Flower of the Day: Yellow Rose

Sending variations on a theme of a Flower of the Day yellow rose of friendship for Cee and Chris with best wishes for a speedy recovery – hope you both get well soon! ❤

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Abstract Bluebells

Some abstract bluebells for today’s Flower of the Day – I just felt like doing something a bit different… These particular bluebells were nestled under the shade of a tree, and it was dull rather than sunny when I took the original pic so the resulting image looked a bit dull and the colours faded – but a digital art filter helped give my boring old bluebells a new, far more interesting lease of life 🙂

One Liner Wednesday

‘One happiness scatters a thousand sorrows’ – Chinese Proverb

To my mind this thoughtful proverb is not in any way trying to insinuate that forced positive thinking is all we need to deal with all of life’s troubles, insisting that one happy thought automatically erases all the miserable ones as if by magic.

Instead it reminds us that however heavy our burden of sorrow, burying us in helplessness as if trapped suffocatingly under a weighty pile of dank cloying leaves on the forest floor, often all it takes one good gust of blustery wind to get things stirring again, scattering the sodden leaves one by one, leaving us suddenly looking up in wonder at the beautiful blue sky soaring high above our heads. All the leaves, all our sorrows, are still there individually lying all around us, but are no longer smothering us with their cumulative weight, no longer pressing so heavily on our hearts.

In the same way, even one glint of happiness in the midst of countless dark sorrows brings us the promise of a welcome wind of change, a fresh breath of hope, a chance to remember that all is not lost and that we are still here, still alive, fighting and feeling and refusing to be beaten.

One Liner Wednesday

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sequence II

A fun sequence of artistic London views (cloaked in a multicolour filter effect to jazz things up a little bit) – as well as images of Tower Bridge, St Pauls, and the London Eye there is a perspective shot along the length of the inside of the Greenwich Foot Tunnel, and also the entrance to Leytonstone Tube Station (where I live) and the exterior of The George Public House in Wanstead (where I work) 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sequence

On a Swing and a Prayer

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Even now I’m firmly in a my mid-fifties, I still love to swing whenever I get the chance. Sadly I no longer fit as easily as I used to, clumsily wedging myself onto the swing seat, middle-aged thighs pressing tightly against the creaking chains… But even so, once I’m comfortably positioned I just love that forceful feeling of freedom it brings, swinging strongly back and fore in the clean fresh air with wide open skies high above you 🙂

Holding on tight you give one big push off from the ground to begin, swinging your legs back as you lean slightly forward to move back, then pushing your legs out in front and lying back looking up to the sky to swing forward. I love the natural rhythm it brings, that simple yet effective repetition of increased movement that moves you faster and higher each time, hair streaming in the breeze. And I love the flow of the air catching my breath and the latent laughter that bubbles up from my soul every time… swinging for me is always a sheer joy ❤

Word of the Day Challenge: Kira’s Sunday Scribbles

Weekend Coffee Share: 21 Dec 2018

If we were having coffee this weekend, I’d be feeling tired but happy after four hectic weeks spent visiting with my family in the North of Scotland… ❤

In the midst of all the stress and excitement of a new baby arriving six weeks earlier than nature intended my 55th birthday came and went almost unnoticed, but with the wonderful gift of a new grandchild exactly one week beforehand, I enjoyed the perfect (for me) family oriented day free from any fuss.

Thankfully my newest granddaughter Lily is now safely home from hospital a full three weeks after her birth, but still three weeks before she was due to be born, so my daughter is understandably relieved and delighted to have her tiny new daughter home in time for Christmas.

We had all been joking while she was still in hospital that the little one (all of 4lb 5oz at birth) was probably still small enough to fit comfortably into her Christmas stocking – and even now she’s tipping the scales at just over 5lb in weight she does indeed fit, with room to spare! Happy Christmas everyone! 🙂

Lily-stocking

Weekend Coffee Share: 21 Dec 2018

Weekly Smile: 29 October 2018

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Me after being out and about for a brisk walk in the freshest of fresh air on this bright and chilly autumn day, keeping my head warm and cosy in my new blue knitted bobble hat! And then some post-processing with a very colourful online art filter effect to help me smile even more 🙂

Weekly Smile