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Ese’s shoot and quote challenge: awakening

Life is perhaps most wisely regarded as a bad dream between two awakenings, and every day is a life in miniature – Eugene O’Neil, Marco Millions (1928) act 2, sc. 2



the moment in time when the old and the new are together

winter sunrise in Luxembourg

Sharing with Ese’s Voice

Shoot and quote no. 20: Music




There is music in the air
R.J. Buckley Sir Edward Elgar (1905) ch. 4

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Ese’s weekly shoot & quote challenge: memories


In loving memory of Graham Cleverley who died recently and who wrote this beautiful piece for his wife Jo Anne.

“New Year 1993”

When in the evening comes the time
for memories and dreams
We remember different dawns
and different days
We only share the setting sun.

But if your morning
was not my morning
When your sun peaked it did not shine
on me nor mine on you
Yet we share the setting sun.

And more for we shall share
the dreaming and the memory time
In the evening when the sun has gone.

(used by kind permission of Jo Anne)


03-17 sunset

What memories came to your mind?

Ese’s weekly shoot and quote challenge: silence


“Silence on a hill where the path ended

and then the forest below

moving in one long whisper

as evening touched the leaves.” William Stafford


Thoughts rest your wings …. Here is a hollow of silence, a nest of stillness in which to hatch your dreams – Joan Walsh Aglund

Did you interpret ‘silence’ this week? Go to Ese’s blog to read more posts.

Ese’s shoot and quote challenge: direction


You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
– Dr. Seuss

As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction!
-Irish Blessing

I always loved running…it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.
– Jesse Owens

What direction do you choose to take? See where other’s go at Ese’s suggestion

Esa’s shoot and quote challenge: spread

Esa’s challenge this week is SPREAD which gave me the perfect opportunity to share one of my favourite poems.



He wishes for the cloths of Heaven

Had I the heaven’s embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

William Butler Yeats

Ese’s weekly shoot and quote challenge: scent

I almost missed out on this one because our internet was down, but better late than never ….


But, soft! methinks I scent the morning air.
Hamlet – Shakespeare


Children are dumb to say how hot the day is,
How hot the scent is of the summer rose.
‘Cool Web’ by Robert Graves


Sweet Stay-at-Home, sweet Well-content,
Thou knowest of no strange continent;
Thou has not felt thy bosom keep
A gentle motion with the deep;
Thou hast not sailed in Indian Seas,
Where scent comes forth in every breeze.
‘Sweet Stay-at-Home’ by W.H. Davies

Ese’s weekly shoot and quote challenge: desire


I admit it is better fun to punt than to be punted, and that a desire to have all the fun is nine-tenths of the law of chivalry. Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers


Land of Heart’s Desire,
where beauty has no ebb, decay no flood,
but joy is wisdom, Time an endless song
The Land of Heart’s Desire – W.B Yeats


the bloom of young desire and purple light of love.
The progress of poesy, – Thomas Gray


No greater thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen – Epictetus

The desire to write grows with writing – Desiderius Erasmus

Holocaust memorial in Budapest

I marvel at the resilience of the Jewish people. Their best characteristic is their desire to remember. No other people has such an obsession with memory – Elie Wiesel

How would you interpret ‘desire’? is it something material or intangible? Click here to see what other people think.

shoot and quote: bare

I recently discovered Ese’s weekly challenge entitled ‘shoot and quote’. The idea of taking the prompt she provides and finding a quote containing that word or a quote relating to the prompt plus finding a suitable photo to illustrate it really appealed to me. This is my first attempt at this challenge.


That time of year thou mayst in me behold
when yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
bare ruin’d choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou see’st the twilight of such day
as after sunset fadeth in the west;
which by and by black night doth take away.
Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest.

persimmon trees in autumn