Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether summer clothe the general earth
With greeness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple-tree, while the nigh thatch
Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon.

Monday, December 08, 2008


I've been lucky enough to have received these two awards from nita, do visit her lovely blog called The Kentish Lass.

I have to list various things about myself so here goes:

7 things to do before I die

1. Learn to spin
2. Visit South Africa again
3. Learn to do natural dyeing
4. Walk the length of The Ridgway
5. Go to Maiden Castle in Dorset
6. Learn to make baskets
7. See a Golden Eagle

7 Things That Make Me Happy

1. My family
2. Seeing thr rooks coming in to roost in the woods at dusk in winter.
3. Being in the countryside.
4. Spending time with friends
5. Messing about in my garden
6. Losing enough weight to finally get back into some of my favourite clothes again!
7. Curling up on a stormy winter day with a really good book and a large box of
chocolates - unfortunately 6 and 7 are mutually exclusive!!

7 Favourite foods

1. Reese's Chocolate peanut butter cups!
2. Smoked salmon
3. Bacon sandwich
4. Carrot cake
5. Cherries
6. Cheese,ham and potato casserole
7. Chips!

I'm not going to pass this on to anyone but please feel free to do it if you like.


nita x said...

love your number 7 Curling up on a stormy winter day with a really good book and a large box of
chocolates ...... sounds heavenly :o)

PAT said...

Rowan, I enjoyed reading your lists! Helps me get to know you better!

ICQB said...

Learning to spin and dye and curling up on a stormy day with a book and chocolates would all definitely be on my lists too!

laoi gaul~williams said...

thats lovely Rowan! peanut butter cups are gorgeous and maiden castle is well worth the journey!

Tea said...

Enjoyed reading your list Rowan. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and wonderful new year!!


MurmuringWheel said...

If you ever need help with the spinning or dyeing you know where I am.


thelma said...

Hi Rowan,

Just to wish you a happy christmas, do try the spinning and dyeing its not difficult, and very relaxing.
Thelma x

FrenchGardenHouse said...

I love reading lists, like Pat, I love that they make us get to know you better. Hope you are having a happy week!
xo Lidy

Mary said...

Nice to see you back for this holiday season Rowan. Enjoyed reading the list - how about adding your secret to the weight loss - bet it was from all that walking in the scenic English country lanes!!

I'll join you for the carrot cake!!! After all it is healthy.

Happy Christmas.

Val said...

Please let me know when you come to visit Maiden Castle. I only live ten minutes drive away!!!

Patty said...

its a great list, learning to spin has been one of the best things I have ever done as far as an art form

Tea said...

Dear Rowan...Have a wonderful Christmas and the best New Year!


Pear tree cottage! said...

Dear Rowan jsut wanted to visit you and wish you a lovely holiday season I do hope this coming year for you will be filled with much joy!!! happy boxing day dear blogger friend.


Julie said...

Hi Rowan,

I hope you had the most peaceful and blessed of Christmases in dear old England.

Love, Julie