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

Monday, 10 December 2012

A Visitor To My Window Ledge . . .

 "How do I integrate spirituality into my everyday life? Throw out the concept of “spiritual life” and “everyday life.” There is only life, undivided and whole." - Adyashanti 

There are those of you that may remember Sammy's previous encounter with a squirrel visitor. (If you didn't see it at the time the pictures are well worth a visit.)

Well this week, the squirrel visitor to my garden found the bird table empty. . . 

 Sammy had him spotted!

And after finding no treats in the garden, the squirrel came to the window to let me know!


 He was a lovely little fella!

 ...and totally unphased by me taking photos on the other side of the window.


  (This was another time when my photos would have been better if my windows had been clean. :-))

“Paradise is not a place but a condition,
 a simple being-alive, a drinking straight from the spring.”
- Scott Russell Sanders

I went out and stocked up the bird table after he had gone. :-)

I hope you've all had a good week.
- Susannah x

Thought of the week
"Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. 
Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. 
Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… 
Anything can happen, child. Anything can be." 
-  Shel Silverstein

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Winter Walking - and the thoughts it brings . . .

Yesterday, we went for a walk around the village and I picked up my camera for the first time in ages. And in the crisp cold air of a new December, I realised how much I had missed sharing things here. So tentatively, slowly, I am venturing back into this space...

 "Whatever it is that pulls the pin, that hurls you past the boundaries of your own life into a brief and total beauty, even for a moment, it is enough."  -  Jeanette Winterson

I hope all is well in your world.
- Susannah x

Thought of the week
"A diamond was laying in the street covered with dirt. Many fools passed by. 
Someone who knew diamonds picked it up." - Kabir

Saturday, 31 March 2012

And the sun shone on my garden . . .

“Springtime is at hand. When will you ever bloom, if not here and now?” - Angelus Silesius

“There is no goal of life. Life itself is its goal.
It is not moving towards some target. It is here now.” - Osho

"I choose to enjoy living the great mystery."
- Tao Te Ching

And because Sammy has been featured here so often lately,
I thought we were about due for a picture of his sister.
. . . So here is the beautiful Bina enjoying the sunlight.

And this week on my fridge. . .

I hope you have had a wonderful week.

Susannah x

Thought of the week
“Dislodging a green nut from a shell is almost impossible,
but let it dry and the lightest tap will do it.” — Ramakrishna

Images - Susannah Bec

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Fridge Poems, Cat Paws, and Magnolia Blossom . . .

“May what I do flow from me like a river,
no forcing and no holding back,
the way it is with children.”
— Rainer Maria Rilke

The weather has been beautiful this week and as always happens when the sun begins to shine, it drew me out into the garden. . .

"Hands scratched and stinging, mud beneath my nails, I pull and gather, trim and cut.
Clearing the way for burgeoning new growth to see the sun. Exhilarated by the energy of the earth, I smile at my secateurs."

“I feel like a wet seed wild in the hot blind earth.” — William Faulkner

The Magnolia beside my front gate is in bud.
Soon there will be that wonderful scent every time I pass by.

“Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time
like dew on the tip of a leaf.” — Tagore

Back indoors - and what every discerning computer user needs.
- What's that you ask? . . . a stylish cat 'helper' of course! :-)

This week I bought myself a present - some magnetic fridge poetry words!
As I was sticking them on my fridge door, this 'fridge poem' occured. . .

And while I am in kitchen - here is a photo of a suitably spring like snack!
Hmmm, delicious! (I love toasted flaked almonds.)

I hope that the sun has been shining in your world too! x

Thought of the week
““Dwell on the beauty of life.
Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
— Marcus Aurelius

Images and words - Susannah Bec

Sunday, 18 March 2012

As The Light Grows. . .

"Today the sun shone, huge sweeping golden beams - filling my room and leaving
no space for me inside. I put on my shoes and stepped outside, just in time
to join spring as she arrived in my garden..."

Tiny Green Shoots

Waking dreams
t r i c k l e
down my spine
I shiver in anticipation
as the light grows around me

It makes no sense
my intellect can not hold
this slippery thing that slides
away from my grasping mind.

My heart welcomes the onslaught
open - willing - filled to the brim

my cup
o v e r f l o w s

and I spill myself

soaking into the rich red earth

I water the seeds
scattered so long ago.

One by one
tiny green shoots
break the ground around my feet
quickly spiralling upward toward the encompassing light.
- sb

Hope you have all had a good week!

. . . and a very happy mothers day to all you mums out there
(whether you are mum to four leggeds or two leggeds - have a wonderful day!) x

And a really special wish to my own beautiful mum!
Happy mothers day mum - I love you. xxx

Thought of the week

"Detachment from worldly desires is not that you should own nothing,
but that nothing should own you." - Imam Ali

Images and words - Susannah Bec

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Sammy the superstar. . . what a treat!

"Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it,
but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it." - William Feather

Over the winter our outdoor table has been pushed up against the wall outside the kitchen window and one of our cats, (the intrepid Sammy) has taken to jumping up on it and staring in through the window at Joe when he is in the kitchen making a cup of tea.

Now, Joe and Sammy share a special bond and Joe just can't resist him! and so, he began opening the window and feeding Sammy cat treats through it. . . Joe said it reminds him of a kid at the window of an ice cream van.

