“Close” is one of those words with multiple meanings and it has a usage peculiar to my home town of Edinburgh, where a close is a small alleyway or courtyard leading from the Royal Mile to the North and South of the City (usually with lots of worn and steep steps involved). The close was usually named after a memorable occupant of one of the apartments reached by the common entrance, or a trade plied by one or more residents.
So today’s picture is of Advocate’s Close and, as I am not in Edinburgh, the picture is by Jonny Baker on Flickr:
I am taking up the Challenge to write a blog post every day for November, as I have rather got out of the blogging habit. So much so, that it feels as if I am learning to use WordPress all over again!
The pictures are some of the 131 shoe boxes which my congregation have collected for the Blythswood shoebox appeal.
The quilt was there to help us visualise a story I used during the service, as part of the dedication of our shoeboxes. It is well worth reading here – at the BBC news site, a tale about “the man who kept a quilt for 70 years”.
The quilt in my picture was made by my little sister, as an engagement gift for me and my husband. Although it is not yet 70 years old, it is wearing well in its 32 year! It usually brightens up an old sofa in our front room. It is something I treasure too, because of all the happy associations that come with it, and the knowledge that it was made with such love and care when my sister was just 15.
Love this picture by George Crawford, taken on the road between West Kilbride and Ardrossan last week.
Bright splash of colour in what has been a fairly grey and overcast summer so far on the west Coast! (It was glorious today though).
Swaying gently in the breeze
poppies galore blooming with ease
raising their heads up to the sky
smiling widely certainly not shy
Fragile petals warm in the sun
flames of scarlet having fun
black eyes winking in hazy sunlight
dancing merrily for your delight
So when you pass this field of fire
take the time to stop and admire
silken petals with a waxy sheen
against a background of olive green.
Another great picture of Ailsa Craig by Brian Johnstone. Loving his pictures.
“Finding Seashells” (Author Unknown)
Come walk with me
Along the sea
Where dusk sits on the land
And search with me
For shells are free,
And treasures hide in sand.
Today’s photo is an image of candle in a mirror box taken by Joel Motylinsky (on Flickr).
There are two ways of spreading light, to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it (Edith Wharton)
Today, another amazing picture by Brian Johnstone – skimming stones all the way to Ailsa Craig.
“Honour your being, release each and every struggle, gather strength from life’s storms, relax into the arms of spirit”
Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Lovely picture by Brian Johnstone, taken on Prestwick Beach. Wonderful warm summer colours, pity the weather is mainly shades of grey!
“In the midst of life we must find the magic that makes our souls soar” (Kelcey Jones)
“The tallest oak in the forest was once just a little nut that held its ground”
Photo is children playing on an oak tree in Louisiana from National Geographic photographs.
The quote resonated with me today though 😄
Another beautiful morning, another lovely walk.
Here is my picture of the day, the sunny Saltcoats bit of my parish. Great shot by Ian Cassidy (Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald on Facebook) with Arran rising through the haze.