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Sunday, 19 May 2013

Afternoon Day Dreams- In beauty may I walk

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And more from behind the gardener's secret gate - July 10, 2013

My visitor through the textured glass of the deck wall.  She loves my offering of Crocosmia which is laid out just for the anticipation of her(his)visit and is more a whirring drop in and out, thank you very much but must fly-so don't blink!!

  This poor old porch of mine is transformed

in your body is the garden of flowers
Take your seat on the petals of the rose (lotus)
and there gaze on the infinite beauty.

Kabir, poet and mystic (1440-1518)

Once upon a time at the very bottom of the garden where the wild spirits came to play........

My garden Columbine transformed.

“There is such a place as fairyland - but only children can find the way to it. And they do not know that it is fairyland until they have grown so old that they forget the way. One bitter day, when they seek it and cannot find it, they realize what they have lost; and that is the tragedy of life. On that day the gates of Eden are shut behind them and the age of gold is over. Henceforth they must dwell in the common light of common day. Only a few, who remain children at heart, can ever find that fair, lost path again; and blessed are they above mortals. They, and only they, can bring us tidings from that dear country where we once sojourned and from which we must evermore be exiles. The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and story-tellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland.”  L.M. Montgomery

“For me the world is weird because it is stupendous, awesome, mysterious, unfathomable; my interest has been to convince you that you must assume responsibility for being here, in this marvelous world, in this marvelous desert, in this marvelous time. I want to convince you that you must learn to make every act count, since you are going to be here for only a short while, in fact, too short for witnessing all the marvels of it.” C. Castaneda
Arwen's path
"nothing is ever lost to you if you can remember it"

Buttercup afternoon

Finalmente Primavera
The honeybee snuggles up to the wild rose and all's right with the world.


This prayer is part of a nine-day Navajo ritual called the Night Chant.

In beauty may I walk.
All day long may I walk.
Through the returning seasons may I walk.

Beautifully will I possess again.
Beautifully birds . . .
Beautifully joyful birds

On the trail marked with pollen may I walk.
With grasshoppers about my feet may I walk.
With dew about my feet may I walk.

A night in the forest

With beauty may I walk.
With beauty before me, may I walk.
With beauty behind me, may I walk.
With beauty above me, may I walk.
With beauty below me, may I walk.

With beauty all around me, may I walk.
In old age wandering on a trail of beauty, lively, may I walk.
In old age wandering on a trail of beauty, living again, may I walk.
It is finished in beauty.
It is finished in beauty.

A Navajo Indian Prayer of the Second Day of the Night Chant (anonymous) 
dedicated to my nephew, David who graduated this June and in honour of his own connection to the first nations.
These singers from the Similkameen Valley blessed the graduates.

castles of Victoria

the garden gate at twilight

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