Pearls & Oysters – 19

Oyster Shells from Loire Atlantique with Arran Beach Stones


You may remember for my first ever blog (at the beginning of this month), I took as my theme the idea that Oysters respond to irritants like sand grains in their system and cover them with a yucky mucous which gradually builds up to form a pearl. This image is so appropriate in many situations.

I like to think that the irritants that I encounter in my day to day recuperation go towards pearls, rather than frustration or unhappiness. Today was proof that this process is underway. The weather was stunning, the birds singing most of the day to celebrate Spring (or maybe to remind me that the sunflower seed tube was empty – AGAIN! Why can’t they eat the peanuts??)

I managed to walk out to the bird feeder and back without any help and stopped to take some pictures of emerging daffodils poking their way through the scrub. I felt as if I’d made a whole string of pearls in the year since I moved here when the mental effort required to walk any distance was overwhelming.

A friend sent me this lovely poem on recovery and well-being by Elizabeth Jennings which absolutely captured my feelings today.


I savour it as it returns to me

This health, this flow along my bones and veins, this wholesome energy

which can create rich thoughts or drifts of song.

Any poison halts the inward flow

Illness takes away

the strength of love almost. Art seems to go

Relentlessly. There is more night than day.

Now I am glad and grateful and relearn the taste of happiness

My thoughts with almost tenderness, now turn to making poems

Creation’s hopefulness.


To learn more about my creative work see:

The Arran Knitting Company

Rainbow Textiles

Scottish Island Mum – Day 40 – Come and Meet the Lovely Lynn


About lynngrayross

A mother and grandmother with over 40 years of experience in textile arts. Author of "Handweaving: the Basics" published by Bloomsbury UK. Available to purchase from

2 responses to “Pearls & Oysters – 19

  1. “Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.”
    -Matsuo Basho.

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