Such a sweet planet we walk on, when we walk it with heart….. Jeff Brown

Exchange your righteousness for humanness,
your judgments for compassion,
your hopelessness for faith,
your armor for love.

Such a sweet planet we live on
when we walk it with heart.

‘Love it Forward’ by Jeff Brown

Both my sister and I have let go of differing situations in the last week and set-up a new home together. Whatever stormy seas brought us here, we have found a loving harbour in this place. Not living under the same roof since we were 14 and 16 (which is a few years ago now, ahem), we both feel the hand of divine timing in what has unfolded recently.

We have chosen a modern house near the hospital where Debs works, with room for our grown up children to stay and space for me to work in peace. Here we are a week later on a stormy Sunday, all safe and cosy, with Debs asleep after a night shift and me logged on for work with the support service.

Deb’s eldest son and his partner helped us move and there was a priceless moment as Rob came out of our new home to take the latest box from me at the van and this is how the conversation went…

Rob: ‘Mum is showing my baby photos in there!!!’

Complete puzzlement on his face….

Me: ‘Well you were a beautiful baby.’

His next facial expression was even more eloquent.

It has been a week of loving support, mass activity, normal work for both of us girls, lists, laughter, shopping forays, yet more lists, yummy food, Mum and Dad visiting, friends popping in, gifted flowers and plants, messages of support, appliances mis-behaving and being replaced, the blessings of a kind landlord, a decisive and speedy furniture purchasing trip around Ikea, more laughter, warm rugs going down in each room, efficient heating (thank you), assembling of flat pack furniture with very helpful ‘back seat driving’ assistance being given from the sofa (not), ‘oohs and ahs’ over new home accessories, bottles of bubble bath and perfume appearing on windowsills, many cups of tea and coffee, queries of ‘Does this look good here?’ and ‘Is that hanging straight?’ and even more laughter.

We have plans for the future and we feel excited about them. Right now though we are taking time out to simply ‘be’, to catch our breath and let this new life we have drawn together seep in. We each react differently to change and cups of tea and coffee, yummy food, loving support and a cosy home nestle us, while we hold each other safe as everything settles.

And a new chapter begins….

41 Responses to “Such a sweet planet we walk on, when we walk it with heart….. Jeff Brown”

  1. 1 Angela Hickman January 28, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    I’m so pleased for you Jane, it sounds wonderful…always life brings us surprises :-). x0x0


    • 2 Jane Thorne January 28, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      Hello lovely Angela, yes, and this chapter was short-lived and a trigger for a situation that had been lying unseen for years. I have moved on and am currently with Mum and Dad. All is flowing. I hope it is for you. Huge hugs. ❤ xXx


  2. 3 18mitzvot January 18, 2015 at 6:45 am

    Mazal tov on your new home. (Mazal tov means more than just “congratulations”. Rather, it means that good things should come to fruition in your life via the new place.)


  3. 6 Elizabeth Melton Parsons December 27, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Hi, Jane. Came by to wish you a peaceful and joyous New Year! ❤


  4. 8 smzang December 25, 2014 at 8:18 am


    Just stopping back to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
    May you be blessed with a bounty of all that pleases you.



  5. 10 elenacaravela December 17, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    I’m so pleased for you! A wonderful coming together. I wish you both much happiness in your new nest.


  6. 12 Maria F. December 17, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I’m also yearning to do this with my sister eventually. She’s like a soulmate to me. Thanks for a lovely story.


    • 13 Jane Thorne December 18, 2014 at 10:03 am

      I hope you realise this dream Maria, there is so much love in the shared history and stories. This house has much laughter in it! Love to you. X


  7. 14 Robbie December 16, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    One day Janey you will be ‘discovered’ and become famous (even more than you already are!) Now there’s a thought for 2015 XX


    • 15 Jane Thorne December 17, 2014 at 9:26 am

      Folly hugs and squeezes for you Robbie…who knows you may head up North soon. Yes, I know it’s beyond Watford, but you can do it! Xxxx


  8. 16 bardessdmdenton December 12, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Blessings for all good things to be yours, Jane! XO ❤


  9. 18 smzang December 12, 2014 at 2:13 am


    What a beautiful start to this new chapter.

    Your light shines over all who stop by this blog.
    Thank you for sharing the beauty of your soul,
    not to mention your wonderful adventures.

    It is always so good to step into your space.



  10. 20 1smiles December 11, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    How wonderful for you both!
    I recently took a misstep with work, realized it very quickly and found a better path. Soon I will be working with my daughter and step granddaughter. We all work for the same company. What a team we will make!
    Yeah for your sister team!
    Loving hugs,


  11. 22 tornadoday December 9, 2014 at 4:18 am

    Recently, I’ve had numerous occassions to draw close to my sisters……….a place where I belong, where home carries a familiar heartbeat. Love knows not strangers, my dear Jane. It overflows in sweet laughter, and softened stories of shared beginnings. Always, I keep you here. ❤


  12. 24 ianscyberspace December 9, 2014 at 1:55 am

    Such a beautiful picture illustration.


    • 25 Jane Thorne December 9, 2014 at 10:20 am

      Thank you Ian, I found it on the site Pixabay with free images. It felt right. I could have used one of the old photographs from our childhood, but they are still packed! 🙂


  13. 26 grandfathersky December 8, 2014 at 1:34 am

    Ah so it goes. As moments come and go, we live, we learn, we love … You’re opening reminded me of a favorite from Rumi – Sell your cleverness, and purchase humility … Best wishes in your new home!


  14. 28 Jon Thorne December 7, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    That’s lovely to hear sisters. Wishing you both a sound and happy vessel to sail on this sea change. Love eternal x


  15. 30 journeyintopoetry December 7, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I just love your writing style Jane and Im so pleased you are settling in with your sister Deb. How lovely to have space for all your respective children too. John and I float about in this house of ours with four bedrooms and sometimes wonder why. Then we see it fill up on special occadions or non special occasions and know why we stay here. Family has never felt so important. I do wish you both well in this new chapter and look forward to many more stories unfolding.

    Love you my dear rriend ❤️ Xxx


  16. 34 Al December 7, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Your descriptions are almost Dickensian, Jane. What a lovely writer you are.Already looking forward to the next chapter.


    • 35 Jane Thorne December 7, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      Ah my lovely brother, how kind you are. I know you will be there with me every step of the way in this new chapter. I loved the picture of your two furry friends watching the ducks on the river, it was so special. ❤ xXx


  17. 36 Elizabeth Melton Parsons December 7, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    So happy to hear you are peacefully settled again. And with your sister–that’s wonderful. Have a beautiful Christmas. ❤ HUGS


  18. 38 Aquileana December 7, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Beautiful thoughts dear Jane ⭐
    I hope you are having a great sunday so far.
    Hugs and best wishes. Aquileana 😀


  19. 40 Maxi December 7, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Oh sweet Jane, a new door has opened, one of chance and cleansing. My deepest prayers rise to this new beginning. Big, big hugs and lots of love.
    blessings ~ maxi


    • 41 Jane Thorne December 7, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      Thank you my lovely friend, you are special. There are many blessings in this new chapter. Hugs and much love flowing to you and your girls. ❤ xXx


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