Tuesday, 31 May 2011

A Time of Butterlies

We are living in a time of darkness

Golden light slips out through the cracks


Escaping butterflies remind us

We are living in a time of butterflies.

Can you feel them stir your heart?

~ me

Friday, 27 May 2011

The Shy Smile of a Summer Pink Flower

A lovely shrub rose spotted on our way to the park ~ photography by me ©Robin Dalton May 2011

all the more I wish to see
in those blossoms at dawn
the face of a god

Alas, due to poor health,

I do not write as much as I used to do.
I do not photograph as much as I used to do.
I do still take Dixie on small adventures
Trying not to wince in pain
Trying to make my smile
the only thing she sees.

Watching her run

Watching her tail wag
While she waits for the ball
to be thrown by me.

Searching the skies

for fluffy white clouds
against a heavenly blue background

Admiring summer flowers

when I happen upon them

This is truly the best pain relief

Even if I do suffer for it later

These lovely pink flowers

we discovered in the Sister's hedge.

The Sisters are two elderly sisters

who purchased a lovely house
completely dwarfed by fragrant jasmine,
a huge magnolia tree
and massive flowering shrubbery.

I have been told

that in the olden days
their house was once
the police station.

Now, on special days

they sell free range eggs
And if you are very lucky
you might see one of them
returning from our small high street
on her bicycle
They always nod to me
and smile at Dixie

These flowers are part

of the the massive
towering shrubbery
blocking their house from view
and entertaining us
on our way to
McIntyre's field for our
dog walking adventures.

In this way

we are not only blessed
but reminded of our blessings
by the shy smile of a pink flower.

If you've never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom. ~Terri Guillemets

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. ~unknown

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Doors of Perception

Door near Chichester Cathedral, Chichester, West Sussex ~ Photography by me, ©Robin Dalton

In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn,
the door is there and the key is in your hand.
Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open,
except yourself.


Wednesday, 25 May 2011

A thought on meditation

A Place for Meditation, The Chalice Well Gardens, Glastonbury, England ~ Photography by ©Robin Dalton May 2011

~ Meditation practice is regarded as a good, and in fact excellent, way to overcome warfare in the world;
our own warfare as well as greater warfare ~

~Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Saturday, 21 May 2011

This Year's Violas


Violas in My Garden ~ photography by me, Robin Dalton © May 2011


The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers. ~Basho

This year's violas.
Always my first flowers of spring.
They make my heart sing.

They make me glad
They make me forget
They make me remember

My aged heart might
occasionally break
My aged body might
occasionally ache

Still my violas
wave at me
and when I
remember to look

I close my eyes
Feel my sadness
crack, flake away
and I smile back.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Will you stop

My heart hurts
If I close my eyes,
If I hold my breath,
Will you stop
raining on me?

Sunday, 15 May 2011


Beachy Head ~ Photography by me, Robin Dalton

It is unconditional compassion for ourselves that leads naturally to unconditional compassion for others.
~Pema Chodron

Thursday, 12 May 2011

The Devil's Brood by Sharon Kay Penman

Read from April 15 to May 11, 2011

I have had this book on my shelf for ages. Unbelievable that I have taken so long to start it asI am such a huge fan. I had so many library books to read. So, anyway, I have finally started it. It's like opening a really fabulous bar of chocolate that you have been saving for a rainy day, crisis, divorce, etc. ...

12 May 2011

I have just finished this outstanding book! Now that there is no more left read, I have very reluctantly allowed my consciousness to leave the world of Henry and Eleanor. This was made easier with the knowledge that Richard the Lionheart by SKP is coming out in the future.

I cannot praise this book highly enough. I have read all of her books but this is definitely one of her best. Her confident and eloquent grasp of time, place and character is a joy to experience. Even if I did at times feel somewhat obsessed by the need to read this story. I won't go into a lot of detail about the plot as those reviewers before me have done a much better job than I could. I will say for those of you who don't know. That this book follows WHEN CHRIST AND HIS SAINTS SLEPT and TIME AND CHANCE.

I find myself still grieving for Henry II and so saddened at the manner of his death. I cried even though I knew what was coming. Do yourself a favour; allow yourself to be obsessed as I was by this story, by these larger than life personalities and Sharon Kay Penman's gorgeous prose.