Sammy learns really fast and this is now a regular occurance! In fact sometimes he will even ask to go outside, then run straight around to the window just to ask for a treat. :-)

Earlier his week, Joe managed to capture a video of it happening. So without further ado - here is Sammy the superstar! . . .

Could you hear the jackdaws in the background?

I hope you have had a good week and that all is well in your world.

Susannah x

Thought of the week
“If you want to find happiness, find gratitude.” - Steve Maraboli

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Thomas Campbell - A Life Well Lived

"Every man has a piece of sky in his breast and in it flies a swallow.” - Fatos Arapi

It seemed fitting that the grey skies had been banished and the sun should be shining as we drew up to the cemetary to say goodbye to my Uncle Tom.

Instead of being in some building to say our farewells, we were outside in nature, the grass was soft and yielding underfoot and the big dome of the sky served as our ceiling. The weather was mild for a February morning as we gathered by the side of the grave and the celebrant began to speak.

My eyes wandered over the assortment of people there to pay their respects, almost all of whom were strangers to me. Some stood way back, some in small groups, some alone. All united in their wish to say goodbye to Tom Campbell, who with his twinkly eyes and ready smile was always willing to give others a helping hand.

Those who knew him, loved him, and it showed.

Though I didn't see him that often, my Uncle Tom had been there for as long as I remember. When I was young, he would always have sweets and smiles for us eager children. And when, years later I bumped into him unexpectedly, his big beaming smile and twinkly eyes had me running into his arms to hug him.

You never visited him without coming back with some delicious offering, freshly picked from his garden. On one of my last visits I returned home with armfulls of purple sprouting broccoli and two big containers that he had planted up for me with colourful summer bedding plants. He was a generous and giving man with a keen sense of fun.

"Put seeds and cover them. Blades will sprout where you do your work." – Rumi

His garage was a virtual treasure trove, and if there was anything anyone needed he almost certainly had it and it was freely offered. In fact when Joe was building our campervan, Uncle Tom supplied him with so much wood and metal, that he helped beyond measure.

Inside his house, it was a veritable feast for the eyes, especially for a magpie like me. Much to his daughter (my cousin) Shelagh's chagrin, he 'collected' things.

I loved to see all of the bits and bobs, the china birds, the bells, the brass, the eclectic mix of his treasures. They made me smile and want to give him another hug for just being him...which I invariably did.

So now whenever I shall see the little items that once belonged to him, (that are now sitting in amongst my own treasures,) I shall think of him and picture his smiling eyes and send him a hug.

He was a good man and he will be remembered with much love and affection.

Thomas Campbell born January 16, 1921 - died February 11, 2012, aged 91.

Twinkling eyes
a ready smile
irish brogue
never lost
he touched
the earth
made things grow
food - flowers
he understood
the land
walked its soil
planted and harvested
- it is his turn now
his life sown - grown,
and blossomed
it has given forth its bounty
and its produce was good
may the great gardener
appreciate his crop
he will live on
in the hearts
of those who knew
and loved him.

Thought of the week
❝To know even one life has breathed easier because
you have lived,
this is to have succeeded."- Emerson

Photo's from top:
Uncle Tom.
Me as a child in Uncle Tom's garden.
One of Uncle Toms treasures (the middle pot) in amongst my own.
Uncle Tom again.

Words and images - Susannah Bec.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

And then the Sun came out . . .

"The place to be happy is here, the time to be happy is now." - Robert Ingersoll

This week the sun came out and bought a little colour back to the world. So I decided to celebrate by donning some colour myself. . .

It was wonderful to see glimpses of a glorious blue sky. . .

Splashes of colour seemed to jump out at me wherever I went. . .

As always, I was entranced by the view from my sisters kitchen window. . .

and the towering treetops in her garden - look at that lovely blue sky!

And to see the snowdrops bought a leap of joy - Spring isn't far away!

I hope that you had a blue sky week too!

- Susannah

Thought of the week
"If you want to find joy, forget about winning and losing.
Life is a play, a game. Play it beautifully." - Osho

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Let Sleeping Cats Lie. . .

"You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one.
Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own.
It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle." - Paulo Coelho

The weather has changed, there have been glimpses of blue sky and the snow has gone, well almost. When we went out the other day we noticed that by the side of the road there was just one solitary mound of snow about two foot in diameter. I had to smile, because there, huddled close together so that they could both stand on top of it, were two little boys. It reminded me of how my cats are when I bring a cardboard box into the house. Wherever I place it, and whatever size it is, there is soon a queue of cats waiting to get into it.

Meanwhile, no boxes in the house this week, just a sleepy Sammy looking soft and adorable!

"From the kitchen, the rumbling of the washing machine sounds like a distant train.
The kettle gathers steam, hissing as it comes to the boil. Closer and much quieter
is the soft breathing of a cat, sleeping, and if I listen hard, the almost imperceptible
tick of a clock. Then behind those sounds and quieter still, my heartbeat."

I hope all is well in your world. x

Thought of the week
"If what I say resonates with you, it is merely because
we are both branches on the same tree." - W. B. Yeats

Images and words - Susannah Bec


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