Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Fleeting Delights


[EILEEN SOPER, RMS SWLA (1905-1990)]


A mundane moment in my day can be transformed into a magical one by a shaft of sunlight suddenly and fleetingly illuminating the garden, or a pheasant glimpsed strolling across the lawn.

Today I had both these in quick succession as I sat at the kitchen table writing my shopping list. They were then immediately followed by a delightful dance performed in front of my eyes by two tiny little birds (long-tailed tits I subsequently found out): one flitting around the blades of grass, almost as big as he; the other hovering, hummingbird-like, before the dark column of the cypress tree, settling momentarily on the thick greenery waving in the wind before hovering once more, resting for a heartbeat and then both disappearing, as suddenly as they had arrived, on a gust of air.

6 comments:

Pondside said...

Those are the moments that take us from the everyday to the magical. We don't always pause long enough to recognize them - I'm glad that you did, and then blogged.

elizabethm said...

I love this - I know exactly what you mean and think it is lovely to have shared your moment today. I have run just a bit too fast today, in my supposed loads of time to myself. Your blog has made me slow down again, thank you.

Edward said...

Beautiful poetic post - but was somewhat weirded out by a blast of Karen Carpenter as I read it!

Milla said...

yes yes, mine was the Eagles which burst in when I was feeling all meaningful about the ones below, the figures. But that allows things to sort of stay in perspective so I don't mind and there's always the hope that the random blast will be Me and My Monkey which I just love and only seem to hear here (it IS here, non??) and on my iPod.

HER ON THE HILL said...

Thanks y'all for reading and kind comments.
Ed - sorry Karen came on then, probably an unfortunate juxtaposition! You know, you can always turn the music off - just scroll down to the very bottom of the side bar and hit the pause button - or instead choose what you want to listen to (if any of it!!). Alternatively, just turn down the volume on your computer speakers. That's what I do when I'm trying to pretend from hubby that I'm not blogging...
Milla - has taken my slow brain a moment to work out what you were saying. What figures?? I thought. Anyway, realise you mean the previous post. Doh. Anyway, Me and My Monkey is indeed here - just scroll down the playlist till you find it and you can listen to it repeatedly!
x

Maddie Grigg said...

I love moments like these. And I keep the sound turned off unless I'm plugged into my iPod. It's good to be able to stop and stare.

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