“With peaks of joy and valleys of heartache, life is a roller coaster ride, the rise and fall of which defines our journey. It is both scary and exciting at the same time.” ~ Sebastian Cole I don't like roller coasters. It is just not my kind of excitement however my children love the damn things but they don't seem to mind my lack of participation as I am always happy to be the 'looker after' of everyone's stuff whilst they go and defy the laws of gravity.
"So let's enjoy the unfolding shape, the elemental, organic delight and agony of it all.” ~ Natalie Goldberg This a Daisy. My front garden lawn is awash with them. Even though we mow they spring back up. They are indestructible and I adore the delightful little things. I can't understand people who weed them out of their lawn. For me they are part of having a lawn and there is nothing quite like sitting in the sun and making a daisy chain from them.
"The sun was warm but the wind was chill. You know how it is with an April day. When the sun is out and the wind is still, You're one month on in the middle of May. But if you so much as dare to speak, a cloud come over the sunlit arch, And wind comes off a frozen peak, And you're two months back in the middle of March." - Robert Frost Oh how true these words are. One moment there is warm sunshine and it feels like the world is welcoming and the next the clouds come and…
"Sometimes, when I walk along the corridor here, I fancy I hear her just behind me. That quick, light footstep. I could not mistake it anywhere...It's almost as though I catch the sound of her dress sweeping the stairs as she comes down to dinner. Do you think she can see us, talking to one another now? Do you think the dead come back and watch the living?" ~ Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier This is actually Burghley House in Lincolnshire and whilst not being a Gothic in design in the right light it definitely has some of those haunting…
“The sky and the sun are always there. It's the clouds that come and go.” ~ Rachel Joyce I love a perfectly clear blue sky. It is not something we get a lot of in the UK but when we do they are utterly beautiful but a sky with lots of blue and those fat puffy clouds sailing through it are also fabulous. There is something about those clouds that I find beautiful. Yes they block my beloved sun now and then but they also dance across the sky decorating it with their ever changing shapes.
“Reflection must be reserved for solitary hours; whenever she was alone, she gave way to it as the greatest relief; ~ Jane Austen Lots of people don't like being on their own but I am not one of those. I am an introvert by nature and so a spot like this looks inviting. A place to stop and pause, to just think and watch and ponder always makes me feel content and happy.
"As people are walking all the time, in the same spot, a path appears." ~ John Locke That combination of people and nature create something so simple and yet so perfectly beautiful. For me a path like this is an invitation to strike out, one foot in front of the other, to see what lays up head, round a bend or over a hill. It is an irresistible temptation to discover just what it out of sight.
"Hands, touchin' hands Reachin' out, touchin' me, touchin' you" ~ Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond This is a self portrait I took and then edited in Topaz Fusion Lens Effect as well as working on the light and contrast to give my hands a dark gnarly look. I know it is probably a bit sinister and spooky to go with this 'sweet' song but I rather like that contrast and the suggestion that the lyrics of this song could have another meaning.
"There brews He beautiful water! And beautiful it always is! You see it glistening in the dewdrop; you hear it singing in the summer rain; you see it sparkling in the ice gem when the trees seem loaded with rich jewels!... dancing in the hailstorm, leaping, foaming, dashing...! See how it weaves a golden gauze for the setting sun, and a silvery tissue for the midnight moon!" ~John Bartholomew Gough,
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