Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The cold has well and truly set in

London is about to get snowed in. :-)
Not quite as pretty as this picture though,
there would be a lot more noise
and people about.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Open hearts

With dusk upon us, the car stalled and cut out. A long way from any town or garage and in freezing temperatures, not 10 minutes passed before a man approached on foot along the country road to ask, if he could be of assistance. It was soon apparent, the only way we would be moving was behind a tow-truck, so he insisted we come and wait inside.
Within minutes there was coffee on the table along with an offer of supper, M was watching the Disney Channel with a bowl of sweets and a puppy for company and this darling couple were regaling us with tales of their life together.
We were there for a total of 3 hours plus before we got picked up. For that entire time, it felt as though we were in the company of dear friends.

This is just one example among many that I could share. The kindness of strangers never fails to touch my heart when I witness or feel it, not because I believe that most wouldn't do what they can for another, but because each time they do, it is a conscious choice born from no other obligation than the goodness of their hearts, and that is an amazing thing to do. To mis-quote, such people are not strangers, rather friends we didn't know we had.

As with all things, the only way to truly appreciate is to contrast. I've seen hearts that are open and I have seen those that are or seem forever closed. Today, I read these words: "we can win the heart of any person when our heart is open" and it made me think of all the people I have come to love so easily, including those I have met here in the wonderful world of blogs. The one common factor all have shared is hearts wide-open. And mine was won. Time and again.

Jillie shared a most excellent post today (as she so often does) and upon seeing it, I just had to 'play' too.
So, I went on a little treasure hunt. :-)

Monday, January 08, 2007

Happy Monday

Warning: Potential for aching sides brought about by the giggles

Friday, January 05, 2007


Almost every morning as I walk past the park, I find it and I promise myself that all I need is time. As smiles persist, it is lost and I revel in the weary silence that comes thereafter. Revel, until the contrast becomes stark once more, stifling the otherwise fervent bubbles in my half-full glass of champagne.