“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
During the last few days I visited one of my dear friends, it had been too long since we caught up with each other, and it has been very necessary and a great joy and pleasure to make that time for her yesterday.

Since there was such a super crop of raspberries in the garden I have made plenty of jam, but also the cherries were cheap in the shops, but it’s not as easy to make these into jam hence they turned out runny and we are using the result on ice-cream and in porridge. Delicious!

Summer flowers, it’s good to concentrate on the beauty of nature, especially during days of sadness.

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”
― Maya Angelou


It has been a sad start to the week here with one friend passing, and a joy later on in the week with visiting a precious friend who is very ill. It makes for quietness and reflection in my own mind. Realising, of course that nature, the beauty of nature, the flowers, the insects, the summer sun and evenings, the delightful scents in the meadows, the nearly full moon in the sky right now, the ripe red berries in the garden, the stillness of the river reflecting lush summer trees found along its banks all help to make life beautiful and meaningful. Letting go is an essential part of growing a little older too.


  1. Wonderful pictures, the colours are vibrant. I’m sorry you’ve lost a friend and have another one ill. As we get older we seem to lose more and more leaving us to be grateful for the time we had with friends.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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  2. One can’t be a nature lover and not be philosophical about decline, or even demise. I hope you are not too sad. There is solace in nature and it does soothes. Thank you for sharing.

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      1. It does seem the time of life, eh? When loss equals the gain, most days. But as with my front garden that dies to the ground each winter, life springs eternal just when you are certain it will never show itself again. Blessings and Good Journeys to your dead and dying friends; rest and peace to their families.

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  3. wonderful and moving post, dear Agnes. Unfortunately death belongs to life but it’s good to cherish every day as you say and it’s good to have friends and do some jam.
    Have a nice week, all the best, kind regards Mitza

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  4. The beauty of nature is certainly a soothing balm for sad and difficult times. So sorry for your loss and moments of difficulties.

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