Thanks …

About to eat, go to bed, get up, climb into a car to travel to an airport and fly towards a Big Apple.

Will be away and off-line for the next two weeks because of these plans, maybe longer depending on inspiration and energies.

But wanted to say a big thanks to all who have paid any attention whatsoever to my posts and thoughts.

A journey from N.Y. via points south to Washington D.C feels like it could be great.

Hope to be back soon.

Strength and patience to your blogging muscles.

Seed of Light Award

seed-of-light-award11   Well, bless my soul (up a sugar plum tree) the little blog that I set about to exercise my writing -and thinking – muscles my little blog has been nominated for a Seed of Light Award by ramblingratz whse blog can be found at http://www.ramblingratzwordpress.com (take a look; for such a modest sounding blog there is a lot of thinking and inspiration).

 To the motto that came with my nomination – “All you need to start a forest is one seed” –

I would add something I read somewhere – but cannot place the source at the moment

“Visionaries plant the seeds of trees”.

This award is for blogs that inspire creativity, nature, connection, communications and beauty. Pass it on!

I am currently running four blogs, each one I believe different in nature; beeseeker – http://www.beeseeker.wordpress.com is the one that

“started all the trouble”.

My sincere thanks to ‘ratz for the compliment.

The – uncomplicated – rules for accepting the award are as follows:

1. Thank the person who nominated you.

2. Nominate at least 5 blogs and provide links to their blogs.

3. Notify the nominees of their nominations.

My nominees are:

http://www.busymindthinking.com

http://www.starsrainsunmoon.com

http://www.breezesatdawn.wordpress.com

http://www.wisejourney.wordpress.com

http://www.notyethere.wordpress.com

and – yes, yes, yes, I know it’s six but I couldn’t choose – and,

http://www.horselearning.wordpress.com

hey, you don’t really mind, do you.

I mean I’m tryin’ to be  a poet, not a counting machine…

.. and these blogs fit the bill in so many ways (although each includes -as does mine – forays into other aspects of life).

Fine, Fine, Fine … And my Annual Report.

 

 

It’s the third of January. I am getting over the lassitude and over-indulgence of A fine Christmas period. Fine dining, fine company, fine weather, fine presents received. Fine alcohol too – and not a little of it.

I’ve been presented with an annual report from WordPress and suddenly I realise how much support from a fine number of wonderful characters I’ve had over the past twelve months – and just how many visits my posts have taken in.

So – of course – a big thanks to people I have never met with whom I am getting on so famously-but-distantly well. Bless you all for packing the New York Subway cars that WordPress uses to represent your figures; that’s so sweet for me cos I’ve only ever seen those carriages (or more correctly cars) in films like Warriors, the Taking of Pelham 123 and – no sorry that’s it.

I now suggest we go head-down and onwards into 2014.

You all up for it?

It’s eight in the evening as I type this (you cannot imagine how many typing mistakes I have to put right) … and, yes, I know I still upset my spellchecker before I publish. Been out to Lichfield today, such a wonderful cathedral, Gothic throughout and Lichfield is such a friendly-seeming city. Fine all day breakfast and mug of tea between squalls.

Because, on the day of the Severn Bore not so very far away, the ground is completely saturated and pools of water are forming in fields all around. Strong winds have wreaked havoc and properties and livelihoods around us have been interrupted, disrupted and worse.

But I can’t help thinking, as I look at the spots of rain clinging to the outside of the leaded, double glazed windows how much like simple but stunning jewels they look as the y give back the light from the bulb hanging from the plain, plain ceiling.

Happy new year to one and all.

Heads- down and forward … see you later, I hope.

 

Severn Bore image: www.bbc.co.uk

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,600 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thanks

