green.

For punters & reading vicars.....

.....and for hearty flowers.

For a little dog to share it with......

...and for a place to call home.

How true it is that, if we are cheerful and
contented, all nature smiles, the air seems
more balmy, the sky clearer, the earth has
a brighter green....the flowers are more
fragrant... and the sun, moon, and stars all
appear more beautiful, and seem to rejoice
with us.
~Orison Swett Marden


  1. oh my goodness, beautiful post and gorgeous pics! Happy Spring!! Much love xoxo

  2. Just checking back to see if you have blogged again. Happy Easter!! xoxo

    1. Hi Pam ~ Thank you for checking in with me here. I'll definitely be writing again soon, but it's been a difficult few weeks with my mom passing away. She would have been 91 two days ago, but you're never really prepared to lose a parent. Spring is so full of beauty and hope and the Easter story gives promise like never before. Much love from Oxford.xxxooo

  3. Carrie, Hi. It's Charissa from Susan's blog. I commented here before and then life got in the way and I wanted to come back to tell you that I had pinned some things from your blog back then to try and help promote yoor blog the b&b and walking tours. Pinterest alerted me today that my pin of Shaun Evans with Jack in your kitchen has been repinned almost 150 times. And the other pins are doing pretty decently as well. I hope this has caused at least one person to go to your blog and one person to look at staying at the b&b and do a tour. I am sorry to read about your mom's passing and I just wanted to say that my heart goes out to you. I can't imagine your grief. Sending hugs across the miles. Xoxo