Wild hope and new life

Close up of frog spawn and a waterlily leaf

The first sighting of frog spawn in the pond says it all. Spring is on its way. These early embryos may not all survive the remaining blasts of winter. But some will. And the next will fare better. This is wild hope in action. And the lessons are free. Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿 This … Read more

Noticing the little shifts in colour

Lichen on wooden rail - older grey and newer green

It was the slight shift in tone that caught my eye. Lichens on the wooden handrails of the footbridge are not new. Their graceful presence is here year-round. But the transition toward green from grey whispers that new life is on its way. Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿

Tomorrow is a new day


Indeed, tomorrow is a new year. Yet, in reaching for my usual John O’Donohue’s blessings – For a New Beginning and For a New Year – I sensed that 2023 might require something different of us. I don’t know what it is, though I suspect we might need more courage and hope than we have … Read more

New life hidden in a bud


If we pause to look, there are little promises of life all around us. Yet we don’t see them if we’re rushing past. Like these early catkins on the crooked hazel, I walk by daily. Their camouflage is lovely as they blend in with the twists of the branches. But look more closely; you also … Read more