• Hubs’ Field…My Field…
    For me, the epitome of an English garden is one that looks tangly and wild… those lovely little cottage gardens, over-run with wisteria and clambering roses, ...
  • Gratitude Practise…
    As a Christian when I practise yoga I use it as a moving meditation. It settles my mind and strengthens my body while keeping me reflective and flexible. It’s ...
  • Nature at Her Very Best Too…
    At the end of July it had begun to get hotter and my flowers were beginning to wilt expecting me to water them a couple of times a week. Tomatoes and squash were ...
  • Lost and Found…
    Luke’s gospel is being read at church and recently we’ve listened to the parables of the lost coin, the lost sheep (Luke 15: 1-10) and the lost son, ...
  • Nature at Her Very Best…
    I tend to my thirsty and rather impressive Zinnia beds still beautiful at the start of August, having bloomed since the middle of April. “Anyone can grow ...
  • Rigsby Lane Bridging the Gap Continued…
    Just two weeks after our pass-over-the-creek was finished extra rock started being positioned along the run up to the  overpass to divert rain and save the new road ...
  • Rigsby Lane Bridging the Gap…
    Our bridge replacement is almost complete. The contractor, who has looked after our dirt road since the late 90′s, started work during the second week in July ...
  • Shads’ Derring-Doo…
    This cat is a piece of work. I call him a dog when he pulls one of his pranks…just to insult him…but since he growls at strange vehicles pulling into our ...
  • A Magnificent Pair of Thoroughbreds…
    There are a pair of thoroughbreds at the stable who look the same to me. I know one of them is named Ben so I call the other one Bill after a TV show I used to watch ...
  • Layla Anne…
    Let’s talk about D-Winks’ dog! When I first saw her (virtually of course) she was in her crate, too frightened to come out, rescued from goodness knows ...
  • Barista Coffee…
    Finally Hubs and I went out to get ourselves a coffee made by someone else. We needed a break from Keurig and cafetière. The last time we had a cappuccino was at ...
  • Happy Birthday Winks…
    Hey Winks, it’s that day again! Many Happy Returns! I’ve just finished reading all the blogs I’ve written for your birthday since 2011! This will ...
  • The Bridge that Isn’t a Bridge…
    When I first hosted parties at Footlights I described the lead-up to our property as, “Downhill, across a bridge, first on the right.” Of course, I know ...
  • Picnic Tradition…
    Continuing the McNeny Picnic Tradition we met the perfect little family outside in a deserted park in Farmersville for a quasi-socially-distant birthday celebration. ...
  • Rejoice, Pray, Give Thanks…
    On reading these verses, written by St. Paul, I am struck by the sense that they were written specifically for today.  That’s one of the most amazing features ...
  • New Normal…
    The phrase ‘New Normal’ has been adopted to remind us that after the pandemic, when a vaccination is available, our lives will not go back to the way ...
  • Sleeping & Netflicking Our Days Away…
    I’m a list maker… I love seeing the things I’ve done marked through with a pen. I manipulate my list so that I’m not left at the end of the ...
  • Nothing Steady and Predictable About Our Day-to-Day…
    Hubs and I have led atypical lives together. 9-5 was not the norm for us. There was nothing steady and predictable about our day-to-day. Jobs and financial security ...
  • Sunset in the East…
    Footlights faces West. In the summer I’ll see an orangecrush-float sky foaming over the barn and the back fairway first thing in the morning, and a blushing ...
  • Harbour-at-Home…
    A harbour is a shelter for boats and ships to anchor, for safe-keeping, or for when there’s a storm. God is my shelter during the pandemic; In these ...
  • Sparrow…
    These are odd times. Our lives have changed and will probably never be the same again.  A new normal is replacing the old. At Footlights Hubs and I keep ourselves ...
  • Social Distancing…
    Our cats appear to be oblivious to social distancing… but then they do live in the same house, and haven’t been near anyone who’s tested positive, ...
