Making the most of every day

We had a wonderful weekend. Saturday morning found us striding around Attingham Park in Shropshire. We even had a close encounter with some deer. I’ve often seen them in the distance at Attingham, but never this close.

Hubbie then headed for Chirk Castle. I had forgotten the breath-taking view and the glorious gardens. This year I have seen much fewer bees and butterflies, now I know why – they were all at Chirk. Who can blame them, it is a wonderful place.


On Sunday morning we went walking in the Wyre Forest. The weekend weather was perfect and I enjoyed the simple days with my family.

It reminded me of some lines from one of my favourite poets David Whyte:-

“this is the good day
you could
meet your love,

this is the black day
someone close
to you could die.

This is the day
you realise
how easily the thread
is broken
between this world
and the next”

Extract from The House of Belonging by David Whyte.

My step-father is being investigated for a suspicious tumour. The church organist from my mother’s church literally dropped dead last week. These events remind me of the importance of these family weekends and of “striding out” whenever we can.
Promise me that this week you will do something you have meant to do for a long time and then tell me about it in the comments below.

By Morton S. Gray

Author of romantic suspense novels.


  1. I agree, life is too short! You have to make the most of it, and you have to make sure you spend it as happy as possible. This year I am learning this as I reach out for my independence and freedom.

    This weekend just gone I met up with a blast from the past. I can't really say too much online, but I had a fantastic, relaxingly chilled weekend with someone special and visited a city I've never been to.


  2. What a fabulous poem. tomorrow I'm doing a walk at Coverack for Cornwall Today with 2 very special friends. And boating hopefully end of week. Two things I love doing andnmay not be able to go boating again for a while.


  3. Teresa – Ooo do tell! Sounds exiting. Have fun for a while though, don't be in too much rush to settle down again.

    Lacey – Yes both Attingham and Chirk Castle are lovely.

    Flowerpot – I discovered David Whyte at Ledbury Poetry Festival. His poems are ace and his CD about Midlife is fantastic. From your blog posts you certainly seem to be embracing life. Have fun. Mx


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