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One Thing Today
One Thing Today provides a regular nudge to remind you to live gently and to take a small daily step with your creative work.
6 days ago
#1603: Taking five minutes to celebrate ten years
Hello Today marks ten years since I recorded the first episode of One Thing Today and I did want to pop in to say hello and record a little homage to that very first episode. Join me together with my original timer and teapot for a five minute micropodcast. Maybe today you can pick one small thing to do to move your creative life on a little. Or maybe today's a day for a rest :) Thank you for being there <3 PS Episode #1602 has been recorded and I will post it in a few days, but I did want to publish this episode on the day of the anniversary even though it is out of order!
Apr 24, 2021
#1601: Enjoying life when choices are limited
Today, you find me by my kitchen window watching Louise enjoying her first morning out of the coop since her operation and reflecting on how taking care of her has meant that my One Thing has been decided for me over recent days. I hope however your energy is today that you can find something to appreciate and enjoy in your day <3
Apr 20, 2021
#1600: New growth?
Not quite the 1600th episode of One Thing Today that I had planned for you, but maybe this gentle, scaled-back episode is an appropriate way to mark today’s milestone. Join me for a walk halfway up my hillside to visit a crab apple tree… Whether you’re a new listener or have been with me for a while (or even the very beginning!), thank you for your company.
Apr 11, 2021
#1599: Frosty celandines
It’s a beautiful frosty morning here in Wales and I’m by my gate saying hello to you after what felt like a very big day yesterday…
Apr 6, 2021
#1598: The return of winter?
The albeit probably brief return of winter here in Wales this morning feels very welcome. Join me as I say hello to the chickens and then take a slow, snowy walk up the hill to the grove of oak trees. May your day unfold into the shape that is right for you.
Apr 3, 2021
#1597: A big day for George and Louise
My One Thing for today is to rest, but I did want to record you a short podcast as today is a big day in chicken world.
Mar 25, 2021
#1596: A new creative year
I’m hoping that I’m sounding a little less dopey than I did when I recorded the first podcast of the year on Saturday. I do feel more chipper and find myself looking forward to what is increasing feeling like the start of a new creative year. Join me for slightly longer walk than normal as I follow a sheep path to Bluebell Hill (where the first bluebells will be appearing in about a month) and talk about emerging into the new year. As you’ll hear, midway through the podcast I pause the recording to take a photo and before I resume recording find myself on a rather unexpected Tiny Adventure. The video of that Tiny Adventure will be available to watch on my Patreon page in a couple of days.
Mar 20, 2021
#1595: A walk up the hill to mark the end of hibernation and the start of the new year
In this first episode of One Thing Today of 2021 you find me climbing over my garden gate and heading up the hill to the Big Oak to mark the moment of the spring equinox and the start of the new year. The walk up the hill provides a chance to reflect a little on how my hibernation has been, how I’ve tried to make it a distinctly different time from the rest of the year and how I feel about emerging into the new year. I do hope the last three months has treated you well and that if you've been hibernating alongside me you can emerge gently into the new year. I'm looking forward to seeing where the coming weeks and months takes us all. PS Listening back to this episode, I realised that I got myself in quite a knot when talking about the rhyme Oak Before Ash. If you’re interested in much less muddled discussion of this bit of countryside lore, this might be a good place to start: https://oakobsessionsblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/oak-before-ash-in-for-a-splash/
Dec 23, 2020
#1594: A walk to mark the start of hibernation
I wasn't sure until about two minutes before I set out that I was going to take this walk, but I'm glad I did. In this final episode of One Thing Today until the spring, I climb over my gate with about ten minutes to go until the winter solstice. My aim is to climb the hill to the Big Oak where I'm hoping to stand to mark the moment of the solstice and the official start of my three-month hibernation... I shall be back with the next episode of One Thing Today in the spring (on or around 20th March 2021). In the meantime, I shall be recording an analogue series of podcasts following my hibernation which will be available here on Patreon for all patrons. I'm looking forward to sharing my hibernation with you. Perhaps you'd like to join me for some hunkering down of your own over the next few months.
