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More than skin deep

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What do you see
Your first impression
When you compare

First fleeting impressions hit the eye immediately.

How plain
How happy
How tall she walks
How sad they look
How harried they appear
How naughty that child

Wow, beautiful or handsome
Wish I had some of that

But that is only an impression
Not the true picture

Yet rarely do we say anything of people’s character
That they have a generous spirit
Are kind or thoughtful
You child are trying so very hard

These thoughts arose after looking through some photos I took recently of what at first may appear as junk, old, obsolete or old-fashioned….

“A gift to myself”
A visit to the country
Spending time to wander round
In quietness observe with a different eye
Sights and impressions not noticed in an everyday rush

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The very first morning I hurried outside to make the most of beautiful weather not knowing what the morrow would bring.
I needed to savour these delights.

As the days continued I found more treasures to lift my soul.
Sights unseen on the ordinary day

Colours, combinations, textures, shapes, shades, forms, sharp, soft, lofty or insignificant.

Images of time
Of labour
Of life
Past

Yet in essence they were rusted drums, old tanks, fencing wire, peeling paint, weary old stone cottage with its silent walls and long gone school children and families.

It presented me with beauty, character and charm in a palette of rich colours.

Then as I attempted to choose which photos to use I observed another layer of impressions.

How many lessons taught to bring education to children in this cottage school house

How many throats cooled and thirsts quenched from the now empty and old, rusted rain water tanks.

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How many Kilo-meters or miles of fencing put up over the years and repaired again and again

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Those drums asked how many machines were serviced to provide food and sustenance for this and other households over the decades

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How many litres or gallons of diesel used over the decades to to run a farm

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These shutters spoke of shelter from the rain or cooling relief from breezes.

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Old door
Battered door knob,
Big key hole for long shafted key
Sturdy lock standing the test of time

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How many bodies have brushed through this door
Slowly and carefully carrying a heavy load
Or rushing headlong as children do with much banging
How much joy or sadness entered these doors
Now stealthily visited by critters

How many different views through this now empty window

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If walls could talk

Look around you, what do you see. More than skin deep. See depth. A multi layered depth.

What story do you see around you, yesterday, today, tomorrow.

Till later

Alexa-asimplelife

#resilience

#resilience, resilience, , poppies, fragile, poppy, Chocolate chia pudding and then horror, chocolate chia pudding recipe, family, home made, Lindt Cafe, Martin Place siege , Quinoa, support network, Australia, chia recipes , sadness, emergency personnel , save lives, protect lives, mourning, Australian flag, patriot, Aussie , national pride, old apple tree, apple blossom, Moorlands farm Words for this day in Australia. Resilience. Support. Life can be fragile ….like the poppy. My version of resilience in a tough environment. Planted nearly fifty years ago on a farm. An apple tree. Love and care. Wordless Wednesday Continue reading →

The Traveller

Who are you Where do you drive to on this so dark and lonely road. Going past this dark and hidden farm house in quiet slumber. Under clear skies myriad constellations of stars and cold, ice cold moon staring silently down. Endless road. Long dark ribbon straight ahead Sweeping to some lonesome level crossing. A […] Continue reading →

Anzac morning in the country

Anzac morning in the country, red poppies, rememberance, Anzac Day, Anzac in Australia Anzac Day, a public holiday celebrated mainly in Australia and New Zealand to remember those who served and died in WW1 as depicted in our newspapers and Poppies used as a symbol of remembrance For us it was a drive in the country from Bawley Point to Sydney early on Anzac morning… Queen Anne’s Lace […] Continue reading →

Starry night in the country

Starry night in the country, stars, night sky, country driving, night driving, fuel economy, earth in space Starry night in the country…and travelling in a fuel efficient car…..we took the small car!…Do you think before you travel? Last night we had to do an unexpected trip down from Sydney to past Goulbourn and back again. We left after work driving into the evening sun and me being the first driver wished that […] Continue reading →

Thankful for these days

Thankful for these things, red roses, cheaper from Aldi 5 Random Things I am thankful for this day 1..Summer Fun and memories 2..Cool days a coming 3..New lavender buds-love them 4..Comfort food for a cool morning 5..Observations from being with little boys 1..Thankful for the lovely family and friend times we shared outdoors during our summer here in Australia. Summer fun, Beach fun, picnic […] Continue reading →