There is an emanation from the heart

which cannot be described,

but is immediately felt and puts

the stranger at his ease.

~Washington Irving

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough...

.........and more.

It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast,

a house into a home,

a stranger into a friend.

~Melody Beattie

Don't be satisfied with stories,

how things have gone with others.

Unfold your own myth.

May my life be like a great

hospitable tree, and may

weary wanderers find in

me a rest.

~John Henry Jowett

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

A Meadow Now a Lake

The torrential rains during the Queen's
Jubilee celebration didn't dampen spirits at least.
After a summer with the highest rainfall on record for more than a hundred years, Britain has ended up soggy and water-logged.
Now that the winter rains are upon us, and the fact that Oxford lies in the Thames valley, it means severe flooding all around us.  Water has been pouring out of the Cotswold's swollen rivers and streams and making it's way to the Thames--and most of it has nowhere to go at the moment.

Christ Church Meadow -- Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012

Our normal walk around the meadow is completely flooded and impassable.

The meadow, which normally has cattle and deer
grazing, tonight looks like a calm lake in the distance.

The Cherwell bursting it's banks.
Normally it's quiet and calm except
for novice punters that often
criss cross the river.

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