Zoë Landale

Writer & Indie Publisher

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The magic of longing

It was only my mum died that I realized how her smell divided my life into safe and unsafe. When I smelled face powder, cigarettes, lipstick, when she hugged me, it was as though the world settled down. If Read more

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Part 5 of Five Magics I Want My Granddaughter to Remember if I Get Flattened by a Low-Flying Cloud Tomorrow

5.) Humour is transformative magic. Find it wherever you can.

Kira in front of the rugosa hedge, having a good haircut day

“Kira’s a little sensitive about her haircut,” I warned my friend Bunny after we’d tried a new Read more

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Part 4 of Five Magics I Want My Granddaughter to Remember if I Get Flattened by a Low-Flying Cloud Tomorrow

4.) Friends are the most precious everyday magic I know. Cherish them.

I have spent time this summer humming the Beatles tune, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” Let’s see, there was Judy who came Read more

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Part 3 of Five Magics I Want My Granddaughter to Remember if I Get Flattened by a Low-Flying Cloud Tomorrow

3.) Love is magic. Be generous with it. We’re not going to run out of love.

Mild autumn, Roe Lake

This morning, in the park, the September drizzle was lovely. I got wet with no hat, but not soaked. Read more

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Part 2 of Five Magics I Want My Granddaughter to Remember if I Get Flattened By a Low-Flying Cloud Tomorrow

2.) Gratitude is magic, pure and simple. What can you find to be grateful for?

Lots of tiny birds flitting in the safety of the rosehips.

This morning I was walking around a lake near our house. The steep Read more

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Part 1 of Five Magics I Want My Granddaughter to Remember if I Get Flattened by a Low-Flying Cloud Tomorrow

Magic is where you find it, in the garden, on the water, or in a book. 

 

1.) Decide how to string the colours of magic into your life story.

Star-Gazer Lily–so delicious-smelling

Things happen to us. These Read more

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