Season’s Blessings

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields.

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And may the blessing of the earth be on you,
soft under your feet as you pass along the roads,
soft under you as you lie out on it, tired at the end of day;

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May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.

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May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.

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May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.

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May you have warm words on a cold evening,
A full moon on a dark night,
And the road downhill all the way to your door.

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May brooks and trees and singing hills
Join in the chorus, too.
And every gentle wind that blows
Send happiness to you.

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Words from various Irish blessings found around the internet. Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Path

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Best Christmas Outfit

17/12/16 – Edited to add:

The vote is now closed! Thank you for voting. The winner is number 10! Congratulations 🙂

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Photo number 10

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At the weekend I was at the Christmas Show Jumping competition at Rheidol Riding Centre. While rosettes were awarded for the various rounds, there wasn’t an award for the best dressed rider on the day. So I thought, for a bit of fun, since I photographed everyone, maybe we could have a vote to see who we think was the best dressed rider.

Here are all the riders who dressed up (click on a photo to see it larger, and you can then scroll through them to see them all):

Each photo has a number so you can vote for your favourite in the poll here:

To thank the riders for their efforts which added lots of fun to my photography, I’ll give the winner a prize of some sort … maybe a free digital download of themselves in action? Or maybe chocolates? Anyway, let’s just see who the winner is … get voting! 🙂

Christmas Magic

I know some people may feel it’s a little early but what’s more magical than Christmas sparkle and twinkly lights? We’ve put our tree up early this year to cheer us up in the dark nights, and fend of the darkness of depressing/frustrating news stories. Light and bright, bringing hope, and reminding us to hold onto the important things, to live, love and laugh, and make the most of what we have.

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Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Magic.

Christmas Morning

Right now it’s Christmas morning and it’s very quiet in my house. I’m the only one up. I’m not complaining as I like a quiet morning to potter about, drink tea, read blogs and catch up on Facebook etc. Right now it’s just me and the trees and the cat 🙂 Later the teens will awake and enjoy their presents and we’ll be putting a nice pork joint on to cook for our Christmas meal, but for now it’s just me and this quiet and rather damp morning.

And this was the morning a couple of days back – I woke up early at my Mum & Dad’s house and this was the lovely view from their window. I was living in the now right then and enjoying the sunrise 🙂

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Photos taken on my Phone

Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Now

Oops – reflections

The weekly photo challenge is ‘Oops!’ this week. The thing that immediately sprung to mind was the pile of rejected photos from the previous post featuring festive Christmas tree photos. These all include rather unwanted reflections which I didn’t think about until I was looking at them on the computer!

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Can you spot me between the branches reflected in the bauble? Extra points if you see the cat.
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Big window reflection in this one, with Bobby the cat wondering what I’m up to
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Bauble and bokeh … and a lovely reflection of me and my tripod
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I’ve managed to avoid my own reflection in this one but that’s a lot of window!
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Me and my tripod again, and most of my living room!

Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Oops!

Transition in Season and Focus

Outside it’s full-on autumn with blustery winds and rain – not really the weather for going out for walks and taking photos – but indoors we have the Christmas tree to brighten things up, so there are still photo opportunities to be found. The season is changing and festivities are beginning. We are transitioning between seasons.

So there is a festive theme to my photos today. Not only a season transition, but my photos are transitioning from focus to out of focus, to get the shiny bokeh effect:

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Unfocused

Generally I try to have at least part of the shot in focus, so that it’s not entirely bokeh…

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Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Transition.

Weekly Photo Challenge: New … AKA Dragonflies by candlelight

My sister gave me a pair of lovely little candle holders for Christmas, with delicate dragonflies flying round them. Seems perfect for the challenge this week – brand new and beautiful too! Thank you Sarah! 🙂

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “New.”

Merry Christmas Readers

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Dear Readers,

Thank you for reading my blog and for hitting the like button or commenting, I really appreciate it. I hope that you have a good day today, whether you’re celebrating Christmas or just enjoying the holidays 🙂

Suzy x

Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow

When I saw the theme was yellow this week, it seemed perfect! I have more photos from the other day when I was mesmerised by my candle, and there’s definitely a lot of yellow going on…

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Yellow.”

Light up the dark

Tonight I found myself slightly hypnotised by this beautiful flame…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle

I took some close-ups of my Christmas tree just after it went up, and if you’re a regular reader, you’ll know I posted them here on the blog. However, that wasn’t all of them. I only included photos where something in the photo was actually in focus! There were others where it was all about the twinkle and not about focusing at all. Usually out of focus photos go in the bin, but these ones are keepers I think, with all the pretty bokeh and bright colours.

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Twinkle.”

weary

sharp-edged
storm brewing
you gnaw at me still
infinity draws my eye
a thousand glowing fairy lights
from now to evermore
each day the same
drape tinsel on my pain
wrap me in darkness
allow me this
hidden
I weep