a little bit of March magic

treasures in the sunshine
Oh March, you have brought some challenging moments, but definitely some magic too. Sometimes life throws in some tricky twists and turns to be negotiated. Somehow it's all been managed as we delicately step from one situation to the next. I can't help but feel there must be a huge amount of unseen help around us right now. And really amongst the wobbles and new beginnings I feel very blessed. Someone up there is watching over us and guiding us.

March bunting!
This month saw me hanging out some bunting, yes really! It felt slightly mad at the beginning of the month, but this is the view from my kitchen window. I love it. My neighbours might think I'm a bit mad too, but whenever the sun shines I think see! how right was I to hang up the bunting!

pretty glass and blossom in the sunlight
I've been almost spell bound over this glass salt pot. I think it belonged to my Grandmother, or even great Grandmother. I keep picking it up and opening it and admiring it. Something about the glass and the sunlight is really speaking to me. It's so beautiful. When I put this stone in it and shake it, it makes a wonderful clunk! It's lovely to bring something old and forgotten out into the light and really enjoy it.

a special package from Sidmouth
 Other march blessings.
This month has been the month for winning give-aways for me! I have won some lovely things.

a mermaid and an acorn all the way from Sidmouth
Hesta from Clover Clogg sent me this surely magical mermaid and a wool acorn. I love her little shell hat and the way she is lying on the driftwood and her little pink arms. I was very touched to receive such a lovely gift all the way from a place that means so much to me. It felt like a gift from the sea, and the acorn, is an important symbol to me too. It's the symbol for the South West coast path. I've spent some time walking on this path. It brings out the adventurer in me. There is something very special about the place where the land meets the sea I think. A tale for another day perhaps.

Hestas' travelling hooker bag!
I was also very lucky to receive one Hestas' traveling hooker bags and some lovely soft wool Thank you Hesta. A really lovely gift. Your a very creative lady.

Of course all these thoughts of the sea has set me of thinking of shells and seaglass. I have washed my little collection and have been admiring them. Of course they look at their nicest in the water. 

It reminded me of this book, Gift from the sea. Do you know it. This is the pocket version of the book by Anne Morrow Lindbergh.  It's a lovely book about relationships, creativity and personal space. Written 40 years ago, the author spent each summer away by the seaside. Such a nice thing to do.  I must do this!

a newly discovered spot by the new canal
In the spirit of water, stillness and calm, I have discovered this lovely spot by a new section of our canal. Little dog has hurt her leg and now needs to rest it for 6 weeks! No jumping no walking or anything. So I'm now the lady who carries her dog around everywhere. We go from bench to bench, where I can put her down for a while. I feel like we have been grounded. No rushing around this Spring. We sit here like a couple of old ladies, passing the time of day with whoever comes by. It's very still. Very Zen. A new thing. Time to just sit. So I have found the spirit of water here.
There has also been a little bit of shell and stone therapy here, working with my lovely mentor lady, who happily gives up an hour of her morning once a week at the local youth centre. Just to let me babble on. What a wonderful thing.

a naughty but nice splurge!
So I'm kind of ready to go the seaside. Have you noticed. Look I have my suitcases ready.
Enjoy March and whatever that may bring for you. Some things are blessings in disguise, as we surely know by now. Sit in the sun when you can!




  1. So lovely. You seem all ready for spring. I really love that you hang bunting in your backyard and I think it's beautiful. I'm thinking about hanging bunting on my chicken coop. :)

  2. Great to catch up on your news, through some lovely words and pictures. Sorry to hear your furry friend is sore and in need of rest and recuperation. But those extra cuddles are a bonus, especially sitting in the sun in your new favourite spot by the canal! Those gorgeous suitcases definitely look ready for an outing. Make sure to fill them with lots of souvenirs x

  3. I really enjoyed your seaside theme today Heather, and all your lovely goodies. Congratulations on your 'wins' lately, such lovely gifts! How sad that your little doggy friend's activities have had to be curtailed, but it does give opportunity to be quiet and perhaps take in more than at other times when busyness can tend to take over! Some time back when we had our little pet incapacitated, we put her into a child's pull along trolley when we had occasion to be in busy places - 'twas a great help!
    Happy Sunday to you! Joy xo

    1. I was wondering about something like that! x

  4. such a calm and inspiring post Heather!
    I love your bunting in the garden and your grandma glass salt pot!
    Give some lovely pats to your dog from me and a big hug for you,
    xxxxxx Ale

  5. so sorry about your little dog but perhaps it will give you more time to 'stop and stare!' Love the bunting
    Jacqui x

  6. A lovely post. I'm sure you've woken up to the beautiful Stroud sunshine this morning. Nice change from the thick fog during the week. I couldn't see across the valley for 2 days!! I love to put bunting outside. I love to see it gently blowing in the breeze. I hope your doggy's leg is all better soon. Xx

  7. Lovely post, full of peace and calm. Love the bunting, it would bring a smile to my face every day if I were your neighbour. Hope doggie is soon on her feet again. Love your collection of natural treasures, and glass with the sun making rainbows is just a beauteous thing to behold.

  8. What aovelu post Heather I really enjoyed it. You clearly are on a winning spree with all your blog wins and you will have another one winging its way to you soon. Thanks for the email I will respond soon. I love your gorgeous collection of shells and seaglass, I must say I miss the sea so much and find it the most healing thing on the planet. Love your new little spot and sorry to hear that your little dog is poorly, I hope the rest brings some healing. I also hope that March continues to being calmer times for you with a new moon and may you continue to find calm in these weekly sessions. The book you mentioned sounds really fascinating so I am off to have a little look. Love your bunting and how very soothing and uplifting for the soul!! Enjoy your week sweetie xoxo

  9. So, so wonderful to read such a happy post! March is bringing positive changes to you, Spring is awakening good energy, I can see it in every line of this post. Bunting, yes! It is perfect and heralds new beginnings and celebrations of life. I love the stones and the shells, your lucky win of that beautiful mermaid...big hug and smiles to you! Chrissie x

  10. Every image in this post is filled with such good feelings, whether is gratitude for the present or dreams for the future. So nice. That is one impressive collection of sea glass, I must say! And yes, you were totally right to hang the bunting. x

  11. What a lovely post, your shell and glass collection is stunning. The suitcases are very pretty, but I spied the most most gorgeous round crochet cushion in the background... I have cushion envy!! Sarah xo

  12. I have the little book Gift from the Sea written by Anne Morrow Lindbergh - such a beautiful book. My favourite part of the book goes...'But I want first of all…to be at peace with myself. I want a singleness of eye, a purity of intention, a central core to my life that will enable me to carry out these obligations and activities as well as I can. I want in fact…to live “in grace”... a goal worth striving for I think.
    I also think your bunting is such a lovely sight to greet you when you look out of your window. I wish I were your neighbour!

  13. I have to agree with you Heather, there is something very very special about the land meeting the Sea, very special... when I saw the coast of Ireland I was just in awe and speechless...
    Much love to you and I hope you're having a great week!
    Tammy xx

  14. Bunting is ALWAYS a good idea! It sounds wonderful to be able to look out your window and see it hanging there. So sorry to hear about your sweet little dog. I know you both enjoy your walks together. I hope she gets to feeling better soon! Have a lovely weekend!

  15. I've just discovered your lovely blog and have a spent a delightful time having a good old rummage. Hope little dog gets well soon. xx

  16. Hello Heather. Winter is waning here, but still lots of ice and snow. So marvelous to stroll through the blogs of my bloggy buddies from warmer climes. Your pictures are so uplifting. Hope dear puppy is on the mend.