The Barbra Streisand song suggests how beautiful memories can be... some so painful to remember, others impossible to forget.
And whilst I've been writing of farming memories, and favourite things, and childhood memories, sometimes there's a photo that captures my imagination - or a verse - or a thought. The one above was an early step in the development of my cover.
I found myself once again embellishing my words or my photos, or someone else's I go searching for to find the most appropriate ones I am free to use. But it's always best of all making memes out of my own memories and thoughts. I like that a lot, as you will learn.
One beautiful sunset I photographed here on our farm was in all the fabulous colours the end of the day can wear. And it created a line of thought that went like this -
By the sunset of your life,
many hopeful sunrises have melted in the heat of the midday sun...
but the best persist,
and shine even brighter
at the end of your day.
And I played with the photo, and tried out the sweet and gentle old-fashioned charm of sepia tones, and suddenly the whole cover came together for me. As always, not a 'professional' cover... but SO me!
A New Year Has Begun
So this was Christmas and here’s the New Year of 2017.
We’re starting it on a happier, more positive note healthwise after a year of pain and fear and terrible uncertainty.
But, after all, here we still are, ready to take on the next challenges Life presents.
My signature saying on one of my writing forums is from Henry Ford - (yes - THE Henry of the mighty Ford cars).
‘Think you can or think you can’t - you’re right.’
Hmm… takes on a brand new meaning when we consider my New Year’s Day meme from last year.
Little did we know the challenges that faced us. But at this point in Life, we KNOW we can…
PART ONE - Hiraeth means Home
Hiraeth, (pronounced here-eyeth], is a Welsh word that has no direct English translation. The University of Wales - 'Lampeter', attempts to define it as homesickness tinged with grief or sadness over the lost or departed. It is a mix of longing, yearning, nostalgia, wistfulness, or an earnest desire for the Wales of the past. - Wikipedia
Hiraeth is a longing for one's homeland, but it's not mere homesickness. It's an expression of the bond one feels with one's home country when one is away from it. - Urban Dictionary
And this Wishful Thinker has never left her homeland, Australia, and believes she never will.
The bonds of love bind too tightly; the fear of loss is far too great to risk losing something so infinitely precious.
This first part of my collection contains thoughts and scenes that are dear to my heart and soul.