Touching base…

Touching base…

Just wanted to touch base with you beautiful creative human beings out there in the blogosphere. Not been on here too much just lately as preoccupied with stuff and sometimes nonsense. I have a tendency to be over sensitive, and over think and over analyse things. That said, apparently those things which we worry about often never come to fruition but just now I like to ere on the side of caution. We are in un-chartered territory, for our generation or rather for the last few generations.

I truly hope that you are keeping well in these restrictive times of lockdown, self-isolation and shielding! Who would have ever believed that we could find ourselves in this unprecedented situation? I hope you are staying safe, and wish you and all your loved ones to be blessed and protected from this despicable and deadly virus that has come our way. I want it, as we all do to just go away and leave us alone! A tall order I know! I pray every night for that to happen (though I am not overtly religious but certainly believe in a power greater than us!)

The thing is, everything really does happen for a reason! I truly believe that! This virus has happened to teach us something! To teach all of us something! We are told that the traffic on our roads here in the UK is at a similar level to that of the 1950s. It has been wonderful driving on such quiet roads/motorways ( I have to drive down to look after my Mum who is a vulnerable person). I wish just now that I was in a traffic jam because then at least it would mean that things were more like the normal of a few months back.

Anyway, I do not want to dwell on the negatives of the situation that we find ourselves in. I just want to say hello to you; connect with you and wish you strength and all that is good!

Blessed be!

Liola

 

 

 

Happy Easter

Happy Easter

IMG_6868Image captured by Liola Photographic Springtime c2014

Geese are wonderful birds that symbolise devotion, courage and loyalty.  Among other things, they are a reminder that in times of trouble we can rely on each other for help and protection. If a flock of Geese are in flight and one gets injured or shot down or ill and goes down, two will go down to protect and help it. These are birds that understand about connection and interdependence. Just now we realise as a human race under attack from this new Corona Virus that we are all in this together, and as such we must support and help each other, especially those who need our help!

I captured the image of this Gosling a few years back while out for a Springtime walk in a local park. There were actually a few Goslings. Looking forward to being able to go out  in the near future, shooting Geese with my trusty Canon. Something to look forward to!

Of course the Gosling (baby), is a beautiful symbol of new beginnings and rebirth and of course hope and the miracle that is Life.

I wish you all a Happy Easter! Stay well, stay healthy, stay home and help save lives!

Blessed be!

Liola ~ x ~

 

Lockdown

Lockdown

Lift your spirits by reading this beautiful poem by Brother Richard ~ 

Lockdown ~ (A Poem by Brother Richard) ~

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
But,
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,
Sing.

March 13th 2020  ~ Brother Richard

This is a beautiful poem written by Brother Richard from a monastery in Ireland. It is simply beautiful! I was sent to me by someone who is my Mentor in horse training. It apparently has been shared on Facebook (I am not on Facebook so do not know). That said, it is such a beautiful, poignant and moving poem, that I just felt compelled to share it at these uncertain times. Hope you engage with it the way I did! Am sure you will! With the Easter weekend here, this poem gives a wonderful message!

Burnt Toast

Burnt Toast

I burnt the toast.

Forgot to watch;

Blackened smoke,

Nearly choked.

 

Silly me

Forgot to watch;

I burnt the toast,

Nearly roast.

 

Silly me

Forgot to watch

Burning bread

Almost dead.

© Liola Lee 2006

This short poem was long listed in the Bridport Prize 2006 

It was inspired by a real life incident. This short poem was based in truth! Who would have thought that those few short verses would have had any impact! But they did! The Bridport Prize is wonderful competition for everyone!

 

 

Virus

Virus

Yellow and bright, a flowering might,

Daffodils, Narcissi, Forsythia,

Blooming bold, Nature’s gold.

Trees in bud, leaves glowing green,

Spring awakening, a sight to be seen.

Winter behind us, Summer ahead

This time now, heavy as lead.

A virus moving, globally spread,

Sneaking among us, making some dead.

We know you are there, laying your curse,

For some not felt, for others a hearse.

I think it’s time to rise and say,

A cure we’ll find, beyond delay.

The World Unite, be as One,

become connected, work to be done.

We all have a duty of care to attend;

if as a race we want this to end.

 

© Liola Lee 2020

We are all in this together! Let’s support each other and work together to overcome this! Stop the panic buying, there is enough for everyone if we just shop as normal! Keep your distance and stay at home, unless it is absolutely necessary to go out for the reasons given by the Government! Help those who need help! Think before you buy! Think before you go out to the shops, to the park, to anywhere really. We can beat this if we all pull together! And remember, there is always someone worse off than you! Get things into perspective! Show loving kindness to everyone, and help whenever you can! 

Blessed be!

Liola x