Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Beware: beauty ahead...

I often talk about - and think about - the shortness of life and how fast it passes.
How do we make the most of our lives? How do we really capture - preferably save - each and every day?
These thoughts keep occupying my mind.

I have no answers. I know that the balance I keep coming back to, has something to do with it.
The more I miss and long for my oldest son, the more I appreciate every text message from him, every phone call. And the moments we see each other? Those moments are heaven.
Work-life balance. The harder work is, the more I treasure the private time. And the harder some work days are, the more I love the un-hard ones.
The more I realize that we sure did leave our friends behind (and that people here in the south are reluctant, to say the least, to form new friendships) the more I feel happy and alive seeing our old friends again, when we go visit!

It goes on like that, I can't keep calling all these bluffs...
You get the picture.
It would seem, to me, that forsaking things makes you treasure them more when you get to enjoy them.
Life lessons everywhere, all the time.

Now, this is a boy on his way to see a good friend! Happy as a .... clown?!!

Happy go lucky, for sure!

A mother's reflection.

Since The Boy went to a friend for four hours, we hit the road...

If our old home was situated in elk territory (we often had elks in our garden), this is wild boar country (no boars in the garden yet, though).

We hit the road out to the countryside, in order to only find and enjoy beauty.

Which we did.

Just the two of us. It was enchanted.

Fishermen's nets.

At this point I think I did manage to stop time!

This was a new place that we discovered. There are lots of new places for us to discover! 
One of the great things about packing up and leaving, for a new part of the country.

This place took my breath away.

One of many castles around these parts.

Dinosaur territory!

These babies were curious about the weird lady with the camera.

Animals are happily unaware.

See the country side right there in the eye?

The stables of this place...!!

Bigger and better than our house!

I might have a lot more questions, than answers but I know this: if there's something that does make me feel as if I save the day, it's being close in touch with nature. I get high on life in surroundings like these and I feel invincible too. There's a small part of the key here, I think.

Just the two of us.

Nature's pride and joy.

Just inhale.

Some sisters that has got it going on for sure.

Geese chilling and socializing.

Other times when I feel distinctly alive is when I, too, chill!
Being in a foam bath, reading a magazine or getting that perfect photo gives me the chills and allows me to stop time for a while. I forget everything else and I love being in my own company.
Maybe that's another key issue? Learning to love that very company to such an extent?

Wednesday's here!
Time to get our acts together, 'cuz tomorrow's sweet charge time!
Hope all is well out there.


  1. Lovely landscape shots... Seriously beautiful autumnal shots.
    I love horses too... So your capture of that beautiful brown horse made me smile.
    Your right... Life is all about balance. Work to LIVE not live to work.
    Jennie. X