Originally Blogging the Artist's Way. Thoughts, musings, experience of the 12-week course, January to March 2006. And after that?.... Life, creativity, writing. Where does it all meet? Here, perhaps.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Where I live

This week's List Friday prompt at Pomegranates & Paper is Why I love where I live. Yes. I do love where I live. Where do I live? In my skin, in any one of a half-dozen chairs in any one of a half-dozen places, In my house, my garden, my town, this county, this country... If home is where the heart is, my heart can be many places. I live in groups of women, groups of writers, I live at times with my head bent over books in a library, and I live a good deal of the time in cyber-space, circling, circling with all you good people in the land of Blog. Why do I love where I live? Ten reasons? (Ten of the reasons, not the top ten reasons, mind you!)
  1. Corny, cliched, but on a day like today, I am going to say the Forty Shades of Green visible travelling anywhere here. Today I just drove twenty miles, along a familiar route, but this day, in the April sunlight, my breath was caught at every turn of the road.
  2. Certain places along the road from here to my home-town, where land and sea merge into a misty, mystical-looking magical land.
  3. The Genista that are holding tight little buds at the moment, ready to burst into wild, mad yellow bloom at the top of my garden, flinging their golden light through my kitchen window throughout most of May. I think of them as my son's birthday candles.
  4. The Women's Centre where I volounteer and the writing group that meet there. Nurturing, open, welcoming, a place of healing and fun and growth. I love it.
  5. I love the people who will chat in a queue or smile at me in a grocery-shop when I find myself reciting my shopping-list aloud, or just comment at the price of something, or the weather.
  6. I love the worn-down couch in my study where I sit to write my morning-pages. It came from my Grandmother's house, and I love that I get to be the one to have that link with her.
  7. When I drive around this county, I am so taken with the beauty and the diversity of the landscape - from rich, fertile, rolling farms to wild, barren mountainslopes.
  8. When I open my back-door on a morning where spring meets summer, and step outside to the damp but warming-up smell of earth, I just love where I live. If there's a thrush or blackbird about, so much the better. If something new has bloomed - riches.
  9. I love the opportunity to go to ancient places - stone circles, and ring-forts, to feel the energy of a time before our time, to feel myself as a small thing in the huge circle of time and life.
  10. Being in a place where at any given time, on any given day, there are friends about who will join me for coffee, for lunch, for chat, for company. This is one of the priceless things about where I live that makes it a place to love, that makes it home.

What do you love about where you live?


At 21/4/06 8:32 pm, Blogger eliza said...

wow! from this, i love where you live, too. so many wonderful images. the genista birthday candles stand out. i'm so so glad that you have a home that suits and reflects your warmth and richness.

hey (on a slightly more dour note), i wanted to let you know that, regarding people i know lurking at my blog, i didn't want to waste any energy on it in my epilogue, but one of them had no hesitation in confirming that the betrayal and cruel voyeurism i imagined were the precise nature of his motives for reading and not telling. i'm very curious, actually, what your thoughts on your rights regarding blog privacy are, if you want to leave some in my comments. i still think i have some, but i no longer hold any expectation that they will be honored. which i'm sure is better than the ignorance/innocence combo i was working with before.

thanks again for this radiant post.

At 21/4/06 9:52 pm, Blogger Jennifer said...

I posted a list back in December... check it out if you like...

At 21/4/06 9:53 pm, Blogger Jennifer said...

Oh yeah, your home sounds absolutely delightful!

At 22/4/06 3:36 pm, Blogger Endment said...

Inspiring - Love your post. You have created a beautiful circle of life. You also have inspired me- I wasn't going to respond to this prompt but as soon as blogger lets me - I will post

At 1/5/06 3:31 pm, Blogger Amber said...

Oh, my. This was wondeful. You write in a way that really lets the reader see all of it.

My brother just got back from a trip to your green isle. He loved it!



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