“I’m going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life.” — Elsie de Wolfe

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Seeing what is there. . .

"You cannot find peace by avoiding life." - Virginia Woolf

When I am lost in my writing, the time seems to pass so quickly. Before I know it, another week has passed and I am here again, sharing my observations with you.

Writing has been easier this week and I am almost at my 50,000 word target. Though the story is far from complete I can begin to ease up a bit on my pace, though I am so engrossed I may not be able to!

I still made time this week to take photographs. It helps to take a step away from what I am doing, it gives perspective. So, this is what stood out for me this week. . .

It is my space, the setting in which the majority of my life takes place. A house is made a home by the souls that live within it, and the stuff of everyday life. It is easy to take for granted the things we see daily, so it pays to keep a fresh eye and to make an effort to appreciate the things that surround us.

"It is the function of art to renew our perception.
What we are familiar with we cease to see. " - Anais Nin

This week I was made happy by the purr of sleepy cats, the touch of warm soft fur, the sight of tails held high with a slight flicker of the tip, and that gentle beep they make when they greet me in the morning.

(Sammy sleeping above and Bina and Mitz below)

Camera still in hand after rushing to capture the shot above,
I snapped a few more photos as I wandered back to my computer. . .

"If you carry a camera, it helps the 'background' to become foreground - it helps you to 'see'"

Splashes of sunlight! - on my wall above and on the fruit below.

The garden has become busy with birds. I've started putting out food again now, as it is getting colder. The feeders outside my window are a real hive of activity. This week, beside the usual visitors, we had a woodpecker. His strong beak made short work of the fat balls! No photos I'm afraid.

(Blackbird and Sparrow taking a drink)
It was a damp grey day in Banbury mid week, but I was cheered by the colours of the flowers and the delights on offer at the old sweet shop in the photo below. - I didn't indulge ;-) .

"Engine running. Warm air at my feet keeps the grey day and its chill at bay.
Insulated by this travelling box on wheels, I am removed. And insider looking out."

I have noticed that lots of leaves are still on the trees. Maybe it is because we haven't had such high winds this year? In previous years the winds have taken the leaves, rather than waiting for them to fall. . .

Down by the canal, I was struck by this scene. (below) I loved the trail of yellow.
From the tree, to the bikeframe, to the scattered leaves on the pavement below.

Thank you for sharing my week. I hope all well with you all. x

Thought of the week
"Peace in ourselves, peace in the world." - Thich Nhat Hanh

I am linking this post to week 63 of I Saw Sunday

Images and words - Susannah Bec


Barb said...

First of all, I'm amazed by your word count - keep it up, girl! I love your kitties, your splashes of sunshine, and those wonderful yellow leaves. Thanks for taking me on a tour of your world.

Paul Andrew Russell said...

Congratulations on the writing, Susannah. :-)

Lovely photos too!

Susannah said...

Thanks very much Barb. :-)

It is good to see you. x

Susannah said...

Cheers Paul. :-) I hope all well with you!

Anonymous said...

A huge congrats on your word count. I'm very impressed. Love your kitties. They are so precious. The town is just beautiful. Loving your world.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos... Love the entwined cats; and those oranges among the apples and pears are without a doubt sun-kissed, even if not Sunkist. :)

About NaNo: what a wonderful feeling it is to be that close - I know, though I didn't participate this year. Congratulations!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Your persistent energy with the writing challenge is remarkable! And loved this wander through your world! Delightful bright artwork on your walls!

vivinfrance said...

What a creative week you have had, and everything adds to the joy inherent in every bit of this post.

Susannah said...

Thanks everyone, it is good to have you share my week and my world. :-)

Gemma, the bigger two pieces of artwork are ones that I painted, back before writing took over! :-)

Jinksy said...

Your photographs are a banquet of beauty! Thank you! ♥

Anonymous said...

love your pictures. and your cats are adorable. I wouldn't know what I would do without mine!

and i'm impressed with your word count. I don't keep track of mine. last week would have been a good one, but I'm too eratic, and I would get too frustrated if I have a bad week again...

happy monday!!

Susannah said...

Jinksy, thank you. :-) x

Susannah said...

Good to see you Petra, thanks for popping in. :-) x

Warren said...

You have a wonderfully artistic heart, Susannah, as evidenced by the insightful visual images you capture and the wordsmithing that brings everything into focus.


Susannah said...

Thanks very much Warren. It is good to see you. :-)

Morvah said...

Hello my dear Susannah ~ How I envy your successful output! Wonderful photos, thanks for allowing us a peek of your lovely home ~ yes, it is the people and the little everyday details and routines that make a home. Sadly I'm unable to post to blogger at the moment as it won't upload my photos. Not sure what the problem is but hope for better things soon!

Susannah said...

Wonderful to see you Morvah, I have missed you! :-)

What a shame about not being able to post photos! I hope it fixes itself soon.

Love to you, I hope all is well. x

jabblog said...

Congratulations on completing the NaNoWriMo challenge:-)

I love your photos and the truth in your quotation about carrying a camera.

Susannah said...

Thanks Jabblog. Congratulations to you on NaNo too! :-)

Jennifer said...

So happy to hear about the writing! Who cares if the story isn't complete? The hard part is 'gluing your butt to the seat' and getting the words and ideas down.

And it's entirely healthy to take a step away. Photographing is ideal.

Love the photos. Especially that soft orange fur - just like our old cat Woody. I miss him this time of year.

Susannah said...

Good to see you Jennifer. x


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