Monday Marvels

Continuing my daily contemplations;

Come sit awhile with me,

Come sit awhile with me

Come sit awhile with me

and marvel…..

my soul to wake

Blossom and Bee

“In glades deep-ranked with flowers that gleam and shake
And flock your paths with wonder…..”
Siegfried Sassoon,  Invocation, from his anti-war collection, Counter Attack.


With healing and love,



© silkannthreades


82 thoughts on “Monday Marvels

  1. April

    Beautiful photos. You know what? I took one of those silly quiz posts on Facebook – I’m claiming temporary insanity. Anyway, I answered a series of questions about what appeals to me and according to my answers it gave the answer as to which country I would be the most happy. The country was New Zealand. I’m going to have to get over that flying phobia and visit.

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Now that’s a Fb quiz I haven’t come across yet! As I said to my daughter, who is also phobic about flying, you can always take a boat. In which case, you won’t be able to take a flying visit. 😉 So we’ll be able to keep you longer and show you lots of lovely scenery.

    2. jennyredhen

      You should come to new Zealand. It is very different from the rest of the western World. Flyings not so bad. Just take a tranquiliser and try not to think too much about it.. I always catch up on movies when I fly. I have seen some great movies on planes, ones I would never have otherwise seen.

      1. April

        I’m working on that phobia. Currently, I use and anti-anxiety to get on the plane. I don’t want to do that any more. I’m “testing” myself in a couple of weeks. Then there is the fear of flying over an ocean. Yikes.

        1. Gallivanta Post author

          I am not really keen on flying anymore but it’s not so much the flight but all the airport hanging about and security etc and hours waiting and waiting.

        2. April

          At one point in my life, I began flying lessons, until the money ran out. I had no problem with it. I don’t know if I had just filled my head with one too many things that caused me to be anxious, I added flying to the mix. I find that getting in the car and driving to the city would be less safe than flying over an ocean.

        3. Gallivanta Post author

          Well, what a marvel you were to try flying lessons. Go you, even if you don’t do it now. I always too terrified to try driving in the US but I am quite okay driving in most parts of New Zealand. Steep mountain roads bother me though, and tunnels. 😦

  2. angesco

    It all looks beautiful and although I love Sydney I do miss the precision of the seasons that I remember from our Christchurch days. The pic of the cherry blossom in Avonhead Park looks amazing – as if there are shafts of light beaming out into the sky from the trees. Angela xx

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      No precision but you do have the beautiful jacarandas. 🙂 I think you are so right about the light that comes from the trees; it’s probably why I find them so hard to photograph. It’s like trying to photograph pale candles.

      1. jennyredhen

        I remember walking through the daffodils and blossom trees in hagley park. It was latish in the afternoon. The sun broke through and appeared to be lighting everything up with beams from below … dont ask me how but it was absolutely enchanting . Everyone there was in wonderment and completely captivated Just stood or moved forward with expressions of joy and delight.

  3. shoreacres

    Lovely photos of beautiful flowers. I especially like “my soul to wake.” It brought to mind what might have been the first childhood prayer I was taught, which you’ll surely recognize even though I’ve revised it slightly for you:

    Now I rise me up from sleep.
    I pray the Lord my day to keep.
    As every moment dear I take,
    I pray the Lord my soul to wake.

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I do recognize it! So pleased you have come to comment because I wanted to tell you the latest news! The godwits arrived at the weekend. (News just on the radio about an hour ago). 280 make up the first count. I am sure more will have arrived today. Is that not marvellous news for a Monday?

  4. leapingtracks

    “Many people are alive, but do not touch the miracle of being alive” – Thich Nhat Hanh. This cannot be said of you, and we are blessed by your reminders of these everyday joys. Thank you 🙂

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you, Leapingtracks. I try, I truly try, to touch the joy. And I walked under those blooms and took deep breaths of their gorgeous gentle perfume. Made sure there were no bees and buried my nose in a bunch of blossom!


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