TALES FROM CABBAGE ISLAND

Notes on matters deep, curious and whimsical.

A short walk and squirrels

My daughter and I went for a shortish walk today.  Down the path through the trees, beside the sloping road to Mailly le bourg du bas (the lower village).  At the bottom there’s a crystal cave…  Or at least quartz… Continue Reading →

A ‘word picture’ of dusk by the river

I’m calling this a ‘word picture’ as I had no camera (I won’t bore you with the reasons why).  So, I was finding alternative ways to record and reflect on our last visit to France. The location here was just… Continue Reading →

Loving Autumn and Winter

It’s now October and an ‘Indian summer’ day. Yet, being aware of the effect that entering into the ‘darker months’ has on my mind, body and spirit, it was in August that I began writing this post about autumn and… Continue Reading →

Another way to relax and connect with the natural world for free… The cemetery

Dropping off the laundry A trip to the launderette never turns out to be boring and this Saturday was no exception. After watching the washing spinning for ten seconds or so (as you do), Fred led me to the nearby… Continue Reading →

No more cakes and misery… Life after teaching in a state secondary

At work yesterday, two of us were scrabbling through the bowl looking for ginger nuts, described by one colleague as “the ultimate dunking biscuits”, or in second place, garibaldi.  Another colleague commented that this is what teaching does to you. … Continue Reading →

There’s always the coast.

Ceremonies of the Day I’m sitting in a peaceful retreat, the Greek Arch by Ramsgate Harbour.  An old brick arch, now renovated – but it’s like a cave.  I’ve taken some time out to cool down from the oppressive heat… Continue Reading →

Favourite Ways to Memorise New Vocabulary… for good!

So often we can memorise new vocabulary for an hour (a typical lesson) or even a day, but making those words stay in our memory for the long-term is a challenge. For this reason, I’ve been thinking hard about what… Continue Reading →

Three more ways to improve your sleep… Inspiration from the Greek Gods

It is no coincidence that in Greek Mythology ‘Hypnos’ (God of Sleep) was married to Pasithea, who was the personification of relaxation, meditation, hallucinations and altered states of consciousness.  Hypnos was said to own half our lives, so was considered… Continue Reading →

‘Between the Wars’ by Billy Bragg is so relevant (always)

On a playlist for the ‘Age of Austerity’ My friend Beth messaged me ask whether I’d heard of ‘Between the Wars’ by Billy Bragg.  She had it on a partly tongue-in-cheek playlist about being poor, along with Ill Manors.   On… Continue Reading →

My favourite haiku ‘rules’ and their benefits to our lives and well-being

Word therapy? Can writing (and reading) haiku poems be therapeutic?  Can these mini poems help us adopt more positive attitudes and experience greater contentment?  I think they help… Perhaps it’s the ‘rules’ of haiku that do it, though they’re not… Continue Reading →

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