Today I cycled home through the golden streets of Oxford, blessing the blue sky and warmth in the way that you bless things that you know will be coming to an end before too long. Soon, the air will start to get a chill to it and the leaves will turn. It will be time for hard frosty skies, and cosy dinner parties at home. But for now, here's a soundtrack for the last few weeks of summer.
Monday, 2 September 2013
Thursday, 29 August 2013
Beautiful stationary from Lindsay Letters
A little bit of lateral thinking and a lot of googling first: is there a florist or a bakery just around the corner from where they live? Getting flowers delivered to someone can be expensive, but often if you find a friendly florist who is based in the area, you can persuade them to put together and deliver a small bouquet to your budget. Often asking which flowers they have a lot of at the moment, or asking for cheaper wildflowers and foliage like sage to bulk them out a little helps. Sometimes if they are really close to your friend's house, they might even scrap the delivery charge.
Brooke Michaelson Photography
Perhaps there's a bakery nearby, and you can order a small box of cupcakes and either get them delivered or send your friend a note to say that they should stop by there on their way home from work because there's a little surprise waiting for them to pick up.
My favourite new thing to do for friends in London is to order some cakes from the lovely bakery, Pearl & Groove, who deliver yummy cakes (fantastic gluten free options, too) anywhere in central London.
Photograph by Jack Fillery
And never forget the joy of a heartfelt hand written note, no matter how short. In this day and age when it's so easy to shoot off a text, Facebook message, or email, snail mail really does stand out and can be all that's needed to brighten someone's day. I wrote about the art of celebration back in February; I think it's also worth cultivating the art of long distance celebration and friendship in our day-to-day lives.
Tuesday, 27 August 2013
Ditte Elly (with some backing from my little sister Rose-Marie Caldecott) recorded this beautiful rendition of Ditte's song 'What Am I' for The Boatshed Sessions in sunny London recently.