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Rhiannon Hooson
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Poet wandering the wilds of the Welsh border • Eric Gregory award winner • Shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year • #inkandeffort 📔[email protected]

Rhiannon Hooson Everything you write is a spell.  Each word, each sentence, is a part

  • 22.02.2018 18:26
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Everything you write is a spell. Each word, each sentence, is a part of a whole that invokes complex and specific things: whole worlds, whole people, a universe opening in the page under your pen. Language is a sort of magic - when we write we give name to things and bring them into being under our control. This week's #inkandeffort theme is an invitation to conjure into being whatever you might wish to, and will draw on lists, liturgies and ritual to get you writing: Invocations. 🌘 #writingprompts #writing #writingtips #writersofinstagram #poetsofinstagram #poetsofig #bookish #bookishhygge #iamwriting #writingchallenge #poetrycommunity #writingcommunity #amwriting #spellwright #inkandpaper #kindlecuriosity #myinstanest #mycreativespace #seasonspoetry #natureonthepage #dailydoseofpaper #livemagically #womenwhowrite #embracingtheseasons #pentopaper #spilledink #writeitout #distractionsandinspirations #mymoodywinter

Rhiannon Hooson Usually I travel in Autumn. As soon as September hits wanderlust kicks

Wales

  • 21.02.2018 14:27
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Usually I travel in Autumn. As soon as September hits wanderlust kicks in and I start planning trips, but this year I was itching to be off by the middle of January, yearning for a wild winter sea and a gale to clear the cobwebs. I'm off to Cornwall in a couple of weeks, but I've started planning which books to take already (which is half the fun if you ask me). What would you take to read for a week of wintering by the sea? 📚 #wanderlustwednesday #bookishhygge #winterwandering #myinstanest #booksofinstagram #booksandcoffee #bookish #bookstagram #writersofinstagram #finddailyhygge #aseasonalshift #wintermood #travelersnotebook #thiswintermoment #travellingwithbooks #aseasonalyear #creativeinthecountryside #poetsofinstagram #embracingtheseasons #daysofsmallthings #everydaymagic #livefolk #ofquietmoments #calmversation #littledetails #simplethingsmadebeautiful #heiterwinter #aseasonalshift #bookishfeatures

Rhiannon Hooson I get such a lot of inspiration from Instagram - especially regarding

  • 19.02.2018 22:52
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I get such a lot of inspiration from Instagram - especially regarding ways to approach those parts of the year that I might otherwise find difficult. I thought today, for #inkandeffort bones of the year, I would share some tags with you that might provide some inspiration around seasonal changes and mapping the year. Definitely not an exhaustive list, just tags I enjoy perusing for seasonal inspiration. #aseasonalyear #natureonthepage #embracingtheseasons #winterwonderlens #facethespring #galanthophile #aseasonalshift #winterstories #inspiredbynature #quietinthewild #memoriesofasummer #stylingtheseasons #thequietwinter #thewildnesstonic #thefloralseasons #botanicalpickmeup #signsofspring #myfloraldays #seasonspoetry And all of the #cherishandrelish monthly tags. Forgive the unrelated picture, I love the walk that goes past this cute little shepherd's hut, it's a lovely old one that I covet like mad! 🌿 #spilledink #writingcommunity #poetrycommunity #poetsofinstagram #mytinyatlas #timetowrite #pentopaper

Rhiannon Hooson Make your own calendar to track the bones of the year. Which little ev

  • 18.02.2018 23:11
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Make your own calendar to track the bones of the year. Which little events do you wait for each year? Which flowers do you wait to see, which returning birds do you listen for? Which trees bud first, and which leaves fall last? Which stream floods, and which river goes dry? Which plants do you go foraging for, and what do you cook with them? Do you wait for the first spring day when you arrive home before the sun sets, or do you wake each morning come Autumn and wish for the first frost? One little thing I like: when the harebells bloom on the hill, because it means summer is almost over, and Autumn is on its way. Another is the last snows of winter, which are usually unexpected, but always beautiful and short lived. Make a list of your favourite ways of tracking the seasons, and share with #inkandeffort 🌿 #writingprompts #writing #writingtips #writersofinstagram #poetsofinstagram #poetsofig #bookish #bookishhygge #iamwriting #writingchallenge #poetrycommunity #writingcommunity #amwriting #aseasonalyear #creativeinthecountryside #kindlecuriosity #myinstanest #mycreativespace #seasonspoetry #natureonthepage #dailydoseofpaper #facethespring #womenwhowrite #embracingtheseasons #pentopaper #spilledink #writeitout #distractionsandinspirations

