Tuesday, 18 November 2014

As November Moves Forward

As the days get shorter
we feel the change all around us
Yesterday, I prepared my window-boxes for winter
and picked the last geraniums.

There are plenty of exciting new projects to prepare
and the colour red comes to mind
with a hint of green and lots of white.

A warm drink with garden herbs
and warm colours that delight the senses.
Table decorations to prepare
gifts for others, festive hangings...
and with these long, long evenings,

an orange candle at the end of the day!

It may rain outside under skies of grey, but a snug atmosphere inside
candlelight and music
a good book
or some yarn and hook for nimble fingers
it all feels just perfect!

What do you like doing in November?




Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Focussing on the Essential

Doing my marketing last November 1st,
I saw people selling these bags
called "Survival Kits".

Each bag contained a minimum number of simple ingredients
to make a soup: potatoes, carrots, one leek and an onion
with a vegetable broth cube.

I replaced the onion with a few sticks of celery that I had in my fridge.
The soup was simple and economical and tasty.

The next day, I added 3 tablespoons of red lentils and it became even more nourishing.

Each Survival Kit bag cost 5.- Swiss francs
and the money goes to an association which is very active
in feeding hot meals to those who are homeless
or in serious financial difficulties.

This made we think about what was really essential in life.
For me, it would be having enough food to satisfy my hunger
and having a roof over my head.
It is good to remember this when we think we want or need
certain things which are not essential to our well-being or our happiness.
On the contrary, many of these things encumber our minds and our homes.

In the same line of thinking,
I would like to show you a book I bought a while ago:
It's a reprint which was composed by Marguerite Patten
for helping women to prepare nourishing and healthy meals
for their families during times of food scarcity during the war.
The recipes are inventive and original and I really enjoy trying them out.

I am wearing a crocheted poppy today in remembrance of
Armistice Day on November 11th.
Remembering these events
brings us back to the essential.



Saturday, 1 November 2014

The Rusty Fence

If I could put just one word on each of my photos
it would describe how I feel when I first look at the image.
Kim talks about doing this in her latest blog posting

Flamboyant evokes movement and flames and red and orange and yellow.
For me, it's the essence of autumn's colours and moods
and makes me think of log fires burning in the hearth!

The crossroads of the seasons
as beautiful autumn goes out on a flurry of colourful leaves
and allows winter to settle in.

We are often confronted with crossroads in our lives
where decisions are necessary and choices made
changing our direction on this unknown journey of life.

The rusty fence is in my neighbourhood and I find it the perfect base
for autumn shots when the wind blows the leaves against the wire meshing
and creates rusty fence art which often changes every day!

Being entangled in a situation can  be a reality in life.

But when we surrender and let go
life can flow again

Accepting what is before us
and not making it our enemy allows us to move on

and we feel oneness with our surroundings once again
all feelings of separation disappear.

Isn't serenity a wonderful feeling?
This oak leaf seems so serene as it sits within the rusty fence
as if it wants to be in no other place at all.
It's just content to be where it is.

Looking up and beyond the fence,
I'm enthralled by the sunlight filtering through the branches of this tree.
The word which comes to mind is 'enchanting'
as I enjoyed the movements of the leaves and saw their ever-changing patterns.

Looking down
I can see how the sunlight is creating a feeling of aliveness
in the fallen leaves.
I can feel the joy in these happy, vibrant colours
Can you?



Sunday, 26 October 2014

Soft Layers of Blue

Soft 
misty
mysterious
The sky, the mountains and the water 
merge together to give a feeling of peace and inner quiet.

A little rowing boat keeping its reflection company
and bringing in tones of aqua.
The faraway mountains
take on a delicate shade of violet
and
three little moorhens glide by
on the smooth surface of the water.

The small breeze 
creates gently undulating ripples
sailing boats sail back and forth with gracefulness
and reflections reach out to me
and pull me into the scene.

It would be a pity not to include a picture of the Mont Blanc
whose summit is covered in snow the whole year round.
This is the highest mountain in the Alps and the European Union
and it rises to 4.810 m (15.781 ft).
It's location is between the Aosta Valley in Italy
and the Haute Savoie in France


A framed picture of loveliness
to take home with me
and savour the inner stillness I still feel
when I observe them again, remembering the beauty of the day.






Sunday, 19 October 2014

Today

Today

will be yesterday

tomorrow.

I saw a poster with these words:
"Aujourd'hui
sera hier demain..."

This simple phrase made me think about things a little differently.

Today is the only tangible reality we have
and remember
tomorrow never comes
for when it's here
it's today!

What about yesterday?
Well, that too had its turn to be in the limelight
when it was called: today!

So
if today is the only day there is
let's live it fully
with  gratitude
for the little joys we can find
in each day

like noticing the dance of the bare branches
in a puddle we happen to encounter.




Saturday, 11 October 2014

The Child Within

Years later, they would remember this moment,

The two children sat on a rock near the lake's edge
 looking through the curtain of overhanging branches of a weeping willow.

The sparkles on the water in the late afternoon sun held their gaze.
The little boy and his big sister had been playing
and now they sat quietly together without speaking,
seeming content to observe and take in their surroundings.

The children's grandmother was sitting a little further away, 
keeping a watchful eye.

When I see scenes like this, I enter into the world of childhood again
and see life through a child's eyes, remembering the feeling
 and how each day was a new adventure to be embraced with enthusiasm.

I believe that within each  and every one of us,
there is a small child ready to be amazed by each tiny detail of life.

We all hold within us the capacity to live fully in the moment, 
where time stands still and thought-forms pass like fluffy clouds in the sky
and dissolve into nothingness.

Nothingness is sometimes the perfect state to be in.
What do you think?


Sunday, 5 October 2014

October's Whisperings

A puddle after rain
blue sky captured
A leaf framed

Bark and moss
provide a homely texture
for golden leaves aflutter

Copper leaves
dance against
the remnants of summer.

Hush!
Can you hear October's whisperings?


Sunday, 28 September 2014

Rippling Reflections

I hope you like green!
If you do,
 let yourself imagine that you're a water sprite
living in a poetic, watery setting in nature.

By clicking on each photo
to enlage the image, you will be able to see each tiny detail and every delicate hue.

Snatches of blue sky mingle in-between the green reflections

A few burnished leaves show themselves here and there

Cascading and ondulating
becoming abstract in quality

Here you can see the reason for these reflections and ripples
On the left of this image, the circular pattern comes from a source flowing into the pond.

Mesmerizing

Even the duck is enjoying the movements in the water
Can you bear a bit more green...?

This one is my favourite
The circular movement of the water,
the touches of blue
and the different shades of green.
All is made up of reflections except the hanging branch on the upper right.

A final look
this time at the other end of the pond
which gives a more serene atmosphere.


Water sprite:

An elf-like creature or water fairy.
Some people believe in them,
others prefer to look upon them as supernatural legendary creatures.
Whatever your belief,
I hope you enjoyed being a water-sprite during your visit!