Great wisdom expressed, as always…


by Ethel Mortenson Davis

inspired by Kevin’s photograph and a conversation with Rita Hawes

I hope you
have found the light.

Remember when you
scrambled up the cliff
to photograph the light
between two converging
rock faces?
Laughing at my old bones
down at the bottom?

All we can do
in this world of chaos
is set our bearings
by the stars.

I think we will always
have chaos
in this world.
We will never have
a sustainable earth
where men cooperate
with each other.

But instead
living will be about
how we maneuver
our way through chaos
with integrity and valor,
like the old knights
pointing their mast

to the North Star.

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Perfect day

Today has been one of those beautiful Spring days, spent outdoors with my loving companions – what more could I ask for!

This is in the original orchard. Somewhere in the grass should be the remains of the first cottage, circa 1800’s ….. I’m thankful for the fabulous fruit trees, and really look forward to seeing what they produce.

Happiness is – a good roll in the grass!  Sally loves it here!!

Next we headed out to the back paddock, Sally really enjoying the chance to explore.

This is the Limestone Coast and once this paddock was part of the sea.  Fred is taking note of the piece of limestone.

The cows were surprised to see us, although I’m hoping they soon get used to us so I can get closer for more pics.

Sally had a really tough winter, and it’s great to see her enjoying life again.

She knows how special she is 🙂

Emu eggs were found at the base of a tree, mostly smashed, probably by the cows……or possibly by crows.

I put the one unbroken egg onto the rock, and next time I go out into the paddock I’ll check if it survives.

Oh isn’t it grand to be young and alive!!  Yippeee!

I just loved the shape of this tree, and the clouds.  Sally had to pose of course!

Yep!  Emus!  The large flightless bird with very little brain!  Truly, they appear to have little capacity for thinking……

In the afternoon, we strolled out into the long paddock, a laneway between larger ones, used mainly for shifting stock. Saw the unusual clouds, which I thought reflected the shape of the gum tree.

We played follow the leader – who was Fred of course!

Sure enough, the kangaroos were out in the paddock closest to the road, for their afternoon grazing, somewhat disturbed by naughty Fred.  If you look closely, you may see a joey hopping into the pouch of the kangaroo in the foreground.

This cow wasn’t like the rest of the mob – she came up to investigate us!

Too soon, it was time to head for home…..

……. and the end of a perfect day 🙂

Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland

Walking along country lanes in late September is a joy, when wrapped up warm.

The sun shines bright, but there is a chill in the air.


Colours are brightening before the leaves finally shed their food onto the earth, replenishing the soil and addingfertility for the next growing season.

Cows muster around hedges, watching the road for signs of movement, for they are curious and social animals.

Autumn walks are precious.

The colours of autumn lead towards Samhain, pronounced, “Sow-een,” the end of summer proper and the start of winter.

Many know this festival today as Halloween.

The festival of Samhain is an ancient Celtic one.

Traditionally, there were many festivals celebrated to mark the passing of the seasons and indeed this celebratory feasting and dancing was noted by other, more formal civilizations.

The Celtic characteristics of spontaneity and passion were remarked upon by many in the Classical World…”I say…in…

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My backyard

I took a little time off from unpacking and sorting, for a short walk in the back paddock, late yesterday afternoon.  Just in time to catch a rainbow!

I’m working out what time the cattle usually come into this trough for a drink, and intend to let them get to know me, so I can get some good shots of their young calves.

Fred of course, thought it was a great place for a gallop!  Ah, Springtime!

Ok , it’s not quite my backyard, but is one of the back paddocks just a stone’s throw from my back door.  🙂