Rhiannon Hooson A new #inkandeffort theme for the week today!  The places that inspire

  • 15.02.2018 15:12
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A new #inkandeffort theme for the week today! The places that inspire us are not static. Just as we travel though the year, so do they follow their various paths to the height of their seasons. The world is in a constant state of flux, and though the change of the seasons may seem to drag to us because we have decided there are only four, in fact each week - each day - is different, with new developments and new appearances with which to punctuate the year and track the changing environment. As writers whether we are writing about nature or not, if we locate our stories, our characters, our poems, not just in a physical space but at a particular moment in the year, they will gain a sort of authenticity they would otherwise lack. We can also use this progression of seasonal markers to help with the genesis of new work. Because it is endlessly changing, it is endlessly new, and an ever-renewing source of inspiration. . Whether you are writing for mindfulness, producing content, looking for a place to start a new story or poem, or simply looking for some seasonal inspiration, returning to these simple natural cycles is an excellent place to start. This week our theme for #inkandeffort is The Bones of the Year. Draw your inspiration from the turning year. Celebrate the sheening of one season into the next. Document the world around you as though you are its dedicated chronicler. Exercises this week will look at grounding our writing not just in place but in a particular place at a particular time, and using seasonal change as a catalyst for creative process. 🌿 #writingprompts #writing #writingtips #writersofinstagram #poetsofinstagram #poetsofig #bookish #bookishhygge #iamwriting #writingchallenge #poetrycommunity #writingcommunity #amwriting #aseasonalyear #creativeinthecountryside #kindlecuriosity #myinstanest #mycreativespace #seasonspoetry #natureonthepage #dailydoseofpaper #facethespring #womenwhowrite #embracingtheseasons #pentopaper #spilledink #writeitout #distractionsandinspirations

Rhiannon Hooson Hidden doorways, secret gardens, worlds behind blocked up arches, I lo

  • 13.02.2018 16:50
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Hidden doorways, secret gardens, worlds behind blocked up arches, I love them all. I'm always thinking about worlds with the world, spiralling realities, pockets of the past, or hidden rooms. Is there a doorway you've never seen through, a bricked up window that intrigues you? For a mini exercise today, write about what lies behind it for #inkandeffort elsewhere. 🌿 #writingprompts #writing #writingtips #writersofinstagram #poetsofinstagram #poetsofig #bookish #bookishhygge #iamwriting #writingchallenge #poetrycommunity #writingcommunity #amwriting #travelwriting #kindlecuriosity #myinstanest #wanderlust #winterwonderlens #creativeprocess #aroundtheworld #dailydoseofpaper #slowtravel #womenwhowrite #momentsoftheworld #pentopaper #spilledink #writeitout #distractionsandinspirations

Rhiannon Hooson A little exercise to ease the wheels of this week's #inkandeffort prom

