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As the end of the year approaches, I find myself thinking of all the ups and downs, and ins and outs of not just this year, but past years too. It’s a funny thing looking back over a life as you grow older, and much as I find some of the physical changes a bit disconcerting (how did those grey hairs and the crinkly lines around my eyes appear!), I also like to think there is an increasing sense of perspective about not just my life, but the world around me. So many things that seemed urgent or vital even a few years ago have lost their import, and others that I never thought about in the past, have come to the fore.
I’ve realised just how precious good health is. It’s so easy to take for granted when you have it, and it’s the most shocking blow if it abandons you.
Kindness in this world is a great blessing, and something to cherish and cultivate.
Most of life isn’t about the big stuff – it’s the way we live it day-to-day that has the greatest impact.
There is so much beauty and joy to be had in small, everyday things - the taste of something delicious, the sound of beautiful music, bird song, a ‘proper’ cup of tea - simple, daily joys.
Time is precious. To give the gift of time and attention is one of the most generous things we can do and enriches our own lives.
Everyone has difficult times in their lives – pains, hurts and griefs that change us and shape us.
We all need to feel heard – those who shout loudest feel they aren’t. Listening is a skill, and there is much to be learnt from it.
A garden is a very precious thing. I never had one until we moved to the country 13 years ago, yet now I can’t imagine life without it - although I’m first to admit, at times I feel completely overwhelmed by it! Yet when I sit outside in the early morning with my bare feet on the grass, sipping a cup of hot tea, I am never more at peace.
So as this year draws to a close, for me it’s a time to reflect and to be so grateful for all that I have. It’s also a chance to say a very big thank you to all of you for the letters you’ve sent, the posts that you’ve made, and for the great generosity you have shown in sharing your thoughts, ideas and recipes with me. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
P.S. If like me, you haven’t even begun to think about any Christmas baking, I’ve just posted the recipe for my Last Minute Christmas cake on the recipe pages. It has saved my bacon more than once!
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If you would like to watch me making Asparagus and Goat’s Cheese Tarts on The Morning Show, follow this link...http://au.tv.yahoo.com/video/watch/25322696/springtime-asparagus-tarts/
My favourite charity
Just A Drop - www.justadrop.org
My lovely sister-in-law, Fiona Jeffery, started this international water aid charity in 1998 when she learnt that less than $2 can deliver clean water to a child for up to 10 years. From this knowledge, and her passion and commitment, Just a Drop was born, based on the premise that if people can be encouraged to give a little then collectively we can make a huge difference. I’m so proud of all she has achieved over the years and encourage you to visit the site and see the fantastic work they do.
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