Sunday, 28 September 2008
Also as I write this entry I am having a bit of bother getting the video to load onto this post... so not sure quite how the final result will turn out... here goes..........
Their are two woods that I know of in the area where I live. The one wood you can walk through freely, the other wood that is over the road from me is private and is only opened one day a year to the public and that is on Good Friday. I can walk along side this woodland and peer longingly in and its so enticing. I see rabbits and deers popping in and out of the wood and the bird life is amazing. We even have buzzards nesting in there which has only occurred over the past two years. Another joy is watching the buzzards soar up in the air and glide on the thermals, so majestic.
Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.
- Chinese proverb
in the world it will rise and spread,
and be for this place horizon
and orison, the voice of its winds.
I have made myself a dream to dream
of its rising, that has gentled my nights.
Let me desire and wish well the life
these trees may live when I
no longer rise in the mornings
to be pleased with the green of them
shining, and their shadows on the ground,
and the sound of the wind in them.
And then we were treated to a wonderful sunset on the way home, which was truly beautiful.
We have nothing to fear and a great deal to learn
from trees, that vigorous and pacific tribe which
without stint produces strengthening essences for
us, soothing balms, and in whose gracious company
we spend so many cool, silent and intimate hours.
- Marcel Proust, Pleasures and Regrets, 1896
Thursday, 25 September 2008
Yesterday was quite a mixed day weather wise... but on my morning walk with Basil the weather was windy and sunny. To me it was the perfect weather day.. I love the sun and I adore the wind. It was just so nice to walk along and take in the views, listen to the wind and birdsong. I could not resist an attempt at creating a little film on my camera. I have to admit I am only a amateur at this and my filming is certainly not the best, but I would like to think I have captured the moment somewhat so I can share it with you.....
Wednesday, 24 September 2008
It became quite drizzly whilst we were out walking and whilst the cats both went off indoors to lick themselves dry, Basil needed a rub down.
The rain seemed to persist after that and I thought we were in for another wet day.....
But later on the sun started to break its way through the clouds...And by the end of the day we enjoyed some quite pleasant weather... and I was able to take a photograph of a perfect sunset on my way home from another of Basil's walks.....
Perfect end to a perfect day!! Which nicely brings me to this poem which I like very much: -
Grandmother, on a winter's day,Milked the cows and fed them hay;Slopped the hogs, harnessed the mule,And got the children off to school.
Did a washing, mopped the floors,Washed the windows and did some chores,Cooked a dish of home-dried fruit,And pressed her husband's Sunday suit.
Swept the parlour, made the beds,Baked a dozen loaves of bread,Split the firewood, lugged some in,(enough to fill the kitchen bin.)
Churned the butter, baked a cake,And then exclaimed, "For goodness sake,Those darned calves are out again!"Went and chased them into the pen.
Gathered the eggs, locked the stable,Back to the house to set the table;Cooked a supper that was delicious,Afterward washed up all the dishes.
Fed the cat, sprinkled the clothes,Mended a basket full of hose,Then opened the organ and began to play"When You Come to the End of a Perfect Day!"
- Author Unknown
PS... Thought I would make an attempt at putting up a short video of Basil out on one of his walks. I am doing all the whistling and talking (useless at whistling!!) My mother is also with me and is talking to me at the start of the video. My Mum is 76 years old bless her heart! and joins me on my afternoon walk through wind, rain or shine... nothing stops her she and she really looks forward to it each day... we usually have quite a lot of fun.
I hope I am not coming across has obsessed with Basil and the cats... They are a big part of my day but I do many other things also and I will share those with you as I progress with my blog.
Have a perfect day!!
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
Monday, 22 September 2008
This morning their is a distinct chill in the air.... and yesterday I noticed the first fall of leaves, it seemed to have happened overnight. Soon I will be able to kick my way through a pile of leaves and feel like a child again (don't think I have ever really grown up to be honest!!)
Had some really lovely walks with Basil yesterday, the sun was shinning and we had the world to ourselves (or so it seemed)
And of course the squirrels mustn't be left out......
Sunday, 21 September 2008
I must introduce you to our much loved cats..... This is Bootsie
Bootsie is a 10 year old grey tabby. He has a bit of a cankerous personality and gets himself into quite a few fights. I have had endless trips to the vets with Bootsie who has been involved in scraps! Once he was well and truly beaten up by another cat and he was in such a bad way his tongue had been partly ripped out. Thankfully we have fantastic vets and they soon had Boots patched up and on the mend again.
Now to introduce you to Bold. Bold is also 10 years old and a very quiet timid cat, but extremely loving.
Have tried to find a more descriptive photograph of Bold but this is so far the best I can do... Bold is not very photogenic and if he sees the camera he does a disappearing act.. just when I think I have snapped the perfect photograph Bold takes off and it turns into a blurry mess.... but I will keep on trying!!
Bootsie was rescue a cat and Bold was a rescued feral cat... My husband managed to catch Bold and his brother Fluffy (long haired ginger hence the name) Bold and Fluffy were both kittens when we took them in. They both became tame quite quickly. Sadly we lost Fluffy about eight years ago. Fluffy was very interested in some rabbits in a local wood. To get to the wood Fluffy walked half a mile up a nearby drive and had to cross the road to get to the woods... sadly this led to his death has he was hit by a car. It was heart breaking as you would expect and Bold really missed his brother, but with a lot of love and care he eventually got over the loss of Fluffy and now leads a happy and contented life. Bootsie and Bold are not overly keen on each other but are happy to tolerate one another. They have two cat friends next door that they both hang around with and wile away the days with various cat adventures.....
Would like an early start tomorrow as hubby and I have a date with the garden!!!!
Here's hoping for another glorious sunny day.........