Today I'm launching SPIRALS - a collection of poetry, featuring words devoted to science, love, nature, the abstract, the sacred and sublime. Read them aloud, in a whisper, to a friend or lover, into the wind, under a tree. Let the words carry you deeper within or towards the sky. Wherever your heart roams. These … Continue reading Launching SPIRALS!
The first Chats & Crafts session began with emptying the craft case onto a couple of tables slid together. Items I had re-purposed, saved, purchased and collected made for a happy spread. I was delighted that the grown-ups dived into the case, with the kids. Cakes and cuppas in the cosy ambience of the cafe … Continue reading Chats & Crafts – January
I began the Kiss Me Cupcakes Book Club with a flat white and chocolate brownie. Start as you mean to go on 🙂 The latest issue of Positive News - an uplifting current affairs magazine - and Satish Kumar's Soil, Soul, Society were my bring-a-longs. The latter is a great follow-on read to Earth Pilgrim; … Continue reading KMC Book Club – January
We must crack open to see our joy. For humans, it is not enough to feel it. We bend until we break ourselves, so that we may then believe what we are, what we forgot. Gratitude is the most direct path to joy. It expands the interactions of the day. We feel it in the … Continue reading Begin with Joy (Letter 4)
A new decade is embracing us! There are experiences ahead to celebrate, challenge and inspire us. The topics of impact and contribution have come up in various conversations recently, with my eldest, as they approach adulthood. With a climate in crisis and a rising population, their presence has grown into the social-sphere as buzzwords that … Continue reading All We Do (Letter 3)
I have this soup a lot in Winter and created it by simply combining ingredients that have immunity-boosting, antibacterial, soothing or cleansing properties. It makes me feel good; especially when tired or unwell. Give it a go and adjust to suit 🙂 SELF-CARE SOUP (serves 1-2 small bowls or 4 mugs): 350-400ml of water … Continue reading Self-Care Soup
I'm happy to announce that the poetry collection I created last year is being released into the world early 2020! There are 100 featured poems, covering such topics as science, love, nature, the abstract, the sacred and sublime. I've written poetry for 3 decades and sifted through over 500 poems to choose those that best … Continue reading SPIRALS – poetry collection
Namesake has held meaning for me, for a long time. I've been observing my reactions to it in meditations. It's another way to expand awareness and acceptance. Originally Ancient Hebrew, later European; the meaning of Louise appears in two forms: 'renowned warrior / battle maiden'. As inspiration, it is a teacher of courage and resilience. … Continue reading Choose Collaboration (Letter 2)
Coming in 2020 to Kiss Me Cupcakes, a Book Club that enables you to read (and talk about) whatever book you like! Open to people aged 16+, this book club is 90 minutes every other month. Pick up recommendations of great reads, talk about the books you love; whether it's a new purchase, old favourite … Continue reading New Book Club
I've created a Springtime workshop, to Inspire Your Space. Refresh, release and renew, with uplifting chats and practical handouts. Growing up, my south-facing bedroom was a sun trap by day and a moon cave by night. Over the years, I read avidly about natural ways to cleanse, clear and honour places. Afer more than 20 … Continue reading Inspire Your Space – workshop
Sunday is a great opportunity to sit for longer, meditating. There's less going on, people are occupied with their own hobbies and pursuits. I've been doing a breathing practise centred on repeating the same few phrases on rotation. What I love about this, is the expansiveness it produces mentally and at the same time, the … Continue reading Beauty in Breathing
Time stretches to enable you, when intentions become actions, I've learned. Accommodating what we need or want in a schedule isn't an obstacle of time, but willingness. Self-care goes through phases and I've come to know when it slips, as the right time to shift into a new routine. Changes in life had motivated me to … Continue reading Sharing
I love when many people get involved in doing small, local actions to create a global impact. It's inspiring and exciting to be part of. I've ordered some trees (Beech, Elderberry and Silver Birch) from Woodland Trust, as part of their pledge for 1 million trees to be planted towards the global effort of reforestation. In … Continue reading Trees & Bees
Blackberry picking in the low-slung warmth of early Autumn. A great way to end the week. Purple-stained fingers and dark fruit glistening in the sunshine, like jewels. Apple and blackberry crumble with custard for Sunday pud. Mmm! Fruit picking was part of my childhood; laughing and singing as we picked fruit from a lane (always leaving … Continue reading Forager’s Fun
A recent walk to the local hills... I've been coming to this place since I could walk. On this occasion, I ventured in a direction I hadn't been in years. The scent of Scots Pine and shapeshifting clouds accompanied the stiff breeze that ran through drifting grasses. Heathers trembled, in a sweep of purple, as … Continue reading To the Hills!