May 2010

There isn’t a way things should be. There’s just what happens, and what we do.
Terry Pratchett “A Hat Full of Sky”


Every week my daughter and I go to the woods, bringing with us snacks, drinks and extra cloths, which doesn’t leave much space in my bag for a picnic blanket.  Therefore I decided to make a small one that is just big enough for the two of us.  I couldn’t justify buying more fabric (due to owning somewhat large stash of the various craft materials) and after looking through all the 5″ squares selected the ones that seemed to go well together.  I followed the instructions for the Picnic Blanket by Erin of house on hill road, but as the blanket was too small added a border.
Picnic Blanket
The final (perfect) size of the blanket is 30″ x 34″ and I love the subdued earthy colours. Next time I’ll have to attempt some quilting.

Ant Traffic
But the simple life, alas, once you really try to lead it, leads you into all this complication!
The Fat of the Land by John Seymour

I saw a frog in our garden today and even took a photo, but managed to delete the photo off my camera before coping it to the computer.  Lesson learned: sometimes multitasking results in achieving much less than when concentrating on one task.

I saw a duck today sitting on our garden fence.

First there was one duck
We get plenty of wood pigeons, great tits, blackbirds in our small garden and even occasionally spot a jay, but this was the first visit by a duck, who really should’ve stopped over at one of the park ponds not too far away.  Was it resting on the way to somewhere else?  It certainly didn’t seem to be very active.  However half-an-hour later I heard it chattering away and on glancing out saw that it was joined by another male Mallard duck.

Then there were two ducks
Their quacking and head nodding made me smile.  Sometimes happiness is as simple as spotting a common duck in an unexpected place.  At other times all the thoughts, feelings and dreams swirl into a sticky mess inside my head pushing the happiness further and further from my reach.  Thank you ducks for stopping by and making today more special.

However, there is another kind of love which is genuine where one realizes that the other person is like oneself who wants happiness and does not want suffering, and who has every right to overcome the suffering and achieve happiness.  On that basis, a genuine love and kindness is developed and that remains in the relationship.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama The Transformed Mind