Those old familiar places and Monochrome Madness

I’ve been walking around our area with the sunshine at last. I can’t believe I will be soon moving after many years here and I’m looking forward to the new adventure. I also have to confess that suddenly over the last few days I began having feelings of melancholy as well. Change is a good thing because I know we can’t hold onto anything. We can only love and let it go. So I’m throwing things away as I pack, bits and  pieces of my journeys- and  precious little to mark a life, – but, we really need very little to take with us on our way. The most important things are always intangible.

When things get really bad, just raise your glass and stamp your feet and do a little jig. That’s about all you can do.

and of course “dance me to the end of time.“-Leonard Cohen

I will be looking forward to exploring the new neighbourhood which is out on Mill Hill and not too far from the Lake. Here are a few scenes from my current neighbourhood.

And my submission to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness 3-14

woodland doe
last advice to an old friend ( our urban deer)- watch when you cross the road!

 sighing past Craigflower farm in the exhale of time

the old farmhouse2
I’ll miss the old farmhouse

 exploding dandelion puffs on the cove

cove house
summertime and one of the lovely homes on the other side of the cove

the Ladybug Luncheonette in my weeping pussywillow

ladybug lunch
Enjoying fresh aphid salad

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.-Rumi

63 Comments Add yours

  1. sixpixx says:

    Roots and wings – a healthy combination. Lovely images.

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    1. so sorry I’m late in responding! The move was grueling! Thanks Six!

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  2. Magick Thoughts by AmandaMagick (photographer, artist, blogger, PMC team) says:

    Nothing feels as familiar to me as Queen Annes Lace the white flowers in the foreground. I used to call them Fairy Beds.

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    1. so glad you visited, thank you! Your blog is gorgeous too! I like that “fairy beds!” I do some virtual photography but not nearly enough! I do use some of them to illustrate stories though!

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      1. Magick Thoughts by AmandaMagick (photographer, artist, blogger, PMC team) says:

        I am getting caught up on comments. Thank you for your kind words 🙂

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      2. I’m just trying to catch up after my move!! you are most welcome! 🙂

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  3. lauramacky says:

    Beautiful scenes from your current digs. It’s always emotional leaving a chapter of one’s life behind. Soon you will be focused on the new, exciting times ahead!

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    1. so true, thanks Laura!

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  4. Suzanne says:

    What wonderful photos. They really capture the feeling of nostalgia for past times that you write about. I particularly like the second one. No wonder you will miss the farmhouse – it looks magnificent. Good luck on your new adventures.

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    1. yes, but on to new adventures – though I hope I won’t do this again!

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  5. Leaving such beauty and memories behind is always hard (trust me!) but the beauty and memories to come will make up for it. That’s the great thing about memories, we always have them and no one can take them away! 😀 I’ll be anxious to see your new place! ❤

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    1. it is, and this is a lovely area of Victoria ( as are all areas here on the island of course!) check out my latest post when you can- I will truly miss that gorgeous deck I have but I know I will like my new place too!!- once I’m all settled.

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      1. I feel confident you’ll find lots of new things to take the place of your gorgeous deck! I thought I would be miserable without my pool…. NOT! 😉

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      2. I hear you! Once I’m moved in I know I’ll settle in and find new things!!

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  6. wildalchemi says:

    Beautiful Post and pics, It is hard to leave and start anew, May your new home give you as many Beautiful memories as your old one. ❤

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    1. you are so kind wildalchemi and I so appreciate your wishes!!

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  7. pattimoed says:

    Visual poetry! Gorgeous shots, Cybele. 🙂 Hope your move goes smoothly.

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    1. me too! and thanks so much Patti!!

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  8. Adrian Lewis says:

    Cybele, I wish you great happiness in your new home. Yes its always sad to leave, but maybe sadder never to have known or experienced, somewhere or someone. And never a truer word said – “The most important things are always intangible”! Love these images, especially the deer. A 🙂

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    1. thanks so much Adrian and for your good wishes!!!

