This is my scrapbook page, where I've put some favourite bits and pieces
Here you'll find recipes, ideas, tips, quotations, photos, weblinks, book titles and other stuff. I plan to update it from time to time, so do come back and look again...
there is a field. I'll meet you there.
(Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi - 13th century)
A wise poem
Hokusai says look carefully.
He says pay attention, notice.
He says keep looking, stay curious.
Hokusai says there is no end to seeing
He says look forward to getting old.
He says keep changing,
you just get more who you really are.
He says get stuck, accept it, repeat
yourself as long as it is interesting.
He says keep doing what you love.
He says keep praying.
He says every one of us is a child,
every one of us is ancient
every one of us has a body.
He says every one of us is frightened.
He says every one of us has to find
a way to live with fear.
He says everything is alive --
shells, buildings, people, fish,
mountains, trees, wood is alive.
Water is alive.
Everything has its own life.
Everything lives inside us.
He says live with the world inside you.
He says it doesn't matter if you draw,
or write books. It doesn't matter
if you saw wood, or catch fish.
It doesn't matter if you sit at home
and stare at the ants on your veranda
or the shadows of the trees
and grasses in your garden.
It matters that you care.
It matters that you feel.
It matters that you notice.
It matters that life lives through you.
Contentment is life living through you.
Joy is life living through you.
Satisfaction and strength
is life living through you.
He says don't be afraid.
Don't be afraid.
Love, feel, let life take you by the hand.
Let life live through you.
- Roger Keyes
(Katsushika Hokusai was born in 1769 and died in 1849. He was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. He is best known for his painting "The Great Wave.")
A year on, and still hooked on crochet
I'm still busily crocheting, and have a bit of a reputation for novelty egg-cosies, shaped like animals. Here's a cat...
A word from the little people
I like the
Ingredients: one pound of citrus fruit (lemon, grapefruit and orange), two and a half pints of water, one pound and four ounces of granulated sugar. Equipment: one large saucepan with heavy base, sharp serrated knife, kitchen scissors, piece of muslin or thin cotton, two clean jam jars with metal lids, one smaller saucepan, wooden spoon for stirring. Method: peel fruit, then chop flesh using serrated knife and cut up peel using scissors. Separate pips from fruit and tie in muslin. Place chopped fruit, peel and muslin-tied pips in large saucepan and add two and a half pints of water. Leave to soak for at least 24 hours. Then bring to boil and allow to bubble gently for 1 hour, uncovered, stirring frequently. Towards the end of the hour, sterilise the jam jars and lids by placing them in cold water in the other saucepan and bringing to the boil for a few minutes. Then put in an oven preheated to 150 degrees centigrade to dry and keep hot. Meanwhile, when the large saucepan of fruit has finished its hour of bubbling, remove the cloth-tied pips, add the sugar and bring to a rapid boil, stirring very frequently. After about 25-30 mins, test the marmalade by dipping out a small amount on the end of a teaspoon and dripping on a clean, cool saucer or plate. If it soon begins to form a skin (which you can see because it will wrinkle when you nudge the marmalade with a spoon) then it's ready to put in the jars. This recipe makes two normal size jars, and leaves a small amount for immediate quality control tests. Serving suggestion: try on toast, with a large mug of tea.
The King and the Owl (applique picture, copyright Susan Gully, 1995)
Nor the battle to the strong,
Nor bread to the wise,
Nor riches to men of understanding,
Nor favour to men of skill,
But time and chance happen to them all.
Viktor Frankl, Man's search for meaning.
Rattling good reads
Here are one or two favourite book titles:
John O'Donohue, Anam cara
Wendy Cope (ed), Heaven on earth: 101 happy poems
Ursula Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea
Viktor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning.