A light in the dark…

On this most beautiful of nights, sending you all warmth and goodness over this strange and wonderful cyberspace. Take a moment, if you can, to watch this You Tube video which has the words of one of my favourite writers, John O’Donohue – Bennacht (celtic for blessing) and a beautiful song, O Night Divine. The […] Read more...

Home made advent…

Take some fairy lights and dark material… …add some nativity figures… …some stones and sticks…. ….some angels and hand made stars (24 of them to be precise)…. …and some very excited children!    Put them all together and you have created Mary’s walk… 24 stars on the path – one for each day of advent. […] Read more...

A New Year’s Eve Family Ritual

He we are again, on another threshold of a year. I am a reflective person by nature, always asking questions and trying to dig deep into my own heart and the world around me. New Year’s Eve is the perfect indulgence and we started a tradition a couple of years ago of sitting round the […] Read more...

Happiness and sadness…

Teaching children about emotions is such a big part of being a parent. So easy to get it wrong – to send messages that cause a denial or surpression of feelings (‘don’t cry, cheer up, don’t be silly’…) or to be shy in setting boundaries of what behaviour is OK/ not OK in response to […] Read more...

What’s going on around here….

A certain little girl has completed her 7th lap around the sun! I am so proud of her, so in love with her enthusiasm for life, her eye for small things, her way of speaking and being, which is changing so much week by week. She was sooo happy to receive mummy’s old camera as […] Read more...

From us to you….

Mr Winter Flu has visited our family, putting aside many plans for cards, family newsletters and the like. So I hope you can accept this brief offering. Preparations for our feast with family and friends continue on this most beautiful of nights – the cranberry sauce and stuffing is ready and the veggies are being […] Read more...

After the Olympics – lessons for my children (and me)

How fortunate we have been the last two weeks, living in the glowing Olympic zeitgeist that has bathed our city of London. It made me smile today as I observed my children doing pretend play in the garden – all  their teddies competing and being awarded medals! The strap line for London 2012 was ‘Inspire […] Read more...

Creations…

My latest piece of mosaic art, just finished, now flying off to the annual Opus Mosaics exhibition. It is called “Bird in a Grey Sky” and here you can see me trying to love grey skies, which we have had rather a lot of (size 100 x 20cm). And one of my most beautiful creations […] Read more...

Hand-made precious birthdays

As each year goes by (fast, so fast) I am always searching for gifts to make and give to my children. Gifts that will have have a lasting legacy and  that will keep on giving long after the play-dough has dried out and the puzzle pieces discarded . This week our precious girl turned 6 […] Read more...