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  9. DG MARYOGA says:

    Panta rhei, “everything flows”.All entities move and nothing remains still,we can never step twice into the same stream …Isn’t Heraclitus right? Many the deer in the woods but you’ll never capture the same glance.Oh,how beautiful and expressive is your deer photo and all your “packed” memories from your current place.Melancholic feelings and memories have their own way to come back and stir up our lives,but they are sweet;I couldn’t live without them …

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    1. what a beautiful quote. I do believe it all flows and constantly changes. We can’t hang on to the past but must embrace what comes always. and yes melancholy is also a part of the Celtic spirit. I so agree with the sweetness! Big hug to you my dear friend! Panta Rhei!

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      1. DG MARYOGA says:

        Oh,this sweetness of inner loneliness and self-talk,when we shape thought only for the soul …
        All the best to you Cybele dear 🙂

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      2. souls united! Thank you Doda!

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  10. Amy says:

    Such a beautiful post! Thank you for sharing your sentiment with us and the quote. he most important things are always intangible, so true! 🙂

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  11. Beautiful pictures Cybele good luck for your move. 🙂

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    1. Many thanks Marje!!

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  12. Beautiful .. Such lovely photos and memories. Thank you for sharing

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    1. thanks so much Julie! I’m a bit behind in everything these days!

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  13. Anita says:

    Beautiful pictures, Cybele! Your thoughts made me remember our family’s moving around in the past. Of course, I wasn’t clicking photographs then. Happy packing!

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    1. many thanks Anita!

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  14. Wishing you lots of happiness in your new home, where I’m sure you’re camera(s) will be unpacked first!
    I love that beautiful deer in the photo. My mother has a deer that visits her garden and feeds from the bird-table, along with a fox, and a pheasant — all at the same time, as if there’s a truce, or the fox is a vegetarian.

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    1. oh that is delightful!! Thanks Sarah, I ‘m a bit bogged down with things to do and my move date is Aug 21. Yes my camera will be on the shoulder most likely lol!

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  15. Renee Espriu says:

    I look forward to seeing many more beautiful photos after you have gotten settled in. I so admire your gift with the camera. 🙂

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    1. Many thanks Renee!!

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  16. Genie says:

    May your new home be a blessing to you.
    Lovely photos!

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  17. Beautiful photos Cybele, the last one is very impressive lady bugs

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    1. isn’t she!! thanks so much Della!

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  18. disperser says:

    I like your submission . . . nice capture and composition. And, of course, treatment.

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    1. many thanks Disperser!

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  19. Maverick ~ says:

    Nice shots and thoughts.

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  20. Moving from a loved place is hard. I wish you well on your new adventure and hope you find many ways to settle into your new home.
    Whereabouts are you? I live in central victoria, Australia.

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    1. Many thanks Sharon, I’m on Vancouver Island – west coast of Canada! ( Victoria city)

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      1. Oh! I remember my trip to Canada when I was a younger woman, my relatives lived in Nova Scotia.

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      2. West coast is quite rugged and wild – and very wet weather lol!

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  21. pike says:

    All are lovely and beautiful, I love your deer!

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    1. me too, thanks Pike!

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  22. sheldonk2014 says:

    Love the quote
    Hope all is well
    As always Sheldon

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    1. thanks sheldon- very busy time for me!!

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  23. Beautiful memories. Lovely photos. I particularly love the photo of the deer. Good luck in your new home and hope that you will continue blogging. 🙂

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  24. aidymcglynn says:

    Bittersweet feelings I’m sure Cybele – take plenty of photographs as momentos!

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  25. The house on the other side of the cove, and the old farmhouse are lovely! The light and images are gorgeous!

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    1. Many thanks my friend!

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  26. Olga says:

    The deer portrait seems to symbolize your upcoming move. A bit of sadness in the eyes. Loved your post. ❤

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    1. you are right! Thank you Olga!

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