An Eagle’s Journey

Today my daughter leaves lockdown, after nearly 5.5 months. I am so grateful for the time we have had together, a real bonus for our family in this difficult time, and we have been able to support one another during remote working / studying etc. It feels like the boarding school days again, both son … Continue reading An Eagle’s Journey

Looking Back To Reach Forward

I am getting geared up to take things to the next level. There are so many dials and knobs and processes and things to check and to check into.I have been on a journey of discovery for years and years and my learning and growing and stretching and pressing in and on has continued unabated.I … Continue reading Looking Back To Reach Forward

Authenticity Is A Key

  What if I told you that authenticity is a key to a sustainable lifestyle and that being the real, most loving You is what helps others the most? I once cracked under the strain of trying to meet others' demands and expectations, in some cases people who had never ever gone beyond their own comfort zones in … Continue reading Authenticity Is A Key

A Tribute To My Mother

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

Sunday Morning Mindfulness

Quietly and sleepily sipping my first cup of Earl Grey tea early this morning, I slowly and absorbingly read the pages of a beautiful hardback book given to me by my mother and stepfather a few years ago.  I think it was a Christmas present - there will be a note inside to tell me, … Continue reading Sunday Morning Mindfulness

A Poem To A Young Man Entering The Army

    A Poem To A Young Man Entering The Army In South Africa Brother, for years we were told, But never really believed, That one day you, too, would have to join The long, frightened queue Of young men, new recruits of the Defence Force. The Organisation, so powerfully strong, Snatching, from our arms, … Continue reading A Poem To A Young Man Entering The Army

Treats And Truths Of Country Living

Our peaches are ripening! The bumblebees, and a little hand pollinating by feather, have done the trick. An exciting time in the rickety greenhouse on our organic acre in Berwickshire, UK. These are the treats of country living that are hard to beat, a blessing so much appreciated, especially when one pays such a high … Continue reading Treats And Truths Of Country Living

A Childhood In Photograph

  I saw this picture yesterday, for the very first time. It was a complete surprise. It came in a little collection, that I had not been expecting. It is a photograph of myself, taken circa 1965, on a journey from Durban to Cape Town. A journey that, in more ways than one, was to … Continue reading A Childhood In Photograph

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot – A Motherhood Memory

  "Swing low, sweet chariot ..." This picture ... me 'n my girl ... in the garden of the first home that we owned, where we spent many glorious hours in Nature together, had lots and lots of parties and get-togethers, with friends and family frequently coming to stay. The garden was a ''postage stamp", … Continue reading Swing Low, Sweet Chariot – A Motherhood Memory

A Quick Catch-Up

Dear Readers, Just a little note to say that the Blog has not been forgotten, despite the large gap between now and my last post! Lest anyone think that The Holly Tree Tales blogposts have ceased, I thought best to post a quick note to reassure you to the contrary. It has been a very busy few months, a big … Continue reading A Quick Catch-Up