Dec 21, 2020
#1593: Sterilising jars (and simmering chutney)
I'm back in my kitchen putting the finishing touches to my slow-made chutney. Five days after I was peeling pears with you, I'm sterilising some jars and adding the final ingredients to my saucepan before simmering the chutney mixture for a few hours...
Dec 19, 2020
#1592: Chopping onions
The slow chutney making continues... :-)
Dec 17, 2020
#1591: Peeling pears
It's been a few weeks since I was in my kitchen making some pear and onion chutney, now I'm back, peeler in hand, preparing to make a second, larger batch. In the first in a series of three podcasts, I'm experimenting with some slow cooking, making this second batch of chutney over a number of days at a pace that (hopefully) will fit with my current hibernatory energy level. It would be lovely to have your company.
Dec 13, 2020
#1590: A small jigsaw, feeding the cats and heading out to greet the day
I feel as though I am gradually sinking into hibernation and as I do so am beginning to notice that my mood and energy levels seem to be improving. Today has started slowly with a small jigsaw puzzle, and now you find me in my kitchen making breakfast for the cats...
Dec 10, 2020
#1589: Saying hello from bed early on a rainy morning
In this episode, I'm talking about how I'm continuing to move slowly and focusing on a very simple routine (that seems to include quite a bit of tea drinking!) that is keeping life ticking over.
Dec 7, 2020
#1588: My One Thing on a frosty morning
On this very frosty morning, I'm venturing outside for the first time since I last spoke to you and am making my One Thing for the day letting George and Louise out of their coop and putting some mealworms down for the visiting robin. After a few days in bed, it's especially good to breath in the sharp, fresh air...
Dec 2, 2020
#1587: Sneaking past Ounce and realising how tired I am
Yesterday, possibly for the first time ever, I forgot to let the chickens out. I realised at about 10.00 am and all was fine, but my forgetfulness has helped me realise just how tired I am again… Join me by my gate as I talk a little about tiredness, not coping too well and my plans for looking after myself in the coming days.
Nov 26, 2020
#1586: An early morning walk
As I come out this morning, it is still a little too dark to let the chickens out and the visiting robin is nowhere to be seen, so I decide to go for a walk. Would you like to join me?
Nov 24, 2020
#1585: Making pear and onion chutney
Waiting for the right moment to make this chutney has been quite an exercise in patience. I first mentioned that I was thinking of doing it back in episode #1579 at the beginning of the month. About three weeks later I’m chopping onions and pears… Visit my Open House over on Patreon to find a Podcast Extra showing the final stage of my chutney making, plus the full recipe: https://gogently.co/openhouse
Nov 21, 2020
#1584: An autumn view
Join me on a rather blustery autumn morning as I say hello to the visiting robin, let George and Louise out for the day and then take a slow walk up the hill to look at the view. There will be a podcast extra to accompany this podcast available tomorrow over on Patreon as part of my Open House: https://gogently.co/openhouse
Nov 19, 2020
#1583: Permission to live at our own pace
On the last day of my Pyjama Week, I found myself going for a walk and thought you might like to join me… The Creativity Session that I mention during the podcast is now online and is available as part of my Open House over on Patreon. You can watch it here: https://gogently.co/openhouse
Nov 14, 2020
#1582: Getting back to a more normal routine again
The familiar sound of porridge bubbling on the stove heralds a return to a more normal routine for me after a few days of not being able to do much. Join me as I head out to see the chickens and the visiting robin and then stand by my gate to ponder a little on a how I've been structuring my time since the spring and my plans for this year's winter hibernation. The Podcast Extra that I mention during this episode is available to watch as part of my Open House over on Patreon: https://gogently.co/openhouse
Nov 8, 2020
#1581: A walk under the (almost) full moon
It’s a little before 6.00 am on a cold clear morning and I’m off for a walk with Ounce. Would you like to join us?
