The year of fairly mild temperatures experienced in our little pocket of the British countryside is coming to an end. Suddenly temperatures dipped severely this week, as we were hit with the first frosts of the Winter season ... but Autumn is not yet over and all the trees are still shedding their leaves, so … Continue reading Late Autumn Musings
Asked: "Why Do You Write?" Answer: "I write because I can’t draw … No, that is not entirely true. I write because it is the music I make without a keyboard with sounds. I write because I have written since I was a little girl, learning to spell, standing in line to have my homework … Continue reading Why Do I Write?
Dear Readers, I was thrilled to learn this morning that I had been nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award yesterday. This is my first award nomination on WordPress and I am grateful for the recognition by a fellow Blogger. It is always lovely to hear that one’s writing is appreciated by others and I would like … Continue reading The Versatile Blogger Award
It is the beginning of a new week and I thought I would take a moment to still my mind and take stock of the present ... now is a present and the present is now. When we are slain by difficulty or pressure, squeezed into other people's deadlines and commitments, pushed by life into … Continue reading A Gratitude Moment
Prompted this week by WordPress to write about "Orange", I thought that I would skip that prompter to write and moved on ... only to then receive a lovely note from an avid new Reader of the blog, saying how much she had learnt from and enjoyed reading the post "Carrots At The Tail … Continue reading Carrots At The Tail End Of Winter – A Repeat
I was in a meeting in Edinburgh on Friday 13th October. Suddenly an entire rainbow formed in front of my eyes. The moment was incredible. The rainbow was a pure arc of beauty, promise and grace. It meant so much. Some others nearby noticed it, some seemed to take it for granted. I took it to heart. My meeting … Continue reading A Rainbow In Edinburgh
Today my attention wandered to the WordPress Reader, a screen where one can see a list of latest posts published by WordPress bloggers, feeling a little lost in the process of swapping computer screens, my day having passed fairly unproductively thus far. Perhaps I was instinctively looking for a little plank to stand on in … Continue reading What Is Brave?
Dear Readers, I have just received a notification from WordPress, to say that The Holly Tree Tales has received 500 likes on articles and posts. Thank you so much, to all the Bloggers and other Readers who have encouraged my writing and who have clicked on the little star. I really appreciate every one of … Continue reading 500 Likes ~ Thank you!
What a lovely surprise to discover, when I logged into my WordPress account today to prepare the next post, that The Holly Tree Tales has reached 100 Followers! Thank you so much to each and every one of the Readers of this website and followers of the blog, via independent email or WordPress itself. I … Continue reading 100 Followers
Autumn has arrived, in our little pocket of country and, while birds sing in the morning sunshine, there is a distinct absence ... the swallows and house martins have flown. This realisation feels like a mixture of things, not least a sense of having been left, the environment abandoned as the wise ones travel to … Continue reading Autumn Has Arrived And Swallows Have Flown