‘He told them tales of ants and flowers,

the ways of trees, and the strange creatures of the Forest, about the evil things and good things, things friendly and things unfriendly, cruel things and kind things, and secrets hidden under brambles.”
The Fellowship of the Ring ~ J. R. R. Tolkien

and all of those things struck a resonant note within their minds and lived a better life for it.

let us not forget

that the ordinary can be just as exceptionally beautiful as the extraordinary.

all it takes is taking the time to look a little closer to appreciate what we have.


with all the ugly going on around the world it’s a little too easy, at least for myself, to get caught up and let it drag me along but, without outright dismissing the ugly, little reminders such as this lovely Dog Rose found on the bank of the Clyde in Scotland last week helps restore that precarious balance, at least temporarily.


yesterday’s bugs

Thomas‘  new friend, Mr Mayfly

lunchtime bee

and the caddis that got away…

despite the great number of bugs under, on and around the surface, the hot air and water  temperature combined with low water conditions put the fish to sleep and very few where interested in playing.
it was still a beautiful day.