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.
~Rumi


May my life be like a great

hospitable tree, and may

weary wanderers find in

me a rest.

~John Henry Jowett


Saturday, 8 March 2014

St. Jude's Winter

"I SEE US GIVING LOVE TO EACH OTHER 
IN A TIME OF QUIET BETWEEN STORMS.
IT'S WHAT WE WERE MEANT TO DO."
~Frank Herbert, Dune

The Dorset Coast, St. Jude's Storm, October 2013

In my previous post I wrote about Britain's wet and especially brutal winter this year.  The Met Office says that the winter of 2013-14 has been the wettest throughout the UK since national records began in 1910.  In England and Wales, it's the wettest winter since records began in 1766.  Winds and tidal surges ripped through the western and southern coasts of Britain and Ireland, and record setting flooding inland began in November.

It all began on October 27/28th, 2013 when a storm with hurricane force winds swept through England and Wales.  Before the storm even had landed, it was named The St. Jude Storm, after the patron saint of lost causes.  As it turned out, this winter could be called The Winter of St. Jude, because the storms kept coming, until the last one on the Atlantic storm conveyor belt hit at the end of February.

Prime farmland, homes, and villages submerged in the Somerset Levels.
Somerset has been one of the counties hardest hit, and an area known as the Somerset Levels has been submerged since late November and early December. People are just now able to return to what's left of their homes and farms, and have been met with the painful realization that the recovery of their livelihoods and homes will be a long time in coming.  You can donate and aid the flood recovery at the Somerset Emergency Flood Relief Fund.


Glastonbury Tor Before and After


Somerset Before the Winter of 2013-14


"There are some things you learn best in calm,
and some in storm."   ~Willa Cather



So as day follows night, spring will come. Those bright daffodils springing up all over Britain have never looked so good, and for now at least, the sun and the flow of seasons have sent St. Jude packing.                                                                          
"BEHOLD MY FRIENDS THE SPRING IS COME, THE EARTH GLADLY RECEIVED THE EMBRACES OF THE SUN, AND WE SHALL SOON SEE THE RESULTS OF THEIR LOVE."                                               ~Sitting Bull





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