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I have decided to move away from this blog and start anew. 2008 has been a hard year in many ways, I think the changes at work, Phil's health and Mum dying in 2006 finally caught up with me. I am not going to be maudlin here, but I spent most of the autumn in a fog and work finally became too much, so I took a long rest and tried to recuperate. I am not there yet but will get there. I am sure the road will be still be bumpy but there will be good views on the way.

memory of the 70's

Desiderata ~ OR "Things to be Desired"

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;

you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann

Rules to live by

12 Rules to Live By - Robert Louis Stevenson

Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things.

Make the best of circumstances. No one has everything and everyone has something of sorrow.

Don’t take yourself too seriously.

Don’t let criticism worry you. You can’t please everybody.

Don’t let your neighbors set your standards; be yourself.

Do things you enjoy doing but stay out of debt.

Don’t borrow trouble. Imaginary things are harder to bear than actual ones.

Since hate poisons the soul, do not cherish enmities and grudges. Avoid people who make you unhappy.

Have many interests. If you can’t travel, read about places.

Don’t hold post-mortems or spend time brooding over sorrows and mistakes.

Do what you can for those less fortunate than yourself.

Keep busy at something. A very busy person never has time to be unhappy.

starting over 15th July

Guides - having someone come over and run the meeting was great. We did the challenge India badge to support the Midlands group going off on a wonderful trip in 2 weeks time. Had a lovely time - making Elephants, having mendi hands and arms and legs, and then poppadoms and homemade raitia so easy the girls did it, just not enough time to play Bulbul may be next week.

Lovely to see June, even with her broken arm.

Hot warm and sticky day, but so wonderful to hear about Forest school in their reviews, how children and staff have grown with confidence, it just so wonderful. Then thinking about development and trying to sort out crafts to do in the outdoors using natural materials and wide games and so much more. But also realising I have a real dilemma about work...

Where is your paradise

I have just read the lovely and as usual inspirational entry on
Britt's blog and thought about posting a reply on mine but can't work
out how to do the links - not that I tried very hard. This is it http://www.brittarnhildshouseinthewoods.typepad.com/

When I was at primary school we had a young Irish teacher (she seemed
very old to me at the time) and we learnt this poem which has stayed
with and makes me think of my paradise, it is so evocative - 'bee loud glade, peace comes dropping slow and I hear it in the deep hearts core'

The Lake Isle of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats.

I WILL arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honey bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight 's all a-glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet's wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements gray,
I hear it in the deep heart's core.

I have not found my Innisfree, but paradise would be living within
reach of water preferably the sea that I could see from my wind with
the hills behind - somewhere in Yorkshire is what I have always
thought, Nofolk and Lincolshire are too flat

which one are you?

""There are two kinds of adventurers: those who go truly hoping to find adventure and those who go secretly hoping they won't."
~ William Trogdon

a lovely quote

14th June 2008

I had the most perfect day, I went by train to Sheffield to meet up with my great friend Helen who I have known since 1976 when we started out at Doncaster College of Education training to be teachers. We only had a few hours to catch up, drink eat and shop. It was wonderful but all too short. But friendships like that go and on, are great sources of joy.
I then caught a tram to Infirmary Rd and met up with Carol and her family. We went the Peace in the Park festival, which was so lovely, lots of people, entertainment, music, food and drink oh and of course stalls with good to buy and therapies to try.
Then back home on the last train (but not to clarksville) I feel like I had a holiday!


Have contacted my spoilee what odd language and heard back from her which is good, but not heard from my pal.
Have discovered another new spinner, I am hoping to have a go on her wheel she bought some alpaca to spin then I can knit it up - funny what excites you. She is on the parenting course I have been doing, a really lovely person.



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