Can I tell you how much I am LOVING the unique ways
my blog friends are sharing their favorite things?
Today, my guest is "Pondside,"
whose way with words is a gift to all who read her blog.
She will no doubt make you think a little deeply,
while she entertains you with stories about life in her 1927 cottage
in a seaside village in Canada's Pacific Northwest.
Family, gardening, traveling, reading, and sewing
are some of the passions she shares with her readers.
If you don't know "Pondside," you are in for a treat!
If you are familiar with her, you already know that ;)
This is a first for me, Dear Reader - an invitation to write a Guest Post for one of my favourite bloggers, the witty and very engaging Ms Toody Goo Shoes. The word favourite will have a good airing in this post, as Ms Toody has asked me write about my Favourite Things.
Well.............where to start? In a full life - in the most beautiful part of a wonderful country - the scope is endless. I could go on about gardens and heritage homes, chocolate and needlework, costume dramas and mysteries, painting and traveling, hiking and grandchildren........I am sure, Dear Reader, that you get the picture. I am blessed with choice!...........which has led me to focus on two things that are close to my heart.
Peace and Quiet
Yes, Dear Reader, two of my Favourite Things are not really things, but qualities of life that I crave, love, seek. Every morning at sunrise I find it here at 0530, when there's only the dog and Yours Truly on the beach at the end of the street...........
............and sometimes, on a rainy weekend or a lazy evening, I find it here, at the top of the Old-New Cottage, under the eaves. A nest, a hidey-hole where Peace and Quiet await.
Won't you come in?
There's one cosy chair, for reading and dreaming - a little white chair made just for a woman who is not quite 5'2" tall, but I'll pull up another just for you. A cup of tea and companionable silence. If those suit you, you're welcome to rest here for a bit. Perhaps you'll even drift off for a moment or two. Peace and Quiet allow for that.
Of course, Dear Reader, those two Favourite Things don't mean all-dreaming-all-the-time. This quiet space, room-of-my-own is also a spot for writing, studying and, when the time is right, for creating.
A table in the corner is always ready for a little sewing, a little drawing or cutting.......whatever the Quiet encourages.
When I was a girl I shared a bedroom with my sister. I went on to travel and study, always sharing a room with a friend. There were late night confidences over bottles of wine and endless pots of tea. There were impromptu parties and hours of planning for The Future. There was little Peace and Quiet. I married The Great Dane and have shared a bedroom for nearly 43 years. Like most of us, I've always shared space. This little room at the top of the house, though, is all mine. It is definitely a feminine space. It is filled with things I love - books and shells, blue and white pottery, photos of family. I am happy to invite a Kindred Spirit to visit with me here, but its greatest attraction is the opportunity for solitude.
Peace and Quiet, made possible by a place that is all about solitude. In a world that is full to over-flowing with challenge, a life that is full to over-flowing with love and loved ones and the joy of fulfilling work - in a day-to-day existence that is fast paced I find solitude, sanctuary and two of my Favourite Things in the room at the top of the house.
Peace and Quiet.
Thank you, Ms Toody Goo Shoes, for this opportunity to visit with your readers!
I hope you will stop by and introduce yourself to "Pondside."
Please come back on Sunday, July 24 for the next installment of Favorite Things!