What The Statistics Mean

More sick,
more deaths,
more grief,
more pain.

But to many who read them
it means relief,
comfort,
thankfulness
because we are not counted among them –
yet.

I wonder why taking precautions
is so difficult for some people,
as though something is being taken away
rather than life being protected.

A strange phenomenon
to think that rules that save lives
are somehow constrictive
and unnecessary.

It’s like driving on the wrong side of the freeway
because you think you have the right to
in spite of laws and signs
to the contrary.

Please!
Think clearly,
follow the signs
and be safe.

©2020 Sharron R. McMillan

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Give Thanks

When you arise in the morning
Give thanks for the morning light.
Give thanks for your life and strength.
Give thanks for your food
And give thanks for the joy of living
And if perchance you see no reason
for giving thanks,
Rest assured the fault is in yourself.

~Chief Tecumseh

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Miniature World

Miniature World

A special gift from a friend who created it just for me.
Built on part of a branch that fell off an ancient fir tree.
Idyllic little world of green, flowers, trees and two sheep there,
a tempting little cottage I imagine I could share.
A miniature world needle-felted with loving care.

 

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Brunnera

Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ macrophylla

Perennial.  Good woodland garden plant.  Will naturalize.  Grows 18” tall and wide.
Flowers: Airy, light blue with yellow eyes.
Leaves: Silvery heart-shaped with green veins.
Part sun to full shade. Keep soil moist.  Deer Resistant.
From  Hisnibs for my birthday 2013

 

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Bitten by an octopus

Octopus

The day we went out for prawns there was a small octopus in the trap with the prawns.  Hisnibs reached in the get it out of the trap, it curled all of its tentacles around his wrist and bit him on one finger.  He said it felt like a needle.  When he threw it back into the ocean it sent out a cloud of ink.  No after effects from the bite, thankfully

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Black Elderberry

Black Lace Elderberry Sambucus nigra “Eva”

Lacy, purple-black foliage. Soft pink early summer flowers produce fall berries.
Hisnibs bought this plant for me for my birthday three years ago
Use: jam, jelly. Super Fruit.  Deer Resistant but we have it protected by netting just in case our deer don’t know that.

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Thirteen more ducklings born this weekend

13 ducklings born this weekend.

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I’m Going Back to Cookbooks


I’m going back to good old cook books.
I know the internet is full of information,
easy to access and instant
but every site is covered over
with things to sign up for,
things popping up about everything from
suggestions for painting a cupboard
to hints on how to make ice cream,
when all I want is a simple baked squash recipe.

It’s a whole lot easier
and less stressful
to go to my bookcase,
find the old blue Joy of Cooking
with a rendition of every recipe
you’d find online anyway.

Who invented those annoying pop ups
and why mess with inspiring pages
of food pictures and recipes?
I know how to search for anything I want,
I don’t need suggestions, thank you very much.

Going to go sit in the grape arbour
on my hanging chair
and enjoy looking through the cookbook
without stress or annoyance.

©2020 Sharron R. McMillan

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Wild Salmon Sticks

Wild Salmon Sticks

Another wonderful installation by middle daughter, fish in her dry pond creation.

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Focus

Sweet violets

At times we see life
through wide-angled lens,
complete and beautiful.

But
focus changes.

Pain, disappointment, fear
filter our perspective
and the world never looks
the same again.

Rose coloured filters may help
for awhile
but more often
we just stop looking.

Dream apertures close down
and we hang up our desire to see.

Then we meet someone
who looks through heart-shaped lens,
who sees us as we no longer can.

Their focus is clear,
they show us their view
and we remember
seeing life like that
a long time ago.

It’s hard to remove the dust
of bad memories
embedded inside.

Slowly we learn to look beyond
what blocks our vision,
to see life again
as it was meant to be seen.

It is still a beautiful view.

©2015 Sharron R. McMillan

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Hidden Oasis In the Ferns

What’s that in the ferns?

Move closer. . .

A hidden oasis in the ferns.  Lovely! Another lovely Middle Daughter’s Creation.

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Hermit Moments


Hermit Moments
with yourself,
by yourself,
accepting yourself,
loving yourself,
learning all the wisdom
of the world.

©2015 Sharron R. McMillan

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Woodshed Half Full

Hisnibs and I got the mountain of firewood stacked in the woodshed.  That’s almost half the firewood we need for the winter.  More splitting and stacking to do yet to ensure cozy days by the fire this winter.

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Poet Pen

Wild Roses

I fain would write a timely poem
Of politics and polls
Of oil spills and postal strikes
Of taxes, wars and goals.

But lo, ‘twas not my diascope
This timely news to share,
For ‘tis delivered daily
At my step and on the air.

But ‘tis the timeless messages
The poet’s pen discloses
Tell of moss on ancient oak
Speak of wild roses.

Reach out past the greedy hands
Destruction and deceit
Show them beauty, truth exist
There, beneath their feet.

©1975 Sharron R. McMillan

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Wisdom of the Aged

Fungi on stump

When I was young,
 I admired clever people.
Now that I am old, I admire kind people.
~Abraham Joshua Heschel


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