The Climb, Numbness- and Monochrome Madness

Scrunching, scraping, slashing, collapse- I think the summit is in sight. I’ve just climbed out of hundreds of boxes (and mountains of paper) to find myself on the side of a hill- and it’s a beautiful hill, a small mountain to be precise!  It has been a grueling, uphill experience to get here though!

I enlisted the help of 2 Burley ragnarMen, one of whom looked like Ragnar Lothbrok- so this is what he does when not out looting and pillaging or trying to storm Paris! He allayed my fears and assured me on Odin’s Ravens that my possessions would arrive safely and intact. At any rate, I wasn’t about to argue with him.

 

 

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a community bus that caught  fire on highway

Out here they don’t have real buses, but up on the road a little shuttle bus whips by once an hour, like a dinky toy on wheels. It picks up all the local eccentrics; like fully mustachioed men with grey ponytails and large bosomed ladies clutching huge hand bags with toy poodles smuggled inside them, (and me), who are off to the shopping village or to connect to downtown city buses.

 I am now further away from the city than I was before and there is still a lot of work to be done. I will share the few pics I’ve managed to take between the organization and exhaustion. I may still be somewhat sporadic on WordPress for a while until we get all the work done that is pending here.

From out of my bedroom window the late afternoon sunlight ignites the little rise, or  falls in folds on the fir and cedar trees behind.

 

my deck is on the hillside!

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and best of all, I live in the forest!! and by a stream

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Just to take a walk there is enough

to cause a thousand veils to fall at once! – Rumi

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and my contribution to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness – if I made it in time!

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the lower I get the higher I’ll climb (- Marina Diamandis)

Numb by Marina and the Diamonds

73 Comments Add yours

  1. DG MARYOGA says:

    Hope you still remember me.I live in a forest too,but not by a stream.Sending you friendly greetings as I’m uncluttering my nightmarish email inbox 🙂

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    1. oh so good to hear from you Doda!! I was hoping you were ok and just busy as we all get!! I missed your lovely posts. I have slowed down considerably on my own blog as well! (compared to before).

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      1. DG MARYOGA says:

        Me too dear Cybele,love the world of your inspirations and your otherworldly images.Some WP friends kept coming by to see what was wrong with me … My travels left very little spare time for my humble blog.Twitter & Flickr are less demanding,you can tweet & post pics without accompanying them with long commentaries.I posted something quick on my WP blog just to give signs of life.Some 3,590 emails make my inbox “suffocating” lol,I look at it and run AWAY … Hope you & yours are keeping well 🙂 ❤

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      2. I hear you!!- and about Flickr etc. Moving took a lot out of me this last year as well as family stuff and all!! Omg email! just delete them all and start over ha ha.

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      3. DG MARYOGA says:

        I am so glad you’ve peacefully settled now.Even if I decide to delete all of them it will take days 😦

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    2. PS will be over to your site soon!!

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  2. Maria F. says:

    Very nice effects!

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  3. I grew up near Chemainus with a forest behind us – it was so magical and your photos just took me on a trip back in time.

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    1. oh I’m pleased! Thanks so much for that comment about memories!

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  4. Beautiful photos of your new home Cybele, I hope you have many happy years there 🙂

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    1. thank you so much Andrea! I hope so too.

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  5. lauramacky says:

    What a cute deck area! Hope you get settled soon. I know how moving takes it out of you.

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    1. oh yes, the older I get!! Very tiring and still much to do!

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      1. lauramacky says:

        I can imagine!

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  6. afairymind says:

    Moving house is such a huge, exhausting task, but you’ll get there eventually! I think you’ll be needing lots of walks in the wood to recover. 😀 Gorgeous pictures, as always, Cybele. I love the shot of the girl on the log by stream. Magical. 🙂

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    1. I will indeed!! Thanks again Louise!

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  7. Absolutely fabulous! It’s all coming together. Watch out for bears coming down that hill (if it’s anything like here!)! 😀 I hope to get posting again in the near future. I’ve been so behind on so much. But I have to maintain contact with all my friends! 😀

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    1. yes I hear you! I’m behind too with moving and all the work etc!! Hugs and blessings!

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  8. pattimoed says:

    What a lovely spot, Cybele. Wishing you much laughter and happiness in your new home!

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    1. still lots to do! Thank you Patti!!

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  9. Christy B says:

    Such a beautiful place on the hillside! Lovely – but watch out for the big bad wolf in the depths of the forest 😉

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    1. I will Christy! How are you!

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      1. Christy B says:

        Hi! I’m well, thanks. The blue skies continue and so do the smiles 🙂 It’s nice to connect with you again here!

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  10. Ali Isaac says:

    Wow! You moved! And it looks so wonderful and magical, Cybele! I’m so happy for you! Be happy there. Xxx

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    1. Many thanks Ali and for your good wishes. Yes I can’t ask for much more than woodland and stream but I am farther from the beach boo hoo. I love it though!

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      1. Ali Isaac says:

        Same here! We moved from Skerries (seaside town with lovely sandy beach on one side and rocky beach on the other) to Cavan, over an hours drive to the nearest beach. I had never lived far from the sea before. But it certainly has its compensations!

