What an absolutely beautiful day. November 1st 2015. Here in Wales UK we have been out in our T Shirts all morning, no breeze at all, not a whisper. Beautiful sunshine and down by the lake even the dragonflies are flying about. We saw a couple of wasps or bees buzzing around too. Very odd weather considering Christmas is only 7 weeks away. I’m not complaining one bit. As someone who has Multiple Sclerosis I can’t tolerate the heat without feeling ill so to be able to get out and about in this beautiful warm weather at this time of year is such a bonus, one I’m so thankful for too. Always grateful for small mercies.
Re blogged from my other site – A free Autumn Art Print. Su
RE blogged from my other site SSPhotographywales.wordpress.com
On the way up to a Welsh Mountain Lake this week I found myself bursting for the toilet. We finally found a little village with an old toilet block in the car park.
Much to my delight, upon entering I was greeted by a sight I hadn’t seen in probably 30 years. Do you remember these?
Well I was born in the Sixties so these were a common sight here in the UK if you were caught short and needed to spend a penny.
I recalled not so long ago complaining to my daughter that we had to pay to use the public loos in Llangollen. I had completely forgotten that paying to go to the toilet isn’t a modern concept after all. It’s funny how we so easily forget the little things of by gone era’s, like popping your coin in the slot of the box to open…
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I had the great privilege to be in the company of an ancient living Yew tree. It is reputed to be around 700 years old at least. As I stood next to it in complete awe, I thought of the significance of touching something alive that was so old & it brought tears to my eyes. It was certainly a WOW moment. I mean this tree had survived and continues to thrive, how amazing.
Even more amazing is it is believed that John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church had preached from this tree! As a young girl I attended Sunday School at a Methodist church. You see this tree is unique as it has a pulpit built into it.
What a truly special tree it is & no doubt I will visit it often now that I have found it. It is in the tiny village of Nanyglyn in Denbighshire, North Wales, UK. Just by the church there is a bridge with a beautiful river & a bench where I sat for ages & listened to the birdsong.
Here is the little video I filmed of the Ancient Yew Tree with a pulpit built into it.
The Story of Lokai
Have you ever experienced a moment that shakes you to your core?
We all enter moments when we’re suddenly very aware that our lives can take a turn in an instant. That right behind challenges lie times of great happiness – and vice versa.
For Steven Izen, that moment was during his freshman year at Cornell University. His grandfather, “Papa” was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. It was the first time he felt helpless, knowing he would have to sit back and watch his Papa’s mental faculties and body slowly deteriorate.
Days after he received the heartbreaking news, Steven found himself on the beach with his family and friends. He wondered – how could some parts of his life feel so aligned, while others were so broken?
It was this realization that was the driving force behind lokai, a bracelet that encourages one to be humble through the highs and hopeful through the lows. Drawn to the earth itself and its natural sensibility of highs and lows, Steven set out to give this sense of balance a physical form. Nearly three years later, after countless hours of research and development, lokai was born.
The bracelet is infused with elements sourced from the highest and lowest points on earth. The white ball, carrying water from Mt. Everest, and the black ball, holding mud from the Dead Sea, exist on opposite ends. A string of clear beads link the two, signifying that throughout life’s circular journey, your path is your own. As Steven puts it, “life is about the journey, not the destination.”
Life is marked by highs and lows. Without one, we could not appreciate the other. The lokai bracelet is a constant reminder that no matter how far the scale tips in one direction, you should always strive for balance.
Wear lokai to remember that life sees many altering moments – it’s how you process them that matters most. Wear it as a reminder that your path is yours alone or give lokai to someone who might do well to remember the value of his or her own personal journey.
No matter the setback, success or surprise, enjoy your story. Wherever your journey takes you, find your balance.
Here are just a few of my favourite photographs that we took in September 2015. It’s been an amazing month. Re Blogged from our photography blog.
Some of the photographs we took in September 2015. Mostly taken in North Wales UK. The Tiger photos were taken in The Welsh Mountain Zoo.
The weather has been beautiful this September with only a few very wet days. I love this time of year when the smells, colours and temperatures are all changing. We have taken over 2000 photos this month and my favourites are of the Heron.
We still can’t get close enough to the Cormorants to get any decent photos. Little S took some on the river in Chester and one in particular would have been amazing, a Cormorant came up from a dive with a huge Eel type thing in its mouth but we were just too far away, even on full zoom. Never mind we were still able to get lots of lovely photos in September. We hope you enjoy them. Hopefully we…
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Re Blogged from my photography site. I’m so grateful for all the Likes & support we are getting over on the new site S & S Photography Wales. Lots more photographs coming in the next few days. Su
Sometimes in life we are forced to slow down. It may be through ill health or for some other reason. This happened to me but I refuse to give up. There are days when I must BE STILL but on those still days, I can STILL BE…..lots of things. I can create art from my photos and give it away to anybody who may like to have it.
So if you like it, please feel free to take it. There are never any Copyright issues with anything here, they all belong to me and I like to share them freely. Su