Nov 6, 2020
#1580: Visiting some old friends
After saying good morning to the chickens and the visiting robin I head off to see some old friends who I’ve not taken you to see in a little while… There is a Podcast Extra to accompany this episode available as part of my Open House over on Patreon. Watch it here.: https://www.patreon.com/posts/43570373
Nov 2, 2020
#1579: A One Thing for the week?
As I head out this morning to seeing the chickens and the visiting robin I found myself pondering on a One Thing I would like to do this week… Look out in a couple of days for the Podcast Extra that accompanies this episode. It will be available as part of my month-long Patreon Open House. All of my Open House posts will be available via this link: gogently.co/openhouse
Oct 29, 2020
#1578: Feeling ready to hunker down
Recorded just before the clocks changed at the weekend here in Wales, in this episode I'm noticing just how ready I'm feeling to begin the hunkering process as the world around me become increasingly autumnal. My One Thing for today is going to be a rest in preparation for what I'm expecting to be a few busy (for me!) days. Are you noticing the changing season? How are you feeling about it? Look out tomorrow for the Podcast Extra that accompanies this episode. It will be available as part of my month-long Patreon Open House. All of my Open House posts will be available via this link: gogently.co/openhouse
Oct 27, 2020
#1577: Porridge, chickens and marking two years on Patreon with a month of free content
Today, you find me in my kitchen preparing my morning porridge before heading out to see the chickens and the visiting robin. Over the last two years this podcast has been made possible with the support of its patrons over on Patreon. To mark this two-year anniversary I'm holding a month-long "Open House" during which I'll be sharing most of my Patreon content publicly to give non-patrons an idea of what I offer there in return for the support I receive. Why not come and join me for some video and audio Podcast Extras, twenty-minute Creativity Sessions, vlog posts and one or two creative experiments? It would be lovely to have your company and maybe at the end of the November you'll consider joining me full-time. Visit: https://gogently.co/openhouse (this link will redirect you to the Open House page over on Patreon).
Oct 20, 2020
#1576: Hanging out some washing and enjoying the morning view
It’s a bright chilly morning and you find me hanging our some washing and then going for a short walk on the other side of my gate to get a better look at the view down the valley. I hope your day is starting well.
Oct 15, 2020
#1575: Adapting plans, juicy acorns and hot chocolate (the final TA podcast of 2020)
After two and a half months I’m recording my final Tiny Adventure podcast of the year. As you’ll hear, this episode isn’t quite the one I had planned for you but I hope you’ll enjoy it nonetheless…
Oct 13, 2020
#1574: Hello from a very dark and wet morning!
It's a very wet and dark morning and the weather is helping my thoughts turn to hibernating and working in a more analogue way…
Oct 7, 2020
#1573: A Tiny Adventure to mark the equinox
Rather unusually, I made a very specific plan for this Tiny Adventure. Timing it almost down to the second…
Oct 3, 2020
#1572: An analogue podcast and Tiny Adventure (the eighth Tiny Adventure podcast of 2020)
I recorded this podcast almost two weeks again and have been very excited about sharing it with you, but because it was made in a different way to usual it has taken me quite a while to get it ready for you. For quite a long while I’ve been pondering the idea of making some analogue podcasts and as I explain at the beginning of this episode, that is what I have done here. Instead of recording on my phone and also using it for taking the photo to accompany the podcast, I have recorded the audio on a cassette tape and taken the photos with an instant film camera. Come and join me for a Tiny Adventure within a Tiny Adventure as I pack my provisions and prepare to head up the hill to visit the Big Oak. You can view all the photo that I took during the podcast over on the this episodes page over on the Go Gently site. https://www.gogently.co/one-thing-today/1572
Sep 18, 2020
#1571: Making the most of how things are
I've been hoping to record you another Tiny Adventure podcast for a few days now, but haven't felt up to walking up the hill to visit the Big Oak and so, rather than keep waiting for the energy to arrive, this morning I decided to record you the podcast I felt able to rather than the one I had hope to... Join me to say good morning to the chickens, the visiting robin, some blue tits, some brave sparrows (and a slug!). Everything feels very alive in my garden this morning and I'm very glad I decided to record a podcast to share that with you.
