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So it’s Week 25, and an opportunity to be present with the ‘simple’ stuff; chopping wood, baking, walking, gardening…a very nourishing week in many ways, and one full to bursting with reflection.

May I again appreciate my dear ‘Good Deed friend’, Rosie, the inspiration for all these posts. Do go and see what she’s been up to this week.


For other Good Deeds posts I’ve written, including the original, please check out:


Sunday 3rd November

Chopped some of our wood into kindling, to make starting fires easier for the rest of the week, enjoying the focus and exercise of swinging a heavy axe. Helped out in my Mum’s Juice Bar/ Creperie as her friend/business partner needed a couple of hours off to pick his girlfriend up from the airport. Agreed to give a spontaneous English lesson to one of my students, who needed help preparing to hold a work meeting in English the next day.

AND good deed(s) received:

The student I gave a lesson to will leave for Brazil in a week, and she was very warm in her appreciation of the time we’ve shared. She told me about some of the challenges of returning, which showed great trust, and I hope she’ll be able to come back some time in the future, she enjoyed it here…

Monday 4th November

Sent a long email to my Dad, for his birthday, and sang down the phone to him as he hung out on a beach in Bali, where he now lives! Later, I at last baked fresh scones in his honour – they were delicious!

AND good deed(s) received:

One of my students lent me a very entertaining film, which Mum and I enjoyed that night, while eating a delicious stir fry Mum had cooked for us.

Tuesday 5th November

Took a photo of the scones:

P1030006and emailed to Dad as proof:-) Shared a ‘love letter to a stranger’ here on my blog, which I wrote during a workshop, and left in a public place later that day for someone to find:-)

AND good deed(s) received:

There were some very sweet and encouraging comments about the ‘love letter to a stranger’ idea. I also received a lovely long update email from a friend who recently moved into a new house, and one of my students asked it he could recommend me to a Spanish woman who’s wanting English lessons…but of course:-)

Wednesday 6th November

Cooked a fresh soup ready for lunch and laid a fire ready to be lit, before I left home for a morning cleaning job. Spent some time preparing a fun lesson for the boys I teach, including some hilarious tongue twisters and a Harry Potter board game!

AND good deed(s) received:

I received a tip from the man I clean for:-) Listening to the boys reciting the tongue twisters and laughing in the background, while I taught their parents was such a gift…it’s such a good feeling when I find something that has really engaged them, and better pronunciation will definitely improve their English.

Thursday 7th November

Wrote a long and loving text message to my sister, as I hadn’t been in touch for a while, letting her know I’d been thinking about her. Took time to chat and catch up with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while, when I bumped into her in a car park.

AND good deed(s) received:

Received a lovely and almost instant reply from my sister, saying she’d been thinking about me too…I love it when that happens:-) Mum waited until I got home to eat the chilli and rice I’d cooked, even though I’d left a note saying she should go ahead and eat as I’d be back late.

Friday 8th November

Wrote and sent a card to my sister, to bless her new home (she’d given me her new address the day before), and just to say hi and I’m thinking of you:-) Baked a banana cake when I found Mum had left out a bag of frozen bananas, which were half defrosted.

AND good deed(s) received:

Very high praise from Mum for the banana cake, and an email invitation from a friend to Skype. I haven’t heard her voice in over a year! I watched a TED talk that had been recommended to me – incredible! Very inspiring, and so hit the nail on the head type funny too. All about the challenges and framing of the creative psyche, from the woman who wrote Eat, Pray, Love. Check it out:

Saturday 9th November

Took a plastic bag with me on a river walk, blessed by a stunning sunshine and gorgeous colours, and filled it with litter in the last stretch as a thank you for the inspiration nature had gifted me. Planted daffodil bulbs in the garden, and wrote a review for the second book in a series I mentioned last week – it was fabulous!


AND good deed(s) received:

A whole day where I could choose my focus, and one in which I felt very creative, and inspired to redraft a precious poem I’ve been working on for a while, which I want to submit to a magazine. The walk by the river gifted me with both a new poem, and an idea of how to structure and put together a collection of my poems in time for my birthday in February. More another time…

Wishing you all a wonderful week dear friends:-)