This is the tribute on many blogs for KB, and her beloved dog K, and those of you who read my blog will see that http://romp-roll-rockies.blogspot.com is one of the many blogs on my list. KB has shared with us her journey with K,, who had remarkable strength, courage and a huge heart full of love, after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her front leg. On 15th July, K left this world, and her spirit will be with so many forever. Today I looked out from our back lawn, and there were 2 little lambs, one born this morning. I talked with Patrick, we shared the grief we feel when a loved animal is gone, he mourned the loss of his much loved dog, and I talked of Toto and Finn. We rejoiced in the wonders of nature and the joy of a new-born lamb.This is the dude responsible for the little ones, and more will arrive over the next week or so.He has some Texel, so his fleece falls off rather than being shorn.
This little one was born this morning, and maybe she is getting some heat reflected off the tin.I tried to go closer, but Mama stamped her foot very firmly, saying to me “ DO NOT come any further” so I walked on to the fence.
This girl is blind in one eye, but so gentle and friendly. There are high hopes her lamb, or better still lambs might have her lovely brown colours too.
This lamb is a week old, her fleece so white, and she skipped along over the grass, then waited at the gate, maybe hoping I would let her through to the next paddock.Sorry, you need to stay where you are.I left my fleece jacket on the fence, but 10 minutes later the sun disappeared, and I was glad to put it on again.
A Chinese Lantern or Abutilon, the shades of a Day Lily , and the mauve/pink s colour of a Rhododendron.Colours of nature to brighten the days.
Like K, with her courage, we all need to look for the beauty in nature, the glow of a sunset, the glory of a rainbow, and to “ Seize the Day”
My dear friend Walter studied the Classics, and among his favourites were Shakespeare, Matthew Arnold and Lord Alfred Tennyson.He could and would quote word for word perfectly, so many years after his studying days were finished at Victoria University. He told me of climbing to the top of Mt Victoria in Wellington and reciting the words over and over, till he knew them by heart. He had great courage , in the face of adversity, and in WW2, and later on when facing the many times in hospital.His plans to write a book telling of his days in HMS, through the ranks from Ordinary Seaman, Acting Sub Lieutenant, to senior officer of the 51st ML Flotilla, Lieutenant Walter Charles Drake, DSC, RNZNVR, were thwarted by ill health and diminishing eyesight from Macular degeneration.His spirit remained strong, and todays quotation is dedicated to Wally, to KB, and my many blog friends who write words of encouragement , and inspiration from their daily lives. The words below will be engraved on a permanent installation in the centre of the Olympic Village in London, to inspire the athletes taking part in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and for future generations to read.
Quotation of the day from Lord Alfred Tennyson , an excerpt from “ Ulysses”
“ To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield”
Greetings from Jean