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house on the hill

So lonely and sad, the old house now sits so silently on the hill – No more does it hear the sounds of children playing – or the clanking of pots and pans as dinner is being made It’s former charm has now long since gone.

Imagine how it had once been, the proud haven for how many generations of families? Can you see the farmer tending the land, animals grazing near and around the homestead…. I think I see that a swing once sat in the front yard, where come evening, the family could gather and watch as the evening skies filled with stars. A gallery of twinkling particles of light against a clear night time sky

My friend and photographer Shirley Keen took these photos while on one of her jaunts. I was going to use it for “Thursday Doors” but there was a poignant feeling about the house, that inspired me to give it its own place on a page. Old homesteads like this are found not only in NZ but here in Canada, and I’m sure in the USA. I noticed in the pictures there was no road leading in to the house, nor any sign of hydro (electricity) being fed to the house. It has to have been vacant for years. There is a road not far off, but no driveway to this building.

Update. the Hoult farm house has been in the same family for 6 generations. It seems there will soon be a new house built close to where this one now stands by one of the descendent of this family.

Could this have been a reservoir for catching rain water?

Seeing the pictures Shirley took of this old farmstead brought back memories of days when the entire area around where I grew up was farmland such as seen in these photos, and now … all one can see are city lights and urban sprawl.

Let’s interact proactively with an ever changing society. society is always rapidly hanging with the times. Keep your eyes and mind in tune with these change and learn to deal with them proactively.

Perfect Liberty 2014.27
Have a great day everyone!

Friday haunts

taken by Shirley Keen, NZ

Not living in NZ, I cannot but imagine what it must be like to stand on the shoreline under such skies and taking this picture. I love the brooding oranges and dark clouds.

Shirley Keen, NZ

I went back into the file with her photos, and found this one, again.. she sees this on her walks every day/night… Not at all what I would see if I walked around my city street in the evening. We are all on the same planet, but our views, our geography is so different. The same applies in how we see life itself. We all experience love, pain, happiness, grief, but all in our own way.

Shirley took this next picture on one of her “walks” she ventured further than her immediate area, and walked along different paths.. One of the pictures she took ..(for me) was a “wow” moment.

Port Nelson. NZ

Because I live smack in the middle of a busy city, this is not something I would get to see unless I was on a holiday somewhere, and out for a walk in the evening. Even then if I wasn’t in the geographical area, where she was at the time of taking the picture, same longitude/latitude etc. I would not “see” or “capture” that same moment.

This is also what happens to us on/in a day to day, when we chat and talk with friends, we share experiences, and the friend will hear what we are saying and form their own “picture” of what is being said.. but they will never have the exact same experience.. this is why communication is so key in any kind of relationship. Personal, business or otherwise..

No one can take away the joy you get from putting your whole heart into something. The joy you feel when you’ve put your all into something is yours and yours alone. Nobody can take that away from you.

Perfect Liberty 2020.29
Shirley Keen, NZ
Honestly love IS unconditional

Down Under -Thursday Doors

down under by Shirley Keen

Isn’t this just the greatest natural doorway into a small paradise.  Maybe not what we usually call a door, it does not open and close, but, Wow, I have to say congratulations Shirley, this is a stunning piece,.  I look through and see so much that captures my imagination.

A lazy bear, resting in the afternoon sun.  His nose pointing towards the sky as he breathes in the clean fresh air.  The water so calm and blue, I wonder if I’d dare to wander through the doorway in case I am tempted to dip a toe in the sparkling water or like the bear become part of the amazing natural wonder that is calling to my senses. I want to find a place, sit and while away the rest of the day.

Dreams and magical vistas await us every day.  It is up to us, to make time to go out and play.

PL Precept # 1  Life is Art

PL Precept # 11 Always be with God

photographer-Shirley Keen, NZ

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