“…It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them. I was so preposterously serious in those days, such a humourless little prig. Lightly, lightly – it’s the best advice ever given me. When it comes to dying even. Nothing ponderous, or portentous, or emphatic. No rhetoric, no tremolos, no self conscious persona putting on its celebrated imitation of Christ or Little Nell. And of course, no theology, no metaphysics.
Just the fact of dying and the fact of the clear light. So throw away your baggage and go forward. There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet, trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair. That’s why you must walk so lightly. Lightly my darling, on tiptoes and no luggage, not even a sponge bag, completely unencumbered…”
You just know I have been milking that joke (in the post title) all month, right? 🙂
I love me some nature photography. I do not claim to be very good at it, nor do I have any fancy equipment, lenses, or even a decent camera. Just my little iPhone with the cracked screen. It does the job though and I get some pretty nice shots when we are out and about. But, really, nature does all the work – I just show up and take the photos.
Fungi always seems a bit magical and other-worldly, because of its weird shapes, colours and places in which it grows. I would like to tell you I can identify all of these little toadstools and mushrooms but, clearly, I would be lying. I have no idea if anyone of them are edible. They’re just neat – that’s all I know – and, during this hike through the forest in Jarrahdale, they were in abundance.
We had to be careful where we walked, in case we squished some of the more well-camouflaged specimens, and you had to look down and up and sideways and under things and above your head because they grew in all sorts of places.
Nature is so clever and beautiful, and we should take the time to notice her work more often. Not just trample all over it. We need to learn to tread more softly and leave smaller footprints. We miss out on so much when we don’t stop and look around every now and then and remember to be grateful and appreciative.
One of my collaging efforts from the weekend, this pretty little kitty in her fabulous blue dress. I must admit I have been hammering that brick stencil quite a lot lately – it just gets me out of a fix when I can’t decide on a suitable background. It always works and always looks good. I should have positioned “Maddie” a little better, because she looks like she’s floating in mid-air. But then, in that lovely dress, who wouldn’t be? I also love her ruby t-bar shoes. She’s so caught up in how fetching she looks, she isn’t even bothered by that wee mousey by her feet. I added the little heart brooch to give the outfit some more colour and detail – can’t have a girl looking unaccessorised! 🙂
This weekend was a busy one, with everything from car crashes to crafting. My cousin and I were in a minor bingle – no one was hurt, just lots of damage to the cars. But even a minor bingle can cause major dramas and really shake you up. We were both a bit stiff and achey afterwards, possibly more from the stress of it rather than any injury or physical issue. But we consider ourselves lucky that it wasn’t a worse accident and that we didn’t have any of the kids in the car at the time.
It seemed to be a weekend of dealing with dramas, so Sunday afternoon and a few hours free for crafting was a welcome distraction. I actually got lots done in a really short space of time. I am still struggling with the crappy weather and its effects on glue-drying time. I keep getting lots of wrinkled paper and creases where I don’t want creases! But this is mostly due to my impatience and lack of care taken, so I can’t really blame the weather (though I will continue to do so).
The first piece I finished was this framed collage. Very simple but I liked how it turned out and I might do some more framed pieces. For some reason “Thoroughly Modern Millie” kept popping into my head when I looked at this little mousey-girl, even though her style of dress is not of the right era. She’s definitely a “Millie” though, and ready to take on the world, as a single girl (rather than the original Millie had planned).
Hope your weekend was drama-free and full of creativity and fun.
Hello everyone. This painting came together surprisingly quickly and easily. You know how sometimes things just work? Doesn’t happen very often, but this one was made with a minimum of swearing and preparation. Maybe that was the key – just getting stuck in and not worrying too much about anything.
When I think too much, things go wrong 🙂
Not sure what “just what I want to be” means for me – I’m still trying to figure that one out. I keep hoping for some great epiphany, but it’s very late in coming, so I just muddle along and hope I find my way eventually.
Anyway, I was happy with this little painting. And I’m going to leave it at that 🙂