Friday’s Letters


Keep on Keeping On!

Hi Everyone,

I hope that you are all keeping well and continuing to enjoy connecting with nature.

It’s an incredibly difficult time for everyone at present, particularly with the changing guidelines around COVID and the easing of lock down, leaving some people to be more free and some feeling even more isolated.

I hope through Friday’s letters to bring a little of the outside world to those of you still only tentatively getting outside and I also hope to bring a little inspiration regarding the smallest things to look out for where you can.

This week I have been using inspiration from the butterflies that I spotted earlier in the week to begin adding to the oil painting that I am working on:

I also had a lovely distanced walk with Mark on Thursday morning around the Railway Pond in York. It’s amazing that such tranquil spaces exist within a city and I would encourage you all, where possible, to seek out a moment of solace in your own favourite green spaces or gardens. If you live in a flat, how about setting up a seat by the window and watching the birds. My desk faces another house and a brick wall, however I have swifts nesting in the guttering, and I take great delight in watching them swoop by as I write to you.

Mark also shared these beautiful words with me from the poem Desiderata (thank you!) which I will leave you to ponder and hopefully bring you some hope.

With best wishes,

Published by Emma

Hi my name is Emma! I am a writer and artist. I work for the NHS at Converge ( and I am also an MA graduate in Creative writing and am currently studying for a PhD in Humanities. I have been leading a creative writing class at the beautiful St Nicks in York ( for the last five years. When I am not at work I'm on my allotment or at Base Camp (my home) planning new adventures.

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