I have been feeling comfortable in the world today. Did this make it easy for a neighbour to hug me at the supermarket and tell me she loved my garden with its topiary heart? I told her that when I trim the heart and look after it, I feel I am looking after my own heart, myself and my life. I know that if I have time to care for it I have time to care for me. I grew it from a cutting I was given as a love token. When that love broke I was tempted to let the heart grow wild or to cut it down but no, I tended it and both it and my heart are fine.
The morning walk gave me blackberries and spiders webs ; not just those like lace shawls snagged on the blackberry brambles but perfect circles, with a spider at each bullseye, all jewelled with dew.