Monday, 28 March 2016

Small and Wonderful Things . . .


"The world is fairly studded and strewn with pennies cast broadside from a generous hand. But who gets excited by a mere penny?...It is dire poverty indeed when a man is so malnourished and fatigued that he won't stoop to pick up a penny. But if you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that finding a penny will literally make your day, then, since the world is in fact planted with pennies, you have with your poverty bought a lifetime of days. It is that simple. what you see is what you get." ~Anne Dillard 

 A few of the small and wonderful things which bring untold joy into my life. It's the small things in life which truly mean the most. Simple abundance . . . it's the best.

Todd and I were watching a program late yesterday afternoon based on the family trees of people whose ancestors were criminals which had been transported to Australia in the 1800's.  It was an age when poverty meant that people had to stoop to whatever means possible to survive in the slums of Great Britain.   Pick pockets,  prostitution,. thievery, ect.  It was all rife.  Poor meant that in most cases you had literally nothing but the rags upon your back.  It is amazing to me, these stories of poverty and although transportation seemed a cruel thing, it was probably a better thing than to stay living here in poverty.  It meant a new start after their penalty was paid and an opportunity for a better life.  These people were amazing and most ended up with far better lives than they would have done had they been left here in the UK.  Even as short as 100 years ago,  poverty meant there was no social programs net to save you.  No welfare.  No nothing.  Today . . .  we think we are living in poverty if we don't have the latest electronic device or fashions, etc.  We know nothing about poverty, real . .  true  . . .  poverty.   I am so grateful that we live in a day and age when although people certainly are not all created equal and there are many that do without . . .  doing without is not what it meant 100 years ago.  We are blessed.

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Personality plus.   This little guy always makes me smile . . .

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So does Lucy . . .  I love my furry family members.

Eileen and Tim.   Eileen recently got a Silver medal in the SO Nationals in Newfoundland.   I am always so proud of her, even if she gets no medals.  She's my girl.  Love her so much.  We had a brilliant skype visit yesterday.  They don't often have the chance to get online, but they were at Tim's parents and so I got to talk to her via Skype, face to face, voice to voice.   Modern technology used correctly is so awesome!  We had a lot of laughs.   And Mitzie got to impress her too.

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 I think the Easter Chocolate was making someone pretty noisy!  And somebody else couldn't take it!  He's plugging his ears.   Love these two so much.  Maryn and Cameron.  Look at those baby blue eyes  . . .  and that poser.  So sweet.  They're growing up so fast.

 The Easter Chipmunk.  Not here, outside my mum's house.  We don't have chipmunks in the UK.  My sister took this photo.  He is so cute.  This chipmunk has been there for a very long time.  It may not be the same chipmunk each year, we have really no way of telling  . . . .  but there has been a resident one for a very long time. 


My sister's partner builds birdhouses.   Some Nuthatches have taken up residence in one. So cute!  We had a nesting house, but nobody took up residence in ours.  The hedges are far too convenient and maybe safer.  I don't know.  This is a cute picture.  Spring is springing even there  . . .

If you don't smile after seeing this, there is no hope.   I love this. 


I got one and I hope you did too.  I love Lindt Gold Bunnies.  They're the best.


 But most importantly of all, maybe not the smallest thing . . .  but certainy the most wonderful thing.  It is the greatest gift of all.  I am eternally grateful.

A thought to carry with you through today  . . .

Sometimes when things are falling apart,
They may actually be falling into place.

Spiritual Enlightenment 

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Cooking in The English Kitchen today  . . .  Baked Denver Omelette.

May your week ahead be filled with an abundance of small and wonderful things. Along the way don't forget . . .

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And I do too!


  1. Good morning Marie,

    I have a little baby frog story for you. Beth and I went for a walk and found a number of froglets on the path around the duck pond. I hope they were frog and not cane toad. But at that stage they were less than a centimetre long and hopped so quickly. The pond was so low. We have had less rain than usual this year. The ducks seem to be in fine form though.

    God bless your day.

  2. Good morning Suzan! So tiny, such little froglets! Cute! As long as the ducks are okay thats what counts! xoxo

  3. Glad you had a happy Sunday and got some family time in via the internet. It's always good to have a face to face chat.

  4. I am amazed at how quickly our Littles are growing..Marin looks so ooh lala:)Adorable:) must love skyping..:)Look at all the faces you get to see:)

    I agree the little furry friends are cute..I like the 3 that are in our family too..
    Have a wonderful evening.

  5. PS Talking about TV..We finished Happy Valley Season 2..about to watch Grantchester season 2..Such a change of habit for that talented J Norton.

  6. It is really nice to be able to chat vis a vis Pam! It's always such a spirit lifter on the holidays which is when I miss my family most of all! xoxo

    Yes, Monique, Maryn is growing like a weed and that personality! I think she is a little bit cheeky! Happy Valley and Grantchester, you are right he plays two completely opposite types of characters. I love both shows. We are still watching Grantchester. I love British television. I am on Season five of Friday Night lights, because it is the last season I am trying to eke it out. I don't want it to end! xoxo

  7. It is great that you have had a good weekend. To be able to see and speak to Eileen is so great ....I had not realised that she still competes at these games..she is wonderful and that is such a good photograph...The ones of the two wee ones on the stairs is so's very hard that you can't just pop over to see them....hope that today has been a good one. We had a terrible storm overnight but thankfully we are all still in one piece!!

  8. Hi Marie~

    Beautiful and also some very thought provoking thoughts today. When I see pictures like the one you posted, I often wonder what happened to them. How did they do when they were relocated, did they all survive until adulthood, did they do better, or did they do worse? I love family history . . . history of any kind makes my brain work overtime! But you are so right, most of us don't even have any idea about going without.

    Your grands are so cute!! And your daughter is so beautiful, she looks so much like her beautiful mama! It sure does make your heart sing a song when they have wonderful accomplishments! Congrats to her!

    Love the furry friends and the little chipmunk - very sweet!

    I'm really looking forward to the weekend! I love General Conference, it's my day to do nothing, but soak it in!

    Hugs and Love,

  9. You are so right; I think none of us are in true proverty except perhaps the homeless. On our Inner City Mission did work with one family that I would say we're close to the real proverty level; but even they still had somethings. We are just so blessed. I love that you got to skype with your daughter. Your Grandchidren are adorable. I like those dogs pictures also. The title chipmunk is so cute.
    I am hoping to get a really good bird feeder this year. I want more birds around.
    Loved your post and sending hugs your way!

  10. We didn't get the high winds Sybil, but we sure got the rain! Back yard is a quagmire once again! I had heard it was very bad down South. Just goes to prove that what they say about March is true. Having come in like a Lamb, it is going out like a Lion! xoxo

    Thanks Barb! She competed at the Internationsl Winter Games in Idaho 7 years ago now and won two golds and a bronze there. I was so lucky to be able to go over and watch her in person. I think she is an amazing girl, but I am more than biased! haha xoxo

    I remember you working at the Inner City Mission LeAnn! You are such a treasure Love, hugs and blessings to you! xoxo


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