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New Book: Bluebells New School

Jacqueline King:

Today I’m shining the spotlight on my lovely friend: super~talented illustrator and children’s author, Jules Marriner! Tah~Dah!

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Woo hoo! Bluebell has landed. After what seems like the longest labour ever, my latest book has been delivered. And keeping with the similie, it wasn’t a straightforward gestation and towards the end I needed a lot of laughing gas.

However, she’s here now and the main thing is, she is happy and healthy.

I describe Bluebell’s New School as being a bit like Harry Potter in reverse. She is a witch who wants to go to normal school but her sarcastic owl Twit is not terribly pleased with the idea. Her first day at Footleton Primary doesn’t exactly go to plan, thanks to the extraordinary actions of a small boy with legs like beansprouts.
This is the first book in a series and I have an idea that Twit will be taking a larger role in future stories. I imagine it’s a bit like writing a new character into…

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 Crafty Bees

I’ve engaged in some form of crafting all my life ~ Scrumbling being my fibre art of choice, (the clue’s In the title of this blog!) But when I began to suffer neck problems, I found I couldn’t manage more than a few minutes of crochet or knitting at time ~ and even that left me with a headache. Sad face. 😟

Recently I embarked on a programme of specific exercises (which I’ll tell you about another day) and, to my great joy, I find that I’m now able to work for longer, providing I follow my own advice and don’t push it too far. Yay! Now I don’t have to donate my (considerable) yarn stash to charity ~ and I can try my hand at some of those fantastic projects bookmarked for ‘when I have time’. 😊

But self~motivation can be tricky, particularly when you’ve been out of the loop. So when my friend Kerry asked if I’d be interested in joining a new craft group I jumped at the chance to meet up with other creative people, some of whom I already knew.

‘Crafty Bees’ started in March and is held in a local cafe every other Monday evening. With it’s comfy sofas and welcoming ambience, The Living Room is the ideal meeting place for members to bring along their WIP’s; exchange tips, tricks and advice, touch base with old friends and get to know new people. The manager, Charlie, opens up especially for us and serves yummy home~made cakes and beverages at very reasonable prices. 

As you can see from the photos below, which I took at last night’s session, Crafty Bees is a literally a hive of creative activity!

              

 

:)

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Brand New Tao 

This is ‘brand new day’ (all lower case.)

I’ve been scrolling through the WordPress Themes menu and have decided it’s time for a change. This one attracted me because of it’s name ~ it’s bright and optimistic and reflects how I’m feeling at the moment. Long may that continue!

For a couple of years I’ve been unable to publish regular posts. A series of unfortunate incidents ~ culminating in complete collapse, followed by me being diagnosed with inflammatory dis~eases ~ brought me down. Brain~fogged with pain, I couldn’t think of anything worth blogging about and in the end I gave up trying. If it weren’t for my self~imposed commitment to Becca Givens ‘Nurturing Thursday’ movement, I would have closed this site down a long time ago. 

When I was originally told that there’s no cure and no treatment for my degenerative condition; that my aches and pains are a result of the natural ageing process which I must simply accept, I sought further consultation. The second doctor was a woman nearer my age, with a ‘no~nonsense’ attitude, who knows me better than the one who’d delivered the news so unsympathetically. 

She encouraged me to improve my mobility and core strength with exercise, reassuring me that this wouldn’t do any further damage ~ in fact quite the opposite. She’s a qualified acupuncturist and had given me this alternative therapy in the past ~ but wasn’t able to offer further such treatment on the NHS. (With our health service in crisis, I was surprised and grateful to receive it at all!) She did, however, recommend  that I investigate complimentary methods of alleviating pain, such as chiropractic realignment and deep tissue massage. 

It’s now twelve months since I started following her advice and although it’s felt like a frustrating dance of ‘two steps forward, one step back’, I’m finally feeling the benefits. I’m more mobile and can manage activities I love ~ gardening, reading, craftwork, writing and so on, in addition to light housework. But I’m not complacent ~ this experience has forced me to pay attention to my body and make wiser choices. I’ve had to learn when it’s time to stop pushing myself and take a break. That way ~ ironically ~ I seem to achieve more. More of what matters, anyway.

I’ve been considering whether to renew my WordPress subscription for ‘taoofscrumble.com’, which runs out next month and I’ve come to the conclusion that blogging is an important part of my recovery. So I’m glad that I kept it going, (however feebly,) thanks to Becca and my other ‘Nurturing’ buddies.

Having finally made that decision, I’m feeling the old, creative excitement stirring and ideas for fresh posts beginning to flow. Yay!

Hence the bright new theme, with the optimistic title……. 

