Sunday, 8 July 2007

Three Beautiful Things

Sitting at the computer over lunch, I browsed a few web pages and found myself in the Three Beautiful Things blog. It's such a lovely idea, to make a note of the little things that give pleasure and distinction to a day, so I thought about what is making today special for me.

Having the house to myself for the first time for many difficult weeks as my son struggled through his GCSEs. He's gone to stay with his father for his work experience week and I have the luxury of having only myself to consider. The house is clean, tidy and quiet.

Admiring the beautiful tapestry cushion cover that my mother made for me. It is a Candace Bahouth design and full of vivid colours and intricate patterns. Something special connected with my mother that I will always have, even when she is no longer here.

The sweet flavour of the red pepper I chopped into the Bolognese sauce that I cooked today, along with red wine, garlic and herbs from the garden.

It's so important to keep focusing on the good things, even when life is far from ideal.


  1. I do so agree Marianne! I found myself having just such thoughts while looking at the beautiful exhibition presently running at the British Library (a magnificent building by the way).

    There, the points of similarity between the three great faiths are being demonstrated in old documents and artefacts, and glorious moving patterns of light. Judaism, Christianity and Islam - they all started from the same source, and have so much more in commmon than the bombers would like us to believe!

    If only some of them would go there and have a quiet look - it might even make a difference, who knows?

    Tapesries too. I used to love to work them before my fingers gave out. I spent hundreds of hours on a sampler to celebrate my mother's 80th birthday - text from St Paul and all. So much love and care went into it - but when I took it out to New Zealand and gave it to her, she had somehow gone beyond the point of caring about such things; and so it now hangs on my own wall instead. My tiny grand-daughter has shown an interest in it however - so perhaps it will finally find another good home?

  2. I'm sure it will, Beatrice. All that love and work will not go unappreciated. It will stay in the family for generations.

    Glad to hear that you enjoyed your day at the British Library.

  3. Reading that recipe made my mouth water. Sounds delicious. Nice post.

  4. Let me know if you want my recipe OM. It is extremely good.

  5. I see what you mean about the three things. It has a poetic element to it. I also want a bit of your Bolognese!

  6. It's such a good exercise and makes you focus on the good things that each day brings rather than the things that cause distress, SAHD.

    But you know M&M, my life is constantly shifting, so it was tranquil then, but not so now. Shall I blog about it?

  7. Thank you so much for 3BTing -- glad you think it's a good idea.


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