• Samhain

    3 November 2018

    Belated Samhain blessings to you and your kin. For a thin veil, that space between the living and deceased has sure felt tangible this week. It has felt odd to not be producing a flower arrangement for a funeral: my grandmothers died one year and two years ago, both at this time of year. The sense of loss from their passing has surprised me, and become familiar. I hope we have many more years of marking Samhain with fire, and…

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  • Cracking Open Doors

    16 August 2018

    It’s not how much our children know, this year or even at the end of their years at home. Rather, that you have cracked open many doors to different realms with them, that they are armed with a bag of tools and skills for learning anything that may lie beyond those varied doors, that their hearts are filled with a sense of adventure and that their minds are awake and excited to face the challenge of learning throughout their lives.…

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  • A Fruitful Life

    9 June 2018

    A nut to crack or a delicious fruit to ripen? I’ve come to realise that we can’t be nutcrackers, weilding what we think are the right tools, ready to crack the ‘nuts’ of our children’s education or our own personal development: these things are ripening fruit, on their own unique timeline, which shouldn’t be rushed if we are to get the full juicy delicious flavour. So water, feed and wait. A fruitful life is worth waiting for and comes in…

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