Solstice – Between a Door Closing and a Door Opening

This week I have been caught in between several minds about my life – the past, the present and the future. Part of me needs to think things through… another part would rather not think… and… so on.

Luckily, at the end of this week I was whisked away to another time and place.

 

 

Swan Bridge

 

My partner’s family gathered for a celebration… not at their country pile, not at Downton Abbey… just at an hotel which mimics a time and place of that sort. It is real but not real, and that is a rather nice land in between in which to take a break.

My partner’s family are lovely and very different from my own family of origin… which is again, lovely. Yes, they have issues, all humans do as it is a part of the experience of being alive and living, but there is always a true bond of love running through everything with them. My family wouldn’t know love if it labeled itself succinctly and hit them in the face repeatedly.

I did not know all of his family, but the ones I do know… it was wonderful to catch up with them and their life adventures… and the ones whom I did not know, it was a pleasure to meet them all. It was an embracing hug from all… for one who does not particularly like hugs, but at times sees the joy of them.

In between socialising, I wandered around the grounds of this magnificent hotel and explored its secret nooks and crannies. Signs abounded and I felt that each one had a message of sorts for me. Whether I understood them of not…

 

 

 

MindYourHead

 

No, thank you… I’d rather not mind my head at the moment, it’s full of chaos and it might lead me astray…

 

 

TheArchOfAngels

 

However I will pass through this threshold to see what lies on the other side… I’ll try to avoid hitting my head. I once used to long for amnesia… now, not so much, good memories are beginning to outnumber bad ones…

 

 

TheSecretThreshold

 

 

So many ways to go, which shall I choose… maybe all… following paths hither and thither, roaming without a map or a destination in sight…

 

 

ThisDoorClosesAtDusk

 

On the day of the solstice a door closing at dusk seems… not so ominous as dusk is a long way off, kind of like death seems to be at times… so I ventured onwards without fear of being locked in or locked out – unsure of which was which, what side I was on of anything really…

 

 

Delights

 

A sign beckoned me to look closer and read its ancient wisdom… yes, yes…. when all within is at peace… how rare that is, but when it is, how blissful…

Just keep going, don’t stop too long or you might congeal and turn into a statue…

 

 

Statue-Esque

 

A statue who seems to whether all the storms of life without a care in the world… it’s easy to appear that way, but it is just an appearance which is easy to give. yet not so easy to take.

Keep going…

Through a gate seemingly guarded by angels… to a place in between… a place of momentary rest…

 

 

DangerKeepOutOfChurch

 

 

Not here, the sign warns not to linger… well, one sign – plus fence to add gravitas – warns of danger within the confines of this chapel. The other sign which can’t be read in the photo, claims that this place is still consecrated and open for sanctuary to all who seek it… but you may get in trouble for trespassing… I don’t know, this church is giving mixed messages.

Yet close to the church is a folly which can be entered… which is rabbit approved…

 

 

RabbitFolly

 

But perhaps it only is for rabbits…

Keep going… to another place…

 

 

TerraceRetreat

 

A terrace in the clouds… sort of… a place between rooms, a sun trap which is highly recommended by butterflies.

 

 

TortoiseshellButterfly

 

It was nice to get away… it gives a certain much needed perspective – outside of yourself and your routine – but you can’t run away from yourself or your life… well… you can try… but it always chases you, hunts you down and forces you to face things.

Perhaps those things aren’t as bad as they seem, and even if they are, best to face them head on… then maybe you can pass through them, pass through the in between and find out what lies on the other side.

Such is life… a mix of mixed messages both good, bad and many shades in between…

The adventure continues….

 

 

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19 thoughts on “Solstice – Between a Door Closing and a Door Opening

  1. Thanks for sharing.these lovely pics. Nice clear photography.This reminds me of a fairy tale of a secret garden. I especially appreciate you sharing since I have never been to England. My lineage is a quarter English descent. I am in the USA. I laughed at the bunny shot since I just took a photo of a bunny in my walkway the other day. The are irresistibly cute! (:

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    1. Thank you πŸ™‚

      There are loads of these sort of places in the UK, many of them are owned by the National Trust which is a foundation that protects historic locations, and they’re open to the public and visiting them is like stepping back in time or into a period film or TV show. They’re similar in some ways to the plantation houses they have in the USA and those stonking great mansions in Palm Beach. It’s wonderful to explore history like that because you’re stepping into it and it comes alive in 3D πŸ™‚

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    2. I meant to say half, not quarter. I did not realize your blog was international. When I search Google,I Always get local things. .Can you explain how you came up so high on my Google search, if you are not local to me? Maybe its how WordPress submits to the Search engines? . Do you know what percentage of your bloggers are American? You seem to post alot of American content. How interesting!

