Friday, March 10, 2017

The Way is Not in the Sky

"Your song is as silent as the heart is stirring"

Saturday, February 27, 2016

No time for pondering...

"What good is living a life you've been given if all you do is stand in one place?"

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Roadtrip Music - Part I

Yuri and I are preparing for our trip to England and Scotland this Autumn. Part of this preparation includes some excellent roadtrip music.

First up, an indie folk band from England.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tide of Blossom

Have you ever had a bad day? Or even a bad week or month? I'll be honest, The last couple months haven't been so rosy pink for me.

But this skinny, slightly awkwardly adorable British kid with the deepest, most mellow voice is soothing. Listen to George if you need soothing.

 Caught in the tide of blossom, caught in the carnival
Your confidence forgotten, I see the gypsies rule
What you waiting for?

It is rare that I have a Tuesday off from work. Even rarer that I am blogging about it.  But here I am, sitting in a pool of sunshine while the chicken fajitas cook in the crockpot, and my raspberry tea gets cold, and the cat impatiently stalks the hall waiting for her supper. Spring is coming.


Saturday, October 04, 2014

How I go to the Woods

Ordinarily, I go to the woods alone, with not a single 
friend, for they are all smilers and talkers and therefore

 I don’t really want to be witnessed talking to the catbirds or hugging the old black oak tree. I have my way of praying, as you no doubt have yours. 

Besides, when I am alone I can become invisible. I can sit on the top of a dune as motionless as an uprise of weeds, until the foxes run by unconcerned. I can hear the almost unhearable sound of the roses singing.

If you have ever gone to the woods with me, I must love you very much.


-Mary Oliver 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Jennie's day off...

Yuri half leaps, half stumbles out of bed at a glorious 5:50 am, leaving a mostly comatose Jennie in his pillowed wake.

An hour and a half later Jennie awakes due to her internal alarm clock beeping incessantly reminding her that she is late for her non-existent shift.

A lazy roll out of bed and the first cup of tea of the day is made.

A load of laundry.

A peep at "Love it or List it". Guilty pleasure.

Search for cute house rentals on Kijiji. Found one! It's perfect! Emailed! Aaand it's not available. Nevermind. 

Some yoghurt and chia seeds are consumed.

The kitchen is tidied and scrubbed.

Time for second breakfast! Eggs! Cheese! Tomatoes flecked with cilantro!

A second cup of tea and a rather languid peruse of my Russian notes.

A moment of frustrated self pity that I will never be able to speak nor understand this language.

A harsh self admonishment to study more. 

Blow nose for umpteenth time. I'm not getting sick...not getting sick?

To do list is made for all the packing and errands before we leave for holidays.

Nothing is scratched off...hmm.

An incredibly British looking sky outside beckons my presence.

Jennie capers off...

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Spring? Spring???! SPRING!!!

The cold weather has decided to stay forever, and at this point I'm convinced that Spring will never arrive.

So in this perpetual Narnia-esque state, where it's always Winter, I've decided to try and embrace the cold, wind, snow, and ice.

                                                                   This is me embracing

I should tell you that I only lasted about 30 minutes outside before rushing indoors to enjoy a London Fog.

"They say that love can't grow
Beneath the winter snow
But if we never see
Then how will we ever know"