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I began, nervously, blogging in the year that is now ending. 2012. London Olympics, Royal (GB) wedding, Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, a year of record-rainfall in England. I knew my technological skills, determination and creativity were going to be challenged. Maybe I would need to duck out of it after a while; the ethernet waters too hot or too deep.
But I have receievd nothing but fabulous support – that’ll be from you. Really.
So …
A heart-felt thank you to my fellow travellers, companions, friendly shadows and sometime-partners who have visited, supported and kept me going in this difficult to define environment: the blogosphere.
Social networking has, without doubt, challenged the dictionary and concepts such as strangers; changing what is now meant by “friend” and I have glibly slipped into “meeting” people I have never, actually seen; that, frankly I have no idea about. I think I think I mean this in the nicest possible way … I am, after all, talking about the relationship between you and I here. I have entered spaces with inspirational writing, sometimes short and shocking, often deeply emotional, comments, commentary, discussion pieces, with images and stunning thoughts shared. I have started playing a (hopefully useful) part in something which may become known as conversation, polite and positive, criticism, thoughtful and supportive – maybe we need to coin new terms here (if so may I suggest “blonversation”* and “criti-blogging”*) … and I find myself drawn in and enjoying every moment of it.
But the truth remains we are mysteries to each other, albeit in a definitely friendly and encouraging way (I thank you for that): partners in a sense, sharing a journey to who-knows-where.
I wish you all a happy, peace-filled and adventurous (if that’s what you want – of course) new year… and I hope to “see” more of you in 2013.

*Hey, does anybody know how to patent new words ??

30/12/2012

Thanks for the Nomination

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This came as a very pleasant  – and hundred per cent complete – surprise. Out of the December blue.

My genuine thanks to C.B. Wentworth for the nomination and award, and to all other recipients to date. CB has a fine blog going at

http://cbwentworth.wordpress.com. It’s well worth a visit if not an extended stay and mooch around.

The Rules:

1) Paste the award picture into your blog.

2) Write up 11 NEW questions directed towards your nominees.

3) When you receive the award, you must post 11 random facts about yourself.

4) Pass the award onto 11 other blogs and let them know.

11 Random facts

1. I knocked myself out with an axe when felling a tree in our garden – to make space for a greenhouse!

2. Find the atmosphere at live music events invigorating.

3. I support a local football team: Walsall F.C. “the Saddlers

4. I learned a lot about weaving simoultaneous story threads when I read the Tarzan novels as a teenager, and am re-reading the free electronic versions as I type this (though not at the same time obviously (!)

Did I imagine that there is a story where Tarzan shrinks to the size of an ant ??

5. Love science fiction – in all of it’s forms.

6. An avid devourer of comic books I am delighted by these characters becoming movie franchises. What next?

7. Slept for most of the ‘plane journey between Lima and Madrid, but thought I had only taken a short nap.

8. Never cease to be amazed by the kindness of people I meet when I am travelling.

9. Read several books at the same time – get inspiration from what I read.

10. Need to get the message across: “we are all teachers, children learn from us, if not the good things, then the bad!”

11. Love my family!

11 Nominees:

This is a seriously tricky one for me. I have been in the company of some marvellous people (and never met them, except one; indeed almost certainly wouldn’t recognise them if I sat on a bus next to them!) on my journeys and rebounds in the inspirational

blogosphere. My thanks and congratulations to all of my fellow wayfarers (come on, let’s keep going eh?).

But for many reasons I have gone with these:

1. http://www.iggandfriends.wordpress.com

2. http://www.riverscribbles.wordpress.com

3. http://www.photoandtour.wordpress.com

4. http://www.assia7.wordpress.com

5. http://www.thegoodvillager.wordpress.com

6. http://www.worldismycuttlefish.wordpress.com

7. http://www.bartwolffe.wordpress.com

8. http://www.anotherwanderingsoul.wordpress.com

9. http://www.glynfedwards.wordpress.com

10. http://www.sarahmonagle.wordpress.com

11. http://ink4thought.com/

All of these blogs are full of inspiring and creative posts. I look forward to visiting each day and I hope you enjoy them, too.

My Answers to the C.B Wentworth questions.

1) If you could have one superpower what would it be?

Some kind of spell casting that I could use on adults to get them to resolve problems like children of a certain age seem to do, without malice, rancour or recrimination. (Unfortunately, at some stage, children grow out of it!)

2) What is something you’ve always wanted to learn how to do? (What’s stopping you?)

Understand how to take photos on my digital camera using the manual controls rather than the automatic settings: I think this would result in better shots (but am not totally convinced). The thing that stops me is, ultimately – me procrastinating, convincing myself that I do not have the time – and, you’ve guessed it … I don’t have the time!

3) What is your favorite movie?

Great question, the answer to which, like any favourite I’m asked for changes with time. In this moment I would go for the recent re-make of Mighty Joe Young: I am a sucker for gorillas and that formulaic thing at the end of such films where you are not sure if it’s a happy or a sad ending. This is simply a fairy tale but I love the special effects and the morality behind it!

4) Mac or PC? Why?

PC – habit only.

5) If your home was one fire and you had time to grab one thing, what would it be?

