Friday, 15 January 2010

Silence

Gardening gives me fun and health and knowledge. It gives me laughter and colour.
It gives me pictures of almost incredible beauty.............



John F. Kenyon
from....My Garden's Good-Night.

24 comments:

Liz said...

Lovely photos Cheryl, are you beginning to make friends with your camera?

Miranda Bell said...

What a little cutie - loved his little fluffed up body! The winter certainly brings some interesting visitors! Have a good week Mx

Cheryl said...

Liz...how did you know??

Cheryl said...

Hi Miranda.....the little wagtail had a bath.....then he sat on the branch to dry......so very cute.
Have a lovely weekend....

beckie said...

Cheryl, what delightful photos. Poor little guy looks like he is cold. I see you still have a good snow cover-we are losing ours as the temps are warming and we are expecting rain. You never know what the weather will do here. :) Hope you have a great weekend!

Liz said...

... I must just *know*

;)

How is the snow for you? Melted I hope!

Wendy said...

What a cutie!

Rose said...

How sweet, Cheryl! I've also found that listening to the silence of the garden is the best meditation I can practice. Wishing you a good--and warmer--weekend!

marmee said...

cheryl,

these are lovely photos...i love when the birds are all puffed up during snowy days. we have warmed up a bit here...it is so much nicer without the bitter cold.
i love when you can be in silence in the garden or for a nice long walk. i miss that when it is too cold.
hope your january day are happy ones.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Cheryl, your garden visitors are darling even after just stepping out of the bath. I love the header photo. Your area must be thawing out. We certainly are here. It is a 50degree difference in temperatures. No wonder the human body doth protest. It is amazing how the fauna and flora survives.

Q said...

Dear Cheryl,
So often I too am a silent witness to the affairs of the garden. Just watching the birds on a snowy day connects me to all that is full of grace and beauty. I know how sad losing treasured trees can be. I know the joy when the lavender shows signs of new spring growth.
Often it is in silence I work.
This photograph is artful and beautiful. I love the black and white of it....
Namaste,
Sherry

Cheryl said...

A cute bird and wonderful words.

Cheryl said...

DEar Beckie.....it is 7.00am and I can hear the pitter patter on the conservatory roof. It is raining, so the snow will disappear today....I will not be sad to see it go.
Have a good weekend.

Cheryl said...

Hi Liz....it is raining this morning and the snow is disappearing....hooray.

They are now speaking of flooding....the river at the end of our road burst its bank yesterday and is in the farmers fields....the sheep have been moved to safer ground. It has been a horrible winter (weatherwise) so far, hasn't it?

Cheryl said...

Thank you Rose...I hope your weekend is a good one to.

Silence is golden.....and you are perfectly right, the best form of meditation. If you watch the birds, sometimes they appear to just be enjoying the moment. They do not have the ability to look back or look forward....they live in the moment....we have a lot to learn.

Cheryl said...

Thank you Marmee.....I can quite easily get lost in silence. I love my own company when working in the garden...being at one with all that is around me is so very important.....especially in time of stress.

Happy January days to you to.....

Cheryl said...

Lisa, that is a great difference in temperature. It is all a bit crazy, is it not? It is raining as I type.....the soothing sound of rain. Temperatures are due to rise tomorrow and we should be at normal temps for this time of year, around 9C. That's more like it!

The birds are lovely....I have had many visitors....

Cheryl said...

Dear Sherry.....I do feel saddened at the loss of the trees but I am accepting that it is the way of my gardens. I love nature and all she holds...there will be bad times, but there will be many good. I live in the house, the creatures live in the garden, I only tend their space......

Sunday should bring warmer temperatures....around 9C...about right for this time of year.....

Have a lovely weekend....look forward to safari......

Have a

Liz said...

Hi Cheryl,

I went to bed with the backgarden completely covered and only patches at the front clearing and this morning only stumps remain where my snowmen were and the occasional icy patch where we must've compacted it walking up to the feeders.

It is such a relief that it's mostly gone now, and since it's still raining I think the rest won't be around much longer.

It seems like weeks since I last saw the garden, and it's such a thrill to see the bulbs and plants still appear to be with us - I haven't yet ventured up the garden though.

The weather has definitely been horrible this winter, snow is normally exciting... I hope the floods do not effect you, I guess this is where living on a hill is a blessing...

Cheryl said...

Hi Liz....the snow has gone, apart from the odd bit.....
I now have a pond....I have to smile....the weather is crazy.

A lot of plants have been eaten by the rabbits, as I told you....they have also ringed three trees.I think I shall wait till spring and see what survives and what does not. I know that the trees will not survive.....but the shrubs are another matter. We will see.....

I am pleased to hear that your garden appears to have survived and bulbs are bringing you winter cheer.......be thankful you live on a hill.

Have a lovely weekend.....

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Cheryl,
What lovely photos. I enjoy very much your snow scenes and the birds. You do such a splendid job taking photos.

ShySongbird said...

Lovely, rather beautifully, bleak photos Cheryl and I love the quote.

I also loved all the photos on the previous post particularly the Blue Tits and the Robin sat in the food dish...no table manners, these birds :)

I do hope you are not troubled by flooding, like Liz, we live on a hill, so, thankfully, never have to worry about that.

Gail said...

Cheryl, Hello! I loved this post~~Good photos and and simple words are often just right! Hoping you are having a great weekend~~

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful and lovely Shots !! Simply nice and amazing !!