Tuesday, 25 November 2008

A year of blogging and Great Grandma.......

I missed my blogaversary.......it was the 5th November......I completely forgot........you must have guessed by now, I am going to continue blogging. The main reason for doing so, is to keep a record for my grandchildren.....I want them to know the real me.......the things I care about. Above are some of my great grandmothers treasures.......as you know she lived to 95 and was an elegant and warm lady. She loved to take afternoon tea, walk in the countryside, and sit amongst the roses in the garden. I have a poetry book that she loved. Many of the poems are simple......but sometimes that says a lot more than complicated writings. The following is written by Bee McMullen and is called Gods Highway.......
Some people pass through this wonderful world,
And never look up at the sky;
It's nothing to them that the larks sing there,
While the great white clouds sail by.

It's nothing to them that millions of stars,
Weave a silver web at night.
They do not know of the hush that falls,
When the dawn gives birth to light.


Oh, pity the people with all your heart
Who never look up at the sky.
So many beautiful sights they miss,
As the pageant of God goes by.


I just wanted to say thank you to all bloggers that visit.....I have made many friendships and have been shown so much kindness........If I stopped blogging I would miss the connection I have with so many.......so I look forward to the next year with you all and wonder what indeed it holds.......I wait with anticipation..........







43 comments:

Terry said...

I'm so glad you decided to stay! I love visiting your blog! And I love that poem too! :0)

NCmountainwoman said...

Happy belated anniversary. Keep this marvelous posts coming. I love them.

naturewitch said...

Hi Cheryl

Happy belated blogiversary!!!

What a great legacy you will be leaving your grandchildren - I'm sure they will appreciate it.

But since your grandmother lived until 95, I reckon you've probably got a good long time ahead of you yet - imagine your grandchildren reading decades of blogs!

Actually, the photos you post are most magnificent and I'm sure they'll want to turn them into a book (or a few) if you haven't already.

Thanks for deciding to keep blogging. I look forward to seeing/reading your posts very much. xx

Ruth said...

I knew you would keep blogging! Happy blogiversary. Lovely poem. My grandma lived to the same age and I treasure her books but treasure her memory most.

shirl said...

Happy 2nd Blogaversary Cheryl :-D

I had a sneaking feeling that you would continue for a little longer ;-)

I am certain so many people are delighted and as for your family this is a gift :-D

Cheryl said...

Tks Terry so very much.....

Cheryl said...

Thank you ncmountainwoman....as always your words are much appreciated......

Cheryl said...

Hi naturewitch.....if I am as well as my great grandmother was that would be great.....

I am actually going to start to put together a book with photographs, some writing, and I am going to start using my pens again. Calligraphy was a great love of mine, with a busy life, it slipped away from me. I intend to bring it back into my life.I thought a book would be fun......

Cheryl said...

Hi Ruth.......we are both fortunate to have treasured memories and to remember past generations....I considered myself blessed to have had my Great grandmother for so long.....I was ten when she died......

Cheryl said...

Hi Shirl....thank you for your warm wishes.........

Dawny P said...

Well firstly happy bloggiversary to you Cheryl xxx. And secondly, I cannot say how glad I am that you are continuing. I would miss you dreadfully and your wondeful pictures - there aren't enough like you in this world we live in. You have made my day :)) and these pictures are stunning. I could look at the sky forever, especially when it is different shades. I took Kyla outside early one morning recently to show her the pink light - it was amazing, something quite special xxxx

Q said...

Dear Cheryl,
Blogging does take time! Your posts are always sensitive and full of beauty. I do understand how difficult it is sometimes to get everything in! I too am journaling as part of my legacy.
Your Grandmother's tea things and poem are so beautiful. Your Grandmother must have been a very special woman. Very nice that you honour her by caring for her things and sharing her story. We keep our loved ones alive by telling their story.
Congratulations on one year of blogging. It is a fantastic community we belong to. We are a powerful force too!
You have brought much bee awareness and shown the beauty and joy of organic gardening to the world with your blog. Bugs and blooms and birds and all sorts of charming critters come forth and entertain us and teach us. Thank you.
I am pleased you will still be blogging for I would miss your sanctuary and your beauty.
Namaste,
Sherry

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Congrats on your year of blogging Cheryl. I would surely miss you if you disappeared from here. I am sure your Grandmother would love that fact that you are sharing her tea service, poems and memories with us. Those lovely Grands will be happy to read about you in the future and to know what a wonderful woman you are. They will be proud to read how you kept such good care of your piece of the world for them.

marmee said...

your sky is scrumptious. i will look at it. your birds flying are beautiful, i will take note of them. your grandmother was blessed and i will remember your kind thoughts of her.
happy day to you and i am grateful and glad to be a reader of your blog.

