I Follow the Gypsy Fairy Queen

I am back again!  Here are a few quiet moments from my world on the mountainside and elsewhere  as time propels us forward into the unknown.

This last year has been very hard. My partner was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma on top of everything else he has endured over the last two years (knee surgeries and more).  Now we are moving into summer and hoping for better times. Slowly people are emerging from the Covid isolaton.  We are trying to be optimistic about treatments and limitations, and we so miss traveling.

Life is still beautiful and mysterious. The mound out back has bloomed with spring  wild flowers and now the grasses dance in the winds from the west.   Dragonflies dive bomb us while the birds scour the rock side for insects and other tasty delights. The deer have been hiding this year, but still surreptitiously munch on my plantings, so I know they are here but I have not been able to catch them with my camera yet.

I will try to visit everyone over the next while although I see a few of my old blogging friends have gone. May you all be “stardust and golden” this summer

I don’t need therapy, I just need to go to Ireland!  On the Dingle

This one was picked by Flickr Explore staff  as a favourite

Hillside with grasses and Camas Lilies

and a midsummer dreaming with Marianne Faithfull and the Gypsy Fairy Queen

Puck follows his Queen though her light has dimmed and she no longer speaks. She doesn’t even seem to know anymore that  he’s close by.  Still he follows with unwavering loyalty always ready to do her bidding.  We humans have stopped believing in the magic and though we cannot see the lady of the elements, she still wanders in secret, through her woodlands and fields singing her song and trying to heal what we have damaged.

Here be a forest child and not know the Gump!?


my own ode to summer with Back Garden ProductionsHillside Matins and Sacred Pauses    I am quite pleased with this one and hope you will like it too. ( 1 minute 20 sec)


and for those of you on the virtual scene do visit my gallery The Dark Wood on Savor Serenity.

27 Comments Add yours

  1. I am so sorry that you and your partner have been experiencing difficult times. Due to a number of reasons, I am on hiatus for the time, but oh so grateful for the words and images of beauty that you so generously gift us with. Welcome back!


    1. thank you so much Landa!! Yes, I sometimes take a break from all social media. I so appreciate you taking time to visit. Take care!!

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  2. I’m sorry it’s been such a hard couple of years Cybele, I hope you get some respite over the coming months. Beautiful, ethereal images.

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    1. Thank you for your concern Andrea and I’m happy you like the images too.

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  3. Hannah, I’m so sorry to hear your partner is ill. I hope the treatments go easy on him and they work!

    Your images are gorgeous. I love the Flickr fav and see why it made Explore!

    Take good care of yourself too! 😍

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    1. Thank you Deb! Yes fingers crossed! Thanks for your compliment!!

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  4. Adrian Lewis says:

    Beautiful visuals, Cybele, I especially like the butterfly, but I am so sorry to hear about your partner – and that this should happen now of all times. Take care, and stay safe. Adrian

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    1. Thank you Adrian! Yes we can only keep moving forward!!

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  5. Anita says:

    Wishing you and your partner good luck for the treatments. Hope summer’s light brings brightness to life.

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    1. Thank you so much Anita!! I hope for that as well. I hope you are well too!! Good to hear from you!

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  6. was shocked by news of your partner’s illness and all through Covid too – wishing you both strength in each other and from the world around which you see with such magical eyes. We need magic to have any faith at all. Your words are a feast and your “Hillside Matins and Sacred Pauses” held me spellbound. Lovely to have you back in the blogosphere!

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    1. I so appreciate your words Laura, knowing a little of what you have experienced and yet have carried on with your wonderful inspiration, poetry and photography.


  7. Sherry Felix says:

    Your art shines through all adversities. I hope your partner does well with his treatments. My prayers are with you my friend.

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    1. I so appreciate that Sherry!! I’m hoping for the best also!

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  8. disperser says:

    Sorry to hear about your partner. Seems all I’ve been hearing lately is people’s dealing with health issues, so I can understand the difficulty. My best wishes for finding good doctors and good care.

    I must confess to not having visited Flickr for a good long while. One, I typically forget it’s there because 2) I deal more with SmugMug and I’m also fairly busy with stuff.

    That said, the videos and pictures are great, as usual. Take care.

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    1. thanks Emilio! Life can certainly take it’s twists and turns. I like Flickr these days because it’s easier than keeping a blog up and running. but everything can seem overwhelming at times. Thank you for your good wishes!


  9. Oh, Hanna, I am so sorry to hear about the struggles of your partner. I’m afraid that I haven’t posted anything for what seems like forever. Maybe one of these days….? I would never have guessed that song was Marianne Faithful. Of course, I still hear her singing from the 60s! Your ode to summer is beautiful. Sending prayers to you and yours that all will be well and that you’ll have a wonderful summer. Blessings! ❤

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    1. Thank you my friend. Yes I see that you are not blogging lately. Sometimes everything seems overwhelming! I use flickr because it’s fast and easy lately. I’m sure I’ve lost a few friends here by my absence but I’m always happy to hear from you and will look forward to your blogging again when you decide to take it on again!! Hope all is well with you and thanks for stopping by for a visit!


  10. paula graham says:

    Your creations are so stylish…love them.

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    1. I’m honoured Paula!!! thank you.


  11. glaucoulcigrai says:

    A happy and sweet summer to you and family too! Lovely words, delicate video and music. Spring and summer bring coveted freedom, a renovated hope for better times and above all news of a wonderful Friend!
    Wish all of you the best, a prompt recovery and marvellous days to come!
    Un abbraccio forte forte, Glauco

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    1. So good to hear from you Dear Glauco and a warm hug to you!! I appreciate your lovely words and good wishes!!

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    2. Suzanne says:

      I am so sorry to hear of your partner’s illness. I hope the treatments help.
      Your images are a delight. They always transport me. ❤ Suzanne

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      1. thank you Suzanne!! so happy you took the time to visit!! Good to hear from you!

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  12. Sue says:

    Oh, Hannah, so lovely to see you here, but so sad to hear your news….life really can be a test at times. I am still in the blogosphere to keep me connected as my health becomes more of a challenge, but I’m still smiling. Sending my warmest greetings to you and yours and wishing you all the best

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    1. Many thanks Sue and for taking the time to stop by. I certainly wish good health to you as well and we can only keep moving forward!! Yes they can be stressful these challenges. Blessings!

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      1. Sue says:

        Absolutely….Ring the Bells that still can Ring….

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