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  2. “Being whisked away to an other time and place”…really love that! It is good for the soul and helps our minds slow down and just be. Your photos were magical. I may ask for a camera (a real one with the long focus lens that makes you look cool) for Christmas this year. Your creativity shines through in your pictures. Thanks for inviting us along.

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    1. Thank you πŸ™‚

      For many years I refused to take photographs of anything and didn’t have a camera at all because I found that I’d be so busy photographing the moment that I’d miss actually living in it and I couldn’t remember it, and looking at the photos didn’t help because they were of a moment I hadn’t lived. So I went with only taking pics with my eyes – which is quite a good memory exercise πŸ˜‰ I’m slowly learning how to balance taking pics of moments and living the moments. Having the camera now actually makes me more adventurous and has opened up moments I would have never had without it. Life is a strange thing!

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    1. Thank you very much πŸ™‚

      It was a beautiful place, with lots of hidden treasures to discover, teaming with nature and the weather was lovely too. Some places are just an explorer’s dream and they stimulate mind, body and soul.

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  3. I loved the analogies through out this post! Excellent writing and awesome pictures. I would love to stay at a place like that. I would be like you wandering and exploring and my mind would be wandering also, to how things might have been years ago there, the lives of the people who have wandered before me and where their minds wandered.

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    1. Thank you πŸ™‚

      That is fascinating to explore, the lives of those who came before, their thoughts, hopes, dreams, etc. This house has been through quite a lot of different types of residents, at one time it was a school, so there are many ghosts of thoughts past in its walls. Watching the other guests was intriguing too because the place has this feel to it of a real home rather than how an hotel usually feels, so people were comfortable, relaxed, and I think quite a few, for a while anyway, imagined themselves living there as though it was their private residence. There was a croquet set on the terrace and a few brave souls ventured out to play πŸ™‚

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  4. This was awesome. “I once used to long for amnesia… now, not so much, good memories are beginning to outnumber bad ones…” how nice to be appreciative of beautiful changes in a life, yet know what was. I think it makes the appreciation for what’s become even more vivid.

    This was a great take on the prompt. Your pictures are emotional, and your words of wonder really support the visual. I’m glad I took the time to read your words – I often just browse these takes by simply looking at the images. I knew better by visiting your site. As always.

    -M.

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    1. Thank you very much πŸ™‚

      And thank you for taking the time to read… I’m a visual soul too so I often skim words and focus on images. Images say so much, we often forget to see what the words say (and there’s just so much time in our day and individual lives… everything moves so fast). Really appreciate it, thank you very much!

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      1. You found a meaningful correspondence between what you saw and what you felt, it’s like reading life as a book. i am looking for signs too but i am quite confused at the moment..Very happy for your good week end with a real family, I am also stunned when i see that.

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        1. Thank you πŸ™‚

          It can be very useful to experience other realities because it takes you out of yourself and your view of reality for a while and can shift perspective, bring new ideas into awareness. Sometimes our thinking goes around in a circle and it’s good to take a detour.

          Confusion sometimes comes from new ideas entering our mind and challenging our old ideas. Like being at a crossroads without a map and losing our bearings so that we’re not really sure which direction we came from either. We realise that we don’t have to go the way we always go, but we’re not sure how to pick a new way or if we really want to go in a new direction even if the usual way is one we know leads to more of the same which we no longer want… and yet maybe going the usual way is the way to go even if we don’t want to go that way, perhaps all we need is to look at the usual way differently as though walking it for the first time, with new eyes.

          So we look for guidance, a sign. Yet the thing about finding signs is that it’s all in the mind and our minds are creative, so it’s up to us as anything can be a sign and a sign can have multiple meanings, we choose the meaning which suits us and then see where that leads our thinking. We can go forwards, backwards, sideways and all the degrees in between, we can even decide to make a path where there isn’t one.

          There are times when no matter which way we go, we end up at the same destination… but the journey we took makes all the difference πŸ™‚

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