As some readers of this blog will know, I will be participating in A River of Stones during January. A small stone is a polished moment of paying proper attention. Here are two I have already shared on Twitter:
a carrion crow, on a tv aerial, bows again and again, calling over and over 'caw, caw, caw'
fallen leaves trapped in the frozen canal - a carrion crow slides across, drinking the meltwater from the surface
(The second one was written after a wonderful walk along the Union Canal the other day, when we saw a lot of interesting birds, including my first bramblings for years!).
In January I will be sharing small stones on this blog, interspersed with other blog posts. If you want to join in you can find out more here.
If you read my Over Forty Shades blog, you may have noticed that I've not posted all that much recently. I've not been sure what to do with it, and have just kept it ticking over with the occasional poem, photo and book review. Next year however I have committed to three reading challenges, all of which I will be writing about on Over Forty Shades (The Haruki Murakami Challenge, the Italy in Books Challenge and the LGBT Reading Challenge). I also received a new camera for Christmas and am thinking of posting quirky photos of hidden architectural gems of Edinburgh over there, plus of course there will be occasional poems that don't fit on this blog. So it may become worth reading....
As ever, red text in this post contains hyperlinks to pages where you can find out more.