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      2. indeed it does. I have not been to Cavan but I’m going to look it up! Thanks for popping over Ali!! I’m still up to my ears!

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      3. Ali Isaac says:

        Try and take some time out… you cant do everything all at once. 😚

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      4. I hear you Ali! I am trying to go slow!

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  11. robert87004 says:

    looking like a really nice area and place, Hannah. 🙂

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    1. thanks Robert! it is! ( except for the rain lol)

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  12. Adrian Lewis says:

    What a beautiful place >>> ENJOY!!! Good luck! A 🙂

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    1. many thanks Adrian!

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  13. Oh welcome back! How wonderful to be in your new home in a forest! Wow .. Laughed when I read about Ragnar, I couldn’t stop watching Vikings because of him. Beautiful images, glad you are back 😄

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    1. thank you Julie!! yes the series is returning I believe!

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  14. Amy says:

    What a ideal place, beautiful deck on the hillside, stream, woods… !
    Thank you for sharing with us, Cybele. 🙂

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  15. Your new surroundings look wonderful, Cybele. Glad everything arrived intact. I’m going to be unpacking dozens of boxes soon, once our new floor is down. I can’t even remember most of what is in them after so long. 🙂

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    1. 😀 Thanks Sylvia!

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  16. sixpixx says:

    Well, you sound in very good spirits. The decking looks perfect but I love the picture of the girl at the stream. Wishing you LOADS of happiness in your new home.

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    1. Thank you Maxine! Yes I survived!!

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  17. Sherry Felix says:

    Love the moving man story. Hope you settle in to your new digs happily.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed that Sherry!! My “delicates” survived lol! Thank you!

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  18. Just through your bedroom window, gives a thousand inspiration shot, fabulous Cybele. Wish you have a nice day 🙂 Thank you for your morning visit, lovely ❤

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    1. thank you Della!! it is lovely! Have a wonderful day!

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      1. Wish you too have a great ahead weekend Cybele, enjoy it 🙂

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  19. It looks like you’re settling in nicely! The deck and stream look wonderful!

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    1. they are but oh my energy level is zilch lol!

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  20. Maverick ~ says:

    Loved the story, the deck, the forest, and your images. 🙂

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    1. thanks greatly Maverick!!

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  21. Carrie says:

    So nice to hear from you, Cybele. Happy you can see sight of the top out of the boxes. Moving is such a grind but it sure looks like you will have your way with inspiring places to photograph once you get your head above water. Enjoy the process, so much uncovering, sloughing off, undoing and growing comes from transition. The light you find and share within your images is always inspiring! Carry on 🙂

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    1. yes getting my head above the water!! It’s moving forward slowly after a total collapse after the move. Thank yo so much Carrie!!

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  22. Pieter Navis says:

    You made it right on time Cybele 🙂

    How wonderful to have your deck on the hillside and a creek nearby.. true natural luxury, enjoy!

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    1. it’s a wonderful spot Pieter!! But sadly now the rains start!! That’s west coast weather for you!

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      1. Pieter Navis says:

        Rain keeps everything nice and green.. in the recent years starting to appreciate rain more each time 🙂

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  23. Donna Georgina Hardy says:

    Brava!!! What a gorgeous new life you are making.

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    1. Yayy DG! thanks so much!

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  24. milliethom says:

    Well, Cybele, it looks as though you’ve moved to a paradise to me – and I’m so jealous that you have removal men out there who look like Ragnar! It must be such a relief that your gruelling move is over and you can now begin to enjoy your beautiful new surroundings. The Rumi quote is perfect for those two photos. All your photos are lovely, f course, including the intriguing b/w one for the challenge. It has an air of mystery about it and could well be used for the start of a good story.

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    1. haha! well, he didn’t do a bad job and I wrote “delicate” on almost everything lol. Still of course so much to do and I’m moving rather slowly! Thank you Millie, so glad to have made another blogging writer friend here!

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      1. milliethom says:

        And I’m so happy to have found you. Your site is truly magical. We’ve moved house many times, so I know how much there is to do when you first move in. I always enjoyed putting our own ‘stamp’ on a new home, but it can take time. It is lovely for me, too, to meet a new blogging friend. 😃

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  25. Sue says:

    Ooh, Hannah, I think you will be in creative heaven when you get your new place straight…. It’s taken me over a year to nearly finish unpacking, largely because I spend a lot of time meeting people, getting out and about and doing things that are important to me!

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    1. oh I hear you!! There are boxes still out on the deck that I must unpack before the rains lol- a lot of stuff must go and that’s hard. The older we get the more we have collected!!

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      1. Sue says:

        Oh, I still have a lot of ‘stuff’!!

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      2. 😦 so much work!

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      3. Sue says:

        No, it’s just lurking in cupboards for now!

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  26. Stay in touch
    Swing from the trees
    You have escaped the city
    Stay away from the trolls
    The Sheldon Perspective

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    1. haha! I hope to have a few adventures in the deep woods- but not sure which is worse, trolls or cougars!!

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