Inside, Outside

Inside:

Blue sky and sunshine

glimpsed through the window;

a perfect spring day.

Outside:

Fields dotted with lambs

hunkered down, soft pink ears

twitching in the cold east wind.

Spring in the garden

I plant seeds and tidy the greenhouse

as three slow worms bask peacefully

in the sun.


I love slow worms, and it makes me so happy to know that I share my garden with them. They look like little copper coloured snakes, but are actually legless lizards. One lives in the raspberry bed, one in a hole in the patio and one in the wall near the woodshed. There are probably more, I just haven’t spotted them yet.

Everyday contentment

A hailstorm engulfed the woods.

I walked, partially sheltered by

the bare branches,

cocooned, warm in my coat as

the hailstones drummed on my head.

It passed over, the last balls of ice

bounced off my hair as

I put my hood down.

I emerged into sunshine,

a cool fresh breeze,

and contentment.


You can always find contentment if you walk far enough!

January awakening

Today’s dawn chorus starts with a tawny owl.

Soft hooting drifts through the

7am darkness.

The shrillness of my alarm clock

is so ugly by comparison.