Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether summer clothe the general earth
With greeness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple-tree, while the nigh thatch
Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

In A Whirl!

The days seem to be passing faster and faster recently though I'm not quite sure why as I'm not really doing any more than usual. It's one of the odd things about time - sometimes it drags by ( especially when you are small and waiting for Christmas to come!)and at other times it passes at the speed of light, particularly if you have some sort of deadline to meet. I've got quite a bit I want to write about but right now I don't have the available time to sit and work on them, number one priority at the moment is to finish the blanket that I'm knitting for Gabriel ready for when he eventually goes home. He's still doing well and all the tubes and monitors are gone now except his feeding tube, he's having to take his milk mostly through that as he doesn't stay awake long enough to take a proper feed. He'll get there though.
Rel (under the microscope) has tagged me for this Meme, I'll just do that for today so here goes:

A. Available or single? No

B. Best Friend? Sandi

C. Cake or Pie? Cake

D. Drink of choice? Hot chocolate with marshmallows

E. Essential Item? Gardening book

F. Favourite colour? Soft apricot

G. Gummy bears or worms? These must be American candies I think so the answer
is fruit jellies:)

H. Hometown? Macclesfield, Cheshire, England

I. Indulgence? Books

J. January or February? February because Spring is near and both my parents died in January.

K. Kids and names? Stephen, Neil, Juliette

L. Life is incomplete without? Books - family and friends are a given of course.

M. Marriage date? 1st August 1972

N. Number of siblings? None

O. Oranges or apples? Oranges

P. Phobias/fears? Spiders, heights with water below,

Q. Favourite quote?

The wonder of the world,
The beauty and the power,
The shapes of things,
Their colours, lights and shades,
These I saw.
Look ye also while life lasts.

R. Reasons to smile? Two lovely grandchildren and a world full of beauty - see Q.

S. Season? Autumn

T. Tag 3 people - Janet (I know you love Memes:) ), Tea and Granny K - but only if you have time and inclination.

U. Unknown fact about me? I have looked out over The Promised Land - see photo at the top of this post - taken on top of Mount Nebo looking out towards Jerusalem etc.You will need to click on the photo to read the board. I have no clear photos because visibility was very poor that day.

V. Vegetable you hate? None really, I'm not a massive vegetable fan but I eat pretty well all of them.

W.Worst habit? Finishing other people's sentences!! I try to curb it but sometimes my mouth opens before I can stop it:):)

X. X-rays you've had? Chest and tooth

Y. Your favourite foods? risotto,pasta,full English breakfast,pancakes with blueberry syrup and just about any pudding you care to name.

Z.Zodiac? Virgo

While looking for the photo taken on Mount Nebo I came across another from the same trip showing me standing in front of the rock formation in Wadi Rum known as the Seven Pillars of Wisdom - named by the local Bedouin in honour of Lawrence of Arabia. We followed in his footsteps to some extent on this outing, driving out into the desert in open top jeeps visiting various places connected with him. I discovered then that I love the desert, it is frightening but in its own way it is stunningly beautiful. And the sand is unbelievably hot!


rel said...

So glad to hear that young Gabriel is progressing as he should.;-)
Thanks for the inside info. I love your quote! I too believe in stopping to smell the roses.
I've not seen the promised land up close and personnal but one never knows where the next turn will lead. Nice photos; that head dress seem right at home with you.

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Delighted to hear that Gabriel is doing well, and pleased that you are finding enough time to blog!
I will definately do the meme - might take me a little while though!

Bob said...

I could do with some of that sunshine here, it's pretty miserable in the garden today.

Tea said...

Glad to see your able to use your name in comments now Rowan :) And happy to hear your little Gabriel is doing good.
I have the same problem with finishing sentences of my hubby`s. Sometimes it seems he takes a pause too long LOl


Unknown said...

My heart is in the desert , I am jealous!!!
Your meme is great too.
I love fruit jellies, addicted to them actually. Well mum is English so we got all the good stuff as kids.
Glad that Gabriel is doing better too. What a little dear.

Janet said...

I'm so happy to hear Gabriel is without all the tubes and hook-ups. He will be home before you know it.
You do know me!! Of course I'll do the meme....probably tomorrow.

Werna Gail said...

Hello Rowan, my first time on your blog, followed the meme back that I saw on Janets blog. I read through a lot of your old post, wow
great photos of the village,houses,
and the herbs and flowers, all of the history I JUST LOVED IT I have always wanted to see England and you have given me a glimps, really enjoyed it, I'll be back.

Tea said...

Hi Rowan,

Can you e-mail me with your address? As soon as something springy comes out, Id like to send you a couple of our magazines :)


Anonymous said...

Glad you're well and still with us - and I hope you manage to get everything done on time :) Have a good week!

Daisy Lupin said...

Glad to hear Gabriel is doing so well. Strangely enough, you are talking about time, and I have just done a posting on how time seems to be flying and how we need to try to slow it down!