This is a ‘brand new day’!
:)

  

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Nurturing Thursday: Be gentle

Jacqueline King:

I love this ‘Nurturing Thursday’ entry on ‘mazeepuran’ so much that I just have to reblog it!

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My entry for Becca’s Nurthuring Thursday.

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Nurturing Thursday 75

We’re having what you might call ‘interesting’ weather in the UK at the moment ~ bright, breezy spells brought to an abrupt end by heavy rainfall, thunder, lightning and even hail. Not that I’m complaining ~ these are minor inconveniences compared with the natural disasters devastating other parts of the planet. 

Despite temperatures rising to 20 degrees one day then plunging back to single figures the next, Spring is well underway: trees and shrubs are blossoming, the allotments we pass on our dog walks are coming to life and the  birds landing on the fence outside my window have beaks crammed with food for their young. Ceaselessly active, it’s a wonder they have energy to spare but they chirp and tweet away, sounding particularly ebullient after a storm. Whatever the weather, they just go about their business with single~minded purpose ~ how inspiring is that? :) 

What with injury and illness, I found gardening too difficult and painful last year which was sad. I missed that connection of being at one with the Earth, of nurturing life and getting potting compost under my nails. (I start with every intention of keeping my gloves on ~ but before I know what I’m doing I’ve yanked them off and I’m up to my elbows in dirt!) Then I remembered that one of my mother’s favourite sayings was ‘where there’s a will there’s a way’, so this year I’ve planted veg in pots on staging, where I can weed and water them without bending or stretching too much. 

It has already made a huge difference, even though ~ after a promising start ~ my crops seem to have entered a period of suspended animation. With very little progress evident, I’ve treated them to a healthy dose of Epsom salts and a few kind words of encouragement. I’m hopeful that the better weather which has been forecast for the next couple of days will kickstart a growth spurt. 

If it does I’ll post some pics! 

:)

 

  

 

Nurturing Thursday is hosted by Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, press this link. 

Other ‘Nurturing’ contributors are: 

Crowing Crone Joss 

Inside the Mind of Isadora 

Laurie’s Notes 

Pocket Perspectives 

Mazeepuran 

Tea and Paper 

Meg Evans 

Bowl of Cherries 

Hugmamma


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Nurturing Thursday 74

Yesterday fellow blogger Lord David Prosser shared how his niece, Joanne, celebrated her recent birthday by offering hugs to strangers in the street. I am so impressed by her story, that I’m reblogging the link to the newspaper article reporting it:

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/colwyn-bay-woman-celebrates-birthday-9148102

Given that we’re not prone to open displays of affection in the UK, I admire Joanne’s bravery at putting herself out there on her special day. It’s making me smile just to think about this warm~hearted young lady spreading a little bit of love ~ I wish I’d been there! 

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Virtual (((Hugs))) back at you Joanne! 

Nurturing Thursday is hosted by Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, press this link. 

Other ‘Nurturing’ contributors are: 

Crowing Crone Joss 

Inside the Mind of Isadora 

Laurie’s Notes 

Pocket Perspectives 

Mazeepuran 

Tea and Paper 

Meg Evans 

Bowl of Cherries 

Hugmamma


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Nurturing Thursday 73

  

A few months ago I shared that I’d joined a local singing group, called Singabout.

Although it was primarily set up for those suffering from dementia and their carers, it is open to all people with an interest in singing for their wellbeing. It’s a vibrant, well attended class with a growing membership of all ages. 

This week we welcomed a new family ~ an elderly woman in a wheelchair, accompanied by her son and his wife. They all live together and have recently moved to the Island. For the first hour Mum sat motionless, slumped to one side, looking down ~ completely disengaged from the activity buzzing round her. The younger couple looked a little uncomfortable ~ not knowing what to expect and maybe unfamiliar with our repertoire of old favourites, folk songs and show tunes. 

At three o’clock we always break for a cuppa, served by volunteers in an adjoining room. The son asked if they should leave Mum where she was ~ but this social interval is an important part of the afternoon and space was quickly cleared for him to wheel her to the end of a brightly covered table, where they could sit beside her and join in the general chatter. 

We returned to singing and I noticed that the old lady was moving her fingers in time to the music. And when we launched into ‘April Showers’ she began to sing along ~ very quietly but word perfect! The son heard his mother’s voice, nudged his wife and they both looked at her with tears in their eyes, as we went through the song a second time together. 

Although not exactly smiling, Mum’s face had lifted. She was clearly enjoying this moment ~ and maybe the tender memories it brought back. Who knows? Bless her! 

What I do know is that I witnessed proof that, along with all it’s other benefits, music has nurturing and transformative powers….and it’s so much fun! 

