Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Charlotte's Yellow Marigolds

A sunshine flower
Yellow is the best colour to create enthusiasm for life!

Look at those pretty cut-out leaves

I had to show you Charlotte's pot of yellow marigolds
They bring me joy every time I look at them!

Pick one and put it in a very pretty vase.
This one was given to me by a good friend for my birthday!

If you like to crochet,
crochet a yellow doily and give it as a present.

Isn't the heart pendant pretty?
Such a thoughtful gift.

Be the sunshine in someone's cloud
and bring them a smile today!

I shall be away for a couple of weeks.
Enjoy the sunshine while I'm gone
and I'll see you in July again.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Connections. A Short Story.

First of all,
I need to set the scene.
It all started in a small town in the south of France
Here's the charming port.
Just look at those gorgeous water reflections!

The streets are narrow and mostly cobbled
and many of the houses are ocre in colour, so typical for the area.

Tables are set on open air terraces as early as April when the plane trees
start getting their leaves.

They provide such a welcome shade in the heat of the summer months.

The sun dances through the leaves, creating delightful
 shadows and patterns.

Can you feel the atmosphere?
Don't you love it?
I hope you're sitting comfortably with a nice drink.
Let me tell you the story as it happened to me.


Every morning before breakfast, she would water all the flowers in her flowerpots outside hanging on the shutters. I saw her as I passed by for my early morning walks. She looked down at me and waved and smiled and I told her that her flowers were looking just lovely, even more lovely than the day before!

One morning, the lady of the house was outside watering the bushes and I stopped to chat awhile. We talked about this and that and the subject came round to her flower pots. I asked her if the different number of pots at each window meant something to her. She explained that the four pots on the middle window, represented her family: her husband and herself and their two children. Her husband's favourite colour was red and the red pot with red flowers is for him, in his memory. Then she explained the window with three flowerpots, represented each one of her three grandchildren. The window with two flowerpots on the last window represented her husband and herself and their eternal love.

I asked if the pots along the edge of the windowsills had any special meaning. Oh yes, she said, they represent my friends and neighbours. How lovely and thoughtful, I said. She told me that there was even a pot for me… and it was the one in the middle with yellow marigolds planted in it. I could hardly believe it, after all, I only passed by and said hello, but the lady told me that this meant more to her than she could say and that when I smiled and exchanged a wave every morning, it was like a ray of sunshine in her life since her husband had died two years ago.

Won't you come to tea today, I said. I've just baked a poppy-seed cake flavoured with fresh ripe lemons I bought at the market! I'd love to, she said. I explained where I lived and at 4 o'clock she arrived holding a freshly planted yellow marigold in a yellow pot! We got on so well and sometimes there were moments of companionable silence just enjoying the view from my terrace! Afternoon turned to early evening and I went into the kitchen to fetch some crunchy bread, black olives, cheese and some sliced ripe tomatoes drizzled with olive oil.

That was the day that Charlotte and I became really good friends! I even got to meet her lovely family when they came to visit her for her birthday later that year.

Friends are flowers in the garden of life and from that first day onwards, I had yellow marigolds growing in mine!

Story telling
inspired by Visual Journaling
I did recently


Tuesday, 2 June 2015

The Language of Petals

The heart within

seeking direction

Inner guide



Moving forward

Finding inner glow

Spreading out my wings
Seeking the music of life
Letting it all flow

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!