The very first paperwhites of the season have popped out in our garden, and of course they smell amazing! If happiness has a scent, this is it. I swear these get earlier every year (and looking back at this post from 2009 and this one from last year, I see it's not just my imagination!). I'm not complaining, though :)
Now for a tune for your weekend! Like a lot of people, I've been really enjoying Spotify in recent weeks. It's such a great way to hear new albums and discover new artists. I particularly like the Artist Radio option, which creates a playlist based on an artist of your choice (thanks, Eko and Rick, for introducing me to this...and James for introducing me to Spotify!). I've tried out a few different artist radio stations ("Friends" was particularly great), but my favourite has to be the one based on Sam Cooke because it has such a great mix of all my favourite soul musicians, not least of all Sam himself! If ever I'm feeling a bit down, all I need to do is pop on a bit of Sam Cooke and I instantly feel better. He was such a prolific songwriter and recording artist (he had 26 U.S. top 40 hits...and he died at only 33!), and every one of his songs is beautiful, but there is also something about the tone of his voice that just lifts me up.
This song, "Don't Cry On My Shoulder" is probably my absolute favourite of his, so I hope you enjoy it!
Have a great weekend!
P.S. Just an update on the workshops: both terrarium classes are full already (!), but there are still spaces in both the kokedama classes (book on the website). Send me an email if you're interested in the terrarium workshops and missed out, though, because I may well run another one if enough people are interested! Thanks!