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MARCH 17 2011 : Day no 76 : On such a day each road is planned to lead to some enchanted land.

 

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“On such a day each road is planned

To lead to some enchanted land;

Each turning meets expectancy.

The signs I read on every hand.

I know by autumn’s wizardry

On such a day the world can be

Only a great glad dream for me.

Only a great glad dream for me!”

Eleanor Myers Jewett, An Autumn Day.

Its one month today since I sat with my sister. I am taking a day of mourning. I might get to some Irish doodads is my mood alters – but for now. sackcloth and ashes.

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Feeling a little more Irish now.

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MARCH 16 2011: Day no 75 of 2011 : And slow things are beautiful.

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RIVER QUOTES

And slow things are beautiful:
The closing of a day,
The pause of the wave
That curves downward to spray,
The ember that crumbles,
The opening flower,
And the ox that moves on
In the quiet of power.

Elizabeth Coatsworth

http://www.siue.edu/OSME/river/RiverQuotes/RiverQ.htm

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AND SLOW THINGS ARE BEAUTIFUL.

It’s a slow day here today and it is beautiful.

Everyone has gone out and about to their tasks and I am on the property alone. So far as humans are that is. The birds come to feed. The horses are grazing and the cats and dogs are lazing someplace in the shade. Our river is slow. Most of the time. I am an Estuarine Woman. Saltwater. The river here is dark and greenish and runs slowly for a little longer before coming to the Ocean a few kilometres East of the Cottage.

Out along South Arm Road, its even greener. Even slower. The floods come at times just as the tsunami has done in Japan, but most of the time the Jewfish holes are undisturbed by rapidity and the river takes its time.

I was out visiting the other day, up the other end of South Arm and plans were being made to take dessert out on the verandah and watch the moonflowers open up. Three days from now, They say it will be the biggest full moon in many years. My Cottage faces east and I see the sun rise and I see the moon rise. I take photographs  of the risings just as I take one photo from the front verandah each morning. Slowing myself to the pace which makes life work for me.

SAYINGS IN SUPPORT OF SLOWNESS.

  • WHEN IN DOUBT DO NOTHING
  • SLEEP ON IT
  • 3 ANSWERS – YES – NO – OR – WAIT.
  • BREATHE DEEPLY 3 TIMES AND PUT A SMILE IN YOUR MIND
  • THOSE THINGS WHICH MATTER WILL ENDURE

Try sitting still, feet flat on the floor and using your senses to locate 3 things for each one. NO moving about. 

SIGHT: 

  1. paspalum at the front fence.
  2. curved white cloud on a pale blue sky
  3. new digital tv with european clip and classical music.

SOUND :

  1. orchestra and vocals on the TV
  2. one bird off to my right
  3. and a kookaburra laughing further to the right

TOUCH.

  1. the wood of the old table
  2. my sister’s shoes on the soles of my feet
  3. the plastic keys of the keyboard

SMELL – a tricky one for me with a compromised sense of smell.

  1. a slight smokiness
  2. my own hands cupped to my face
  3. ………………………………………………

ETC. Etcetera.

That’s a daring thing to write. ETC. I make no apologies.

etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc

 

My thanks to Elizabeth Coatsworth for her poem.

And slow things are beautiful

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The closing of a day
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The pause of the wave

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That curves downward to spray

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The ember that crumbles

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The opening flower

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And the ox that moves on

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In the quiet of power

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