In A Vase On Monday – Winter Relief

img_6701Okay, obviously, these flowers didn’t come from my garden (seen in the background on a mild, foggy day last week). But can you blame this flower lover for wanting some Winter Relief from all the snowy, cold weather?

I was gifted with an armload of flowers (hallelujah!) and out came my large Polish glass vase, the only one large enough to hold them all.

img_6705Made up of white and fuchsia-pink daisy mums, deep pink alstroemeria, and chartreuse hydrangea, I’m a happy camper every time I look at them!

img_6704Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, hosts a weekly meme to showcase arrangements created from our gardens. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week. In the UK, for instance, snowdrops and aconites are already blooming!

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Nice Ice!

img_6655With alternating warm and cool spells, bringing rain and snow, ice formations have grown to pretty amazing proportions in my neck of the woods. Particularly where rock has been blasted away to widen roadways, we get to see up close the beauty of these marvels of nature.

These photos were taken at the hairpin turn along Rt. 2 heading west into North Adams, Massachusetts. For several miles along either side of Whitcomb Summit starting in Florida, MA into North Adams, the road is lined with stunning displays of ice. (I’ve always thought it humorous that Florida, yes, a real town, is one of the coldest in the state, a sharp contrast to the state of Florida, where many people head to escape winter.)

img_6664Note the squiggly road curve sign and the ice cascades encroaching upon the road edge, stretching up towards the Summit. I expect the public works crew has to use a lot of road salt to reduce ice that builds up and spills into the road, as well as removing slabs of ice that break off into the road itself, quite a danger to oncoming traffic.

Still, danger aside, these ephemeral works of art, up to thirty feet tall, are a thrill to behold.

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Wordless Wednesday

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Silent Sunday

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Wordless Wednesday

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Beannacht – A New Year’s Blessing by John O’Donohue

Good tidings!

Soul Gatherings

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Beannacht – A New Year Blessing
~ John O’Donohue ~

On the day when
The weight deadens
On your shoulders
And you stumble,
May the clay dance
To balance you.

And when your eyes
Freeze behind
The grey window
And the ghost of loss
Gets into you,
May a flock of colours,
Indigo, red, green
And azure blue,
Come to awaken in you
A meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
In the currach of thought
And a stain of ocean
Blackens beneath you,
May there come across the waters
A path of yellow moonlight
To bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow
Wind work these words
Of love around you,
An invisible cloak
To mind your…

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2016 Highlights

Twelve months seem to pass in the mere blink of an eye. Thanks to my WordPress community for sharing the journey with me.

I wish you all peace, health and abundance in the new year ahead.

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