Sunday, 24 June 2018

Sunday morning ponderings . . .

I do so live in a beautiful area of the country . . . known as the borderlands . . . where Wales and England meet.

It is a secret land of hidden vale and mountainous retreat . . . with a chain of noble castles marking it's ancient boundaries, from Chepstow to this beautiful, historic walled city that I live in.

Blood and tongue are mingled here . . . where once was feud and strife. The Welsh were greatly feared as a warrior people . . . and indeed, I believe . . . there is still a law on the books whereby Welshmen are not allowed within the walls of Chester after dark . . .

Loyalties and cultures are merged here though . . . having been tempered through time, and the distance of old histories and memories. This area is a place of unsurpassed beauty, unspoiled by vandal hands . . . this wild romantic beauty of the borderlands . . .

I love to go into the city on warm days and sit by the river where I can relax leisurely . . .enjoying the cool green comfort of a somewhat restful holiday . . . where shady willows lean. The river meanders by meadows cold and green.

No . . . not the same as a seaside holiday . . . nor as thrilling as the music of the sea . . .but there is peace to be found in water that flows dreamily past.

No wheeling gulls or waves . . . no rolling tide . . . just peace and rest by the riverside.

A land of mist and shadow at the edge of time and space . . . I love my home  . . . this beautiful place.

The sun is shining beautifully again here this morning. We really have no cause for complaint this year. May and June have been most beautiful. I hope that it sticks for a few more days at least.  We are really enjoying it.

Yesterday we were picking strawberries and black currants in the garden. I so love black currants and they are not a fruit that I ever really got to eat much of before I moved over here.  Our bush is loaded with them this year!  We are blessed! I see a pie in Todd's future!

I've spent far too much time on here this morning now . . .  I must dash and do the things I need to do before we leave for church . . . but I shall leave you with a pleasant thought . . .

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Each time you pick a daffodil
Or gather violets on some hill
Or touch a leaf or see a tree,
it's all God whispering . . . 
"This is me."
~Helen Steiner Rice•。★★ 。* 。 


In the kitchen today  . . .  Strawberry Eclairs!  Fabuously tasty and not as difficult to make as one would suppose!

Have a beautiful Sunday!  Don't forget!

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And I do too! 


  1. Amazing places. You made my morning so inspired!
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  2. I've yet to have a fresh strawberry this season. You are blessed to have your own. They are wonderful. All the pictures of your country are beautiful too! We've had another morning rain, but it is supposed to clear out later on. Hopefully by the time I leave for church here. Hope you have a happy Sunday!

  3. It does look beautiful where you live..and Chetsers been on my radar twice this month LOL as you know..I see Susan Branch is having great weather grey here but I cannot complain this summer yet either..Sun..rain,sun..

  4. Hi Marie, lovely post, Chester is indeed beautiful! It's been a while since we walked along the river to the meadows. This is just perfect weather for it.

    Mmmmmmm home grown strawberries and blackcurrants....delicious!!! Enjoy! Lot's of love xxx

  5. Hi Marie~

    You do live in an absolutely gorgeous part of the country!! I love the way you write, it's so poetic and makes me feel like I am right there with you. I am 43.9% Welch, and I still have relatives that live there.

    I love strawberries, but I have never tasted a black current, they sound so delightful, Todd will love the pie!

    Are you feeling better? It's definitely no fun to be sick, especially when the weather is so gorgeous outside. Yesterday was cold and rainy here, but today it's absolutely beautiful outside, not a cloud to be seen!

    Love you tons, take good care of yourself!

    Hugs and Love,

  6. You do live in a lovely place and the photos are spectacular. It makes me want a trip there someday. You do have such a beautiful enticing way with words.
    Loved your thoughts today! Blessings and hugs for you two~


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