A Summer Alchemy

Alchemy is an ancient practice shrouded in mystery and secrecy. Its practitioners mainly sought to turn lead into gold, a quest that has captured the imaginations of people for thousands of years. Alchemy: A seemingly magical transformation.  There was a very strong spiritual component involved – a belief in the connection of all things;  that…

Ahh Summer!

My contribution to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness 4-14 is “Sunlight on Daisies.”  I have included both coloured and monochrome versions and I like both! ( and a poem of sorts) Ahh Summer! parting the blue veil of morning tracing the pattern of flowers against the window light wrapping the meadow up in afternoon gold as…

The Last Witch of Scotland

  People often walk by the place where I died. I have no grave, but only a stone to mark the spot where I met my fate. It still stands at the foot of someone’s private garden. There is no name on it, just a date, and I might add, an erroneous one. I did…

I must begin somewhere

because the ending is yet to be written.   Morning arrives on the mountain side. It’s summer at last! I wake up to such a profound quiet I wait a moment for my soul to return from wandering until I finally hear the wind in the trees, a bird’s song or the faint hum of…

A Summer of monochrome and fairy lore

my submission to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness (4-9) this week was this lovely butterfly at one of my hanging baskets. I had no idea that internet connection might be a problem from time to time when you live outside of town!! but that means I actually get to go out more! and when days are…

Songs and Dreams

Here I am again at last, on the threshold of a dream. I’ve been feeling very quiet and still lately but …. this is my contribution to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness 4-7.  All are welcome to submit monochrome images!  (my images are places on Vancouver Island.) My tongue is silent Cradled in it’s dark cavern…

The Forest Primeval

Time flies by and I fear I will always be behind from now on, but, I have a few things for you. This was my submission to Leanne’s Monochrome Madness this week. Our west coast forest floors are laden with the ancient fern while giant fir trees keep the sky from collapsing. Ferns, cycads and tree ferns have…

A plethora of flowers

Here we are again, immersed in Spring which, due to the fickleness of west coast weather, is never predictable! But regardless of weather, by May,the wild flowers arrive in meadow and parkland. For Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness (4-3), I have chosen a nymph of the flowers, one of the anthousai, and you can find her in meadow and…

Monochrome Madness 4-2- Movement

Visit Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Gallery (May 3)~ My submission is The Windy Wicklow Way In the Wicklow Mountains at Glendalough there is the site of an ancient monastery founded by St. Kevin in the sixth century.  Around 1042 Norsemen used the timber in Glendalough to build the second largest Viking Long Ship (Havhingsten fra Glendalough). _____________________________________________________________ and…

Darkness before Dawn

Hello to all my WordPress friends, I’m still dealing with some difficult family issues, and still rising myself, from the swirling Stygian winter depths. but here is all my news so far: Spring is arriving on the mountainside and corridors of light are opening up the forest floor “Silence is the language of God, all else is…

One hundred years ago – The Great War and a sister’s love

Canadiana: Vimy Ridge – April 9-April 12, 1917 The new Dominion of Canada showed their courage and strength during this defining battle of “The Great War.” There were over 10,000 casualties. Lucia Teti’s  family had arrived from Italy in the early years of the 20th Century and in short time established themselves as well- to- do  real…