Friday, 6 May 2011

Creative Suffering

Lancing Manor Park ~ Photography by me, Robin Dalton... April 2011

The Possible's slow fuse is lit
By the Imagination.
~Emily Dickinson

Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. ~Lewis Carroll

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. ~Kahlil Gibran

See... it's all good.


Thursday, 5 May 2011

Cinco de Mayo

Margaritas and BBQ from August of 2009

Current mood: breezy
Category: Friends
Okay, so this is the Margarita blog post I've been promising everyone for over a week now.

Most of my friends and family will already know how much I LOVE margaritas!!! Unfortunately, it's really hard to find Mexican Food in England and when you do it mostly consists of nachos and fajitas. However, we did find this really cool place in Covent Garden a couple of years ago run by some Australians. Oh dear, the burden of a wandering mind.

Back to the point - sort of - I have spent the last 7 1/2 years searching for a good margarita in England. Who would have ever guessed that it would come from my own kitchen. Gary and I have been working on our Margarita recipe for ages now. When our friends, Julie and Richard Milliner invited us over for a BBQ (despite the cloudy damp weather) we decided to use them as our test victims. They enthusiastically agreed to participate. I'm not sure Julie had even had a margarita before, bless her heart.. With their help we are now completely happy with our current margarita recipe. The downside of being really happy with your margaritas is that you drink way too many margaritas and I'm pretty sure they're just not on my diet at all.

Richard, who is really a hard rock man, plays in a band on the weekends, even graciously listened to some country music off my iPod. They really liked some of Trace Adkins' lively numbers and as Gary is currently very much into Lady Antebellum (who isn't?), he asked to hear some of their stuff. So an English BBQ had a definite American vibe. We had a lot of fun entertaining Richard with stories of Rocklahoma. I think he could be there!! So look out, Okies!

We consumed a ridiculous amount of Tequila...I have absolutely no intention of divulging the exact quantity but a grand time was had by all. I've already posted the photos. Julie and Richard provided the food and it was absolutely fabulous!!!

And now for the RECIPES (there are two, as we recently discovered a pretty good Strawberry Margarita recipe, as well):

The Wonderspouse and Robin's Margarita Recipe

3 parts tequila (we have found that silver tequila is really best for margaritas)
2 parts lime juice (we juice the limes in a food processor, but a manual juicer would work - just more time consuming)
2 parts Triple Sec or Contreau or if your feeling really extravagant Grand Marnier (Triple Sec is really hard to find here, so we are currently using Cointreau, but we did experiment with 1 part Triple Sec and 1 part Grand Marnier and it turned out pretty good.)

Put the lot into a cocktail shaker with a lot of ice, shake well, strain into glasses. Needless to say, you can turn it into a frozen margarita by throwing the ingredients into a blender with a lot of ice and turn on said blender.

Strawberry Margaritas
1 punnet Strawberries (250 g or about 1 cup)
150 ml tequila (a little over 1/2 cup)
55 ml orange liqueur (1/4 cup)
2 limes (juice of)
12 ice cubes
3 tbs sugar

Liquidize strawberries with sugar
Add rest of ingredients and blend

I would so like to take credit for the Strawberry Margarita recipe but in all actuality, I pretty much stole it from the following web site (minus the the frosting sugar)


Now it's your turn to share your favorite margarita recipe!

Not a great photo of me (what's going on with those bangs/fringe in UKspeak) but I wanted you to see the margarita!!

Hasta Luego, amigas and amigos!

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

I Don't Want to Talk About Death Anymore

This photograph caught my eye and imagination. It is from a New York Times article:  Man Cave With A View

I don’t want to talk or read about death anymore.
I just want to think about pretty things.
I want to pretend that I am sitting in this room in a thin flowery dress
with the sun warming my shoulders and bleaching my hair
while I listen for the sound of your laughter
like chimes gently kissing in a summer breeze.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - Home (JVTP)

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world, indeed it's the only thing that ever has.~ Margaret Meade


Monday, 2 May 2011

"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

May 1st Is The Celtic Festival of Beltane - The Union Between The Goddess And The God | The Shaman's Well

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