Monday, 1 August 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.


Fresh peas from the garden.  They are all finished now, but we sure enjoyed them while we had them!  Mind you, by the time you pod them, there isn't much left, but still . . .  very tasty!


Feeding the missionaries.  We had the Buckley Elders over for supper on Saturday night, and we will have the Sisters tomorrow night.   Feeding the missionaries is always a good thing.  We enjoy their company. They bring a beautiful spirit with them, and they are most appreciative.   They don't really have a lot of money for food and expenses given to them.  It doesn't go very far when you are living in a country which is expensive to live in to begin with and when they don't have cars to get them around and have to rely on public transport etc.   Feeding them a meal helps to get them through the week.  One less night for them to rely on pot noodles for sustenance!  And if it is raining, an hour or so when they don't have to be trudging around in it.  If you want to do something kind for someone this week, feed a pair of missionaries!  It doesn't have to be anything special.   You don't have to break out the best china.   They are just  happy to be fed a meal.


Beautiful surprises in the post.  I have obliterated parts of the return address to protect the sender, but just had to show you htis very beautiful hand-done envelope.  Look at the beautiful calligraphy!  I suspect it is a Birthday card, and haven't opened it yet just in case.  That will wait until the 13th of August.  In the meantime I am enjoying this very beautiful envelope.  Thank you so much La Table De Nana, Monique.   C'est tres belle and so very thoughtful of you.  But then again . . .  that is Monique.  Thoughtful to a "t".

Makes me want to learn calligraphy!

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I know it is so easy to communicate these days with e-mails, e-cards, etc., but the value of getting something in the post, that someone took the time to make, or write, purchase, send, etc.  can never be underestimated.  Little treasures such as this are worth far more than their weight in gold  . . .

Je t'adore.

Bejeweled webs in the hydrangea after a summer rain . . .  so intricate and so delicate.  It is hard to capture their beauty realistically, but I do try  . . .


 Likewise the sweet peas . . .  the flowers drink up the rain.   We may not appreciate it so much, but they sure do.   We need to remind ourselves that this country is as beautiful as it is largely due to the large amount of rain that we get.  It is why we are so lush and so green!

This is Scotney Castle, a place we often visited when we lived down South . . .

Such a beautiful place . . .  this country is filled withan abundance of beautiful places, made all the more so because of  . . .  the rain.


Baked bean suppers . . .  with homemade beans from the crock pot, scalloped potatoes, sliced ham and brown bread.  So simple and so good  . . . the recipe

If you have never cooked baked beans in the crock pot/slow cooker, you should try.  They turn out beautiful.

Snap dragons in the garden . . .  I love these little ferocious dragons.   So pretty.  The proper name is Antirrhinum.  One of my favourite flowers, next to sweet peas and  pansies.

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That face  . . .  so filled with love and trust and so very beautiful.  Oh what would we do without her  . . . she brings such joy into our lives.  We love her so very much.  She has more than filled the gap that was left when we lost our Jess  . . .

My life is filled to overflowing with so much to be grateful for  . . .  I hope yours is too.

A thought to carry with you through today  . . .

I believe that every day you should have
at least one exquisite moment  . . . 
~Audrey Hepburn

Spiritual Enlightenment 

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In The English Kitchen today  . . .  Same Day Summer Pickles . . .  small salads, just for two.  There are four different kinds.   Delicious and healthy!

I wish for you a week filled to overflowing with small and wonderful things. Please know that . . . 

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And I do too!


  1. Good morning Marie. I have always enjoyed homemade baked beans. I loathe the ones in the tins. It would have to be a dire situation for me to eat the darn things. However crisp fresh green beans and peas are another story of the sweet days on our winter. Would you believe it was 27C here today? Far too hot for August.

    As for flowers I do so love the ones you have shown and shared with us. Today mum bought me a huge bunch of yellow roses reduced form $20 to $4. I hope we can have a few days of joy from them. I love to see flowers, no matter how simple, in a home.

    Animals help make home, home. Sometimes in the wee small hours Nimbus comes in for a cuddle. I cherish those moments. Neither of my cats are affectionate. Snuggle up to your sweet puppy. There is nothing like a loyal friend you find in a dog.

    God bless you today and always.

  2. Wow, I cannot imagine it being that hot in the winter Suzan! We do eat tinned beans, but I always doctor them up a bit. I add mustard, molasses, brown sugar and a bit of cider vinegar and they come out quite delicious. Fresh flowers do add a special something to a home I agree, as well as a much beloved pet. God bless your evening. xoxo

  3. Love you Marie. Just thought you would like to know.

  4. I wish there was a like button on blogs. I love you too Suzan, very much! ((((hugs))))

  5. Lots of people are making pickles right now and homemade are wonderful! Hope you have a wonderful Monday! Still very hot here.

  6. It is for the 13th:)
    You are so grateful for every little thing and I love that!
    Didn't you love looking at the beans? Little miracles..little peas in a pod..I just had to grow some..not a huge harves..but I will do them again:)Have a great day!

  7. Nothing smells nicer than a house after pickling Pam! Its not even warm here. The kids have all finally broken off for their summer holidays and the weather has been horrible for them! Hope your Monday is blessed! xoxo

    I picked my first green, yellow and Purple (yes!) beans today Monique! So very pretty. We don't get a lot, but so worth the thrill of seeing them grown and getting whatever we can! You have a great day as well! xoxo

  8. I felt that I could almost eat your blog this morning Marie !! Wonder why LOL...what a beautifully written address that is no wonder you are so happy to receive it, some people are so talented...makes me quite ashamed...ashamed that I don't keep trying things..I'm afraid I'm a bit of a defeatist if I can't do something exactly my eyes...I tend to give up, no matter how often my friends or whoever tell me that it is "just right"..if it's not in mine I give up ! .....hope your weather has been better than ours today it's been quite horrid down here, still pouring and decidedly not summer weather..I'm so sorry for all the holiday makers. I had to go into Bath this afternoon and it was just heaving with visitors all huddled up in raincoats hoods up against the wet.....lets pray for a better day tomorrow xxx

  9. That calligraphy is stunning. Who needs a a card, that's a gift in itself. Un beau cadeau de ton pays

  10. Oh Sybil, our weather here has been atrocious also and so cool for summer! Not very seasonal at all. So much for Global Warming! The poor Holiday makers! I feel bad for the school kids who have not long been off school and have hardly had any nice weather at all. I think you undersell yourself dear friend. Some of us have talents that we can't see, but that others readily see. You have the talent of being a great friend to all who know and love you. You are loyal and faithful and so uplifting to others. You have lifted me many times. You inspire me with your example. I love you to bits! xoxo

    I know, it is amazing Angharad! The envelope itself is such a wonderful gift!! Never mind what is inside. I will reveal once I open it! My fingers are itching but I must resist until August 13th! xoxo


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