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finally, a flashback

prince-edward-county-2011This is a gate that we drove by some 4, 5 years ago.  I’ve never forgotten it, and I have hunted through my files to find it.  Never could locate it.   Today, Facebook sent me a..do you remember this.. message, it wasn’t this gate, but a location close by, in that time and space.

prince-edward-county-4I had seen this rock and was smitten.  I was sure I’d never see it again, but here it is.  Good ole’ Facebook.  There is something about rocks that appeals to me.  Any size will do, if it speaks to me, that’s it, I have to stop and take a closer look.

prince-edward-county-2When putting together a Chinese garden, (and Japanese) rocks are very symbolic.  Just seeing these pictures again, take me back to that fall day.  I can hear the crispness of the leaves under foot, and smell that delicious scent of musky  foliage and the moist evergreens getting ready for the winter season, Even the sky is a different hue of blue.

prine-edward-2011The earth and moss blend together, leaving the faint scent of the cooling breeze, I can’t help it, I bend closer for another look.

prince-edward-county-fall-2011The center leaves are fluffy with a soft baby down, or fuzz on a peach. I can almost see the first velvet touch of frost that will soon come to tenderly lie in the opening at its core. I am energized with the beauty of it all.

The gate was so haunting, it has never been forgotten… and now.. seeing it again, the memories of that time are just like new.  A rerun of my very own special “movie”

Today at church we talked about putting “makoto” in all we do.. (sincerity) (being present, in the moment) that is so true, when we are really present, our memory  is etched in such a way, that we get to enjoy it again.

Thank you for sharing these moment with me. We were in the area of Prince Edward County, we had taken a wine tasting route, totally not something we would ordinarily do.. and look what we found.  No, not wine, deliciously delightful, slices of Mother Nature.

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does anyone know exactly where this fence is?

green everywhere

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I am blown away by some of the photographs that fellow bloggers post.  There are several who capture the most amazing pictures of flowers, not just the flower, but their artist reproduction of it as they see it through their lens is very interesting.

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Living in the city, right next to the downtown core, the object of our landscaping when we bought, was to allow nature to grow and give us a bit of country in our own private space.  Perennials were fine while the trees and shrubs were growing, but as the bones of the garden grew, the perennials soon lost their place in the sun. Add two active dogs to the mix, and…  …. we now enjoy the serenity of an escape from the concrete and buildings around us, but have lost the colour of the annuals and perennials.

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This is only the beginning of June.  The garden is only beginning its journey into the growing seasons.  So when I say “Wow, amazing” to my wonderful blogger pals, it is because I’m totally enjoying life through your photography and stories.  Thank you.

Life is gray without friends, my world is full of colour, I am truly blessed.

Namaste      –       Oyashikiri

PL Precept #1      Life is Art

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Once

FI fell in love……once……..

and then by chance,

it happened again…….

each time i thought, this is forever……

how silly, how young, how unprepared

for the passion of erotic bliss

there is a difference

you do know this….. of course you do

there is lust and there is sex

but when young what do you expect

true love comes from within

lasting love is a gift….

it begins with knowing how to care

really care for the goddess/god within

Once….. you have tasted and known such love

there really can be no other

the giving of one’s self, is not a solitary action…

In nature, there is a force that builds from within

how it is released is known only by the force that holds the key

volcano,Mt. Helen erupts

once, I recognized that love was not

a physical connection

that spiritual makoto (sincerity) was the main ingredient

the once, became forever

Iceland,Eyjafjallajokull

no matter the conditions, no matter what is on the surface

the eternal flame lives within

once fanned, it will grow and flow

Hawaii, National Park, by Greg Vaughn

oh yes, false and fake eruptions can be reproduced

apple erupt

man-made, they won’t last, there is a lot of fizzle and then poof, its gone

when you truly allow Nature to erupt in all its glory

the moment will live/love on..  history has been made

Keep-smiling

Namaste     –     Oyashikiri

France, Monet gardens

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Iceland, Eyjafjallajökull volcano

Hawaii volcano, photo by Greg Vaughn

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Changes

d9931e0e6e451b9573ebf462182c50b9Changes, every day we encounter a change in our lives.  It is no different with a church. the church of PL is headquartered in Japan as you all know.  In Japan the fiscal year is from April 1 – till March 31st of the following year.   Thus when changes occur, they are announced at the end of the year with the changes taking place immediately (almost).  Ministers are transferred to new communities, and this includes the churches in North American, South  America etc.

