Thursday, April 08, 2010
Today is one of THOSE days.....you know the kind when you wake up full of the joys of Spring and glad to be alive.
I'm sure you've all had them.
Well, today is my 'Glad to be alive' day.
We'd a good hard frost again last night so the early morning air was chilly. Everywhere was clothed in a crisp white layer.
I looked back at my footprints across the lawn, showing black against the crispy whiteness.
I wandered near the pond watching the fish gliding around flashing glints of silver, gold and orange.
As the sun rose and warmed everything, shining it's golden glow around the garden the crisp white frost melted.
Flowers opened, the bees came buzzing in and even a butterfly graced the first open flower of my magnolia.
Two swallows arrived here from Africa way yesterday afternoon and they were busy building up the front entrance of last years nest that winter has ravaged, swooping down for the soft mud in my bog garden and flying with beaksful to rebuild their nest under the eaves.
A loved up pair of collared doves were billing and cooing to each other before mating precariously on the top of the fence and the frogs were singing love songs in the pond and laying great clumps of transluscent spawn.
I stood amongst all this, in my night attire, steaming cup in hand, and drank in the beauty of the day.
Nature's wonderful and I'm so glad to be alive.
The loved up collared doves
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
One of my Sparkteams is Shutterbugs, a fun group for anyone out there who loves taking photographs.....good, bad or otherwise!
Every week we have an assignment which we interpret any way we want...it's amazing to see see all the different ways this can be done.
This weeks assignment is 'Your library & books'.
I live in a little village which doesn't have a library.....BUT.....we do have a mobile!
A mobile is a very well kitted out van which appears every Wednesday afternoon and brings a wealth of books, CD's, videos etc and with internet accesss.
It got me thinking this assignment.....I love to read, always have.....anything & everything. Really though my first love has to be poetry.....Oh! and history! .....Oh! and geography!....Oh! and art!...Oh! everything really!!!
Where would I be without my books?
You can look things up on the internet but it doesn't give you the same thrill as opening the covers to those hidden words which are going to fill your head with a picture.
And everyone has a different picture!
There are millions of interpretations for the same sentence!
You lose yourself in some intriguing tale of mystery, sorrow or plain old adventure...
You transport yourself to different lands...
You really meet the people in the text...
You are the hero or heroine...
You are the story!
You marvel at the artists work...
You marvel at far away places you know you'll never visit...
You marvel at the world and all it contains...
You wish you'd invented something...
You wish you'd been there when history was made...
BUT, you are there...
Books take you there...
They cut the mediocre and make it special...
They allow you the freedom of flight of fancy....
They give you happiness...
Where would I be without my books?
This anonymously written poems sums it up perfectly.
I've travelled the world twice over,
Met the famous, saints & sinners,
Poets, artists, Kings & Queens,
Old stars and hopeful beginners.
I've been where no-one's been before,
Learned secrets from writers and cooks,
All with one library ticket
To the wonderful world of books.
Our village library van...my flight of imagination!
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Spring's definitely on her way.....
At last after all the snow, rain and bitterly cold winds we've had there are galanthus or snowdrops out in the garden. They're back under snow at the moment but bravely poking their little heads through.
There are buds on the magnolia and the helleborus niger or Christmas rose is in full flower.....makes you feel good to be alive!
The welcome helleborus niger looks beautiful on a cold winters day.
galanthus in the rockery, they're back under snow again now after the week-ends new fall.
Friday, January 15, 2010
The 2nd of February 2008 was a red letter day for me.
I got my hearing back after being deaf for fifteen months due to a benign tumour on my eardrum.
Now, almost two years later, I'm almost back to square one.....I've a nasty earache and I can't hear properly in my left ear!
It began a couple of weeks ago when my ear began popping and crackling every now and again, usually when I was laid down, but there were long periods inbetween them and they weren't enough to worry me.
Then last Sunday I began to get intermittent earache over most of the day and night. The next day it was fine but on Tuesday the earache began again. At first it was just small twinges with good periods inbetween, not too bad, then on Wednesday the pain came on in earnest and hasn't gone away and now I can't hear well either. It feels like I have something in there, it's painful and wet and it's sizzing and popping constantly.
Today I went to have swabs taken and have been given antibiotic drops for an ear infection. I've been told my ear is gloopy inside, it's swollen and painful too.
My psoriasis is pretty bad in both ears at the moment, which isn't helping as they itch constantly and you can't get at it to stop it!
I've to go back in a week with a view to seeing my specialist again if the swabs show anything bad.
The medicated drops I've been given make me feel even deafer and it really stung as they went in.
I haven't had much sleep as it seems worse when I'm laid down so I'm hoping the medication kicks in quickly and I can sleep tonight.
I really am thankful for small mercies.
It sounds as though I'm moaning a lot but there is a positive side.....it's not as bad as last time.....I can still hear in one ear!!!
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