Wigmore

  • 12.02.2018 16:37
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A little exercise to ease the wheels of this week's #inkandeffort prompt, Elsewhere, before Pip and I head over to a friend's house for some coffee and cake and a walk. This week I decided not to give out so many structured exercises, because really you don't need them for a prompt like this. But as observation forms such a large part of this week's theme, I thought I'd pass on something that can help strengthen our observational muscles, so to speak. . Colour walking can be done mentally or with a notebook. Set out for a stroll - it doesn't have to be far, or even out in the country, a walk around a town can be just as fruitful. As you walk, have a colour in your head, and take note of everything you see of that colour. The child's blue mitten on the railing outside the library. The peeling blue paint on an old front door, half hidden behind ivy. The blue nails of the woman you pass, talking on her phone. The row of blue pots on a windowsill, each brimming with geraniums. The blue number 14 dyed into the wool of the beligerant sheep that watches you from beyond the fence. And when you feel like it, change your colour: the scarlet crabapples in the hedge might make you switch to red; the softness of a furred magnolia bud dusted with snow might snag your interest on green. Change your colour several times, but take a moment to really take note of the things you see, not just count them off. Pick a detail to go with each object. If you get into the habit of doing this, it can be incredibly helpful for picking details when conjuring up a sense of place. 🌿 #writingprompts #writing #writingtips #writersofinstagram #poetsofinstagram #poetsofig #bookish #bookishhygge #iamwriting #writingchallenge #poetrycommunity #writingcommunity #amwriting #travelwriting #ladiesgoneglobal #kindlecuriosity #myinstanest #wanderlust #winterwonderlens #creativeprocess #aroundtheworld #dailydoseofpaper #slowtravel #womenwhowrite #pentopaper #spilledink #writeitout #distractionsandinspirations #facethespring

Rhiannon Hooson I woke with a dream gnawing at the edges of me: an upland moor where t

  • 11.02.2018 15:16
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I woke with a dream gnawing at the edges of me: an upland moor where the air was busy with snowflakes, and the land fell away into shattered granite cliffs. At their base, the sea, and a little fishing village caught in the jaws of the wind, streets too steep for anything but a grim climb. There were boats in the harbour, and a sense of life came up out of it in columns of woodsmoke from each chimney, but it was a thin sort of living: all wet rock and salt fish and a dour grey sky over everything. Up on the moor skylarks lifted from the long grass. The snow eddied but never seemed to settle. I stood at the edge of the cliff, and the exhilaration of high places was in me. 🌿 #morningpages #spilledink #womenwhowrite #inkandeffort #pentopaper #writersofinstagram #writelife #exploretocreate #seasonspoetry #stillswithstories #mymonthofwords #humansofbookstagram #ofquietthings #poetsofinstagram #writerscorner #thisishowihueit #mystoryofwinter #aseasonalshift #creativeinthecountryside #aseasonalyear #stylingtheseasons #flashesofdelight #embracingtheseasons #slowwriting #inspiredbynature #mytinyatlas #readmakegrow #ofsimplethings

Rhiannon Hooson That morning I woke to the smell of smoke and hot metal edging in thro

  • 10.02.2018 16:22
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That morning I woke to the smell of smoke and hot metal edging in through the window. Light in the square seemed granular, and had percolated into bands through which the smoke processed with an air of ritual. For a while there was only that: the light; the collared doves pacing the little balcony; the way the smoke spilled out onto the shallows of the lake, where boats creaked and nudged against the jetty. It was colder that day. Sunday, and the echoes of church bells gathered to a cacophony above the water. Snow was on the mountains. In the square men newly come from Africa burned apple wood and broken crates, and the streets were thronged with smoke and their quiet, musical language. By midday they had raked coals across the flagstones and were roasting chestnuts in great oil barrels which turned and turned above the embers. All that day the scent of frost and chestnuts. Swans describing aimless arcs on the water under the white disk of the sun. Later, I sat at the open window, eating a dinner of chestnuts from their paper bag. Their sweetness. The blistered hand of the man I bought them from. The way autumn gentles our thinking, like frost blooming sugar into sloes. 🍂 A memory of autumn in Italy from the day I took this photo. How are you getting on with this week's #inkandeffort prompt: Elsewhere? 🌿 #writingprompts #writing #writingtips #writersofinstagram #poetsofinstagram #poetsofig #bookish #bookishhygge #iamwriting #writingchallenge #poetrycommunity #writingcommunity #amwriting #travelwriting #ladiesgoneglobal #kindlecuriosity #myinstanest #wanderlust #winterwonderlens #creativeprocess #aroundtheworld #dailydoseofpaper #slowtravel #womenwhowrite #momentsoftheworld #pentopaper #spilledink #writeitout #distractionsandinspirations