:)

Nurturing Thursday is hosted by Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, press this link. 

Other ‘Nurturing’ contributors are: 

Crowing Crone Joss 

Inside the Mind of Isadora 

Laurie’s Notes 

Pocket Perspectives 

Mazeepuran 

Tea and Paper 

Meg Evans 

Bowl of Cherries 

Hugmamma

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Nurturing Thursday 72

  

Lynda Field

I intended to post this message last week ~ but for some reason the latest app update for WordPress would’nt work.  :( 

But I didnt stress about it ~ I figured it was ‘time to take a break’, so the Wonderpup and I went out for our daily constitutional instead. :)  

 


This morning I read Sue Dreamworker’s post about how some things aren’t meant to be and surrendering to the flow of the Universe. Her words fit perfectly with the ‘Nurturing’ theme, so I’m revisiting last week’s draft (yes, I remembered to save it!) to see whether ‘the perfect moment is here’ for me to quote Lynda Field’s inspiring and relaxing advice. 

Nurturing Thursday is hosted by Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, press this link. 

Other ‘Nurturing’ contributors are: 

Crowing Crone Joss 

Inside the Mind of Isadora 

Laurie’s Notes 

Pocket Perspectives 

Mazeepuran 

Tea and Paper 

Meg Evans 

Bowl of Cherries 

Hugmamma

🌞

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Friday Blessings

Jacqueline King:

Our Internet connection has been fragile for a while now and earlier this month it disappeared completely for over a week. Without access to the external world, I got out of the habit of blogging and have missed a couple of Nurturing Thursdays.

I know it’s a day late ~ but when I saw this beautiful poem and photo, posted by Gilly on her blog ‘Lucid Gypsy’ this morning I just had to pass it on immediately!

Now I’m off to observe the effects of the solar eclipse. Dense clouds above the Island might prevent us actually seeing this cosmic phenomena ~ but I can clearly remember the weird and wonderful atmosphere of the last one, in 1999.

Wishing everyone a magical weekend, filled with love and kindness. :)

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the balm of bodhisattva
most gentle Kwan Yin

I was inspired by Judith’s post this morning, to wish you peace and joy for the weekend.

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Nurturing Thursday contributor Meg Evans has tagged me in a fun challenge called  ‘Spread the Love,’ which began on Valentine’s Day. Thank you Meg ~ I’m not usually much good at these things but I’ve decided to link my effort to today’s Nurturing Thursday post. 

According to the rules the first thing I have to do is come up with 10 four word sentences about ‘love’

Hardly any of the cliches about love that spring to mind are made up of just four words. There are tons with five or more ~ ‘All you need is love,’ ‘Love is in the air’ ‘Love is a many splendoured thing’ and Erich Segal’s iconic but often mis~used ‘Love means not ever having to say you’re sorry.’ 

There are even a few with three…..’I love you’ being the most obvious! But four? That’s proved more difficult for me ~ I guess that’s why they call it a challenge!

When I explained to My Love why I was muttering and frowning, he made up a brilliantly funny one…..which we’d forgotten by the time I’d found a notebook and pen, to write it down. So with a lot of thought and a little help from the Internet I’ve mixed it up and chosen these: 

  1. Nurture yourself with love.
  2. ‘Love is all around’ Reg Presley
  3. Self care is loving.
  4. ‘Love is my religion’ John Keats
  5. I love my life.
  6. ‘Love is our mother.’ Rumi
  7. Love and be loved.
  8. ‘Love your Harley Davidson.’ Martin King 😘 (This isn’t the one he forgot…. but it is true, he does. Me too!) 
  9. True love is divine.
  10. ‘Ultimately love is everything’ M Scott Peck

I found the second part of the challenge much easier ~ to share my favourite passage or poem about love. These words, On Marriage, from ‘The Prophet’ by Khalil Gibran send shivers down my spine every time:

You were born together, and together you shall be forever more.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Fill each other’s cup, but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread, but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

    Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
    For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
    And stand together yet not too near together:
    For the pillars of the temple stand apart,

    And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.’

    Now I’m supposed to tag 10 others ~ but instead I’m throwing the challenge open to anyone who’d like to continue spreading this wave of love throughout the blogosphere. You can read Meg’s post, with all the details, here.

    :)

    Nurturing Thursday is hosted by Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, press this link. 

    Other ‘Nurturing’ contributors are: 

    Crowing Crone Joss 

    Inside the Mind of Isadora 

    Laurie’s Notes 

    Pocket Perspectives 

    Mazeepuran 

    Tea and Paper 

    Meg Evans 

    Bowl of Cherries 

    Hugmamma

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