Wednesday, 31 August 2011

365 Days of Colour - Flower of the Day 92

Reflection
Let your light shine

Quote
Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on yesterdays. ... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Scripture
Because He himself suffered when he was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.. Hebrews 2:18

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Battery Recharged

You can't get to wonderful without passing through alright...Bill Withers

I feel like a mermaid....some retail therapy with my sister-in-law in Florida
 (thought I might as well try on!)

We came back from our holidays on Saturday 20th August, and its taken me this long to get back into some sort of routine.  I had hoped to keep updating of our journey and adventures while we were there, but without internet connection in some places and so much to see it became an 'I'll do it later' promise. 

I have hundreds of images to go through as well as emails, things that were put on hold and of course to refocus on creativity and direction.  The one thing that has been constant is the 365 days of colour, I was thinking of reworking it to post once a week starting from Monday 5th Sept, and you will get the weeks worth of colour, scriptures, quotes and reflections to dip in and out of - going to see how it goes whilst keeping in line with my original objective of injecting colour on a daily basis and less posts for your inbox!  I'm also thinking about other challenges to set myself as time goes on, but we'll see how it goes.

We had a blessed time on our holiday, which seems such a distant memory.  We travelled to Chatanooga,


Seeing many things along side, the Chatanooga choo choo, Ruby Falls,


The beautiful views at Look Out mountain....


We sailed on the Southern Bell along the river that you can see. We then pit-stopped in Huntsville which is where my sister-in-law lives along with her husband and Dexter the dog - who was actually quite sweet!


After flying down to Florida did the malls and the theme parks.... 


One that I would definitely go back to is Epcot, we spent 8 hours there and it still wasn't enough time and did not see everything.  
View at night just before the fireworks

There was a more educational slant to this theme park for those who haven't been, but using fun games, rides, and experiences, and learning about different cultures around the world....

Stopping by Morroco!

Advances in agriculture - Ginger plant

We took time out to rest and drove down to spend time on the beach in Sarasota. Sekani took part in a race that was happening on the beach with the locals..


I spent my time relaxing, reading and making sand sculptures, here is my futuristic city - along with its underground roads....


Overall spending time with family and not only doing the tourist thing but actually becoming part of their daily routine was a great stress free way of seeing a different part of the world, whilst recharging those batteries.  I also had my birthday when coming back, going to treat myself to a massage!  In the coming weeks I will share about creative projects that I am working on, reviews that I have been doing and much more.

Our prayers go out to those who are now in the throws of hurricane Irene and the massive amount of damage occuring through the floods, if your able to support any initiative of help for those affected please do.

Stay blessed!

365 Days of Colour - Flower of the Day 91

Reflection
Some doors are meant to close

Quote
Passion should overwhelm reason time and again. ... Alvaro Castagnet

Scripture
Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest...Matthew 11:28

Monday, 29 August 2011

365 Days of Colour - Flower of the Day 90

Reflection
Live life to the full every day, don’t take anything for granted.

Quote
To control the fire is not to kill it, but to let passion thrive and be seen. There is a beautiful tension in all creation between letting go and forming, the pushing and pulling of colour and sound and everything imaginable. ... Janet Morgan

Scripture
In all labour there is profit.... Proverbs 14:23

Sunday, 28 August 2011

365 Days of Colour - Flower of the Day 89

Reflection
The more you step out, the more You will understand...

Quote
We may run, walk, stumble, drive, or fly, but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way. ... Gloria Gaither

Scripture
Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because he always lives to intercede for them....Hebrews 7:25

Saturday, 27 August 2011

365 Days of Colour - Flower of the Day 88

Reflection
Everything is unfolding perfectly

Quote
Our self-expression is meant to be a manifestation of the silence of our hearts. ... Matthew Fox

Scripture
I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; my God; in Him I will trust... Psalm 91:2

Friday, 26 August 2011

365 Days of Colour - Flower of the Day 87

Reflection
When you fall pick yourself up and start again

Quote
Just as certain selections of music will nourish your physical body and your emotional layer, so other musical works will bring greater health to your mind. ... Hal A. Lingerman

Scripture
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him: Matthew 7:11

Thursday, 25 August 2011

365 Days of Colour - Flower of the Day 86

Reflection
It will get better

Quote
If you can dream it, you can DO it. ... Walt Disney

Scripture
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.... Isaiah 40:8

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

365 Days of Colour - Flower of the Day 85

Reflection
Get rid of the clutter

Quote
When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blaming, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.
... Thich Nhat Hanh