Rhiannon Hooson This week's theme for #inkandeffort is a simple one with massive scope

Elsewhere

  • 08.02.2018 16:50
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This week's theme for #inkandeffort is a simple one with massive scope for different approaches. Some of the most evocative experiences we can have as writers spring from our encounters with foreign spaces and other cultures. Often writers will speak about first putting pen to paper as a response to an early trip abroad, remembered childhood holidays, the urge to capture the experience of being elsewhere. Even as children we are first encouraged in our storytelling to recount our experiences of the foreign - what we did on our holidays. As adults one way to kickstart our creativity when we find ourselves grinding to a halt is to return to this well of almost infinite inspiration and write about our experiences of unfamiliar places. It's also especially useful when developing sense of place in your writing, because it's easier to observe and capture the details of a place when those details are unfamiliar. So this week our theme is ELSEWHERE. Give us snapshots of places we will not recognise, and accounts of places we will. Recount or imagine; remember or create: maybe your elsewhere doesn't exist. Maybe your elsewhere is an amalgam of many other places, or - like my Other City - it's more a feeling than a physical place, a spot one step to the left of the present, a subtle twisting of reality. Share your elsewheres, real or imagined, and tag #inkandeffort to share. 🌿 #writingprompts #writing #writingtips #writersofinstagram #poetsofinstagram #poetsofig #bookish #bookishhygge #iamwriting #writingchallenge #poetrycommunity #writingcommunity #amwriting #travelwriting #ladiesgoneglobal #kindlecuriosity #myinstanest #wanderlust #winterwonderlens #creativeprocess #aroundtheworld #dailydoseofpaper #slowtravel #womenwhowrite #writingprocess #pentopaper #spilledink #writeitout #distractionsandinspirations

Rhiannon Hooson The sky lifts off the month like the lid of a glass box. All small thi

  • 07.02.2018 15:06
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The sky lifts off the month like the lid of a glass box. All small things become important: each petal on the wax-white snowdrops; the prints a bird's wing leaves in the mud upon landing; the way ink spreads across the page like the delta of a nameless river - a surge before a silence, a glittering stretch under the cold moon. 🌿 #inkandeffort #cherishandrelish_february #creativeinthecountryside #aseasonalyear #aseasonalshift #thiswintergame #winterwonderlens #galanthophile #bookish #bookishhygge #finddailyhygge #bookstagram #writersofinstagram #poetsofinstagram #botanicalpickmeup #embracingtheseasons #thefloralseasons #spilledink #myinstanest #mytinyatlas #todaysgoodthing #inspiredbynature #heiterwinter #anatural_midwinter #slowliving #seasonspoetry #kindlecuriosity #verilymoment #naturewriting #mymonthofwords

Rhiannon Hooson #inkandeffort exercise for today below - but I realised this morning t

Presteigne

  • 06.02.2018 15:49
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#inkandeffort exercise for today below - but I realised this morning that I hadn't posted a picture of Pippin in ages, so even though he has very little to do with borderlands, marginalia, or writing prompts, here he is anyway looking adorable. This is the last exercise for borderlands and marginalia - I will be giving you a new weekly prompt for #inkandeffort on thursday! . Fictionalise your marginalia. Pretend the notes you have written are ones scribbled in an old book found in a dusty second-hand bookshop. Pretend pages from your notebook have fallen, folded tightly, from the pocket of an old fur coat long lost in an attic. Think about who else might have chosen those phrases, those words. Do they mean the same thing to this distant note writer? What other reasoning might lead to their genesis? Turn your own writing on its head by placing yourself at one remove from it. Does your fictional writer live in the same place as you; the same city, the same world, the same time? Why are they making notes? Are they hoping, one day, to write a book? Write their first page for them. 🌿 #writingprompts #writing #writingtips #writersofinstagram #poetsofinstagram #poetsofig #bookish #bookishhygge #iamwriting #writingchallenge #poetrycommunity #writingcommunity #amwriting #aseasonalyear #creativeinthecountryside #kindlecuriosity #myinstanest #mycreativespace #makingwinter #natureonthepage #dailydoseofpaper #winterstories #ilovemydog #womenwhowrite #embracingtheseasons #pentopaper #spilledink #writeitout #distractionsandinspirations