Wendy said...

Congratulations on your first year of blogging! Time flies, doesn't it?
I am happy you have decided to stay. I thought you would, and I am glad. You bring a sensitivity, caring, and beautiful perspective to our world. And I would soooo miss little Poppi too!!

I enjoyed that poem and the sky pics.
Love & Light

Robert V. Sobczak said...

You're so right about the sky. It puts on a show most every day. It's cliche, but true: sometimes you've got to look up to enjoy the stars ... or in this case, the clouds.

Rose said...

Dear Cheryl, I am so glad you have decided to continue. When you first mentioned discontinuing your blog, Beckie and I were both upset and discussed how much we hoped you'd change your mind. It would have been like losing a dear friend! Happy blogaversary!

This is such a lovely post. Yes, the poem may be "simple", but it says so much...people are all rushing around these days, missing what's really important. Your blog will indeed be a legacy for your grandchildren, a journal of all that is important to you, Cheryl. I'm sure they will treasure it as you do your great-grandmother's china.

beckie said...

As Rose said, we were so worried we would lose a dear friend if you did quit. i am thrilled you are ocntinuing-and not just for us, but for your grandchildren. So much better than a journal, you have the lovely pictures to go along with it. They will be able to see all you accomplish.

Your grandmother's things are lovely and I know you tresure them. The poem is one that should be read by everyone. It reminds us to slow down and take notice of nature's beauty.

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful to have met you and be able to call you friend! Have a great weekend1

Libbys Blog said...

I'm thrilled, also that you have decided to continue blogging.
I must admit I'm not good with poetry but I liked that one!!!

ladyandthetramp said...

Hoorah! I'm so thrilled you're carrying on - I don't write very often but I do visit everyday and your site often just gives me that quiet moment I need to get myself back together again so a huge thank you.
lots of love
Lady and the Tramp

Tricia said...

I'm a relative newcomer to your blog Cheryl but do enjoy my visits here. And Happy Blogging Anniversary.

It's a wonderful way to keep a diary!

Tina said...

I don’t post comments often (which should really change!) but I do read and enjoy every post of yours. I am so glad you continue blogging. Good idea to have this for the grandchildren. Just remember to save what you have written at a safe place – you never know what happens…

Gail said...

Cheryl, this post is beautiful in photo and word... I would miss your lovely conversation and keeping up with your bees and birds. How would we know what Ratty Rat was up to if you didn't post anymore! Congrats on your blogaversary!

It seems your grandmother had the key to a long life; graciousness, exercise, meditating among the roses and English tea every afternoon! Lessons we can all take to heart.

Have a wonderful day!

Gail

Cheryl said...

Dear Dawny....It is wonderful that you take Kyla out to look at the sky......you are planting seeds, she will thank you for this one day. In the busy lives that we all lead these days we do not take time just to look at the beauty that is around us.....

I do hope that you are feeling better soon....

Cheryl said...

Dear Sherry.....The world of blogging has introduced me to so many like minded people. It is good to know that I not the only one that cares and that people are willing to listen. As you so rightly say we are indeed a powerful force.

You have inspired me with my photography, and I have much to learn. I sometimes become frustrated but I am slowly getting to grips with things......thank you for all the help that you have given me....

My great grandmother stays with me.....her china, books etc are a pleasure to have. I also have some of her lace and silk handkerchiefs. I can remember her with her hankies......she never used them,they just added to her charm. She always wore black velvet and white lace.....even at the grand old age of 95 she dressed the same.......she was a very healthy woman, she became three days before she left us.....a remarkable woman.......

