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reverie – synonyms: absorption, abstraction, castle-building, castles in the air

Posted in Helen Jones - Wordly Images by hellyj on May 4, 2010

2 Sunset, Slaotsburg, NY2 Sunset, Sloatsburg, NY – Image: Jones-2o10

Just back into the city after a blissful few days up country, dog-sitting for friends in their wonderful house by a lake – the lake being at the bottom of their garden!

What a contrast, being back in the noise-polluted streets of the city to the tranquility of the countryside…..surrounded by woods, wildlife, star-filled night skies, the full moon reflecting off the lake, and…….quiet stillness at night, until the dawn chorus sets off and the woods and lake come alive once again.

Back to the city and the constant drone of the huge air-conditioning units around the apartment block, the cacophony of the 24/7 traffic, horns blaring down 6th Avenue. I lie there at night waiting for the blissful few minutes when the air conditioning re-booting, wishing that I could fall asleep in those brief moments and escape the constant electronically-induced hum. The white noise of the city.

So, it begs the question: why do we choose to place ourselves in situations where there seems to be no respite from the perpetual drone of city life? Is it to distract ourselves from standing still and really looking at ourselves? Do we think that we are missing out if we are not in the hub of it all  – whatever ‘it’ is?

Would living in the country eventually present its own version of that perpetual drone? Quite possibly…..but then I’d rather take a chance, even in these uncertain financial times, and build my castle in the sky, surrounded by the constant hum of nature, over the oppressive concrete canyons of a city any day! Or, better still, a tree-house in the bush, by the balong, in West Africa but thats another story…..

But then……..I always have been a country girl at heart so why fight it.

HJ (May 2010)

PS and the best part is, is that we get to go back to the country in a couple of days and savour its delights for another week or so! Better get my architect’s head on!

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smiley happy people

Posted in Helen Jones - Wordly Images by hellyj on April 22, 2010

Spring has most definitely sprung!

Image: Hellyj-2010 (Central Park, NYC, April 2010)

Cherry Blossom

Mothers laughing, as their children run beneath the trees,

trying to catch the blossom

as it falls like little cherry bombs, exploding on the ground

around their feet.

HellyJ – April 2010

its looking like a beautiful day

Posted in Helen Jones - Wordly Images by hellyj on May 24, 2009
so throw those curtains wide
so throw those curtains wide

Drinking in the morning sun
Blinking in the morning sun
Shaking off the heavy one, heavy like a loaded gun

What made me behave that way?
Using words i never say
I can only think it must be love
oh anyway
It’s looking like a beautiful day.

Someone tell me how I feel
It;s silly wrong but vivid right
Kiss me like the final meal
Kiss me like we  die tonight

Cause holy cow i love you eyes
and only now i see the light
lying with you half awake
oh, anyway
it’s looking like a beautiful day.

When my face is chamois creased
If you think i wink I did
laugh politely and repeat
Yea, kiss me when my lips are thin.

Cause holy cow i love your eyes
and only now i see the light
yea lying with you half awake
Stumbling over what to say
well, anyway
It’s looking like a beautiful day.

So throw those curtains wide
one day like this a year’d see me right
throw those curtains wide
one day like this a year’d see me right

Elbow ‘On a Day Like This’

for JRF

Washington Square Park, NYC, Sunday May 23rd 09, 6.15am(hellyjphoto.2009.copyright)

the road ahead

Posted in Helen Jones - Wordly Images by hellyj on May 3, 2009
the future is unwritten.....
the future is unwritten…..

If we had a bigger canvas, would we have bigger ideas?
If we had a choice to see the future, how many of us would take a peek?
However we choose to live, we have to know that we live in the now, at all times.
Even if we think about the past or worry about the future, we are always in the now.
How else could it be?

Being present is a gift. Live it wisely.

Hampstead Heath, 2007

(hellyjphotos 2008 Copyright)

mr p & jimmy

Posted in Helen Jones - Wordly Images by hellyj on April 4, 2009
On the Heath

Holland Park, Nottinghill, London

Photo: Zachary Leeks, March 2009