Thursday, May 16, 2019

Thursday Thoughts...

“How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself.” 

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf write so eloquently about the need for a place away from the hustle and bustle and demands of a life.  A place to to simply be.

Myself being myself.

That's the essence of it I think - so often we are ourselves, being for others. Whether that is work or family or friends or neighbours or community or... it is often hard to find the time and space to simply be for yourself.

It interests me how she refers to bare things.  Things that are simply things. Things that do not need to be admired or dealt with in any way. They are simple and bare and simply there.

Quiet time alone can be delicious, when it is what you are craving. Quiet time alone settles me, centres me, fills me up and lets me get up and out and doing all those other things afterwards. Without it I get frazzled.

Here's to solitary time and spaces.

Armadale cove, Scotland.


  1. that's why I enjoy the early hours before dawn when the city is sleeping!

    1. The perfect time Mo - I always think cities are at their best in the dark and early morning; and the quiet is much deeper and different...

  2. Sitting here with my coffee cup ... this most peaceful time of the day

    1. Virginia certainly knew a thing or two didn't she Liz? Go well.


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