Rhiannon Hooson I and Pangur Ban my catTis a like task we are at:Hunting mice is his

  • 04.02.2018 16:35
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I and Pangur Ban my cat Tis a like task we are at: Hunting mice is his delight Hunting words I sit all night . Some medieval marginalia for #inkandeffort today. I love the little rhyme above that the scribe wrote about his cat - a different cat to the one who left his paw prints on this manuscript. I think basically I just love the idea of medieval cats running amok and the frustrated scribes who love them. It's marginalia that humanises the past for us, gives us little details we can tie into our own lives. What is the thread tying you to the past? What little detail is the same in your life and the life of someone who has stood in the same spot, twenty, fifty, or three hundred years before? It could be a cat, distracting you from work as the cat above did, or perhaps the smell of blossom from the same tree growing outside the window. Finding that connecting thread with the past can be a good way of contextualising a sense of place, even if the place is an imaginary one. 🌿 #writingprompts #writing #writingtips #writersofinstagram #poetsofinstagram #poetsofig #bookish #bookishhygge #iamwriting #writingchallenge #poetrycommunity #writingcommunity #amwriting #aseasonalyear #creativeinthecountryside #kindlecuriosity #myinstanest #mycreativespace #medieval #natureonthepage #dailydoseofpaper #winterstories #womenwhowrite #embracingtheseasons #pentopaper #spilledink #writeitout #distractionsandinspirations

Rhiannon Hooson Good morning!  No writing exercise today as I'm off to a tea party for

  • 03.02.2018 12:43
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Good morning! No writing exercise today as I'm off to a tea party for my mum's 70th birthday! But I will be enjoying some writing time of my own when I get home: I'm working on some nature writing at the moment, and dreaming of flowers and leaves and buds shooting from the nib of my pen straight onto the page. 🌿 #cs_handsinframe @creativelysquared @marisakatedesigns #onmydesk #writersofinstagram #poetsofinstagram #bookstagram #bookish #bookishhygge #iamwriting #springiscoming #poetrycommunity #writingcommunity #inspiredbynature #aseasonalyear #creativeinthecountryside #kindlecuriosity #myinstanest #mycreativespace #aseasonalshift #natureonthepage #dailydoseofpaper #winterstories #liveauthentic #mytinyatlas #womenwhowrite #embracingtheseasons #pentopaper #spilledink #writeitout #naturewriting #distractionsandinspirations

Rhiannon Hooson More borderlands and marginalia for #inkandeffort today!  We are in th

Mam Tor

  • 02.02.2018 15:33
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More borderlands and marginalia for #inkandeffort today! We are in the borderlands between winter and spring right now. The world is waking, slowly and surely, but we exist in a miniscule present. Think about the borderlands of our reality - about the world without us. Of the things we miss as we turn our heads, of the sounds our ears cannot hear, or the colours our eyes are incapable of seeing. Today's exercise focuses on using a photo for inspiration (what with us all being on instagram!). Before you post your next shot, think about the world beyond its borders. What would you have captured if you took the photo an hour later, a day later, or sixty years later on a moonlit night. What might be happening in the photo, unseen to our eyes? What is happening just out of shot, the sounds you can hear, the movement, the scents. Are there people out of shot? Are they talking? Is there a little cottage hidden over the hill? What is happening inside it? In another version of the world, are you in the photo, instead of the one taking it? What did you turn away from in order to take this picture? If the picture is a flatlay or something you've had more control over, what are the significances behind the objects, their histories and secrets? Let us know - and tag #inkandeffort if you try it out! 🌿 #writingprompts #writing #writingtips #writersofinstagram #poetsofinstagram #poetsofig #bookish #aseasonalshift #iamwriting #writingchallenge #poetrycommunity #writingcommunity #amwriting #aseasonalyear #creativeinthecountryside #kindlecuriosity #myinstanest #mycreativespace #makingwinter #natureonthepage #dailydoseofpaper #winterstories #womenwhowrite #embracingtheseasons #pentopaper #spilledink #writeitout #distractionsandinspirations