Assuming all people were safe I would try to save my journals: they contain many years of dated material, poetry mainly that is a reflection of my life so far.

6) Who do you admire most? Why?

Also I have to add so many people and types of people, typically those who keep their integrity and credibility whether they be rock stars, firefighters, writers, sportsmen or explorers.

But another part of my answer is that I love storytellers, who can keep an audience spellbound by simply telling a story, with expression, tone, accent and effect!

7) What do you think you’ll be doing five years from now?

Hope I’ve managed to answer these questions for one thing – I will be thinking about them even after I have posted the answers.

I would like to think I will still be getting inspiration from the things that I do/that happen to me – and, perhaps taking better photos.  Would be happy to think I was reasonably fit (perhaps still pretending to go to a gym. Would love to be still travelling, learning and passing  on the message that it is OK to be open-minded until you have experience.

8) What is your idea of a perfect day?

Get up early in good weather, sunrise countryside walk (taking some photos), full English breakfast, listen to music (mixture of speeds and moods), visit to the library, coffee and people watching while reading a magazine, book or newspaper,

an afternoon visit to book a holiday tour of somewhere I have never been yet, look at the blogosphere, maybe add something, cheese and tomato sandwich tea and going to see my local football team win against superior opposition.

(A lot ofthis is extremely unlikely, but it is my idea of a perfect day after all.)

9) Coffee or tea?

Tea – simple supermarket off-the-shelf tea, milk and one sugar please – never too early or too late to put the kettle on.

And, er is it being greedy to hope for a chocolate biscuit so the drink is not too wet ?

10) If a magazine asked you to write an article about any topic, what would you write about?

I would love to have the chance to write something about how a concert in the tour schedule of a rock and roll band (or a circus, or a theatrical production) affects the life of a town during it’s transitory stay: traffic, security, the artists, the drivers, the promoters, box office, audience members … er, but would need to do some expenses-paid research.

11) What charity or organization means the most to you?

Phew! So many – of course. cancer charities are up at the top of the list, but am also passionate about wildlife, organic gardening and heritage conseration.

MY NEW QUESTIONS:

1.What keeps you awake at night?

2. Recommend a ghost story, suitable for a winter evening.

3. What has been your favourite moment of 2012?

4. What is your favourite quote and why?

5. What kind of doodler are you?

6. Your favourite all-time comic character?

7. Something you wish you had learned earlier.

8. The question you always wanted to answer – but, dammit – nobody ever asked ?

9. What musical instrument ahve you tried to learn toplay (how successful have you been – so far)?

10. At what time of day are you most active?

11. Which two fictional cahracters would invite to dinner (where would you go?)

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101, Not Out! Really?

Driving to work one on a day I chose a talk radio station instead of CD I remember part of a discussion about how to stay healthy:

“… balance in what you eat is important, exercise is vital (those who make no time for exercise, a note posted on my gym wall said, must make time in later life for illness) and it is important to try something on a regular basis that scares you” … it raises the heart rate (apparently) and this is a healthy thing to do (again apparently).

It is one of the reasons I started to blog, that and, some conviction that others (that’ll be you, reading this by the way) might show some interest in what I write …

… and then suddenly, before I was aware that such a time had passed, or that my fumbling fingers had bashed (my technique is in no way brilliant, as my spelling mistakes and occassional lack of spaceing will tell you)so many keys and buttons ….

… there’s a side bar thingummybob that just blinked at me, telling me that was my hundred and first post.

I am amazed! Quietly amazed.

I did not realise; I tend to ignore the button thing that comes on – until, of course, I don’t ignore it (like just).

But I don’t count, just, so far have enjoyed the challenge … and the feedback and contacts I have been making. I was wary of what I call the

Planet Blog, but am beginning to enjoy the aspects of it that are enjoyable. I have discovered, or been introduced to some fine writings and writers, characters

and talent; been stirred, humbled and inspired, been given new thoughts and reminded of things I was forgetting: this world is enjoyable.

I still find it genuinely frightening to launch my words and some of my innermost thinking out on the sea of the ether with no idea of the many places they might sail, what response they may generate, what interest they might meet. I For me this is part o f the thrill. If little seems to be happening, I tell myself, it i sbecause the words are still sialing, people are still pondering how to react, whether to react – and so I am not discouraged.

I make another entry, believing continuity to be important.

Thanks to all who have been part of this “journey” so far, let’s see what happens next eh?

On my way toget some exercise now.

28th September, 2012