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Archive for April, 2012

Stop start maybe yes maybe no…..

For a little while now, my computer has been having hiccups.   They are not improving, so it’s booked in to see the Doctor in a couple of days time.  Fingers crossed it’s fixable.  I do need more RAM etc, anyway, so it’s a wait and see what happens…

In the meantime, apologies for not visiting your blogs, and making comments.  It’s just too hard at the moment.

I had a busy weekend attending a dressage event, and hope to show you some images from that once these issues are sorted. Till then, have a great week everyone! :-)

Following Nature

“The man who follows nature and not groundless opinions is independent of all things. For in reference to what is enough for nature, every possession is riches — but in reference to unlimited desires, even the grea”The man who follows nature and not groundless opinions is independent of all things. For in reference to what is enough for nature, every possession is riches — but in reference to unlimited desires, even the greatest wealth [is not riches but poverty].”
test wealth [is not riches but poverty].”                   Epicurus

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The wonder of it

I often think of that rare fulfilling joy, when I am in the presence of some wonderful alignment of events. Where the light, the colour, the shapes and the balance all interlock so beautifully that I feel truly overwhelmed by the wonder of it. – Charlie Waite


Behind the colourful reality of life is the beautiful glow of Heaven’s gate concealed.

Tove Ejlert Pedersen

Wild thoughts

“To fly high and to fall deep is better than never to have flown at all”

Tove Ejlert Pedersen


An amazing structure, check out Part 2 for images of the interior!

Originally posted on Geoff shoots the world:

A view of and a view from Hallgrímskirkja, the largest church in Iceland. After the endless ancient cathedrals of mainland Europe (although beautiful) this modern church, started in 1945 and completed in1986, is a breath of fresh air.

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Stepping into the darkness

“When you get to the end of all the light you know and it’s time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.”
– Edward Teller


Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.

Oscar Wilde

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Noticing the beauty in the commonplace, in the ordinary, keeps our senses alive.


And now, for something completely different…..

Originally posted on Pretty Feet, Pop Toe:

Photobooth portrait of woman with short hair.

Mrs Cholmondeley-Warner; Available for interior decor and slug removal consultations

My dear Miss Poptoe,

It is with no little pleasure that I write to inform you that my poultry cup runneth o’er. Four elegant pullets are busily engaged in reducing the population of slugs, snails and similar enemies of the gardener, and to add to my joy, yesterday one of them presented me with her first ovoid offering. Moreover, they are truly an ornamental delight; the two white birds have subtle chestnut streaks, whilst the two chestnuts are correspondingly marked with white. Would that all things could be so tastefully and optically pleasing.
My thoughts turned to such matters of aesthetics since I decided to have my withdrawing room redecorated, and with blithe insouciance gathered a collection of colour charts to browse in the cocktail hour.  What I thought would help solve the conundrum of which tint would best enhance my new curtains became instead  a severe source…

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Originally posted on Imagery of Light:

Happy Earth Day

The environment needs to be our number one priority. It's not rocket science.

© Sheila Creighton 2012

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Foretelling the changes

Yesterday morning’s sunrise was colourful, making me think that perhaps finally, the weather forecasters may be correct in predicting some much needed rain to fall in this area.  Late afternoon indeed, there was a brief thunderstorm, followed by a lovely gentle soaking rain which continued well into the night.  Today the showers came between patches of sunshine.  The grasses which germinated with rains a month ago, have received a much needed boost, and should be able to continue to grow now into this autumn season.  I’m hoping I may find some mushrooms soon in my early morning explorations!

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The Bodhi Tree

A Bodhi Tree is a symbol of the ultimate potential that lies within us all

Foggy foggy dew

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Writing superb.

Originally posted on fourwindowspress:

a photograph and poem by Ethel Mortenson Davis

There is a dance
the bee makes
when it has found food.
It dances in the hive
with all the other bees
looking on
until each one
understands the dance
and knows where to fly–

unlike the astronauts
who came around
from the dark side
of the moon
and saw (for the first time)
what the earth looked like,
new and bright
and more beautiful
than we could have imagined–
a blue-green jewel
shrouded in white clouds.

They wanted to tell us
the best thing
about going into space
was the earth itself.

They wanted to do
the dance for us,
but we could not
get the sense of it.
We could not imitate
the dance.

The Dance copyright © I Sleep Between the Moons of New Mexico, 2010.

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Great article shedding some light upon the lies put out by corporate giants.

Originally posted on O ECOTEXTILES:

From Peak Energy blog; August 27, 2008

From last week’s blog post, we discussed how bio based plastics do indeed save energy during the production of the polymers, and produce fewer greenhouse gasses during the process.  Yet right off the bat, it could be argued that carbon footprints may be an irrelevant measurement,  because it has been established that plants grow more quickly and are more drought and heat resistant in a CO2 enriched atmosphere!   Many studies have shown that worldwide food production has risen, possibly by as much as 40%, due to the increase in atmospheric CO2 levels.[1] Therefore, it is both ironic and a significant potential problem for biopolymer production if the increased CO2 emissions from human activity were rolled back, causing worldwide plant growth to decline. This in turn would greatly increase the competition for biological sources of food and fuel – with biopolymers coming in last place.[2]  But that’s…

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Sphere of Light

Outwardly one’s life may suffer every kind of limitation, from bodily paralysis to miserable surroundings, but inwardly it is free in meditation to reach out to a sphere of light, beauty, truth, love, and power.
Paul Brunton

Beautifully expressed ……

To match your nature with Nature

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with nature.
Joseph Campbell

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I’m sorry I’ve not been able to do regular postings this month, or make my usual comments on other’s blogs.  But all is well, Fred is having a good time, and slowly we will catch up – hopefully anyway!


Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused.
African saying

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Thanking heaven even for our difficulties and misfortunes is the best way to transform them. You will see your difficulties in a different light, as if you had wrapped them in a film of pure gold.
Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

I found this casing on the ground left behind by a newly emerged moth early one morning last week while I was out exploring in the paddocks.  I lifted it to sit on the fence post simply to make photographing it easier, and to catch the morning light. The creature left the safety of the soil where it was encased, to risk transformation into a creature of the air. Risks.  Life.  Full of risks and challenges.  To cease risking is to cease living.  A co-incidence I found it at this time in my life?  Maybe yes, maybe no……

Nothing I can add to this amazing work.


As always, humans have much to learn by observing the caring nature of animals.

Originally posted on fourwindowspress:

by Ethel Mortenson Davis

The dominant horse
acted queer:
Ran around in a circle
in his pasture,
finally resting near
a black clump
on the ground.

The black clump moved
every once in awhile.
It was the black dog
that ran wild
along our fence.
He had been shot
and had gotten
as far as the horses,
trying to get home.

What happened next
took my breath away.
The horse stayed
near the dog,
nuzzling with it’s soft lips,
going over and over it’s body
for a long period of time
until there was no movement.

© 2010, I Sleep Between the Moons of New Mexico

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May you all enjoy these words as much as I.

Originally posted on fourwindowspress:

Photographs of Spring by Sonja Bingen, our daughter


a poem by Ethel Mortenson Davis

April on tossed hair,
in trees,
across the paths and grass
with branches stuck in seas of sky,

is the snow
that covered us
and protected us,
but now
pushes up,
hold on
a moment like bark
and hear

a swinging down
out of trees

i see
your surprised
the earth jumps up fast to meet your legs.

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“Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” -Rilke