Thank you so much for all your lovely messages telling me that you enjoy reading my blog. This is my way of spreading a bit of sunshine in these difficult times, and it's amazing to know that so many of you are reading it, from all over the world!
Writing this is the highlight of my working day now, and I especially love finding all those little good news stories to share.
I don't know about you, but when I open my personal email inbox in the morning I'm finding so much positivity. Instead of endless emails from companies just trying to get you to spend money with them, there are emails like this: https://link.email.wearethought.com/u/gm.php?prm=QAZxTRpKsn_799309540_352036_20538 'A Little Bit of Thought'.
I know they're still ultimately hoping you'll spend money with them, but isn't it nice!
Businesses are adapting in good ways every day, and this fills me with hope for the future.
Last night I did my first Zoom yoga class with my regular teacher. What joy! Although I have been trying to practice on my own, somehow I always whizz through the whole routine far too quickly. And last night I was rewarded with the deep and restful sleep that only happens after my yoga sessions with Karen. Thank you Karen.
I don't know if any of you managed to see the amazing Nevis Ensemble when they did their Scottish Islands tour last year? I was lucky enough to be asked to photograph them at Craignish Village Hall, and what a treat that was. The following day they were heading to Barra, and when the ferry was delayed they performed an impromptu concert on the ferry pier for everyone. There's a whole coach load of them who travel around performing. Musicians of all ages from all over the world.
So here's a special treat for you today, curtesy of the Nevis Ensemble, guaranteed to make you smile - https://www.facebook.com/nevisensemble/videos/232024641569283/
I wish I could play a musical instrument.
See you tomorrow. Mairi
PS. The photo is of my local (not so) secret garden. Does that stonework on the left hand side annoy anyone else's OCD?