This piece was written on Monday 21 December 2015. I share it here, as a mindfulness offering in the lead-up to Chistmas. It will be my fifty sixth birthday on Tuesday next week, 11 December, and two weeks after that will be the day that we celebrate another's birth, after whom the festivity and 'holiday … Continue reading A Moment Before Christmas ~ Revisited
This is a little technical experiment in ‘reblogging’ a previously published post. The original post was written and published on The Holly Tree Tales on 23 February 2017. I am reposting it now as a result of having attended a WordPress WordCamp at the weekend, this being a relevant piece to the subject of learning to manage and write a Blog on WordPress.
It has been two years since I began the journey of technically building a blog, and writing one. My first ever blogging experience began with the process of creating “The Holly Tree Tales” on WordPress, something that was completely and utterly unfamiliar to me, in every sense. It was early in January 2015, the first to be precise, when I gathered my two children together at my computer, in order to consult them where possible, and set off cautiously into the jungle that has been my complicated technical process of setting up and managing this website.
For many years I had been told, by all sorts of people, that I ought to write my story, communicate my philosophical thoughts, share about my experiences through childhood, describe my journeys in new places, reveal my trepidatious steps through parenting my children into the great humans that they are, discuss my gardening exploration and tips, reach out by telling others about my…
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If You Can If you can Live where you love the sounds that you'll hear Where you love the sights that you'll see Where you love the feelings you get Where you love the hope that you hear If you can. Where you love the people you'll meet Where you love the beat that you'll … Continue reading If You Can ~ A Poem
Dear Readers, This is a little note to let you know that a new page has been created in the Main Menu of The Holly Tree Tales site, called Books&Authors. The aim of the new page is to share a list of authors and their books with the audience of this site. Many of the … Continue reading New Reading List On The Holly Tree Tales Site
Sometimes in life, it is the fewest words that say the most. Gratitude goes a long way towards lifting the atmosphere in any environment. Appreciation for what is in our lives, what others have invested into our lives, the presence of others in our lives, the opportunities that await us or present themselves to … Continue reading Raise The Vibe
DIAMONDS ARE MADE IN THE ROUGH Don't ever give up. Whoever you are, whatever you're going through, don't give up. You matter. You are made of the dust of the stars. You are a unique and precious child of God. You belong in this beautiful universe, Your steps are valued on this precious earth. … Continue reading Diamonds Are Made In The Rough ~ A Poem
Do you feel the same way about the word "nice"? My English teachers at school taught me to seek alternatives to the endless use of nice to describe everything. I'm so grateful to those forward-thinking women who taught me, by the use of word choices, that life can be a range of other adjectives … Continue reading About The Word Nice
The WordPress Daily Prompt has disappeared and some of us are mystified. Why has WordPress withdrawn support for Writers and Bloggers on the WordPress platform to quickly reach and read and encourage one another's work? This seems ludicrous, especially when one pays a Premium fee to host a website and does what one does with … Continue reading Why Has WordPress Withdrawn Support?
It is not every day that you meet a fox. It is not every day that one is adorned with the silk tie belonging to JT Foxx either. I am honoured to have met JT, to have been 'crowned' with his elegant tie, standing alongside a maestro with anticipation of great things to come, and … Continue reading Meeting JT Foxx For the First Time
Taking a moment to honour my mother. This is the woman who gave birth to me in South Africa, two weeks before Christmas, two months before her twentieth birthday, the parent I grew up with in Africa, before she returned to live in the UK when I was 21. I had 'left' home for practical … Continue reading A Tribute To My Mother