Tag Archive | Enya

Child Abuse Awareness Month-why blue?

The blue ribbon is the international sign for child abuse prevention.  The colour blue was chosen to represent the bruised and battered bodies of the thousands of children that are abused every day.


The Baby Peter Tribute Fund-NSPCC


Gerard Manley Hopkins

One of my favourite poets-Gerard Manley Hopkins-enjoy to Enya’s China Roses

Pied Beauty

Glory be to God for dappled things –

For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough;
And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.
All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.
Binsley Poplars, felled 1879

My aspens dear, whose airy cages quelled,
Quelled or quenched in leaves the leaping sun,
All felled, felled, are all felled;
Of a fresh and following folded rank
Not spared, not one
That dandled a sandalled
Shadow that swam or sank
On meadow and river and wind-wandering weed-winding bank.

O if we but knew what we do
When we delve or hew—
Hack and rack the growing green!
Since country is so tender
To touch, her being so slender,
That, like this sleek and seeing ball
But a prick will make no eye at all,
Where we, even where we mean
To mend her we end her,
When we hew or delve:
After-comers cannot guess the beauty been.
Ten or twelve, only ten or twelve
Strokes of havoc unselve
The sweet especial scene,
Rural scene, a rural scene,
Sweet especial rural scene.

Doing things differently (5) Sunday morning with the girls

Now this is really doing things differently for me, spending Sunday morning with the girls. Sundays are usually taken up by football with my son playing for his local team and with live Premiership matches on TV. I love football and it plays a big part in our lives and I look forward to our Sundays all through the week.

Today however I am trying to recover from a heavy head cold and as I am also feeling fragile with continuing low mood I stayed at home whilst hubby did the football run. What a surprising treat it has been too. I had forgotten what it is like just to sit quietly, doing my cross stitch (thank you Andrew for reminding me how relaxing this pastime is) listening to my chosen CDs. And this is where the girls come in. My CD choices for this morning included Eva Cassidy, Enya and Dido. Wonderful chill out stuff and I feel so much better already.

Eva Cassidy sings what is for me the definitive version of the Wizard of Oz ballad, “Over The Rainbow” and what a tragedy it is that she died at such a young age. Her voice is immense and I’m sure she would have been a huge star.

So I have learned today that doing things differently is OK. In fact it can be great and very liberating. It gives you a chance to regroup and reconnect with what really makes you tick. Gone is that gnawing feeling in the pit of my stomach. Gone is that mental chatter flying around my head like dervishes on speed and gone is that overwhelming feeling that I have to “do” something to be satisfied with my day.

Sometimes it’s good to do things differently and do nothing.