The August Break 2016: Part four

Day 24

Three marbles.
What can I say?
I have loved them since I was a child
and still do.

Day 25

Quiet waters
shady trees
and a walk around the lake.

Day 26

Seville orange
perfect for making marmalade
not too sweet
and very delicious!

Day 27

My tiniest jug
and the tiniest  aster flowers
growing on my balcony garden.

I AM...
Day 28

I am...
with many layers
joyful and vibrant
sometimes reserved
with a tender heart
and a poetic soul
enjoying the moment
seeking beauty wherever I am.

Day 29

In my kitchen cupboard,
I only have mugs that I really like
and I use them all.
this one with the butterfly decoration
is my favourite breakfast mug.
It was given to me by my son many years ago
and he knew that the symbolism of butterflies
was important to me.

The butterfly is a symbolism of transformation
because of its impressive process of metamorphosis.
The butterfly is also associated with the human soul.

Day 30

Day 31

August was...
Slow moving
Outdoor terraces
Sparkling water
Lake crossings
Golden light
Walks before dawn
Forever changing
the hottest month of August I have ever known!

Here we are at the end of The August Break
It has been fun for me to do
The prompts have nudged my creativity!
Thank you to all of my visitors
for coming along!

The August Break 2016: Part three

Day 16

The calming influence of small waves breaking on the beach.

Breathing slowly and calmly brings helps us find a peaceful inner rhythm
 which relaxes both mind and body and eliminates stress.

Inhale 1-2-3-4-5
Exhale 1-2-3-4-5

Here is a short video to help

This sort of breathing is called 'cardiac coherence' (cohérence cardiaque).

Day 17

The gentle atmosphere and soft reflections before the sun comes over the hill.

The same window
illuminated by the sunrays

Day 18

Five years ago, a new tin of brightly coloured felt pens
was given to him for his birthday.
The first thing he did was organize the tin with strips of colour and numbers,
so that the felt pens would always be in their original order!
I love his quietly pleased expression as he admires his handiwork.

Day 19

We use our hands to express ourselves,
to create and to follow artistic pursuits.
They allow us to feel textures, like the smoothness of a mother-of-pearl shell.
Hands can soothe a child and express compassion and love.
When I take photographs, I am very conscious of my hands and their importance.
Every day I am grateful for all my hands allow me to do.

Day 20

This hot and humid month of August has shown us the most wonderful
and colourful cloud formations.
These were taken in my neighbourhood as the accumulated heat of the day
was culminating in big dramatic clouds filling the sky
with their majestic presence!

Clouds to dream by

A mosaic of a few of the clouds I saw during the past week.

Day 21

Today is walking along the lake in the early evening
and admiring the elegance of this beautiful swan.

Day 22

Day 23

This brings us to the end of the third week of the August Break.
See you on the last day of the month again!

The August Break 2016. Part two.

Day 9

There's nothing like a dynamic red abstract to start off part two
of the August Break postings

RED (2)

in the form of a red double-decker bus
and because my grandson, staying with me, loves it!

Day 10

Dancing yellow petals in the background bringing a feeling of joy.

Day 11

A dreamy soft focus capture which feels meditative to me.

Day 12


Day 13

Time for a glass of sparkling water with a squeeze of lime juice
So refreshing!

Day 14
   LOVE IS...

"Love is a state of Being.
Your love is not outside; it is deep within you.
You can never lose it, and it cannot leave you.
It is not dependent on some other body, some external form.
In the stillness of your presence, you can feel your own formless
and timeless reality as the unmanifested life that animates your physical form.
You can then feel the same life deep within every other human 
and every other creature.
You look beyond the veil of form and separation.
This is the realization of oneness.
This is love."

Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now.

Day 15

Everyone says that unicorns don't exist, 
except in legends and mythology,
but last night I dreamed I was riding bareback 
on an amazing silver-grey unicorn.
We galloped through pastel coloured clouds of pink and blue
and I clutched his flowing mane to keep my balance.
I could feel his silky coat against my bare legs and feet.
When I awoke, I really believed in the existence 
of these beautiful creatures.
Do you?


Since I was unable to take my camera with me in my dreams
I found this wonderful unicorn image
which corresponds exactly to the one I rode!

Unicorn image: Stockphoto/CoreyFord.


Next week, I'll continue this August Break journey with you.
I hope you are enjoying yourself as much as me!

The August Break 2016: Part One

Day 1:

I had gone out early to catch a sunrise
all I caught were clouds and misty moments
I turned round to go home
when I looked back I saw these amazing misty sunrays!

Day 2

A textured wooden step in a garden attracted my attention
because of this beautiful pale green leaf.


I cleaned my pens
polished the nibs
and found a stock of decorated paper.

I have decided to write more handwritten letters
and reinitiate the art of handwriting
into my life.
Just feeling the pen gliding effortlessly across the smooth paper
makes me remember how good that feels.

Day 4

Slowing down to notice the charming moments in each day.
This little toddler pulling her big shopping bag
made everyone smile.

Day 5

Seeking the shade in the middle of the day
and being thankful for a parasol
which framed the fluffy blue clouds
like little thought forms drifting away from me
and leaving my mind free to revel in the moment.

Day 6

The latest book of one of my favourite authors
whose stories are based on true historical facts
with a story woven between them.

Tracy Chevalier is the well-known author of
'Girl with a Pearl Earring.'

Day 7

The soft earth and sweet clover
where the early evening breeze created my skirt to billow out

.Day 8

Strawberries and raspberries: the taste of summer


This year, I've joined the August Break group for the first time.
The group is organized by Susannah Conway
who says:
" This is a community project that has no real rules -
the idea is to simply take a photograph every day 
for the whole of August.
That's it.
Pause, look around you and shoot what you see.
Live inside each moment.
Pay attention to what's there."

We get daily prompts
and they are the words written in capital letters.

For the whole of August, I'll be doing a daily posting on Flickr
and a weekly posting here.