Tomorrow is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and the longest night, the arrival of which heralds the gradual returning of the light. We shall be lighting candles in its honour, and bringing in greenery from the woods. There is something so very magical about these darkest days of the year. I try not to bemoan the gloomy skies and lack of light, because I do so adore the early glow of the streetlights, the scent of woodsmoke in the air, the flicker of candles and the cold evenings curled up under a blanket with my knitting in front of the fire.
Incredibly, well over 200k images have now been tagged to #littlestoriesofmylife, over on Instagram. It’s a hashtag that I started for celebrating and/or sharing the tiniest elements of the stories of our lives. Small doesn’t equate to insignificant: these are the little moments that add up to the narratives that carry us all.
Since I launched my #littlestoriesofmylife project over on Instagram in September last year, over 180 thousand images have been tagged. It is a hashtag for celebrating and/or sharing the tiniest elements of the stories of our lives. Small doesn’t equate to insignificant: these are the little moments that add up to the narratives that carry us all. In Instagram’s frames of beauty or of emotion, we are each the teller of our own story.
This November, the #littlestoriesofmylife gallery is being sponsored by We Are Stardust, a greetings card shop where art and science collide. Cards are researched, illustrated and designed by Agnes Becker for those with wild natures, sophisticated minds, and loyal hearts. Each card captures a fact, story or curiosity, so that when you post a we are stardust card to your loved one, you gift them with a moment of wonder for the natural world.
One month ago, my friend Lou and I launched a new autumnal hashtag over on Instagram: #anatural_autumn. We wanted to celebrate the new season, with a particular focus on simple autumnal pursuits and pleasures: foraging and preserving; fruit-picking and baking; leaf-kicking and seed-gathering; misty mornings and cosy afternoons. We’ve been treated to all of this… and to so much more! The hashtag currently stands at over 2k images, and it’s an absolute dream.