Teaandponders is a blog of the writing of Fiona Sarah J. Brown.
She is a self confessed teaoholic and deep thinker; this blog is all her own writing and often her own photographs too for the background to the writing.
She has over thirty years experience as a creative writer. It all began when she was aged 7 due to the encouragement of Miss Currie (then deputy head of James Gillespies Primary School, Edinburgh, UK) and inspiration of her late great uncle (who himself was a poet and nature lover). Her first anthology of poems on birds in early 1986 after viewing birds on the River Nith (Dumfries, UK) with her great uncle and discussion with both him and Miss Currie, with further inspiration for the anthology from a photo book of birds she was reading for a solo project for class. Both encouraged her to continue writing, so over twenty five years she still does with the encouragement of her closest friends and loved ones.
She has been published in everything from primary and high school magazines in her youth, national anthologies of poems and the national press. In addition, she has written for charities such as World Animal Protection and CAPS to aid their campaigns, as an animal lover and supporter of animal welfare/rights. As well as supporter of human rights, having work featured on the community and social media of the NGO Safe World for Women.
Every time she sees a leaf blowing in the wind, she imagines the sound it is making and the surrounding environment making its own accompaniment. Every time she hears music it paints vivid images in her mind, with the different instruments and texture providing the brush strokes. She is inspired by the natural and the anthropocentric worlds that ignite the fire within her to tell tales of these parallel worlds. Mindfulness enables her to maintain a moment-by-moment awareness of her thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. All this is reflected in how and what she writes.
“There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.” Lin Yutang, The Importance Of Living.