  • Back-Patio-Office…
    This year, the expanded and screened in back patio that we completed last summer has come into its own, It faces east so catches the sun as soon as it comes up, ...
  • The Unbroken Thread…
    I find it astonishing that the girl I grew up with at boarding school, the girl who made life barely bearable during my six years of convent living, the girl whose ...
  • Horse Farm…
    For years now I’ve walked past a horse barn at the top of the lane and imagined being called over to help. It has long been a desire of mine to get to know ...
  • Nest in my Tennie…
    Without fail every year a little wren comes into my garage and builds herself a nest. She usually chooses a rubber Wellie, because they already have strong walls; ...
  • Hot Air Balloon…
    Sitting in bed one Sunday morning I heard what sounded like wind sighing loudly in the trees. I looked high into the woods, not a leaf was stirring. I continued with ...
  • Easter Alleluia’s…
    The stone has been rolled away and the tomb is empty! Alleluia! For we Christians that means Jesus was who He said He was and had finished what He was sent to do on ...
  • Starbucks…
    Early on in March an order was issued that all restaurants, fast food and dine-in, coffee and sandwich shops, even wineries and breweries had to close unless they ...
  • Praise & Worship-at-home…
    Trying to praise and worship the Lord at home is difficult. Traditional church used to make it so easy for me! I’d trot off to mass on Sundays and Holy Days ...
  • Annual Burn at Footlights…
    I suppose we have a burn each year as the wood and vines pile up and we can no longer ignore them… there’s only so many wild-life habitats we can create! ...
  • Bull Field…
    I think this rainy weather must be irritating the young bulls as much as it is us! They’re bellowing and banging heads together, Displaying. Pawing the ground, ...
  • Spring at Footlights…
    It’s been wet since February!  I’m sure there have only been a handful of days when the sun’s either come out or it’s been cloudy, dry and ...
  • Family Traits…
    As a child I’d spend weeks with my paternal grandmother in her house in Buckinghamshire. Booker was in the country where the air was clean and smelled of lilac ...
  • Callie’s Chair…
    Callie has her own chair. Hubs and I have made a pad for it with a down jacket and faux sheepskin to keep her warm during winter nights when she can’t get all ...
  • Waiting for Oven…
    Nine months ago our 48″ stove, super functional with two ovens, started to play up. Granted it was 20 years old but it looked stalwart and strong and we ...
  • Shads’ Tricks…
    My Russian blue, named Shadow, has an endearing habit which I know I should discourage but he is so adorable I just can’t. When I’m eating dinner he hops ...
  • Many Happy Returns of the Day…
    This is your first birthday as a father! Many Happy Returns of the Day Son! I was there when your daughter was born, at the same hospital where I had you. And almost ...
Recent Posts
Hubs’ Field…My Field…
/ October 6, 2020
For me, the epitome of an English garden is one that looks tangly and wild… those lovely little cottage gardens, over-run with wisteria and clambering roses, ...
Gratitude Practise…
/ August 28, 2020
As a Christian when I practise yoga I use it as a moving meditation. It settles my mind and strengthens my body while keeping me reflective and flexible. It’s ...
Nature at Her Very Best Too…
/ August 25, 2020
At the end of July it had begun to get hotter and my flowers were beginning to wilt expecting me to water them a couple of times a week. Tomatoes and squash were ...
Lost and Found…
/ August 19, 2020
Luke’s gospel is being read at church and recently we’ve listened to the parables of the lost coin, the lost sheep (Luke 15: 1-10) and the lost son, ...
Nature at Her Very Best…
/ August 14, 2020
I tend to my thirsty and rather impressive Zinnia beds still beautiful at the start of August, having bloomed since the middle of April. “Anyone can grow ...
Rigsby Lane Bridging the Gap Continued…
/ August 11, 2020
Just two weeks after our pass-over-the-creek was finished extra rock started being positioned along the run up to the  overpass to divert rain and save the new road ...