Tightly Shut






This weekend the icy wind finally died down and the Spring sunshine came out to play. Ordinarily I’m more than content to linger in Winter but my being is yearning for the warmer weather to arrive this year.

We headed out to Hillier Gardens with the children’s grandparents for a good long walk and a look at the stunning gardens.

I am a bit of a magnolia obsessive and had been hoping to see them out but alas the long Winter has kept all but a few tightly tucked away in their leathery-furry buds.

The anticipation of the magnolia season is a sweet end to the Winter. I crane my neck as I pass by trees in the area hoping for a first glimpse of the waxy petals opening toward the sun.

This weekend I contented myself with the promise of their coming. Photographing the beautiful branch patterns and the light caught in the fat, furry buds. But soon, soon, I will be back for the real deal.


Thank you to everyone who sent me messages over the last week about my giving up the day job. I am looking forward to what the future holds!

Many of you emailed to tell me about your own situations. Your dreams, worries about leaving behind a reliable job or to share how leaping has worked out for you.

Thank you all so much; it is so wonderful to feel connected to brave and creative women and to have you join me here.


…and then the day came

when the risk to remain tight,

in a bud,

became more painful

than the risk it took to bloom*…

Has that day come for you?

*this has been widely attributed to Anais Nin as she was once quoted saying it. This post suggests that Elizabeth Appell is the author of the poem.


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  • Reply victoria (mrs_scruff) April 7, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Funny, only today I was saying to Mr Scruff that I miss seeing the Magnolia and when will it ever come out! This weekend feels like an unbelievable sigh of relief. Even if short lived it has given a glimmer of hope. How funny we are so affected by bright skies.

    I fear I may be belated in wishing you luck in your new venture. As your pal, I apologise but you see, I don’t think you need it. What you have is incredible drive, vision and creative flair and however high you aim, you’ll surpass it! I left an amazing career that actually gave me an incredible lifestyle as well. But despite the odd moment of anxiety I have never looked back or regretted it. Don’t look back Kat, all you will get is a crook neck!

  • Reply Super Kat (@thatkat) April 8, 2013 at 5:35 am

    Latest at Housewife: Tightly Shut – http://t.co/PKBISIuFXS

  • Reply Kelly April 8, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I am slightly glad that the Magnolia haven’t flowered yet as we were away for two weeks and would have missed out small but perfectly formed tree doing its thing. It can get on with it now!

    I am sure that you will excel at whatever you turn your hand to x

  • Reply @thinlyspread April 8, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    “@thatkat: Latest at Housewife: Tightly Shut – http://t.co/lxlfVqhmUX”>Beautiful post x

  • Reply Nina - tabiboo April 9, 2013 at 8:22 am

    I love Magnolias, but the one in our garden is firmly shut too! Getting a little twitchy for some warmer weather too as I’m desperate to get planting, but it was good fun frolicking about in the snow (still) at the weekend.

    Nina x

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