Change will occur in our church, Rev. Tiago has been transferred to the church in Los Angeles.  Rev. Atsushi Tsuji  a young minister from Japan will be coming to Canada.  What wonderful adventures for these two young men.  Rev. Tiago and his young family are not long in Canada having come here from Brazil.   He has learned to live in the extreme cold of a Canadian winter, and now will head for the dry heat of Los Angeles, California.

Rev. Tsuji will not only experience a change from his Native Japan, but he will be coming to his first assignment here in Canada,  And no, dear readers, he does not speak English, never mind French.  Fortunately he will arrive during the spring season, and will grow into his new home with the delights of a Canadian spring with the multitude of early spring flowers, tulips, crocus and the like..  In Canada, especially here in Ottawa, we have a bond with Holland, that is expressed with a magnificent show of Tulips in parks and in private gardens.

Picture below were  taken during the Ottawa tulip festival, where the tulips are planted to offer up the photographer, tourists and visitors a chance to admire and enjoy their beauty.  smiles, and of course to showcase our beautiful city.

So it is, we wish these two young men much success and adventure on this new journey in life that they are embarking on..Changes although at times a challenge, with packing, paperwork, and organizing in such a short period of time, we work through it, step by step, and when tackled with enthusiasm and sincerity (makoto) the rewards are a million fold.

For those of us who are not leaving, there will be a gap, a new personality will enter the community, and we will all have to adjust.  Again, it is how we will meet this new opportunity that will determine our temporary disruption to “daily living” God/Universe is always going to ensure that we grow in spirit28601a77418f0fdc87a3750dc7a02245changes are what make us better people.

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Namaste     –     Oyashikiri

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PL Precept #1      Life is Art

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PL Precept #21   Live maintaining equilibrium between mind and matter…

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This lovely picturesque grouping is of Giethoom in the Nederlands where there are no roads.  It is a beautiful and quiet village unique in that you will not find a single road in the entire town. Instead it is connected with paths, bike trails and a canal system. Visitors are welcome to explore by renting a noiseless, electric “whisper boat”.  I have been enchanted with the idea of visiting ever since I read about the place.

We all lead busy, at times hectic lives, and finding that quiet time we need so much often eludes us.  We grab moments here and there, but often they just are not enough. In PL we have a Precept, # 5 that says.. One’s self is lost by being emotional.

The 21 PL Principles help us to achieve the 21 PL Precepts that we live by.  Like everyone we struggle at the best of times to get then right, or to effortlessly follow them, but in following PL Principle #1 – I will live paying careful attention, putting Makoto into all I say and do (Makoto/sincerity)  as best we can, dedication towards that goal helps enormously.

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To be easy going, and to live life constantly in a cheerful and calm state is something to strive for.  When I’m challenged, then I revisit the Holland of my dreams, and let my mind wander effortlessly through the gardens, and sail the waterways.  Care to join me today?   You are all so precious to me, I wish for you a glorious sun filled day , no matter where you are, no matter the weather, let the joy of life, bless you with a soothing balm of love.  Thank you for sharing this moment with me, I really truly appreciate the time you spend with me.  (I would burst out  into song, “love is in the air” but that dear reader would really send you into hiding )  liefde + kus  xxxoo

Namaste      –      Oyashikiri

 

 

 

 

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Good Morning Monday, lunes es gratis

