What Mary’s Doing This Week

Hello, dear friends! HAPPY FRIDAY, wherever you are in the world! I’m sorry I didn’t update last week. Here’s what I’ve been up to, and I will have the next post in the A Light in Darkness series very soon!

This week, I took a walk around the village, as I tend to do for exercise and meditation, and I took the Nikon with me. Spring’s blooms are still brilliant and lush, but many are already fading into beautiful green.




As I passed Ravenstone Hall, I sighed because the gates were closed on the ONE day I’d brought a camera, so I couldn’t get a picture of it! However, as I walked past the paddock as usual, I happened to look in and I did a double take.



EMUS! As soon as they saw me they came up to the gate to check me out. Hooray for surprise bird buddies!

On Saturday, Jon and I went to The Bullring out in Birmingham. We had to drive the scenic road to Tamworth to get the train, and then the train journey was about 20 minutes. The Bullring was very crowded, rather ridiculously so. But it was quite fun, and we stopped and had Nando’s for dinner before heading back home on an insanely packed train.



You know, as much as I have loved living on the northern tip of Toronto, I realize how deeply I appreciate the serene countryside. When we’re in an urban setting, I can’t wait to be out in the open again, driving past emerald green hills, leafing trees, and fields that are bright yellow blankets of rapeseed. I never appreciated Virginia’s landscape when I lived there because of how extremely isolated I was, so I grabbed urban living by both horns and held on for dear life, relieved by convenience and excitement but very rarely seeing the beauty of the earth. And if I didn’t have these years in Toronto, I highly doubt I’d have learned to appreciate the sheer loveliness of rural England.


My one and only pair of jeans finally ripped at the thighs (I have amazing chub rub). I SO dreaded shopping for new ones. I have a hard time finding jeans that are stretchy enough without sagging under my behind and are comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time. I prefer to wear long skirts, but I knew I needed a new pair! So I picked up a pair at Tesco, nervous about the size, but when I got them home and put them on, they were perfect!


And a size smaller than what I usually wear; I’m down to a US 18 from a 20! Here’s a pic of the new jeans on top of my old pair to show the difference in unstretched width. Having an actual VISUAL of my progress is so wonderful. YAHOO!!!!!!!!!!!

Well, now that my exclamation key has been worked out today, it’s time to go finish this colourful mug of coffee and get to making more art!




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