Photo Challenge – broken (an earthly experience)

if you look closely at this picture, passed the unearthed tree roots you will see the graves of people who have gone before.

if you look closely at this picture, in the background, past the unearthed tree roots you will see the graves of people who have gone before.

This photo seems to fit the theme of ‘broken’ for me.   The trees roots have broken from the soil and are exposed to the elements, without the warm and moisture of the earth to sustain the tree is broken and dying.

In addition, on a deeper level this photo was taken at the local cemetery one day when I was visiting the graves of family members who have left this earth year before.    In the background on the hill you will see the plaques of some graves in the lawn cemetery.   Looking at my photos when I came home that day I was reminded of  the ties that are broken through death – and the wounded hearts that struggle to cope with the loss they experience.   There is so much sadness, yet for me the cemetery is a place of quiet reflection and peace.

Someone once said to me, when talking about a great tragedy they had experienced that broke their heart, that their heart had been broken wide open – not just wounded.  They felt more pain and more joy.  They were able to feel more, to understand more and to have greater compassion for self and other.   They said that even though, they experienced a great tragedy and extreme loss they believed that is was a significant learning for them – in some strange way a good thing – that their heart needed to break wide open to see and feel the beauty and immeasurable goodness within the heart and somehow within the pain.

A visit to the Cemetery on a quiet and cloudy day

A visit to the Cemetery on a quiet, cold and cloudy day

May the light of day warm the hearts of those who are grieving and sad today!!

This post is in response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Broken.”

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Photo Challenge – on the way (flowers)

glancing down a alleyway while out for a walk, I spied this cascade of colour on steps no longer in use.

… glancing down a alleyway while out for a walk, I spied this cascade of colour on steps no longer in use.

Flowers will continue to grow in the most unlikely places..

Flowers will continue to grow in the most unlikely places … delightfully

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “On the Way.”

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Photo Challenge – on the way

On the way home ..  walking home!

On the way home .. walking home!

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “On the Way.”

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Water view – Northern New South Wales

sitting on this bench in the back garden, gives a delightful and tranquil view of the waterways.

sitting on this bench in the back garden, gives a delightful and tranquil view of the waterways.

This post is inspired by Benches Series as posted by Travel Words blog;

April is benches with a view!

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Photo Challenge – The Wall

Ah!  The delightful days of summer holidays and time spent beside the sea.   This photo was taken at Lyme Regis Bay in Dorset, England last Summer.   The days were hot and salty – and the evenings balmy and very still.     England is now getting ready for Summer and we here in the Southern Hemisphere are preparing for the cooler seasons of the year.

Our next long weekend will be Easter holidays and friends and family are already talking about their plans for a few days beside the sea while the weather is still warm.  There is still time to enjoy a walk on the sand in bare feet before a jacket and a warm scarf is required as protection from the fresh autumn wind.   That is my plan   ..  to have a day at the beach!

The beach wall and view along the promenade

The beach wall and view along the promenade

One of my favourite holidays meals was fish pie with chips and a glass of white wine at the The Cobb Arms Pub at the other end of this promenade.

Favourite holiday meal by the sea!!

Favourite holiday meal by the sea!!

This post is inspired by the WordPress weekly photo challenge.   Each Friday there is an invitation to post a March 13, 2015 on a new theme.   This one is in response to Cheri Lucas Rowlands who invites bloggers to ” … share an image of a wall that reveals something about a person, place or you!”

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Summer Colour

a perfect summer day

a perfect summer day – if you listen carefully maybe you too can hear the buzzing bees and the bubble of voices, fun and laughter from The Cobb and the beach below

the colourful blue of a summer view

a delightful view from the open window of the colourful blues and greens of a summer sea and sky

The sun and the seagull - at the end of the day when the sun is low in the sky and boats return to the bay

the setting sun and two seagull – at the end of the day when the sun is low in the sky and the boats return to the bay

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Photo challenge – reward (an evening stroll)

What does reward mean to you?

To me it is about soaking up the pleasure and sense of achievement from a task well done and the quiet moments at the end of the day.   Those moments when I realise I have made good use of my time and day and followed through on my good intentions previously set.   Sometimes it is coming home with a number of things ticks off on that long list of things to do.  That sense of achievement that bring satisfaction when I put my feet up and enjoy a cup of tea or glass of wine while reflection on the activities of the day.

Yet sometimes … like this photo shows it is the surprising reward when I keep my eyes open and stay alert to find everyday opportunities to appreciate the beauty that is everywhere around me.

The reward ...  when making time to take the walk at the end of the day provides a delightful view and experience like this one!

The reward … when making time to take a walk at the end of the day provides a delightful view and experience like this one!

This post is inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge as set by WordPress.   The challenge is to post a photo that reflects ‘reward’.   I hope you like my interpretation.

Check out some others here.

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Today’s quote – March, 13 2015

If we view love only from a high moralistic or hygienic peak, we will overlook its soul settling in the valleys.  When we reflect on the tragedies of our own loves, when we slowly find our way through their miseries, we are initiated into the mysterious ways of the soul.   Loves is the means of entry and our guide.  Love keeps us on the labyrinthine path. (Moore, pp 85)

MOORE, Thomas.  Care of the Soul – A guide for cultivating depth and sacredness in everyday life.  New York: Harper Collins, 1994.

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Photo challenge – orange

I love a little history and the unusual!

This photo was taken at Montmartre Cemetery, Paris .. a very interesting place to wander around if you have a few hours to fully enjoy the quiet space and the experience.   At one tomb I noticed a little pop of orange colour in the mostly green and grey environment.

It was raining the day I chose to visit the cemetery and I had plenty of time to wander about as long as I didn’t mind walking back ‘home’ in wet shoes and clothes  ..  and I didn’t mind!!

famille Namienski tomb at Montmartre

famille Namienski tomb at Montmartre

This post is inspired by the WordPress, Weekly photo challenge.   This week we have been invited to “..share a group of photos where orange is either the dominant color, or provides a bold highlight”.

Anyone can participate and it is interesting to see what others post as part of their interpretation of the ‘challenge’.  Take a moment to go to the wordpress home page and look at some other posts.

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Setting up – before the crowds arrive

Setting up the wooden benches before the crowd arrives….

These photos was taken in Josselin, France at an open air concert.   The first photo was taken earlier in the day as the organisers were setting up on the steps of the l’hotel de ville (town hall) ready for the open air concert in the village square.

setting up before the revelers arrive...

setting up before the revelers arrive…

We wandered through this space during the day and found people setting up for the concert, so we spoke to some local people at the cafe and enquired about the cost (it was free) and if one needed to book a space (we booked a table at the cafe/bar nearby).

We continued with our walk and then came back to the square later where people were starting to gather  ..  we had such fun and the music was fabulous.

.. and the crowd gathers in anticipation

.. and the crowd gathers in anticipation

The band played on and on … and on.   I was extremely impressed with the passion of the musicians – they hardly stopped between pieces –  and the delight of the people who came to listen and appreciate the night of music.     And yes, I joined in the dancing although I knew not the steps ..   I participated and followed along in the spirit of community and fun!   I am so glad we decided to go back in the evening and had the opportunity to experience this absolutely wonderful evening.

..  and then moved the wooden bench seating back and danced arm-in-arm, into the night

.. and then the revelers moved the wooden bench seating back  to ‘fully’ enjoy the music ….  dancing arm-in-arm on the warm August night

This post is inspired by the Bench Series post by travel words.

Where’s my backpack also has some lovely photos of wooden benches, you can find that post here.

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