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

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Gonzalo's Party

We've had to batten down the hatches today as Hurricane Gonzalo blows through the UK.  I've already lost two heavy pots of geraniums when they became airborne, leaves blow through the house every time we open a door, and the trees are starting to empty of their color.

This was the old and ancient walnut tree just a week ago, still full of leaves and busy squirrels

This is the walnut tree this afternoon.
Some of the leaves are on my kitchen floor,
but most are in our back garden.

Eventually we'll get out there and rake them up and put the garden to sleep for winter, but for now they stay put, since Gonzalo is giving a great October garden party today.

"October gave a party, the leaves by hundreds came.
The ashes, oaks, and maples, and leaves of every name.
The sunshine spread a carpet, and everything was grand;
Miss Weather led the dancing, Professor Wind the band......
The sight was like a rainbow, new-fallen from the sky."
~G. Cooper

It's sad to see the walnut tree lose it's leaves, but now that they're gone, 
it makes way for our beautiful view of the Harris Manchester clock tower.

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day!
Every leaf speaks bliss to me, 
Fluttering from the Autumn tree.
~Emily Bronte

Even dogs enjoy the Party

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