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After Dinner

September 23rd
Belted Galloways  I walked down the road from the refectory to the field  where this evening Belted Galloways graze  along with their calves. These gentle animals, with their  thick coats, short legs and deep dark eyes look up  momentarily to watch my intrusion before returning  to the grass. One older calf breaks away from the  group to come closer and we looked into each  other's eyes, each a mystery to the other yet with so  much in common.

 Then on down to the Dart as dusk falls and sounds  fall away, the trees are still, the river seems to have  slowed down and two ducks appear to be gently  drifting downstream.

Leaning against a beech on the waters edge I felt held, at home in myself. I got to thinking about loneliness, how when we realise our commonality with our world we have companions, intimacy and joy for the asking.

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Autumn by the River Dart

September 6th
leaf on the water

 Sitting by the river yesterday I reflected on autumn,  mine as well as the countryside's. I don't feel the cold  of winter yet but know it is coming, right now both the  year and I are in a time of harvesting and letting go.

 I watched how the trees just release their leaves,  some falling on the forest floor where they nurture  the smaller and invisible creatures of the earth. Other  leaves drop silently into the water and are gently  taken down stream towards the ocean. They travel in  the company of, but untangled from, their fellows.

 We humans join the river just the once but the tree  holds the wisdom of many autumns and appears to  have no trouble in letting go. We find that much harder and expend too much of our energy trying to flow upstream.

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Slowing Down, Dartington Estate

July 14th
waterbubbles on grid

 Ivermee's Inverse Vision Law states that the quantiy  and quality of experience is inversely proportional to  speed. So unless we slow down what we see, hear,  touch and feel becomes limited.

 When we view existence as a journey or series of  journeys then the ends or goals become fairly  unimportant. And, like it or not, we are all headed for  the same destination! Naturally, there are times when  we need to travel speedily but modern life has turned  speed into an apparent necessity yet slowing things  down is important for our emotional and mental well  being. Life around us requires that we slow down so  it can be acknowledged and appreciated, that we  take time to stroll, to stop, to acknowledge the  uniqueness of this moment of time in this particular  place.

Why go to the trouble to erect a bird feeder in the garden if we don't take time to sit and watch the birds coming to feed. When we do take time it's possible to become engrossed in their behaviour, how one specie reacts to another, to begin to detect their presence in the hedge before the birds show themselves, the way the blackbird tilts it head sideways to look at me with a strong sense of eye contact. And that's just one bird feeder in one garden. We begin to see how much there is to see!

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