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Welcome to GLADvent day Twenty-Two! Yesterday we had the word Clothes.

The first piece of clothing I remember clearly is a light white cotton dress with blue dots on. There’s a photo of me in Greece, wearing the dress whilst standing at the top of concrete steps leading down to the beach, looking wistfully at the sea because I had measles at the time and wasn’t allowed to swim.

I remember the tiny little super smart navy blue hacking jacket I wore to compete in my first gymkhana.

I remember the multi-coloured coat my mother made for my birthday when my Dad took me to see my first musical in London, Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

I remember the gorgeous wide sleeved warm coloured cardigan my sister crocheted that I wore until there were so many holes it just wouldn’t stay on any more.

I remember the clothes my Mum made for me to take to Rwanda so I’d look smart enough to match the standards of my immaculately turned out colleagues in the classrooms there.

I remember the dramatic boots; green, warmly lined, zipping neatly over my calves and up just below my knee, fitting like gloves – except they were never originally meant for me. They were generously gifted to me by a friend who one day decided she could no longer wear green. They started letting the rain in through holey soles earlier this year, but I can’t quite bring myself to throw them away, and so they crowd the shoe shelf in the corridor.

I will remember forever the long red evening dress I bought about 8 months ago in a second hand shop, knowing the moment I started pulling it over my head that I’d found the dress I needed to look the part for performances with the choir.

My mother asked me many years ago if she could please have the privilege of making my wedding dress when I get married. I wonder if maybe one day I’ll be able to say – Mum, I need that dress…

So, the twenty second stocking.


And let’s see what focus for reflection this day brings…


PLANTS: “The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.

– John Muir

Now take a moment to pause and reflect upon how Plants have shown up in your life recently. Do you have green fingers? Are you a houseplant lover, or do you prefer your vegetation wild? Have you had the chance to walk through woods, or forest recently?



Twenty-two stockings turned – we’re almost there! And I reckon we’ve saved a couple of the best till last 😉 Hope to see you tomorrow for number 23.

Do continue to share your thoughts and reflections in the comments section below as you wish…