"And he sang to them, now in the Elven tongue, now in the speech of the West, until their hearts, wounded with sweet words, overflowed, and their joy was like swords, and they passed in thought out to regions where pain and delight flow together and tears are the very wine of blessedness."
This spring, I had the opportunity to participate in a buddy read of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. It was the first reread I had done in a decade! Over the course of four months, I held onto the books so tightly that the tale became interwoven with the fabric of life. Everywhere I was seeing Tolkien and thinking of his words. What I had not been able to do was close the final chapter in a way that signified just how much I learned.
The final prompt of #hobbitweek asks for Tolkien words to live by. This quote, though not found in The Hobbit, struck a chord with me this year. I'm sure we can all agree that Tolkien was a master story weaver, writing about emotion and experience with such breadth, depth, and pearls of brilliant wisdom. Its poignancy pierces our very soul, and it lingers long after the chapters are finished.
But of all the topics that Tolkien inspires, my favourite among them is hope. I can't read these words without acknowledging that both grief and love exist in measure, creating an emulsion that allows us to move forward, to seek tomorrow, and to witness another sunrise. Where would we be without hope? I choose to keep these words close to me as a gentle reminder.
Celebrating Hobbit style with fresh fruit, tea, and...a winter photo? Because our humble prairie province got snow last evening. Extra reminders to keep hope, warmth, and these treasured words near!
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So last night we began drawing up plans for Noah’s Ark 2.0 - we got SO much rain! But then today, on this Sun-day, well, it lived up to it’s name! ☀️ The sunflowers (except for the two giant ones) are in bloom and seem to be smiling at us from the garden... 🌻 😊 They’re right on time for fall, as are the back-to-school colds all three of our boys have. 😏 Hope your weekend was enjoyable, and your week ahead is a great one!
Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing // A flowery band to bind us to the earth, // Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth // Of noble natures, of the gloomy days, // Of all the unhealthy and o'er-darkn'd ways // Made for our searching: yes, in spite of all, // Some shape of beauty moves away the pall // From our dark spirits.
Three stages of building a planting bed under the tree, for the rose that’s there, a peony, a bleeding heart and a bunch of hostas I’m relocating from the back yard. In the process, I’m trying to level the wonky slope of the yard and add actual soil to the clay that’s there. I mixed one back of planting mix with one bag of play sand, hoping that that will help with drainage. Once I finish the other side, then I’ll really get going with building the brick raised bed and adding potting soil and mulch. I’m excited. #gardensofinstagram#gardendesign#diy#whew#ineedaweekend
Juten Morgen ☀️
Ich wünsche allen einen erfolgreichen neuen Tag, mit wenig Stress & mehr guten Momenten 😘
Hier seht ihr mal einen kleinen Ausschnitt vom Garten. Ein kleines Stück Paradies in Hamburg, wo doch so viel verbaut ist 🚧🚚
Ich genieße es hier so sehr & wurschel gerne mal im Garten herum, im Gemüsebeet werden bald auch meine gesäten Zucchinis geerntet .😬
Habt ihr auch das Glück einen Garten zu besitzen oder findet ihr das es eh nur Arbeit macht ? 🤷🏼♀️
Dicker Kuss 😘💋
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