Sep 8, 2020
#1570: The seventh Tiny Adventure podcast of 2020: Choices
I’m deciding between doing some things and not others and keeping everything as simple as possible so that I can go for a walk up to the Big Oak today Would you like to join me for a walk there and back again?
Sep 5, 2020
#1569: The sixth Tiny Adventure podcast of 2020: Not quite the podcast I'd intended
Technology, the weather and my energy haven’t been my friends as I recorded this podcast. I had intended to start the podcast under the Big Oak (which I did) and then walk home with you down the hill after I’d sat for a while with my picnic breakfast. I had a lovely walk home, stopping to pick blackberries along the way and chatting to you all the while, only to discover when I got home that the walk had only been recorded intermittently. I thought I would head back up the hill another day this week and have another go at recording the second half of the podcast, but my energy hasn’t been up to it and the weather has been far less inviting than it was when I recorded the first half, so that didn’t happen. In the end, I decided this morning to record my early morning trip out to say good morning to the chickens and my friend the visiting robin. Not quite the podcast that I intended, but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless :)
Aug 29, 2020
#1568: The fifth Tiny Adventure Podcast of 2020: Checking up on the Big Oak
After the second of two very stormy days this week, I woke up to find myself worrying about the Big Oak and so decided to make myself a flask of spicy chai and headed off to make sure that it was okay…
Aug 19, 2020
#1567: The fourth Tiny Adventure Podcast of 2020: Keeping it simple
I’ve been missing The Big Oak, and today, the first day in a little while that it hasn’t felt that I’ve needed to spend in bed, I’ve made myself a flask of tea and am heading up the hill for a visit…
Aug 13, 2020
#1566: The third Tiny Adventure Podcast of 2020: Dawn at The Big Oak
Today, you find me tip-toeing past the chicken coop as I head off on my third Tiny Adventure of the year, a trip with a large flask of tea to watch the sunrise at The Big Oak…
Aug 9, 2020
#1565: The second Tiny Adventure Podcast of 2020: Spicy chai, lichen and how old I think The Big Oak could be
Today, you find me in kitchen preparing for my second Tiny Adventure of the year. As you know, gathering provisions feels like an important part of a Tiny Adventure and this morning I’m making something that I don’t think I’ve made since last summer’s adventures. A flask of spicy chai. Once the tea is in my flask (and I’ve made a peanut butter sandwich to accompany it!), I feel ready to embark on my second visit to The Big Oak. Listen in to hear the results of my calculations estimating the age of the tree :)
Aug 6, 2020
#1564: The first Tiny Adventure Podcast of 2020: Visiting an oak tree
For a few years now, August has traditionally been my Tiny Adventure month. In it I usually record a set of podcasts in which I embark a series of Tiny Adventures and encourage you to do the same. This year I wasn’t sure I would be able to manage any Tiny Adventures, so I’m so pleased and excited to be sharing with you an unexpected adventure that may just be the prelude to a (scaled-back and slight different than usual) series. This morning I’m off to visit a large oak tree with a ball of string, a marker pen and a flask of tea. En route I’m pleased and surprised to bump into Ounce…
Aug 1, 2020
#1563: Changes. Part 2
In the second of two podcasts looking at what has changed during my fifty-day retreat, you find Ounce and I at my gate counting sheep and listening to the sounds of the early morning...
Jul 30, 2020
#1562: Changes. Part 1
In the first of two podcasts looking at what has changed during my fifty-day retreat, you find me heading out into the rain to open the chicken coop… The second of these two looking-back podcasts will be available in a couple of days. The Agatha Christie radio play that I mention listening to can be found here (available until 21st August 2020). As you’ll hear me explaining in this episode, I’m still not feeling as though I’m out of my health dip and am planning another fifty-day retreat. This time however I am wondering if I'm going to be able to be more present both here and over on Patreon. Whilst I'm not making any promises, I am going to continue to explore the gentle structure that has emerged from my first fifty-day retreat and will see what that means for this podcast and Patreon.
