Tuesday, 9 February 2016

The Wonders of the World

An Abstract Landscape.

There is an old disused quarry in the Lake District. it is possible to climb down into by a little steep path. it is not easy but well worth the time and effort to do so. The quarry has filled with water and the water is the most beautiful green and usually very calm. it is a marvellous spot to sit and just enjoy the beauty that has grown out of mans destruction. It is seldom that there are ever more than a few people there because of the difficulty of getting to it. It is not possible to drive to it so there is either a cycle or a fairly long walk. 

It is a place I love to go. The painting above was one of my attempts not to capture it as it is but to convey the marvellous inner feeling i have when I go there. This painting hung in my living room for about two or three years. It now languishes in a box in my paint space. We never put it up when we moved house, other paintings came along or maybe it was just time for a change. 

This little part of the UK is up there on my list of favourite places. Not one of the wonders of the world but one of the wonders of my life.

This reminds me of the teacher who asked her students to fulfil a list.

They were asked to list what they thought were the present "Seven Wonders of the World." There is of course differences of opinion on this, there being the ancient and the modern.
 Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes:
  1. Egypt's Great Pyramids
  2. Taj Mahal
  3. Grand Canyon
  4. Panama Canal
  5. Empire State Building
  6. St. Peter's Basilica
  7. China's Great Wall

While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student had not finished her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The girl replied, "Yes, a little. I couldn't quite make up my mind because there were so many."
The teacher said, "Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help."

The girl hesitated, then read, "I think the 'Seven Wonders of the World' are:
  1. To See
  2. To Hear
  3. To Touch
  4. To Taste
  5. To Feel
  6. To Laugh
  7. And to Love."
The room was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop.

The things we overlook as simple and ordinary and that we take for granted are truly wondrous!

A gentle reminder:
The most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by man.

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