We've only been in this village for a couple of months. Unfortunately we haven't really had the opportunity to get to know many people yet. I don't tend to run out and make lots of friends very quickly, as I find it hard to meet people of like-mind (hence the blog!).
Deep down I know that humans are amazing. We are compassionate beings of infinite kindness - deep down that is ;o) Mostly, humans find it hard to show just how wonderful they are, for lots and lots of reasons that I wont go into here and that we all know. So, when I am the subject of an act of kindness, I am always overwhelmed with happiness and spend a long time wallowing in the loveliness of it all.
... is a large bolt of posh willow withies. Steamed willow, white willow and buff willow.
We had a knock on the door yesterday by a lovely person from our village, who we have never met before, to say that they couldn't help noticing that I made baskets (how they noticed I have no idea!! Maybe it's the willow lying around everywhere and the volume of expletives when I'm trying to keep a basket from going wonky!!). Anyway, this lady had gone on a course and come away with this starter pack of willow and since then it had sat in a corner, not really doing very much. They would like me to have it instead.
A mindfulness bell. A bell to remind me, no matter how small it may seem or how huge, of just how wonderful, how gloriously simple and beautifully lovely, humans can be.