28 February 2020

Weekend reading

Someone asked for new Gracie photos last week.  Here they are!

I've been busy with my family tree this week and will continue on with it until the World Heritage plan expires next month. We had a lovely family lunch, including all the grandkids, last Saturday. I made a German Abendbrot - a selection of different breads, cold cuts, chicken, cheeses and salad; it's an easy way to serve a large family lunch. Everyone makes their own sandwiches and they all get what they like.

There's been a lot of talk, all over the world, about the weather in Australia this year but I'm wondering how other countries are going. I know there've been floods in England and too little snow and too much snow in various parts of America and Canada. How are you going in your neck of the woods. Are you seeing signs of seasonal change?

My wonderful sponsor, EcoYarns, is continuing their 15 per cent off discount for Down to Earth readers.  There are a lot of new yarns, tools and notions to discover. I'm looking forward to knitting with their Pichinku Chunka Organic Cotton. I'll let you know how it goes.

Here are a few of the things I read this week. I hope you enjoy them too.

Flight Lines: the heroic story of two grey plovers – and the man who followed them
What does it mean if coronavirus is declared a pandemic
The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
I love these two YouTube videos about traditional food and life:
   Rhodes - Typical Dishes from the Greek Island
   Macedonia - Ajvar: a paprika mousse as national dish
Have a look at this ship tracker. You'll be amazed at how many ships travel our oceans and seas
DIY embroidery floss organiser using clothes pegs
Spinach and ricotta rolls recipe

And finally, another poem from the late Mary Oliver.


When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.

I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.
And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.”
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