Rhiannon Hooson The prompt for the first week of #inkandeffort is borderlands and marg

Welsh Border

  • 01.02.2018 16:35
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The prompt for the first week of #inkandeffort is borderlands and marginalia. This first week is about revisiting and re-interpreting. It's about exploring our own marginalia and the hinterlands of our creativity. It's about dallying a while in the borderlands, the between-spaces, looking at ways to reframe the familiar and realise the potential in things we might previously have discarded. About what lies beyond the frame. There are a hundred ways you can interpret this, but in case you're stuck, this week I will be posting several writing exercises which approach the theme of borderlands and marginalia in different ways. . Keep a notebook for any length of time and you will quickly amass a large and disparate library of fragmentary thoughts, sentences without a home and ideas that don't really go anywhere. One of the first bits of sustainable creative practice I teach is to pause after writing in your notebook, and go through highlighting (or underlining) the phrases you find compelling or successful, the thoughts worth revisiting. This way, when you're in need of inspiration, you can flick through your notebook and find a wealth of starting points at a glance. It's a very simple thing to do, but if you get into the habit, it becomes incredibly useful. Today's exercise is a simple one: I invite you to look back through your own writing (a notebook, instagram captions, the notes on your phone) and pick up a thread you have previously abandoned. 🌿 #writingprompts #writing #writingtips #writersofinstagram #poetsofinstagram #poetsofig #bookish #bookishhygge #iamwriting #writingchallenge #poetrycommunity #writingcommunity #amwriting #aseasonalyear #creativeinthecountryside #kindlecuriosity #myinstanest #mycreativespace #makingwinter #natureonthepage #dailydoseofpaper #winterstories #womenwhowrite #embracingtheseasons #pentopaper #spilledink #writeitout #distractionsandinspirations

Rhiannon Hooson Some of you probably know that as a poet I spend a lot of my time teac

  • 31.01.2018 13:48
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Some of you probably know that as a poet I spend a lot of my time teaching others, whether in group workshops, individual mentoring and editing sessions, or in a university setting. But I'd like to maybe help people who don't have access to those events kick start their writing for the year too, whether you write a blog, or poetry, or short stories - or if you would just like to branch out into longer Instagram captions (I LOVE Instagram as a micro-writing platform). Each week for the month of February, I will be posting a writing prompt here, along with some little mini exercises that you can work through or dip into as you like - something to get you writing without the pressure of needing to produce an entire finished piece. I would love to see any work that you produce as a result, so please do tag your posts with #inkandeffort - all you need to start writing is ink and some effort, and sometimes not even the ink. Any questions, comment here! 🌿 #writingprompts #writing #writingtips #writersofinstagram #poetsofinstagram #poetsofig #bookish #bookishhygge #iamwriting #writingchallenge #poetrycommunity #writingcommunity #amwriting #aseasonalyear #creativeinthecountryside #kindlecuriosity #myinstanest #mycreativespace #makingwinter #natureonthepage #dailydoseofpaper #winterstories #womenwhowrite #embracingtheseasons #pentopaper #spilledink #writeitout #distractionsandinspirations

Rhiannon Hooson Snowdrops have pushed up through last year's tangled grasses under all

Stonewall Hill

  • 29.01.2018 21:46
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Snowdrops have pushed up through last year's tangled grasses under all the hedges: luminous in the mossy shadows, nodding as if they have just been gently touched. 🌿 #botanicalpickmeup #poetsofinstagram #igpoets #poetrycommunity #writing #thewritinglife #naturewriting #writersofinstagram #welshpoet #finddailyhygge #embracingtheseasons #inspiredbynature #creativeinthecountryside #aseasonalyear #todaysgoodthing #aseasonalshift #mytinyatlas #winterstories #antijanuaryblues #liveauthentic #booknymph #thequietwinter #seekthesimplicity #bookishhygge #myinstanest #myquietbeauty #winterwonderlens #kindlecuriosity #anatural_midwinter #heiterwinter