Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Stop, Look, Listen

As a wannabee amateur photographer, I've learned to stop a lot and look to see what is around me. A thought occurred to me though - how many in these stress-riddled days, take the time to listen and absorb the sounds; the sounds of nature in particular?

Take this photo for example. It's a beautiful scene as you can see; you can almost imagine the tranquility but you can't really get the whole essence without hearing the gentle sounds of sheep bleating; the occasional bark from a farm dog; the birdsong, and even voices of walkers the other side of the lake.

One thing we try to teach little chidren in schools and even in places such as Tourist Centres is the touch, feel, smell and sounds of various things. I wish I'd set my camera to movie mode. Another time....

"Shhhhhh! Come here!
   Hold my hand.
    Close your eyes.
What do you hear?
"I hear silence. Nothing.
I hear your heart beating."
"How?" saith I.
"I just can," saith he.


Monday, July 26, 2010


Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent.

Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
-Carl Sandburg

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

MS Awareness Week 26th Apr-2ndMay 2010

Boo! This is me- ‘tis I! I look pretty much OK at the age of 55, wouldn’t you say? A bit wrinkled maybe, yet I live with a condition called Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (or MS, to Dai public sic.) and have lived with it since the age of 23. I have as sunny a disposition as this photo, so shan’t mention anything horrible ......besides no one wants to read doom and gloom, now do they?

I’m a lover of life and live it as fully as I can. I even took this photo myself because you can do things like that given the right equipment. Oh and the shades? Prescription sunglasses for long-sighteness, that's all.....well Ok, I can barely see out of one eye but hah! I miss naaathink!

MS is the most common disabling neurological disorder affecting young adults and we estimate that 100,000 people in the UK have MS.Please show your support by raising awareness that it is not a death sentence but a life sentence-and after all, Life is for LIVING, ond yfe, Dai? ;0)