Thursday, 1 October 2015

Poetry and Humming

She had promised herself that she would never complain about the cold again
after the stiflingly hot summer!

The first step was to think of all the gorgeous things about the colder months of the year.
She thought about log fires and the aroma of apples cooking!
Well, a log fire isn't always available, 
how about a snug warm blanket wrapped around the legs
and a good book?

She read:
"So much of our lives takes place in our heads - in memory or imagination
in speculation or interpretation - 
that sometimes I feel that I can best change my life
by changing the way I look at it."
Pico Iyer

A steaming mug of something hot
So comforting as we read.

A snatch of poetry to enhance the day:

"O hushed October morning mild
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow's wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.

Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away."

An excerpt by Robert Frost

She looked up at the candle to let the words roam around inside her
and find a resting place within.

Such a rewarding and creative passion
and perfect for the cooler months.
She loved to create new things and make gifts for others.

Her children were grown now.
She had done her best to give them a happy childhood
and to guide them into becoming autonomous.
She had wanted to be the mother that she had never had.
Her dad had been her role model and she knew he had done his very best.
She remembered how he often went about his daily occupations humming to himself!
She realized that she did the same!

what a wonderful word!
It tickles your lips and resonates within
creating happiness inside.
It's definitely a mood enhancer!

What about winter cooking?

She loved to create wholesome soups and anything at all made with apples

She looked up from where she was sitting at a slice of blue sky she could see.
She felt content and snug with the wind howling outside.

She thought about poetry and humming
and these words she'd read in Winnie the Pooh:

"Poetry and hums
aren't things which you get,
they're things which get you.
And all you can do is go where they find you."

She said to herself.
Everyone should hum at least once to try it out,
and she realized that she was doing it again
and it made her giggle!

Sunday, 20 September 2015

The Joys of September

A beautiful book, so perfect for the season.
There are pages on crafting
and delicious recipes.
Most of all this book is full of wonderful art
designed by artist and writer

This is just the best time of the year for walks
and when I walk far enough away from my neighbourhood
I can escape the roads with traffic
and seek out little paths of greenery.

Following the sunlit railings and sundrenched grass
and hearing the scrunch of the gravel beneath my sneakers.

I do love to see the sun shining through the trees
and those first leaves turning to copper

A soft focus on dreamy leaves
just to set the mood of the moment

and something a little colourful along the way

The roses are still blooming
Aren't they wonderful?
But now it's time to go home to tea...

I baked a Peach Galette
with homemade shortcrust pastry.
It's very melt-in-the mouth
and a little tricky to get it neat looking
so I've gone for the casual homemade look!

You're invited too!
I've put two plates on the table outside
At a glance, I can get eight slices out of this galette
So don't be shy!

Here's your slice
with a blob of sour cream!

Happy September!

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Colour Therapy

Tender and blue with a hint of pink

Tiny budlets surrounded by a crown of flowers
A name: Lacecap 

A touch of delicate lilac
Are you as charmed as I am by tones that nourish your soul?

The centre buds opens to reveal a tiny bright blue flower

See the centre budlets opening and how the outer flowers go from
pale green to yellow and then gradually pink and blue and lilac.

They dance within the frame
I think they they're humming a tune, don't you?

What more?

With more intensity
I can almost feel them breathe
as I capture their beauty.

The same plant and so many patterns and different hues

One last look before you go.

This is pure colour therapy.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Late Summer: a short story

She lifted her face to the sky
and felt the sweetness of an early September breeze upon her face.
At last!

The summer had been relentlessly hot and humid
it had not been easy living in the town.

Luckily, she had her balcony
and she filled it with flowers and herbs to harvest for the winter months.

There were orange and pink geraniums

Purple and yellow little beauties that had flowered the whole of the summer

and red blooms which draped themselves gracefully over the garden table


Yellow marigolds in pots
and many more.

Her plants made her happy and she put them everywhere
creating the feeling of a real garden.

Sitting outside in the very early mornings was the best moment of the day
waiting for the sun to come over the hill
and create dancing shadows and
seeing the blue sky reflected on the smooth surface of the table.

when the timing was right,
she caught the reflection of a sunset in the windows of the building opposite.

She felt happy
and she remembered:

'Happiness is a state of being.
It's feeling one with life as it is now.'

She felt herself smile
and the smile seemed to radiate all through her body
and out into the world
creating connection.

This is what summer is all about!

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Summer Memories

Sharing a photo shoot is always fun!

Breakfast in the park

A little exercise

Home-grown forest strawberries
or should we say balcony-grown?

A boat cruise

Graceful water statues

Water contemplation

Our hands outstretched in fond connection

A mosaic of summer memories for my grandson and for me.

Friday, 14 August 2015


Small Campanula
Stretch their faces to the sky
Pink, lilac, purple

delicate petals

and all the different shades

mingle together

creating dreamy hues
in which to drown my eyes.