April 22. Not sure it actually qualifies as a secret wish but I surely would like to sail on the Skipjack Hilda M. Willing again. That time on the Chesapeake was well beyond magical. #aprillove2018#taleswithfriends
Lots of unexpected surprises at Savill Gardens today. Amazing how a sudden burst of colour and a few warm rays of sunshine can touch your heart, boost your energy and even make the world a happier place.
#aprillove2018 rainbow with @susannahconway
#aprillove - SECRET WISH -
It might sound strange but I have never wished for anything. Neither have I desired for anything. What good would either do - wishing and desiring? I just do/get what is needed. If I was to have a secret wish, it would be to experience those feelings - but just for a tiny moment.
So these guys led me on a rather fabulous tour of Manchester today ~ a great way to spend a rainy Sunday, and I even got to share a tarot reading or two. @unfoldtheday @sheflourished_ @bussiarchive @thebookfamilyrogerson @dina.aw #taleswithfriends#replenish#yearofformation
Rainbows down to the tips of my toes, keeping me going when I hit a bump in the road. Like today, when i thought i had figured out the ending to Book 2 and realized a huge flaw in the plot and now I have to rethink and rewrite the last four chapters.
So how's your weekend going? What fun have you been having? Or maybe it's a quiet restful couple of days for you?
I'm enjoying a slower day. The sun is still shining but a breeze is taking the edge out of the heat, so I've been out in the garden planting all kinds of seeds and imagining all the beautiful and delicious things they're going to grow into. I'm also going to do my planning for the week, knowing that I have some fun things to look forward to. I'm going with the flow, and not even wearing my watch, just taking the time I want with whatever I'm doing.
I'm letting my mind wander as I do, being present in the moment, but allowing my thoughts to come and go, sometimes tagging an idea for further investigation, sometimes letting things that don't serve me float on by.
Spending less time online helps me stay in my own lane too, instead of being caught up in what other people are doing, comparing and feeling I'm missing out, but still being inspired by the good stuff that catches my attention.
Snapping away at things around the house and garden, angles and shapes and textures and colours and light that capture me, that feel like a moment captured, the best shots saying something about how I see my world.
The keys of the piano stretching away from me, stepping stones along a path, some bright, some dark, smooth parts and parts with obstacles, each one a sound on its own, but with the potential to mix together in ways that either set your teeth on edge or make your skin tingle. Melodies and harmonies, discord demanding a resolution, emotion wrung from every chord. That potent combination of logical, mathematical, scientific sound frequencies and timings, and the indefinable resonance felt in our souls.
A glimpse into the meanderings of my mind on this Sunday afternoon!
A beautiful dusk last night with promises of more still and warm summer evenings to come. Trees nourish us in ways we can’t always see, but feel, if we’re lucky. .
#aprillove2018 day 21 (nourish) with @susannahconway
The things you find in your camera roll ...
This photo was in the midst of a lot of photos of yellow things—photos I’d taken for a yellow-themed grid.
I happened to notice the ants marching up and down the trunk of a paperbark tree and was attracted by the contrast of the textures and colours of the bark and the ants.
I think I must’ve used the digital camera for this shot because I can actually see the brown stripes on the bulbous abdomen of one of those ants!
April 21. Nourishing the body is important. We don’t last long without it. But, for me, nourishing my soul is equally critical. Almost nothing revives me like having my hands in dirt. Planting, dividing and replanting. Waiting to see the glory that Ma Nature gives forth. With just a wee bit of human effort. #aprillove2018#taleswithfriends
Happy Taurus season! Here is me + my favorite Taurus friend in silhouette, leisurely sipping coffee and discussing the good life under a canopy of trees above a quiet parking lot in the late afternoon. Talk about Taurus vibes 🐂🌳
‘nourish’ simply means to supply the body with food and drink. but there is more ... such as nourishment for mind, heart, and soul:
associate with sharing -> ‘a loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou’
or shall we go tapa hopping in Jerez De La Frontera?
-> “Make tea, not war.” ~Monty Python -> "Tea ceremony" is not the best translation of chado, which literally means "tea way" ("cha" means "tea"; "do" means "way").
excerpts from tea ceremony History
Drinking of green tea was known in China from the fourth century. Later Eisai visited China and on his return to Japan founded the Zen Buddhism. In 1211, Eisai wrote the first treatise on tea in Japan. ->
As tea parties gained popularity among thirteenth century nobles, the large number of guests and teas lead to passing around tea bowl which probably explains why only one tea bowl is used during today’s Tea Ceremony. (a similar tradition in tuscany, shares a bowl of wine...)
The tea ceremony continued to evolve into the art of Chanoyu. Zen priest called Murata Shukou became known as the father of the tea ceremony because the etiquette and spirit of tea were originated by him. ->
drink your tea.
Our last morning in Melbourne was cold especially given the previous sweltering day. The street were like wind tunnels, picking up the Autumn leaves and spiralling into the air like mini-twisters. 🌪
I’ve written a blog on debtony.blogspot.com with snapshots of our Melbourne trip. If you’re interested, access the links via my new index page listed in my profile. ✈️📸
I’ve a number of blogs that I refer to from this IG account so I’ve set up an index page of links. I’ve detailed links by date of the IG post and provided links to the blogs. Hope you enjoy wandering through our adventures! 😊
One week ago today we had to let this sweet girl go. It is rough those decisions we make for our babies. It’s been a hard week. She was with us 11 years and with no idea her age or history. She was quirky and sweet, she loved her daddy. Lillie Jean was a rescue, she was thin, had crusty ears, a hernia from being spayed and wouldn’t look at you. We drove away, a block down the road I said turn around, I can’t leave her there. She’ll never be adopted with her quirks. I brought her home and she blossomed. She wagged her tail, she raised her head and made eye contact, she ran with the big dogs in the dog park and howled at sirens. All 4lbs of her, she taught me patience and unconditional love. She was our Lillie, Lillie Bug, the Lills, Pigeon and just Bug. I love you, forever in my heart. #lilliejean#crazyhouseofdogs#thenthereweretwo#heartbroken#adoptdontshop#chihuahua#missyoueveryday#taleswithfriends
Day 101 - Julie -
I discovered this awesome woman last night through her blog - Julie Yip Williams. It's about her cancer fighting journey. She lost it on March 19, 2018. What a legacy she left for her 2 young daughters. Her blogs will become a book, to be published through Random House in the near future.
Looking through my photos for inspiration for today’s April Love prompt I found a photo of a rainbow lorikeet.
So here is a photo my Dad took. Mum and Dad feed the lorikeets and on this one particular day (it hadn’t happened before or since) a whole lot of lorikeets perched on the washing line (presumably waiting to be served afternoon tea). 😆
April Love Day 20: Rainbow.