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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

for the secret of the sea ...

"Till my soul is full of longing
for the secret of the sea.
And the heart of the great Ocean
sends a thrilling pulse
through me"
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow~
I think my heart skips a beat when I find heart shaped sea glass ... it is like stumbling upon a love note washed up and waiting for you to find xo
Walking along the lake this past weekend, gathering sea glass as I walked and thought, this came to me ... Each piece of sea glass makes me think ... 
What man has discarded, nature heals and returns. It may take years and many ebbs and flows,  but when it returns, it is more beautiful than ever!
Reading Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindberg again.
One of my favourite books.
"Patience, patience, patience
is what the sea teaches.
Patience and faith.
One should lie
empty, open, choiceless as a beach -
waiting for a gift from the sea"
~Anne Morrow Lindbergh~
"Because there's nothing more beautiful
than the way the ocean
refuses to stop kissing the shoreline,
no matter how many times
it's sent away"
~Sarah Kay~
*the black blotch in the photos is my lovely lab Archer's head ... my Velcro dog & beach walking partner  ... I could have edited the photos, but I think he adds to the lovely~ness * xo
~hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday~

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

and just like that ...

and just like that...
the leaves changed colour
"Listen to the trees
as they sway
in the wind.
Their leaves
are telling
~Vera Nazarian~

"I would rather be amongst forest animals
and the sounds of nature,
than amongst city traffic
and the noise of man"
~Anthony Douglas Williams~
~my favourite season~

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thankful {things I love} Thursday ...

Canada's symbol of the North

Inuk "man"
Shuk "substitute"

"Every path serves a purpose"
~Gene Oliver~
I love spotting Inukshuks along the highway ♥
Built in the image of man and used as a directional marker.
Their strength and presence give  comfort to travelers assuring them they are never alone.
"We can choose
to throw stones
to stumble on them
to climb over them
to build with them"
~William Arthur Ward"

Monday, September 11, 2017

wildflowers ...

I have a large clump of cosmos growing in my little country garden.
They are closest to the driveway and the first flowers to greet me as I get out of my car.
I love this time of year {for so many reasons} ... the cosmos {which began many years ago from gathering dried seed pods in the Muskokas, brought home and scattered in my own garden}still have lots of pretty pink blooms, but there are lots of dried seed pods too ♥
I've been running my hand over some of them and sprinkling those back into the earth & gathering up others. 
This Thanksgiving, a little seed package will sit next to each plate :-D
You are ...
the Sun
the Water
the Air
... the Earth
I was made to be Wild
She felt most herself when in the woods with the animals, trees and wildflowers
where she could be *wild* and *free*

Monday, September 4, 2017

Ah, September! ...

hello September...
so happy to see you
loving the change in the weather
and evenings that are drawing in ...
walking through the woods
visiting with some of my ... do I dare say ... "favourite" trees
the ones that are unique and twisted and filled with personality and life ♥
{the same qualities I am drawn to in people} :-D xo
putting my hands on cool bark ...
both energy boosters and soul soothers
some with little doorways ... "Welcome Home"
"Ah, September!
You are the Doorway
to the Season
that Awakens
my Soul ..."
~Peggy Toney Horton~

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

lake Ontario love ♥ ...

"She had the Spirit
of the Sun
the Moods
of the Moon
the Will
of the Wind"
~Julie Cantrell~
I am forever grateful to live in such a beautiful corner of the world ♥
daily walks along lake Ontario fill my heart and soul
with serenity and gratitude
watching the boats
the waves ... they were crashing this morning...
the salty scent from the water and the sound of waves raising
as I walked absorbing her energy & giving her mine
seeing "images" in driftwood
and watching the blades of grass sway
wild flowers
reaching for the sun
they know what to do
sweet sitting {meditation} spot

flocks of geese
carved paths luring me towards the sand ... time for some
barefoot walking :-D
"Make your heart
like a lake,
 with a calm, still surface,
and great depths of kindness"
~Lao Tzu~

Friday, August 25, 2017

An occasional glance ...

I've been working on a few abstract pieces in my sparrow studio, going back and forth, adding and observing.
Setting them aside ... returning again ...
Turning the paper and getting excited seeing the  little glimpses of images appearing ...
Nothing in mind as I paint and swirl the luscious colours about ...
so freeing and utterly enjoyable... just me and the paint.
Often, the brushes are moved to one side and it is all "hands on" ... cool paint on my fingertips, covering the sheet of paper ~ bliss!

And with each happy "find" I smile as there is always, undoubtedly, a bird, somewhere amongst the swirls :-D
This little white treasure appeared from my fingertips ♥
Wondering where it will take me today...

"Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain.
An occasional glance towards the summit
keeps the goal in mind,
but many beautiful scenes are to be observed
from each new vantage point"
~Harold B Melchart~

Have a wonderful weekend
d xo 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Thankful {things I love} Thursday ...

...Thankful for  all the little treasures on my sparrow studio altar
for me
is like
"Art enable us
to find ourselves
and lose ourselves
at the same time"
~Thomas Merton~

"If you ask me
what I came to do in this world,
I, an artist, will answer you:
I am here
to live
out loud"
~Emile Zola~

"Artists feel what they're carrying and feel it vividly.
In order to make their art
they must find their edges
and soften there.
Art {like love} was never about safety.
To love an artist
is to fall into a sea
of deep
wild living"
~Victoria Erikson~
sweet grass tea lights
"I am an instrument
in a shape
of  a woman"
~Adrienne Rich~

Monday, August 14, 2017

monday musing ...

"It is not easy to walk alone
in the country
without musing
upon something"
~Charles Dickens~