Not keeping up…

Despite my previous catching up attempts, I am now 5 days behind with the Lenten photographs, due in part to a sore back.

The words I have missed are: listen, quiet, breathe, reflect, lost. Perhaps they can all be found in just one amazing Canadian Sunset? Last summer at Gooderham Lake ON.




Catching up..

I have got a bit behind with the lent photographs! So this is the first catch up post, with pictures from our recent trip to London to visit our daughter.

March 27th: “underneath”:



(Palace of Westminster)

March 28th: “hidden”


(Spot the husband at Greenwich Naval College)

March 29th: “adventure”


(Braving the crowds at Camden Market.)


Stepping out…

A wee bit of a cheat today – this picture was taken last Saturday as my husband was stepping out at the edge of Loch Tay. 

The clouds were gathering and his wee walk was about to be cut short. The rest of us were watching from the comfort of the lodge!!

“Your entire life only happens in this moment. The present moment is life itself.”  (Eckhart Tolle). 



Today’s word is not that easy to photograph. The last time we had an actual itinerary was for our first ever trip to the USA back in 2014. It was a special family holiday for our 30th wedding anniversary and the only time we have ever booked with a travel company. They took care of all the flights and trains and hotels for Boston, New York and Washington DC. And they secured the lovely villa we occupied in Naples, Florida. The itinerary was personalised and very impressive:


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It was an amazing trip.


Stress busting…

Day three of the blogging challenge for November.

I came across this when I was looking for something else, as so often happens: I found it years ago on Kathryns’ blog. I had it pined up on my notice board for a while – to help with perspective when my congregation was going through a difficult time with their buildings (we eventually had to move out, and spent two years sharing with our Episcopal neighbours, until we negotiated a union with another congregation).

So today I share the 10 Commandments for reducing stress.

1. Thou shalt not be perfect, or even try.
2. Thou shalt not try to be all things to all people.
3. Thou shalt leave undone things that ought to be done.
4. Thou shalt not spread thyself too thin.
5. Thou shalt learn to say No.
6. Thou shalt schedule time for thyself and for thy support network.
7. Thou shalt switch off and do nothing regularly.
8. Thou shalt be boring, inelegant, untidy and unattractive at times.
9. Thou shalt not feel guilty.
10. Thou shalt very definitely not be thine own worst enemy, but thine own best friend.

Nothing says relaxation more than our cat!

Getting in the swing again

I am taking up the Challenge to write a blog post every day for November, as I have rather got out of the blogging habit. So much so, that it feels as if I am learning to use WordPress all over again!

The pictures are some of the 131 shoe boxes which my congregation have collected for the Blythswood shoebox appeal.

The quilt was there to help us visualise a story I used during the service, as part of the dedication of our shoeboxes.  It is well worth reading here – at the BBC news site, a tale about “the man who kept a quilt for 70 years”.

The quilt in my picture was made by my little sister, as an engagement gift for me and my husband. Although  it is not yet 70 years old, it is wearing well in its 32 year! It usually brightens up an old sofa in our front room. It is something I treasure too, because of all the happy associations  that come with it, and the knowledge that it was made with such love and care when my sister was just 15.