“It’s so curious: one can resist tears and ‘behave’ very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer… and everything collapses. ” – Collete
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Posted in blessings, city gardening, Close to Nature, Closer to God, flowers and blooms, guilty pleasures, life, nature, photography, tagged Begonia, Close to Nature, Closer to God, flowers and blooms, life, nature, photography on May 24, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Caleruega, Close to Nature, Closer to God, journeys, life, nature, photography, road trips, weekly photo challenge, tagged Caleruega, Close to Nature, Closer to God, life, nature, photography, Pundakit Beach, Tanay, Weekly Photo Challenge -Wordpress, Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape on May 20, 2013 | 2 Comments »
This post came a bit late but I can’t surely ignore it, can I? Mine says Dreams and Escapes (with an S at the end). There are several pictures I took that would exactly describe what the word escape means to me but the following three shots stand out.
CALERUEGA. This is one of my favorite places. I could stay here and just listen to the silence or write a journal while admiring the view and feeling the cold breeze touch my cheeks. That’s my daughter busy with something. I remember, we brought that tripod and three digital cameras, mounting one permanently to the former while we were exploring the place.
PUNDAKIT BEACH, SAN ANTONIO, ZAMBALES. I remember those days when we used to go on road trips discovering new places . If only for the serenity of the place, I would come back here and see the sunrise or admire a wonderful sunset. Beyond those mountains is Anawangin and overlooking this one is Capones Island.
TANAY. December 27, 2009, my first trip out-of-town after six rigorous sessions of chemotherapy. Can I endure the exhilaration of going down these trails and climbing up the mountains of Tanay? I did it with flying colors, a brief escape from the fact that I was so depressed while undergoing treatments.
The beauty of nature gives us that feeling of oneness with the universe, a form of escape from pain and heartaches. I always love this phrase posted in every corner at Caleruega which I have adopted in most of my blogs, Close To Nature, Closer To God.
Posted in Close to Nature, Closer to God, flowers and blooms, gardens, life, photography, tagged Close to Nature, Closer to God, flowers and blooms, home garden, life, nature, photography, Pink Angel flower on May 20, 2013 | 5 Comments »
I bought a pot of this Pink Angel years ago. When it stopped flowering, I planted some cuttings in two small pots but it took so long for it to show those lovely pink blooms, that is, until now. It’s a sort of vine and shrub combined. I never knew its exact name because I could not find such similar blooms on the net. It’s a Pink Angel, the vendor told me, so be it!
Posted in Close to Nature, Closer to God, journeys, photography, Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern, tagged life, Mary Oliver, nature, photography, Weekly Photo Challenge -Wordpress, Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern on May 14, 2013 | 4 Comments »
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches. –
~ Mary Oliver ~
Posted in Close to Nature, Closer to God, family life, guilty pleasures, inspirational, journeys, photography, road trips, tagged Close to Nature, Closer to God, Faith, guilty pleasures, kamay ni Jesus, life, Lucban, photography, Quezon, silence speaks, thoughts on May 7, 2013 | 6 Comments »
I haven’t gone on road trips for more than a year now. The last time I did, we visited the 71-foot statue of Mama Mary in Tanay which I shared here in a blog. I love visiting religious sites where one could savor the peace and quiet and get in touch with one’s inner self and strengthen one’s faith. I dreamed of visiting Kamay ni Jesus in Lucban, Quezon but my ever adventurous son beat me to it. They spent the weekend in Lucban and visited the Shrine. Kamay ni Jesus is a 50-foot statue of resurrected Christ on top of a hill. And just like Regina RICA in Tanay, you have to climb more than three hundred steps to get to the top. I borrowed some pictures from his cellphone. Hopefully, one of these days, I will be able to visit the place too.
One thing more that makes me long to see Lucban, Quezon is I want to get in touch with relatives there. My paternal grandfather hailed from that place but our generation never got to know our close relatives there except for his cousin and his family whom we used to visit in Quezon City when I was in high school. The surname Abuel is pretty common in Lucban. How I wish that one day I could discover our family tree and get to visit the place. All I remember is the name of my paternal great-grandfather that my late Dad told me before he died.