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Is a day off really a day off.  When we go on vacation, flying to another destination, or for that matter, going to the cottage.  Is it really “free time”.  Always there is the preparations,the planning, the packing.  What is “free time”  what does that mean, what does it imply.  Does everything you do have to have a purpose?  If you have a back yard, as an adult how often do you, yourself use it?  I know gardeners garden, and children play but who tends the yards, cuts the grass, weeds the beds.  There is always something to do.  If it is a cottage, you have to open up the cottage, and while there,the same chores that are often performed at home in the city, or often repeated only now you are in a country setting.  Life can be busy can’t it.  Do you ever ask yourself what you are getting out of all this “busy”.  There is no easy answer, no simple solution, because we are all so unique in our thinking and how we live our lives.  This is what makes the world such a wonderful place.  Like nature, we are an assortment of trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, minerals,rocks and living organisms, etc. etc. even the weather has its moods. It can dazzle, delight,scare and frighten us, we accept that is what it is, Why is it so difficult for us to accept the differences in others.

 

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Freedom is a state of mind.  Happiness is a state of mind. Our minds belong to each and everyone of us alone.  No one can read our minds,  nor can they change our minds.  We own our thoughts, and our actions.  We can share, but we cannot change anyone but ourselves.  What is peace and tranquility to one, may not be to another. Challenges are a constant in our lives, when we see them as opportunities for growth, we are working at attaining peace in our own lives.  Peace begins within.

Prayer of Protection

The light of God surrounds us

The love of God enfold us

The power of God protects us

The presence of God watches over us

Wherever we are God is, and all is well.

 

 

 

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Here today, gone tomorrow

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Today they will tear down the house next door.  It has been here since we moved here, and actually since this area was developed. Slowly we have watched as the neighbour around has undergone changes.  This was on older neighbourhood, single family homes, mature trees. not small, not too big, decent city lots, lane ways, Stand alone garages in the backyards.  Lawns and gardens, pets, families a place where neighbours sat out on the front porch, or enjoyed evening walks to the parks or community center and exchanged greetings with friends they’d known for years.  First the children grow up and move away, and then the parents either move away to “different” homes to better meet their needs,  or pass away.  Then little by little the community start to change, the small single family homes, are being replaced by double and some times triple dwellings on lots that once held only 1 house.  Its call infill.  It is not that the new buildings are ugly, it is simply they don’t fit in.  They are like boxes, build with small floor plans and lots of stairs, there is barely any land for a yard, and in the front basically all that is seen is cement  parking spot(s)  and or maybe a car port so that this little living space can accommodate 2 small cars.

So far we have been lucky, most of these modern box buildings have been going on around but not to close to use.  Yesterday we survived a day of loud noise pollution while old insulation was pumped out of the attic.  Yes an attic.. The old house even had a real basement, a huge big  and mature trees.  Guess what, the trees were the first to go..   Happened in the back of us too.  Behind us when we moved here was a very unique home constructed from two old train cars, yes that’s right, train cars, the original owner had worked for the now defunct train line that traveled between Canada and the United States.  It had beautiful old oaks on the property, when the new owners came along, the first thing to go there was the old oak.  In the city their are laws about the removal of such old trees, but the builder found a way around it. So it was taken down, and all the wild life that lived there was left with out a home.

There is nothing I can do about these changes, progress is going to happen, and I might not always be happy with the changes, but I will learn to adapt. For today I will mourn the passing of an old friend, and hope that thee young Japanese Maple that was planted a few years ago, will be saved.  My neighbour who sold her family home, has asked that it be saved and given back to her if it will not be left to grow and flourish.  I saw that the tree has a big red line drawn around it in the snow.  I will pray that it will be  saved ….. all in life is precious.

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Japanese Gardens, Portland Oregon (Japanese Maple) photographer unknown

I am getting in the car today, to drive away from the destruction. I will mourn what was, and come back to celebrate a new beginning.   Blessings everyone.. Have a good day.       Peace…. Oyashikiri

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