Spring is Here!

Yesterday was Spring Equinox – the sun shone, the sky was blue, the wind was chilly and Spring officially began. After what felt like a long winter, the change was welcome. Already the first flowers of the year, snowdrops, have been and gone, and hot on their heels we’re now seeing lesser celandine, winter aconite, Continue reading »

Community initiative coming 14 March 2022

  An introduction to “The Lost Art of Simple Dying”   Wolvercote Village Hall OX2 8AB 7.30 – 9pm on Monday 14 March 2022 No charge (donations welcome)   Please click here to email wendy.bluebell@gmail.com with your name and phone number to secure your place (numbers limited) More people than ever are dying at home Continue reading »

The Shortest Day

  Sunrise on the shortest day 2021 Yesterday’s winter solstice leads us to today’s shortest day of the year. This year I’ve followed the seasons of the year closely, observing Mother Nature’s cycle, and tuning myself to the cycle of which I am a tiny part. Winter is the time of deep rest, and with Continue reading »

Remembering who we are…

I haven’t written for many months. Over the last year and a half the narrative of the world has changed beyond recognition, and on a personal level, everyone has had to find where they feel they sit in that narrative. But whatever we get up to, Nature seems to find a way to carry on Continue reading »

A bigger picture?

A year ago to the day I wrote a blog entitled, “Love our world… start with your neighbour…” and the final sentence was, “If we change, Mother Earth will have her chance to recover. If not, be sure she will chuck us humans off…” For many years I’ve felt desperate about mankind’s treatment of our Continue reading »

Winter Solstice 2020

As I sing “Morning Sun” to a grey bleak haze, I think what a perfect analogy for our current situation. We’ve sunk into the depths of a mire so deep it sometimes feels as if there is no light. But as with a sun hidden behind thick rain clouds, hope shines brightly, even when out Continue reading »

Beautiful Autumn Equinox, 2020

Much is written about Autumn Equinox, upon which I cannot hope to improve! But my experience right now is sitting on the ground in my garden, with a gentle breeze blowing my soothing wind chimes into life, the sun warming my back, an endless blue sky, and the strong smell of rotted manure waiting for Continue reading »

Ruminations on mask wearing

We’ve now been living with the response to Covid-19 for the last three and a half months. We’ve been subjected to isolation, fear, shame and economic disaster. Coronavirus has been portrayed as a vicious enemy that is out to destroy humanity. As if we’re not doing that to ourselves anyway! In fact viruses were here Continue reading »

Midsummer Magic

It seems impossible to believe that Midsummer is upon us. We’ve spent nearly a quarter of the year in lockdown. For me, the blessing has been the pure enjoyment I have experienced watching Spring evolve into summer. My frequent walks in beautiful countryside, often under exquisite blue skies, meant that I was able to watch Continue reading »

Love is All There Is… ♡

Sometimes I feel as if everything is closing in on me. I avoid the news because I no longer know what is true and what is not. But some things just work their way through anyway. Coronavirus of course, and for a while now I’ve had climate change on my mind, and recently the most Continue reading »