May 15, 2013 is another big celebration in Lucban. San Isidro de Pahiyas Festival is another event that I want to witness in Lucban. I wonder what kiping tastes like. It is inconvenient for me to travel solo so I’ll save the best for last – going on a trip to Batanes and attending the Pahiyas Festival.
By the way, son brought home Lucban longganisa, a roll of yummy Yema cake and a big pack of meringue. The latter I think is one of their famous products.
Posted in blessings, city gardening, Close to Nature, Closer to God, guilty pleasures, life, photography, tagged Bromeliad flowers, Close to Nature, flowers and blooms, guilty pleasures, life, nature, photography, red Bromeliad on April 29, 2013 | 2 Comments »
I always attempt to take a few shots every time this red bromeliad shows its face. I was never lucky enough to capture its essence, either the picture comes blurred or it’s unrecognizable as a close-up shot of a bromeliad flower. Showing its face again made my morning.
Posted in blessings, Close to Nature, Closer to God, flowers and blooms, gardens, guilty pleasures, photography, tagged Close to Nature, flowers and blooms, gardenia, guilty pleasures, home garden, life, nature, photography on April 29, 2013 | 7 Comments »
Every year, I am gifted with the heady scent of a gardenia bloom. The previous years, I was just so happy seeing one or two, three at the most blooming all at once. This year though, they bloomed early and almost every tip of my gardenia shrub has buds. I can’t resist making a flower arrangement. These are flowers of my childhood, mom used to grow them lined at the walkway going to our front door.
Posted in city gardening, Close to Nature, Closer to God, flowers and blooms, life, photography, tagged Close to Nature, Closer to God, flowers and blooms, gardening, life, photography, Shanghai Beauty flowers on April 12, 2013 | 6 Comments »
I planted three cuttings of the Shanghai Beauty shrub three weeks ago in a plastic pot and I was surprised when instead of producing small leaves, the end tip of one cutting has tender buds about to bloom and the two remaining ones are thriving nicely under the heat of the sun. When you are rewarded by something like this, gardening becomes more addicting, for want of a better word.
Posted in Close to Nature, Closer to God, Happiness, inspiration, inspirational, life, literature and Fiction, Mary Oliver Quotes, nature, photography, poems, silence speaks, tagged books, Close to Nature, Closer to God, inspirational, life, Mary Oliver, nature, New And Selected Poems by Mary Oliver, photography, poems, silence speaks on April 9, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Amazing! There is always something new every time I read Mary Oliver’s poems and you get to imagine the scene while appreciating every word. You get to open your eyes to the way she sees the world – and you smile because somehow she has accurately described what you feel. I can’t wait to read her new book, A Thousand Mornings which a friend bought for me.
Value time, value each moment, love nature! Expressed in simple words but touches the core of your being. So much to learn, so much to appreciate just reading her poems.
Song of the Builders
On a summer morning
I sat down
on a hillside
to think about God -
a worthy pastime.
Near me, I saw
a single cricket;
it was moving the grains of the hillside
this way and that way.
How great was its energy,
how humble its effort.
Let us hope
it will always be like this,
each of us going on
in our inexplicable ways
building the universe.
Where Does the Dance Begin, Where Does It End?
Don’t call this world adorable, or useful, that’s not it.
It’s frisky, and a theater for more than fair winds.
The eyelash of lightning is neither good nor evil.
The struck tree burns like a pillar of gold.
But the blue rain sinks, straight to the white
feet of the trees
whose mouths open.
Doesn’t the wind, turning in circles, invent the dance?
Haven’t the flowers moved, slowly, across Asia, then Europe,
until at last, now, they shine
in your own yard?
Don’t call this world an explanation, or even an education.
When the Sufi poet whirled, was he looking
outward, to the mountains so solidly there
in a white-capped ring, or was he looking
to the center of everything: the seed, the egg, the idea
that was also there,
beautiful as a thumb
curved and touching the finger, tenderly,
as he whirled,
oh jug of breath,
in the garden of dust?
….the calm and quiet
after a day’s work
loving the smell of newly trimmed
and seeing the repotted plants
lining up the wall
a hot cup of peppermint tea
and chocolate cookies.
another perfect day
despite the hard work.
being a gardener has its rewards…..