Jul 9, 2020
Whilst this isn’t a prelude to a return to more regular podcast episodes (it’s not quite time for that yet), I did want to pop in to say hello and to share with you some sad news about Gloria, our beautiful ginger mealworm loving hen…
Jun 21, 2020
#1560: Watching the rain and talking about plans
It’s raining and you find me at my studio door trying to encourage Louise out with the promise of some mealworms. I’ve spent a lot of time just here over the last four weeks looking out at my garden and it’s become increasing clear that I need to do more of the same. So, as the solstice arrives I’m popping in to say hello, let you know at little about what I’ve been enjoying looking out at (including a family of robins) and what my plans are for the next month or so. I’m hoping to be back here in some shape or form towards the end of July. Until then, go gently <3
May 26, 2020
#1559: Fluctuating temperatures and fluctuating energy (and making the decision that I need a break)
It's a chilly morning as I poke my nose out of my front door to record today's podcast. The fluctuating temperatures seems to be mirroring my fluctuating energy levels and after two weeks of pyjama wearing I've decided it's time to take a break from having any expectations of myself. Join me for a wander to my gate as I let you know my plans. I'm aiming to be back with next episode of One Thing Today in roughly four weeks, on or around the solstice. Until then, take good care of yourselves and as always, go gently <3
May 21, 2020
#1558: Small and unexpected pleasures
In today’s episode, I notice a bluebell that is going to seed and reflect on how even though my life’s focus has been reduced by health and circumstance there is still plenty to enjoy close to home. The Podcast Extra that I mention in the podcast is available to patrons and can be found here: https://www.patreon.com/gogently
May 17, 2020
#1557: A flutter of sparrows
Pyjama Week continues and I’m wondering it it needs to turn into Pyjama Fortnight… Today, I’m still moving very slowly but am excited by the sight of a large group of fledgling sparrows enjoying the remains of yesterday’s chicken grain. If you’d like to get a closer look at the sparrows, come over and join me on Patreon where you’ll find (among many other Podcast Extras) a video of them enjoying their early morning banquet. Your support there would be very much appreciated <3
May 13, 2020
#1556: A Pyjama Week
I was expecting it to be below freezing this morning when I went out to see Gloria and Louise and check on my plants, but the clouds must have kept the temperature up and it was quite warm enough to stand by my gate and record you a podcast... This week I've decided to have a Pyjama Week, which might sound like a slightly odd decision when we're already spending so much time at home, but feels like exactly the right thing to be doing this week. Maybe you'd like to join me.
May 11, 2020
#1555: A big blue sky
This morning, you find me in my kitchen looking through the window at a big blue sky and steeling myself to head out into what I’m expecting to be a much chillier morning than of late…
May 9, 2020
#1554: Getting to the gate
I’m having a rather groggy and slow start to the day, but am rewarded by a beautiful view when I get to my gate. Would you like to come and stand there with me and greet the day as I ponder a little more on what a “fallow year” might look like?
May 6, 2020
#1553: The sun in the oaks (and letting the idea of a fallow year in a little)
In today’s episode, I spot the sun hitting the oak trees from my kitchen window and head outside to take a closer look. In this first outdoor episode of One Thing Today for a couple of weeks, I find myself touching on the idea that this might need to be a fallow year for me…
May 4, 2020
#1552: Taking pleasure in what's possible
My health is still rather down and up and up and down, but today I’m focusing on what’s possible rather than thinking about what isn’t.
Apr 28, 2020
#1551: Another egg themed podcast :)
I’m still here and I’m still moving slowly. I also seem to still be making egg themed podcasts :) Would you like to join me in my kitchen as I experiment with making a sponge cake from a goose egg that I was given a few days ago? I’m sorry that episodes of One Thing Today continue to be rather irregular at the moment. I do hope things will return to a more normal routine before too much longer.