On Spring light and life – a blessing

View across the hills, with sheep and the foreground

I love how light seeps across the valley at this time of year. Instead of little pops of green, the trees and hills are starting to pick up the refrain. And smiling as they do. Welcoming spring and embracing new life. SPRING BLESSING Trip your sagging heartinto the vernal gleam;foot-light that weary bodythrough the wood-flowers’ … Read more

Keeping vigil in a midweek pause for peace

sheep on the horizon seen through the barbed wire fence

Last week, Steve Garnaas-Holmes published a profoundly beautiful poem, Vigil, which seems appropriate for our midweek pause today. VIGIL As darkness descendsyou hold your candle,your frail light,but it is not little.It is the flame of “Let there be light,”the big bang of hope.Your light orbits through the darknesswith all the other starsin a great galaxy … Read more

Letting the light in one step at a time

close up of ladybird on the stalk of a flower

It was in freeing the common corn-flag from the encroaching bramble that I saw the ladybird. But actually, it was first noticing how beautiful the slanting autumn light caught the flower’s colour that led me there. Our awakening rarely takes just one step. Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿

In a certain light

bright green new growth on contours of exposed lake floor

There’s a particular light that brings new growth alive after the rain. It’s not the yellow brightness of the sun. Neither is it the heavy grey of rain clouds. Instead, it draws out the contours of emergence. And the evidence of seeds that have lain dormant below the waterline. Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿

Humble Beauty


Wandering around the valley, having finally finished shearing the alpacas. Grateful that it had gone so well and grateful that it was done for another year. And grateful that the light often appears exceptionally magnificent in these liminal moments. HUMBLE BEAUTY Who would have thought a humble dock leaf could be so stunning, or how … Read more

The way the light comes in


Sometimes when we’re searching for meaning or an answer, nothing shows up. Until the light comes in. And then we cannot unsee what the light, or insight, has revealed. It changes everything. And us. Sometimes, we simply have to wait and allow our patience muscles to be stretched and strengthened. Yet it might also be … Read more

And here comes the colour


I am blown away by the vibrancy of the greens in the valley this spring. More than I remember in previous years, there’s brightness and nuance as I wander the green paths. Yet, it also takes light to bring the colours alive. And maybe that’s why the greens are more green, and the yellows are … Read more

In the presence of luminous light


I love the early evening light in the valley. It has a certain quality that suggests depth and nuance. It also has the dual sense of lingering while also being fleeting and inviting me to relax in contentment without holding on too tightly. What a beautiful lesson in presence. Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