Hannah here “Frankie Rose’s arrival has opened up thousands of new ways of appreciating things. We thought our 2 sided coupledom would become like a three sided triangle, but she’s more like a multifaceted polygon refracting rays of light from a thousand glassy surfaces. She’s taught us so much. She taught us to appreciate the small things, like cooking together on our own crappy stove in stained aprons, then eating together at our own table. Lighting candles and singing a blessing (we have our Steiner playgroup to thank for that- she now insists on singing a blessing during each meal. Numerous times). Then sleeping in our own cosy beds... and these small homey things, she’s helped me to realise, are the big things. These small things speak of how privileged I am to adventure through parenthood when many can’t. Privileged to not be spending most of my days doing a job I hate. Privileged to even have a home when 800 million people worldwide are living in urban slums. And I am truly, grovelingly grateful to my daughter for making me realise that.”
“Home is an entirely different place now. I’m here all the time. I work from home, I look after my daughter at home. I know how the light changes in the kitchen as the day progresses. I know the squeeks and groans of the floorboards. I follow the progress of the various families of birds in the garden. We find ourselves becoming ever more rooted in the seasons. In our daily routines and rhythms.”
"As I unpacked boxes, in a way not entirely free of drama, I mused that home isn’t the bricks and the mortar. Not really. Home is the shell, yes, the cupped palm that holds us, and to that end worthy of love and care; even a rental like ours. But home is also the people within it. The objects inside it permeated with memories. The lamp that speaks of a certain holiday in Sussex. The basket bought from that peculiar charity shop one Easter. The table that holds so many wonderful, gluttony-based memories..."
These are some snippets of a couple of features I have in the latest issue of Lionheart which is all about home, a subject very close to my heart, and something which I evidently can ramble on about for quite a long time. I know I say this every time, but this issue is my favourite yet. There is SO MUCH to read and be inspired by in this magazine. Interviews with US photographer Denise Bovee and weaver Maryanne Moodie are highlights. Hels writes about a Kvaefjordkake cake recipe that literally made my mouth water, my friend Vicky from Owl and Accordian has a hanging planter tutorial in there, Seeds and Stitches contributor Lou has a feature on being at home outdoors, there are a couple of features from one of my favourite writers, Jessica Furseth and many many more interesting travelogues, photo journals and mini features too. It is just incredibly refreshing to read a magazine that feels like it was written FOR me, you know? With interesting stuff about just the sort of people I want to know more about. A magazine that uplifts and inspires, rather than makes me feel self conscious about the things I don't have.
You can buy your copy here.... what are you waiting for?!