Tuesday, December 31

Monday, December 30

Sunday, December 29

Saturday, December 28

afternoon sun glint sharply off the Buddha's golden candle holder and it is suddenly alight...

Friday, December 27

she tells us about her recent traumatic visit to hospital and existential anxiety fizzes in my stomach

Thursday, December 26

visiting

her cheek is puffed out with cancer. we say goodbye knowing we won't see her again. they have shared their lives together for fourteen years.

Wednesday, December 25

Tuesday, December 24

the film is too long, with too much fighting. the popcorn is good.

Monday, December 23

she walks her dog past our window in the rain, one hand pulling down the peak of her plastic hood. the glass is speckled with water. we are warm and dry.

Sunday, December 22

Matt & Freddie talk about porridge for twenty minutes. They decide on what kinds of porridge would be not-nice. Curtain porridge. Hair porridge. Carpet porridge. When Freddie leaves, his mum has to come back for his plastic porridge stirrer.

Saturday, December 21

day before an open house

full of cold, it helps to remember that we're doing all this baking for people we love

Friday, December 20

Kaspa says: Come and look at the moon, honey. Just the way it's placed.
A cratered disc, resting on the hill. Gently glowing. One side dissolving into blue.

Wednesday, December 18

snow sifts down onto the mince pies, and I am a weather god for a short time.

Tuesday, December 17

winter sun splashed on the bird feeders & flooding onto the over-long grass

Monday, December 16

Sunday, December 15

a splodge of orange in the winter undergrowth
an unlikely flower

Saturday, December 14

The metallic squawk of the woodburner door
as I open it to put in a pale fresh log.
I'm met with a bouquet of woodsmoke
and a burst of cheek-warming heat.

Friday, December 13

an issue with the gingerbread cupcakes

the lemon icing curdles.
kaspa thinks it looks like baby sick.
we sprinkle pink sugar confetti on top
and everyone says they're delicious.

Thursday, December 12

so much to see
so much to hear
sometimes
(often)
I forget

Wednesday, December 11

we return to the wreckage of a bird
tiny grey chest feathers covering the floor of the kitchen
the corpse nowhere to be seen

kaspa tries to sweep them up
and they float ahead of the bristles

wanting to be airborn

Tuesday, December 10

the hydrangea blooms have lost all their pink and blue
they waggle on the end of bare dry stems
dessicated, the colour of used tea bags

Monday, December 9

even this late in the year, purple wallflowers zing against bunches of happy tangerine berries

Sunday, December 8

as we drive out of the monastery where we've spent the past seven days with our sangha family, a deer crosses in front of the car. a gift.

Saturday, December 7

Friday, December 6

at midday we begin to chant. we are a choir, ever-changing. we won't stop for 24 hour. the time slips by.

Thursday, December 5

in the temporary shrine room
two smiling golden Buddhas
a crucefix
and a dark painting of Christ, suffering

they get along just fine

Wednesday, December 4

Tuesday, December 3

we sit around in a big circle
several people are nervous of speaking
we don't know each other

Monday, December 2

in our simple room
a white Christ
on a driftwood cross
welcomes us

Sunday, December 1

sheep dot the hills
rearrange themselves
enjoy their nibbling