Saturday, 28 April 2007
Thursday, 26 April 2007
Serendipity, gently nudging.
A message out, a message in.
And the Universe responds with a nod
Synchronicity. Magic. Truth.
Did you notice, did you see?
Tuesday, 24 April 2007
I have been painting very quickly (read 'enthusiastic!') (which incidentally means "filled with God") and my challenge is, to slow myself down and concentrate on the technical side of things, so that I produce a better result. This sounds all very serious, but I'm actually still having fun!
Friday, 20 April 2007
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantmentit it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952
Thursday, 19 April 2007
I'm really enjoying these acrylic paints. Colour, colour and more colour! Bowls of fruit are a joy to paint. I love the colours and shapes and the way the light bounces off them. These apples and mandarins were painted on a 12" x 12" canvas, which didn't all fit on my scanner, so you have an abbreviated version posted here.
Some flower power kind of fun with acrylics on 8" x 10" canvas.
Wednesday, 18 April 2007
This meal is a chunky vegetarian pasta sauce and is an easy chop and stir kind of recipe - chop a few cloves of garlic, medium onion, zucchini (courgette), red capsicum (bell pepper), mushrooms, and green string beans. In a little extra virgin olive oil, gently cook the onion and garlic first, then add the remaining ingredients stirring until all is sweated down. Add a jar of passata (fresh tomato cooking sauce), a dash of red wine vinegar (or balsamic vinegar) and a handful of pitted kalamata olives and some chopped basil and oregano, if you have it. (add salt flakes and cracked pepper to taste).
Simmer for 20mins until it thickens a little, stirring occasionally (with your wooden spoon). Serve with your favourite pasta, grated parmesan cheese and handfuls of chopped continental parsley. Any leftovers are delicious as a filling in a toasted sandwich.
Sunday, 15 April 2007
Wednesday, 11 April 2007
The evening held its breath, and then waited for inky midnight to exhale and melt into dawn. An early, rosy sky bloomed behind clouds plump and white. The morning trekked till midday when shadows cower and hunger turns your head toward home. The afternoon slept, resting on arms weary from toil. Dusk melted daylight and the evening crept in once more.
Tuesday, 10 April 2007
Thich Nhat Hanh
The benefits of Yoga are many - strength, flexibility, deep sleep - waking refreshed, elongated muscles, improved digestion, lymphatic drainage, weight loss, to name just a few. And of course there's the peace that comes with health and wellbeing. So I always wonder why I ever stop when it makes me feel so good.
Advice to self. Just do it!
Monday, 9 April 2007
Saturday, 7 April 2007
The irrepressible Eileen has tagged me to reveal my pleasure/pain, happiness/sadness. This actually required some thought, so here it is, in no particular order;
What are five things that give you physical pleasure?
1. sensual moments with my man of 27years (not a toyboy, married for 27yrs!)
3. driving through a deep dip in the road and your belly flips
4. soft, cool grass under my bare feet
5. sunshine on my back
What are five things that make you immediately angry
4. intolerance (yes, I'm repeating myself but it makes me really angry!)
5. abuse/bullying (ditto)
What are five things that make you automatically happy?
1. lighting candles
2. having my family all under the one roof
3. learning something new
4. being creative
What are five things that make you automatically sad?
4. the evening news on tv
5. unhappy familes
Tagging Jenn and bohemian mom
Thursday, 5 April 2007
Carving with words trawled from an ocean of emotion, painting with colors stolen from a delicate rainbow. Revealing unknown places and those recognised. Taking a snapshot in time and a view unseen. Speaking the words we search for but cannot always find. A translator of the heart.
Monday, 2 April 2007
Funnily enough, later on that day as I was driving along in the car "Ramble On" came on the radio. When I was younger, I never realised that this song was inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit. Lord of the Rings has been big in our household and when we were first married my husband and I used to read through the books over and over. I don't think I have the patience to read through them again now, but I suppose there are always the movies to watch. Personally I think Led Zeppelin are timeless, but if you are of my generation or older you may enjoy looking back too. Oh, and don't forget to turn the volume up!