A day’s freshness…

Tip toeing through the stillness of the house, I observed the sunrise from our ‘garden in the sky’.

Unplanned this weekend, my lovely young neighbour (who lives on the same floor as me) and I sat on a shared blanket outside on the flat roof and knitted together. She is gracefully flowing through on some life changes, as am I, and our conversation weaved in and out with the yarns we were using. At one stage she looked at me and said:

‘Gosh, look how my scarf is growing as we talk. While my hands are busy, my thoughts are coming out whole.’

We shared ideas and plans and after we’d both finished work yesterday, we carried on as she tested out my new sofa arrangement. I am sure our gentle murmurings and shared laughter drifted downstairs.

I did something on Saturday night that put a foot back in the past temporarily and that called for loving dollops of self forgiveness. Then yesterday I wrapped my addled brain around the GDPR implementations (European data privacy) needed for my blog and web site and researched a new software platform for my work. All flowing changes and also, sparks for memories of things and connections that have been tried and left in the past.

Us girls talked about how we are coping with our changes, how things are unfolding and we both become aware of something that underpinned all we were sharing. We change our clothes every day, yet the cloak of emotions we carry can stay the same.

We both let a little fresh air into our cloaks this weekend and I feel lighter this morning. ❤

45 Responses to “A day’s freshness…”

  1. 1 Tandy | Lavender and Lime June 5, 2018 at 5:43 am

    It is so good to have moments like these when you can just be!

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  2. 3 valeriedavies June 1, 2018 at 1:06 am

    Lovely blog as usual, Jane, filled with peace, gentleness and sweetness… I love how doing things with our hands so often clarifies the thoughts in our heads !
    I once knitted a cardigan for my step grandmother, who kept it unworn for three years until we came back from abroad, and then asked me to unpick it so that the neck-line fitted better… as I unravelled each stitch all the thoughts I’d been thinking when I was fourteen, returned to my seventeen year old memory..

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    • 4 Jane Sturgeon June 1, 2018 at 8:18 am

      Ohh Valerie, her need to control knew no bounds did it? All these happenings go towards the layers in our story. Getting busy with my hands has saved my sanity so often. Hugs and much ❤ flowing to you. xXx

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  3. 5 Clare Pooley May 25, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Oh, Jane! What a beautiful picture you have painted with your words! Your roof garden is sure to bring comfort to you when you need it. I am sorry you have been visited by uncomfortable memories recently xx ❤ ❤ xx

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    • 6 Jane Sturgeon May 28, 2018 at 2:09 pm

      It’s all OK Clare and I am learning so much lately. Nothing we experience is ever wasted is it? Mum gifted some herbs and new planters yesterday and I have had a lovely morning planting them up out there. Happy days. I hope you are having a lovely weekend too? Not long at all till we get to share a yummy meal and a long natter together. Yay xXx hugs and much love flowing to you. xXx ❤ Xxx

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  4. 8 roughwighting May 24, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    What a view! But the scene I like best is the one of you and your neighbor knitting and chatting and … being …together. 💞

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    • 9 Jane Sturgeon May 25, 2018 at 9:28 am

      Pamela, my Mum reacted to that too and has invited my neighbour to come along for Sunday lunch with her, Dad and I this weekend. Us girls will be taking our knitting. I hope you have a lovely weekend too. ❤ Xx

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  5. 10 Sue Dreamwalker May 23, 2018 at 10:42 am

    What a beautiful muse, and picture you paint as you both sit chatting and knitting, ( a favourite winter pastime of my own ).
    I too have to read up on the new EU rules, but they will have to wait a while longer.

    What a beautiful sunrise, and you must have an amazing view from your rooftop garden..

    Enjoy all you do Jane.. and thank you so much for your recent visit.. Good to be back and trying to catch up with everyone.. 🙂

    LOVE and Blessings ❤

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  6. 12 Eric Alagan May 23, 2018 at 1:25 am

    Love this – “We change our clothes every day, yet the cloak of emotions we carry can stay the same.”

    A takeaway for me, Jane dear 🙂

    Luv and hugz,

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  7. 14 Christy B May 22, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    It sounds like you are working through problems as you work on your scarf… That’s good to hear… Yes, that privacy policy stuff can be hard to understand – all that techie speak! Sending love ❤

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  8. 17 frederick anderson May 22, 2018 at 7:37 am

    I fancy I can hear the needles clicking even as I type – but ah, do so beware those new platforms. Many’s the express I have forgone in favour of a slow stopper by tarrying too long on a strange platform! Many hugs!

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    • 18 Jane Sturgeon May 22, 2018 at 8:40 am

      I hear you my lovely. I have researched it a lot and think I have a handle on it. Ohh yes, the trains that have gone before at all sorts of speeds and also, I would much rather be knitting. 🙂 Springtime sunshine hugs for you xXx

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  9. 19 ianscyberspace May 22, 2018 at 5:18 am

    I liked the “cloak” illustration. That cloak is our defence mechanism isn’t it? We do let some people come close enough to put a hand under the cloak at times, but the cloak will always protect our inner self against dangerous intrusions.

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  10. 21 dgkaye May 22, 2018 at 1:13 am

    Beautiful Jane. Sometimes a little girlfriend time just relaxing and chatting is great therapy. And the bonus is a scarf! ❤ Flowing hugs my friend xoxo

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  11. 32 Jane Stansfeld May 21, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    Arthritis interferes with my ability to knit any more; but I am needle-pointing chair seats covers. It takes about six month to do one. I’ve almost finished #4 for our 8 chair dining set. Like knitting, it is a calming activity.

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  12. 34 tornadoday May 21, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    In the space between yes and no, there is a lifetime, Jane – the difference between the path you walk and one you leave behind. It’s the ravine between who you thought you could be and who you really are…… ❤ XXOXX

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  13. 37 Al May 21, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful kinship developing with your knitting companion. Would it be alright to send you both my sweater size? You could have a contest to see who finishes first!


    • 38 Jane Sturgeon May 21, 2018 at 4:20 pm

      Perfect suggestion, I have some lovely Aran wool just begging to be knitted up…please send size and style request asap my lovely Bro. Round or v neck? Do you prefer cable or not? I am serious about this…..I love you. ❤ Xxx

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      • 39 Al May 22, 2018 at 12:44 am

        That is a very sweet offer, Jane. I couldn’t possibly accept after what was said in jest. You are such a loving person and I know you were sincere in your offer, but certainly there are some family/friends that are so much more deserving of your labors. Again, thanks so much for your thoughtfulness and happy knitting!

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        • 40 Jane Sturgeon May 22, 2018 at 8:35 am

          Oh my Bro, I really meant it and I have some lovely aran yarn with your name on it. I thought it would flow some more loving care your way around your hip op.. Please consider my offer seriously. Ohh and I knew you were jesting and I also guessed this would be your response! We do know each other a bit by now… ❤ Xxx


  14. 41 smzang May 21, 2018 at 8:30 am

    “a little fresh air into our cloaks this weekend and I feel lighter this morning”


    I can here the soothing sound of knitting needles clicking throughout these lines. There is a sense of peacefulness and anticipation that is summed up so wonderfully whole in the last line of your uplifting conversation with your readers. What an absolute delight!


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