Dear Friends

What strange times we are living these days.  I’ve been very preoccupied lately –  but this too shall pass!

dewy light
dandelion dew

I hope and pray you are all doing well and this post  finds you healthy and not too stressed financially, spiritually and emotionally.  I’ve also heard from friends and relatives overseas and I know Italy has suffered terribly. Yet in both Italy and Greece  people lean out city windows and balconies and sing to each other in true Mediterranean spirit.  Here is an image I once created  when visiting my cousin, bringing past and present together in

The Window at Ercolano

c'era una volta.sepia

I am lucky to live in a more rural area and we are getting by. Shopping is a bit restricted and no more going out to the pub- even on St. Patrick’s Day this year! It makes me realize that it’s very possible things will not go back to what they once were. We are going to be much more careful and remembering a classic post- apocalyptic film SilentRunning I am hoping we will be better custodians of  our own garden in space. Mother Earth is getting a rest from our strife and pollution at the moment and the Himalayas were visible for the first time in years in India. Canadians are cooperating with the health regulations and we have not done too badly on Vancouver island so far. People are still out for walks while keeping the required social distance. Nikos had a small setback with his surgical healing but is better now and I will be popping by your blogs over the next few days. My daughter had bronchitis and so we dropped off an Easter Basket delivery on her doorstep, rang the bell and no hugs!! We sadly and quietly went home and made Tsoureki (Greek Easter bread) for the holiday and listened to the beautiful Orthodox chant being televised from a Byzantine Easter past.

Time to rest, catch up on reading, sit in the garden sunshine, listen to music, watch movies -and Skype!! 

Hummingbirds aren’t worried so thank you for the visit

Thank you for calling dear sister, I know you are close by

and sweet impressions of my wee (slightly unkempt and weedy) garden out back

Mobile Vulgaris
forest floor
the forest floor

there are still delightful children

munchkin on the forest path

I won’t say more except that I am grateful for what we do have and for the time to reflect on how we can make it better, and to leave you with this profound message by the great Canadian poet and songwriter, Leonard Cohen

Do not dwell on what has passed away

or what is yet to be

“Ring the bell that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering

there is a crack- a crack in everything , that’s how the light gets in”


and check out my flickr images here:


the threshold of confusion between the sacred and the worldly ( thank you Suzanne for the word “liminality”- it was exactly what I was envisioning in this image- its interesting how many of us can be in harmony even during the disarranging of this great dream of life)

40 Comments Add yours

  1. Amy says:


    Creative photos, beautifully done.


    1. thank you and sorry I’m so late!!


  2. milliethom says:

    A heartfelt and beautifully worded message to all your followers, Cybele. The whole world is suffering this year and even more so this past week or so following the dreadful incident in the US. Sometimes it feels like the whole world has gone mad. I’m glad to hear that you and your family are doing OK. We are the same here, as we live in a tiny village in a rural area, and getting out for walks isn’t a problem. ❤

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    1. blessings Millie!


  3. Willow says:

    Thank you for this lovely post and pictures. We are all facing challenges. I’m lucky like you and live in a rural area. I thank the Goddess that I moved here even though my friends really objected at the time. Sure there are still problems but they are manageable.

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    1. yes!! Thanks so much for your heads up!!


    1. thank you so much!


  4. Always delightful photos …how I enjoy your posts! Mother Earth is getting a much deserved rest .. may we care for her more .. always

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  5. Sherry Felix says:

    Thanks you for this lovely post. It is good to have links with friends during this isolating time.

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    1. thank you so much dear Sherry!!


  6. We must be soulmates. I listen over and over to “Anthem” daily. His words resonate and soothe my spirit as it must yours. Your images and words are welcome, thanks. I am relieved that you are doing as well as can be expected in this extraordinary time. Stay well and safe.

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    1. yayy!! he is my hero!! Thank you Sally for visiting and commenting!!


  7. Beautiful, magical and dreamy Cybele, this too is a liminal space where magical things can happen 🙂

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    1. let’s keep that thought!! Thank you Andrea!

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  8. Peter Nena says:

    Hi Cybele. I’m glad you are safe. The times are indeed strange. Take care of yourself.

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    1. Hello Peter!!! What are you doing these days!! Glad you popped by and you too!! blessings!


  9. Adrian Lewis says:

    Wonderful pictures, my friend – to an ex- birder like me, especially the Hummingbird! – and never worry about “unkempt” gardens, they’re even more valuable for wildlife. Its good to hear from you in this time of turmoil, I hope you’re doing alright. We are fine, rather stressed and down, but fine. Stay safe, Cybele! Adrian 🙂


    1. many thanks Adrian. Yes we are all doing the best we can at this time. Blessings my friend.

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  10. disperser says:

    Sorry to hear about the setback and glad it’s better. Also, nice offerings. Stay safe.

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  11. Renee Espriu says:

    A lovely post and so glad that you are your family are getting through all of this. I, myself, do not believe that this is how it will always be for the one thing that is a certainty is ‘change’ and as life continues to move forward, change will happen. I love your photos and most certainly, the poem by Leonard Cohen. Very apt and very telling. Do take care.

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    1. Hello Renee!! Thank you for popping over!! and glad you are staying well too! Hugs.

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  12. 😷 Greetings from Italy! Thanks for kind thought! Everything will be OK!!!
    Hugs, Glauco

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    1. I’m hoping!! Lots of love to you Glauco!


  13. Thank you for letting this light in. Be well. Do good. Create.

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    1. thank you Michael!

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  14. paula graham says:

    Fab creations and photos and message..y’r such a start. Well done.

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    1. Blessings Paula and thank you!! Spring has arrived in spite of all!


  15. Darlene says:

    Stay safe and thanks for Leonard Cohen. It is good to hear that things are good on Vancouver Island. xo

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    1. thank you Darlene for you visit. Stay well too!!

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  16. and many thanks to Sharon Greenway for her pingback. Visit Sharon’s lovely blog here


  17. Anita says:

    Thank you for the beautiful post and serene pictures, dear Cybele! It is indeed time to be grateful for small things. Stay safe!

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    1. so good to hear from you again Anita and glad you are staying safe too!! Thank you and blessings!!

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  18. A beautiful music video, Cybele!

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    1. isn’t it!!!! Thanks Crow I hope you and yours are all well!!

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  19. A lovely post in these strange times. I do hope and pray your family members are on the mend and all is well. Things are good here in our little corner so far. Lovely pictures and an entertaining video. Take care and be well! ❤

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    1. you too Linda!! Thank you so much for checking in!!

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