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mandy collins pearl maple blog has moved

We moved . . . .

Welcome to my new blog space. There is a bit of fine tuning to be done but off to a flying start.  Am looking forward to making this combined blog and retail space our new home and welcoming my regular followers here. The tabs in the menu will take you through to classrooms and links to […]



“There are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.”  H. E. FosdickOrdinary days, ordinary walks, and ordinary moments, you never know when they can turn extra special on you and one of the reasons why I like Sky Watch Friday, it is great fun to see what bloggers from all over the world have found in their […]


New Light and New Projects

“I have found you have got to look back at the old things and see them in a new light” John Coltrane Getting back to creative projects again. . . . May’s prompt for One Little Word was easy for me, quotes and positive affirmations keep popping up for me each month as a way of […]


Rainbows of Colour

“Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud” Maya Angelou click to enlarge Spied this sneaky little rainbow popping out of the clouds this week. A rainbow in a week of rain and more rain is a welcome treat.  Sharing with Sky Watch Friday friends, follow the link to see what bloggers from all over the […]



It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapour is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and glowing, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls. John Muir Welcome 2013, happy New Year and happy Sky Watch Friday, always […]



“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” Brian Tracy click to enlarge the Myles Standish monument Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends and family in New England and Happy Sky […]


The Little Things

click to enlarge the purple jacaranda “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” Desmond Tutu I liked this quote, it tumbled around for the last few days and seemed to fit well with the jacaranda’s coming into flower. First you see the […]


Seeing the familiar in new ways

“Most of us lead far more meaningful lives than we know. Often finding meaning is not about doing thingsdifferently; it is about seeing familiar things in new ways.” Rachel Naomi Remen click to enlarge a quite morning at the beach Love that idea of looking at things with new eyes.  Happy Sky Watch Friday my friends, […]


“Dance in the fields of infinite possibility” Marianne Williamson   click to enlarge a gorgeous morning sky Early morning walks are a great time of day to appreciate the lighting, gentle breezes and consider possibilities. Not many fields about here but lots of sand to dance in. Check the link to Sky Watch Friday to […]


Living your life

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste, experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.”Eleanor Roosevelt click to enlarge Photos out the plane window can be tricky but oh so much fun with the sights that you might see. Boston harbour turned on a […]