Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Coming Back to Simplicity

Wheat fields and fluffy clouds

and tender petalled poppies
as I immerse myself in the simplicity of line, colour and texture
and much more...

Little upright red flowers
playing soldiers in a forest of stalks
and striding to a destination only known to them!

Hold an armful of daisies to your heart
Whisper the name "Marguerite" to their yellow centres
and they will smile back at you.

Swish, swish goes the field of wheat
in the galloping wind as I pass by.

The last of the rapeseed flowers
and layer upon layer of green loveliness
tenderly caressed by a pastel-blue sky above the sea of dancing wheat.

The fragrance of the lilac came upon me on the wind
enchanting me when I followed my nose
to discover its hiding place.

Sweet wild growing forget-me-nots
reminding me of those who no longer journey with me, but who reside in my heart.

A last glance towards the farm
nestled among green fields and overlooking the mountains.

The simplest things are the best
as they remind me of the true values of life -
away from the competitive, often superficial and material side
of our existence.

This is the age of reality shows, social networks
of mobile mania
of being the best at everything
and letting everyone else know!

What happened to life in the slow lane
when just being was enough?

Contentment in the moment
because we are actually living it
and not in a state of preoccupation for past experiences
nor galloping towards some unknown future
which doesn't actually exist,  except in our minds!

How do you get back to simplicity?
Do you have your secrets
that you whisper to the wind?

I do!

Saturday, 16 May 2015

A Blue Velvet Cloak

I wrap myself in the blue velvet cloak 
of an early morning sky before sunrise.
The deep blue speaks to all my senses, calm, beautiful
full of promise of another new day.
The light reflections in the water glimmer brightly
foraging for treasures beneath the surface.

I hasten my step to get to a place where I can see the lightening sky
without obstacles.
As I approach the spot, the sky is being repainted
in shades of soft yellow and orange tinged with pink.

Tones of blue take over
and the water, not wanting to be left out,
proudly reflects the sky
adding a few ripples which makes the whole scene come alive
like a moving film.

The scene increases in drama
and I hold my breath at the sheer beauty
as the slideshow of the sky seems to accelerate.

Just like me,
two water birds look expectantly towards the horizon

The movements in the water
ondulate to a secret rhythm only known to them.
Far away, golden trumpets announce the arrival of the sun.

The silence is astounding
and the first golden rays of the sun ease themselves over the dip
in the mountains beyond,
creating a pale ribbon of sparkling light across the water.
A small boat slides silently across my line of vision.

I witness the birth of a new day
and I feel a surge of energy grow within me which tingles joyfully
in the tips of my fingers right down to my toes.

I feel renewed.

Sharing my experience of Visual Journaling with you.

If you are interested in learning more,
check out this link HERE
to Kim Manley Ort's website.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Bringing You Blossom!

For friends and followers and new visitors too

Blossoms in May

just for you!

Delicate petals in shades of pink

speaking of tenderness

A confetti of petals beneath the trees

and a special message for the tenth of May!

It's lovely to take a break and it's great to be back!

Monday, 20 April 2015

Taking a Break

Sometimes in life
we just need to pause
and take stock
and shuffle our priorities a little.

Take time to smell the flowers

Create harmonious corners in our home

That allow us to enjoy shape and colour

To gather treasures from nature
and create a still life

Try it with spring flowers too
It's amazing what I found in my town environment!
The pollen from the catkins went just everywhere as you can see on the wooden surface!

We can create feelings of peace and beauty in our own homes.

Thank you to all those who follow my blog entries
and a special thank-you to those who take the time to leave comments
for they are always very much appreciated!

See you soon.
I'll be back in May!

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Down to the lake

Whenever I feel like getting my fill of beauty
I go down to the lake

Let's pull back from the swan and take in our surroundings
the mountains
the vineyards
the pure April sky

the fascinating reflections and ripples

Look, the train is just passing
and the water reflections have taken on a pale green hue
from the vineyards above

We follow the lake's edge to breathe it all in

We pass the port with a few sailing boats

and take in the mountains from the water's edge

another swan sails by in shallow waters

Peering through the trees to the end of the lake

A broader view before turning round to walk back again

The view changes and so do the tones and colours

going towards the sun which makes the view paler and dreamy.
It is fortunate indeed to live only 15 minutes by car away from all these lovely scenes.

The different shades and intensity of the blues are forever changing
according to the natural lighting and which way my camera is facing and to my camera settings
The variations in hues are all natural and not due to editing.
I mention this because I have been asked in the past!

Sunday, 5 April 2015


Tiny eggs in a nest of feathers


and sweeping

in an explosion of joy

and delicacy

with a message for your day!

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Magnificent Magnolia

Right into the heart of this noble flower

but first the bud 

which opens up its petals

unfolding beauty

in different shades of tender pink

revealing all

against the blue of a late March sky.