Saturday, 3 October 2015

Saturday this and that . . .



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Crimson vine and fading roses on the cottage wall,
One is half inclined to say, This is the best of all;
this time of fruit and falling leaf,
blue smoke and pearly haze,
Time of peace and of fulfillment;
Autumn's golden days  . . . 

The light noticeably changes in October as does the garden, as everything begins to fade.  There is still beauty to be found, but it is inclined to be muted for the most part . . . with the exception of leaf . . .  they come into brilliance . . .  one last hurrah before they jump and flutter to the ground . . .

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I love the Hydrangea this time of year . . . faded and dusky . . .  they are still beautiful and the leaves get tinged with a scarlet flush . . .


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Roses valiently push out their final blooms . . . no less brilliant than the first of the season . . . this one held a surprise visitor . . .  his little striped waistcoat standing out brilliantly against the pink . . .  and the stamens . . . a little world of their own.  So pretty . . .

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Like Cinderella at the ball, they dance amidst pink glowing walls . . . racing a clock which will chime at the midnight hour . . . and then they too will fade away  . . .


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We thought this rose bush was dead and had given up the ghost.   We cut it back severely to the ground, covering it's stump with a planter filled with other things.  Quelle surprise!  It has come back to life with a vengeance and thrills us to no end.  Sometimes a severe pruning can be the key to future brilliance.

I must remember that the next time "I" feel as if I am being severely pruned . . .

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Even as they prepare for the sleep ahead, they bring us a special joy.  They will do this right til the end . . .  until every petal is but a pale reflection of the joy that was . . . like little paper wings giving flight, yet still tethered to it's very creator . . .

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It is the circle of life . . .  this beautious dance to the end . . . and so it should be.   We should all go out in a blaze of glory.  I hope that I will when the time does come . . .  and it will.


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There is beauty at each stage.  Beginning and middle and end.

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And yet . . .  hope still springs amidst the fading bloom.

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Aother little whimsy.  I would sell her too.  Should anyone be interested.  I like the sentiment.  It is one I try to live by . . .

A thought to carry with you through today  . . .

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There is no normal life that is
free of pain.
Its the very wrestling with our problems
that can be the impetus for our growth.
~Mr Rogers
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I did so love Mr Rogers . . .  didn't you?

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Cooking in The English Kitchen today . . . Oatmeal Pancakes with a Maple Fruit Topping.  Delicious!

I have been waiting for this particular weekend for the last six months. It is General Conference, where we get to listen from our Prophet and other church leaders. I invite you to watch/listen too. For more information and viewing options, please go HERE!  Come listen to a Prophet's Voice!


Wherever you go and whatever you do, I hope there's a great day ahead of you! Don't forget!

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 And I do too!!


10 comments:

LeAnn said...

I have been waiting for this weekend too. I love general conference and I know that this will be a great one.
Nothing like listening to the Prophets, Apostles and other church leaders.
I loved all the beautiful pictures of your flowers. I especially loved your writings about it. You just have such a way with words.
Your latest piece of artwork is adorable. And i too love the sentiment.
Blessings and hugs for you dear friend.

Sybil said...

Good at last after around four attempts I have got to where I can comment. Thanks for the lovely photographs today and of course your wise words...hope you have a good day. My eye feels much better now thank goodness and when the thick mist lifts we will pop up to Chippenham to get a pair of cheap glasses...have a good day xxx

Suze said...

Good morning Marie,

As usual your words have brightened my soul. The colours in your garden are brilliant and something I jsut don't get to see very often. The hydrangea are beautiful and I loved it when I could pick them and dry them. As for bees, I am allergic to them, but we need them. Such a tiny thing that does such a huge job.

Enjoy your conference. Funnily enough the Lutheran church has held it's conference in the school closest to us this week. It may have been a holiday for the children but it remained busy round here. There are cars everywhere. Anyway back to topic I hope that the conference fills your soul and refreshes you too.

God bless.

Marie Rayner said...

I am really looking forward to it as well LeAnn! It's not often that you get to see three apostles called! Thank you so much for all of your comments. It always cheers me to read them! xoxo

Oh dear Sybil! I am sorry that you had such a hard time commenting today, but I am grateful for your words! I am glad that your eye is feeling better. Love and hugs! xoxo

Thanks Suzan! That is a snail, not a bee, with his little stripy house on his back. Such a tiny one though. I will enjoy the conference. Its always filled with such inspiration for me, indeed for all of the church and anyone who listens! xoxo

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Such beautiful pictures of your flowers there today. The days of any blooms at all are soon coming here when the frost hits us. Meanwhile we just have to be thankful for each day as it comes and the blossoms that bloom.

La Table De Nana said...

Your gardens are beautiful still! Enjoy your conference Marie..she is a cutie your little girl:)

Marie Rayner said...

Thank you Pam! Gratitude is always the order of the day! Xoxo

Thanks Monique! I shall! Xoxo

Cathyjo said...


Your garden is always so lovely Such a adorable little girl, wish I could get her, but I can not. I'm looking forward to conference also.oxoxox

Valerie H. said...

Happy Conference Weekend Marie! We just watched the two Sat. sessions. Looking forward to tomorrow's speakers too! Always uplifting.

The pictures of the flowers you posted are gorgeous!! Your artwork is sweet as pie. It's wonderful that you are inspired to create original works. Such a talent!

We are starting to feel the Fall weather here. I'm chilly today but won't put the heat on yet.

Hope you're doing well on your new food menu. :-) I'm weight loosing too! We can't eat like when we were kids anymore my friend. Or we pay for it. :-(

Love you a bunch!
xoxo

Marie Rayner said...

Thanks CAthy Jo! You are a real sweetie pie. Our garden is very informal. Haphazard even, but we love it. xoxo

Thanks Valerie. We have enjoyed conference here with the two Zone Leaders and a "friend." It was great! Yes, we do pay for the misdeeds of our youth as we get older. sigh . . . Love you a bunch too! xoxo