Sunday, 27 February 2011

To roam the greenwood wild and free.... Robert Service (from...ballads of the frozen north)

“Oh it is good to ride and run,
To roam the greenwood wild and free;
To hunt, to idle in the sun,
To leap into the laughing sea”

(Opening from Gwin King of Norway by William Blake)

Come, kings, and listen to my song:
When Gwin, the son of Nore,
Over the nations of the North
His cruel sceptre bore;
The nobles of the land did feed
Upon the hungry poor;
They tear the poor man's lamb, and drive
The needy from their door.

`The land is desolate; our wives
And children cry for bread;
Arise, and pull the tyrant down!
Let Gwin be humblиd!'......

Friday, 25 February 2011

"There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it." -- Charles Dudley Warner

"Never forget that life can only be nobly inspired and rightly lived if you take it bravely and gallantly, as a splendid adventure in which you are setting out into an unknown country, to face many a danger, to meet many a joy, to find many a comrade, to win and lose many a battle."
Annie Besant

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Inspiration comes from all different places.

Cease trying to work everything out with your minds. It will get you nowhere. Live by intuition and inspiration and let your whole life be Revelation.
Eileen Caddy 

(inspired by who made me realise that when I'm struggling to find a muse, there's amazing life and magic in the everyday objects around us!!)

Saturday, 19 February 2011

I can believe anything provided it is incredible. (Oscar Wilde).

''ll probably happen when you're not looking for it. All the same... best to keep your eyes open.'
(From the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe).

Friday, 18 February 2011

It is a maudlin and indecent verity that comes out through the strength of wine.

It is the hour to be drunken! to escape being the martyred slaves of time, be ceaselessly drunk. On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

keepsake [ˈkiːpˌseɪk] n a gift that evokes memories of a person or event with which it is associated

Leftovers in their less visible form are called memories. Stored in the refrigerator of the mind and the cupboard of the heart.
Thomas Fuller

...In many a secret place Where rivulets dance their wayward round...(William Wordsworth)

Three years she grew in sun and shower;
Then Nature said "A lovelier flower
On earth was never sown;
This child I to myself will take;
She shall be mine, and I will make
A lady of my own.

"Myself will to my darling be
Both law and impulse: and with me
The girl, in rock and plain,
In earth and heaven, in glade and bower,
Shall feel an overseeing power
To kindle or restrain.

"She shall be sportive as the fawn
That wild with glee across the lawn
Or up the mountain springs;
And her's shall be the breathing balm,
And her's the silence and the calm
Of mute insensate things.

"The floating clouds their state shall lend
To her; for her the willow bend;
Nor shall she fail to see
Even in the motions of the storm
Grace that shall mould the maiden's form
By silent sympathy.

"The stars of midnight shall be dear
To her; and she shall lean her ear
In many a secret place
Where rivulets dance their wayward round,
And beauty born of murmuring sound
Shall pass into her face.

"And vital feelings of delight
Shall rear her form to stately height,
Her virgin bosom swell;
Such thoughts to Lucy I will give
While she and I together live
Here in this happy dell."

Thus Nature spake -The work was done -
How soon my Lucy's race was run!
She died, and left to me
This heath, this calm and quiet scene;
The memory of what has been,
And never more will be.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Each life needs it's own quiet place

Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.
~ John Muir~"

Monday, 14 February 2011

Love can take us to heaven or hell, but it always takes us somewhere. Therefore, be prepared to travel..." (Paulo Coelho).

We are all a part of the divine spark. All have a purpose in creation and that purpose is called Love. That love, however, shouldn't be concentrated in just one person, it should be scattered throughout the world, waiting to be discovered. Wake up that love. What is gone cannot return. What is about to arrive needs to be recognized."
Paulo Coelho (The Winner Stands Alone)

Saturday, 12 February 2011

To be prepared is half the victory.

'Now the weather was continually changing. Within minutes one was alternately freezing or roasting in the sunshine. Hailstones, rain and sunshine followed each other in quick succession - one morning we awoke to find our tent buried in snow, which in a few hours mekted in the hot sunshine.Our European clothes were unsuited to these continual changes of temperature and we envied the Tibetans their practical sheep skin cloaks, belted at the wast and with long wide sleeves to take the place of gloves.'  (from, Seven Years in Tibet, by Heinrich Harrer) 

Early evening, last rays of sunshine on a Luton street.

Too many people in the modern world view poetry as a luxury, not a necessity like petrol. But to me it's the oil of life.~ Sir John Betjeman.

Friday, 11 February 2011

From : 'Quotes of Famous Artists'

...I know of no artist in history who was not ‘literary’ when it came down to it. Not a single one. And even if they don’t appear to be, I know of none and you at least don’t recall them, because there is nothing to recall… …Sometime or other I’d like to see a pure artist, but I didn’t even find one in France. Obviously the trouble is that one approaches painting from the other side, so that the word sujet conceals the point of the thing. Yet even the most beautiful and emptiest sujet (an apple, a grape or any non-figurative painting) doesn’t help if there are no foundations, either innate or acquired through hard work… …Why don’t we say clearly: That is freedom, and this is commitment to the subject and to each tree its berries, but let it be a tree and not a donkey… ~(Marc Chagal).

To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive. ~Theodore Roosevelt

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.  ~Napoleon Bonaparte
THE METAL RABBIT YEAR 2011(February 3, 2011 - January 22, 2012)
In Rabbit years, life slows down.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Tuesday, 1 February 2011