Get on and Shine with Holly Honeychurch

As a child at the seaside I’d spend ages touching the frothy waves as they broke on the shore. I’d watch them sizzle and fizz. I’d put my face in the foam and generally loll about in the shallow waves watching bubbles. I still love plunging the water now and feeling bubbles tickle my face. Some things never change. My fascination with bubbles is one of them.

I explored more of the Lancashire and Cumbrian coast recently. This is Arnside with an eager, low flying Tern desiring my ice-cream.

low flying Tern with stone buildings in the backgroundLandscape of a swirling, blue and grey cloudy sky taken over an estuary with a train bridge in the distancetwo terns taken from below looking up as they hover in the wind

Peaceful vibes. Come bathe in a sanctuary of springtime loveliness. Flowers by Sergey, with thanks.

When you meet your pal Bessie down the beach huts, it’s always a good day.

close up of a grey dog with brown eyes looking up at the camera

Tried a harp out yesterday. It felt very large after my little harp. 40 strings vs 25. I needed binoculars to see the bass notes. 😁

Holly playing a large harp in a music shop

Herb garden is coming along nicely. Amazing what can grow in such a shallow bed. And that coriander is a beast.

Small herb garden in a raised bed with a variety of growing herbs.

I love grasses swaying in the breeze.

Long green seeded grass swaying in a breeze

A relaxing, soothing, magical listen. The sounds are serene, ethereal, celestial and otherworldly. A whimsical power dances with lapping waves; playing, soaring, floating. Come dive and swim with this special sound and rest for a while in its gentleness. Mystical image by Artem Sapegin with thanks.

Huge clouds this evening.

Epic white clouds against a blue sky. Like a painting.

Never knew potato leaves could be quite so beautiful.

new green potato leaves up close

Stunning sunset tonight. Yummy!

red sunset with heavy grey clouds taken in a bay when the tide is outpurple and grey clouds just before sunset with mountains in the distance

My latest newsletter just got released. Hooray!

It was a special day on Saturday, when Our Lady was crowned. My dear friend has this amazing Mary statue in her garden and it was a beautiful moment to witness her crowning. Along with some lovely, sweet friends, we prayed, we sang, we cried, we laughed, and we ate lots of cake and trifle! A wonderful, holy time of sacred sharing and honouring. The sun parted the grey skies and all was well and full of joyful reflection. Even got to hang out with my favourite doggo Frankie.

Our Lady, Virgin Mary statue with a crown of flowers.Holly sitting on the grass with Frankie the grey, floofy dog lying at her feet.

Jam tart anyone? I was baking a lot for church last week and it was the moment of the humble jam tart, I chose to focus on. Now, a jam tart can be hit or miss depending on the pastry. Luckily, I got to experiment with a few recipes and found the best best pastry recipe ever, so each bite became a melt in the mouth experience, yum! Pastry ten minutes out of the oven has to be one of my all time favourite delicacies. Here we have raspberry, plum, peach and lemon curd.

My friend Hilary got the recipe from her friend Miriam, so she’s always called it Miriam’s Pastry - 250g plain flour + 175g unsalted butter, rubbed together to make bread crumbs. Stir in 20g caster sugar + 1 egg. 1tbsp water if needed. Rest in fridge, wrapped 40 mins. 200’C for 18mins. The filling is up to you!

piles of jam tarts in hues of reds and yellows on two blue plates

Yep, still obsessed with clouds.

Wistful white clouds against a seashore landscape.

Early morning beach lushness. There’s a gentle peace at that time. I love basking in it. Cannae see a thing though without me sunnies on. 😎

Big, playful doggo. Strong, steady lady.

Beach scene with a lady walking her dog,  rocks in front of her,  mountains in the distance.

The sea, she shines.

Sun glinting on the sea

A special stillness this morning.

Boating lake,  still and calm with boat reflections in the morning light

“Oh I do like to be beside the seaside”

Holly on the beach at sunset, smiling, wearing a bright orange shawl

A special sunset.

Red sky over the water at sunset with a ferry sailing by in the centre

It’s my little, furry, magical green friend.

I love stroking it.

Bright green furry moss on a stone wall

Happy Friday!! Isn’t moss wonderful?

Here’s a recording of some delightful birdsong from my trip to Yorkshire, this time set against the bright, musical backdrop of the golden sun rising in the sky at dawn. It’s an uplifting piece, sparkly, joyful, and bursting with light. This is Shining Sun.

Holly playing harp in Yorkshire against a backdrop of rolling, green hills