I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow...

Cheryl said...

Hi Lisa.....you are so right...apart from my love of all that is around me, I mainly do these things for the grandchildren. I hope they are both learning from me.....and that they will have the rapport with nature that I have. In my bad times it has helped me through the darkness.....

I have some wonderful blogging friends and I would miss them greatly......

Cheryl said...

Hi Marmee and Wendy....tku for your kind words and I always look forward to you both visiting......

Cheryl said...

Dear Rose.....I knew that if I stopped blogging my friends would disappear.....we say we will keep in touch but things happen and we lose touch. After lots of thought I have decided to blog here and there......more perhaps when I have time......

My great grandmothers things are for me priceless.....I remember her using them......when I sit and touch them, I can feel her close.....you cannot buy that....

Thank you dear Rose for being such a good friend, I look forward to the next year......

Cheryl said...

Dear Beckie....thank you so much for your kind words......after lots of thought I could not bear to lose all my true blogging friends.....time is precious, and I have little but I will cut it down a bit, but at least I will be around......

I treasure my great grandmothers pieces........they keep her close to me........its strange sometimes I can feel her when i touch her pieces.......

I to am thankful to have you and Rose as my friends.....you have brightened my life and for that I am truly grateful......

Cheryl said...

Tricia, Lady and Libby....thank you all for your very kind words....it is wonderful to get feedback and know you make a difference......

Cheryl said...

Dear Tina....thank you for leaving a comment this time.....it would be good to hear from you more.....I love feedback.....

All my photographs and writings are safe....but thank you for the reminder......

Cheryl said...

Gail.....you have a wonderful way with words.....tku so much for that.....

Perhaps Gt Grandma did know more than I realised......I do remember that she would never eat more than she needed.....she was a very tiny woman but obviously hardy.....she also had a wonderful calmness about her and a gentle touch.....

Patsi said...

Wonderful poem. I believe we all think of heaven when we look up to the skys.
I agree that your blog is a great way to be remembered.
Thanks for being here.

Racn4acure said...

Hi Cheryl - I found your blog the other day so I have some catching up to do, but happy anniversary! What a beautiful idea for a blog and a wonderful legacy for the grandkids! Best wishes, Art

Rosehaven Cottage said...

I'm SO GLAD you're going to continue blogging!!!!! You are doing it for the right reasons. I told you before that it's a wonderful way to journal your life. Your grandchildren will appreciate and treasure your words.

Hugs,
Cindy

Mary said...

Cheryl, I'm so glad you will stay.

Your blog brings me peace. Especially when I need it.

Your Grandma is smiling now, you know.

Congratulations on your year. It's been my pleasure to know you. You see, you have a way of seeing things and telling a story that I understand. You communicate so well...I'm still trying to tell it the way you do when I write.

Hugs,
Mary

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Oh Cheryl! I am so happy that you are continuing your blog. What a wonderful legacy to leave your grandchildren--and great grandchildren! You will be as vital to your great grandchildren as your great grandmother was to you! It is wonderful to see the love and values being passed down from generation to generation.

I thought the poem you shared was lovely--so perfect. Your g.grandmother's china is beautiful. I have a few treasured things from my g. grandmother too. She left a strong impression on me. When I think back to childhood memories, she was a touchstone for me, as you will be for your great grandchildren.

Cheryl said...

Thank you morning glories......how wonderful that you to have treasure that belonged to your gt grandmother......they are priceless, are they not?
Childhood memories are, of course, even more precious......

Cheryl said...

Thank you for your comment Mary.....I am honoured that you like my writings....they are simple but they are from the heart......

Dawny P said...

Hi Cheryl. I have something nice for you over at my blog. Just to say thank you for your inspiration and friendship which I value greatly. Hope you and Mr P are well xxxxx

Dawn said...

Aww what a wonderful blog - full of all the things I like, birds, animals and nature - Beautiful photos!

Kathleen said...

Your posts touch the heart. Lovely.

Naturegirl said...

Cheryl congratulations on your 1st year blogging!
I have so enjoyed my visits here and glad that you will continue your blog!
I am one that is awestruck by the clouds in the sky!