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We’re sitting in a Starbucks very near Stansted airport, availing of their wi-fi, their porridge (I’ve missed porridge…) and their coffee for Denis and their tea for me. We got off the Hook of Holland to Harwich ferry at 6.30am … Continue reading
We’re staying in a little town in the Austrian mountains called Gries Im Sellrain. And true to its name there was rain. With my new-found appreciation for rain, you can imagine I was very happy. (Near Florence, notice how flat … Continue reading
We’re leaving Florence today, well, tomorrow as I write and we’re leaving very early (read 9am…) so I anticipate having too little time then (now, to you) to write so I’m writing now…. which is in the past… which means … Continue reading
It’s five past much too early as I write, on a Saturday morning in a studio flat near the Via Sienese on the edge of Florence. It is hard for me to believe that last statement, the bit about being … Continue reading
After my observation on the blog yesterday that I was not noticing the beauty all around me I decided to start paying attention. My mission: To pay attention and notice the ordinary. Here in Venice even the ordinary is different … Continue reading
(Field trip to the Museum in Kildare Street Dublin, here’s a close up low light on the Ardagh Chalice) “What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Repeated baby steps are better … Continue reading
(Winding path, Mount Usher) “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.” – Steve Jobs Listen, sometimes it’s very quiet…. Mairead.
“The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.” – Rumi Listen to yourself, Mairead.
(The Botanic Gardens in Dublin) I went to visit the Botanic Gardens in Dublin last Monday. Although it’s less than an hour away I’d never been before. Not for the first time I’ve contemplated going on holidays to my own … Continue reading
(Agawa Canyon… picture by Doris or Grahame (forgot to ask!)) I’m rushing off to a course this morning (more later) so instead of a post here’s a story from the book Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh that explains what … Continue reading
(Seagull, taking a pause in Bath) I was digging in the garden yesterday and my project is very close to completion. You might remember the garden was overrun by weeds and I wondered how I might clear it? Turns out … Continue reading
(A Robin) The birds are singing outside the window again as I write and I continue to be amazed at how much their singing affects me. For the better. I’m cheered just listening to them do their thing. They have … Continue reading