Scripture
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul...Psalm 23:1-3

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

365 Days of Colour - Flower of the Day 84

Reflection
You have everything you need for your journey

Quote
To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life. ... William Louden

Scripture
Those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles.... Isaiah 40:31

 

Monday, 22 August 2011

365 Days of Colour - Flower of the Day 83

Reflection
Live today as if it is the last day on earth,

Quote
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. ... Henry David Thoreau

Scripture
The greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted... Matthew 23:11-12

Sunday, 21 August 2011

365 Days of Colour - Flower of the Day 82

Reflection
Your life can be beautiful

Quote
The best way to predict your future is to create it. ... Unknown

Scripture
The Lord is righteous in all His ways, and holy in all His works... Psalm 145:17

Saturday, 20 August 2011

365 Days of Colour - Flower of the Day 81

Reflection
There is a time for everything....

Quote
I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. ... Edward Everett Hale

Scripture
...I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.. John 14:6

Friday, 19 August 2011

365 Days of Colour - Flower of the Day 80

Reflection
Your input into the world is important....

Quote
A wise woman who was travelling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveller who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveller saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveller left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the woman. “I’ve been thinking,” he said. “I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.” ... Unknown

Scripture
Your word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens... Psalm 119:89

Thursday, 18 August 2011

365 Days of Colour - Flower of the Day 79

Reflection
You are a blessing to many...

Quote
Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born. ... Dale E. Turner

Scripture
...Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance... James 1:2-3

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

365 Days of Colour - Flower of the Day 78

Reflection
Keep going, your getting close, doors are opening..

Quote
I still need more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I have and I want to administer it intelligently. ... Ernest Hemingway

Scripture
Your Father knows what you need, before you ask Him... Matthew 6:8

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

365 Days of Colour - Flower of the Day 77

Reflection
You inspire others by being you...

Quote
I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time. ... Jack London

Scripture
You too now have sorrow; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one takes your joy away from you... John 16:22


Monday, 15 August 2011

365 Days of Colour - Flower of the Day 76

Reflection
Rejection is a part of life, don’t dwell in it, move on, don’t give up..

Quote
Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not. ... George Bernard Shaw

Scripture
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you... and I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statutes... Ezekiel 36:26-27

Sunday, 14 August 2011

365 Days of Colour - Flower of the Day 75

Reflection
The answers are there, you need to ask the right questions....

Quote
A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral. ... Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Scripture
Behold I sand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me... Revelation 3:20

Saturday, 13 August 2011

365 Days of Colour - Flower of the Day 74

Reflection
Some friendships don’t last a lifetime

Quote
Stop the words now. Open the window in the centre of your chest, And let the spirits fly in and out. ... Rumi

Scripture
Thy faithfulness continues throughout all generations; Thou didst establish the earth and it stands....Psalm 119:90

Friday, 12 August 2011

365 Days of Colour - Flower of the Day 73

Reflection
All things are possible.....do you believe?

Quote
You must be the change you wish to see in the world. ... Mahatma Gandhi

Scripture
The Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught... Proverbs 3:26

Thursday, 11 August 2011

365 Days of Colour - Flower of the Day 72

Reflection
You are blessed more than you know...

Quote
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike. ... John Muir

Scripture
How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them, if I should count them, they are more in number than the sand... Psalm 139:17-18

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

365 Days of Colour - Flower of the Day 71

Reflection
Everyone needs time to renew and recharge their batteries

Quote
This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind…. Let it be something good. ... Unknown

Scripture
Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; and He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth... Hosea 6:3

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Change is as good as a rest.......


Taking a break from the London weather, and it seems the unrest that has been occurring over the past few days.  It has been over a week since we arrived in Indiana to see Alan’s family, his niece Yolande and her three children, and his sister came down from Huntsville, Alabama.  I wasn’t sure whether to blog over the next few weeks as  it was a tossup of staying away from electronics or carrying on as normal.  I thought it would be nice to share the week’s events and we are seeing some lovely places.


It’s been a bit difficult keeping up with my daily art practices, with the moving around.   I’m getting in the 365 days of colour as usual, but I guess it’s been because I don’t have access to my usual supplies.  I did bring my inktense watercolours and planned to purchase some of the equipment I wouldn’t normally be able to buy.   


I managed to stop in at Michaels, even Wal-Mart has some good deals on paints...


The folk art paints are really rich; it’s been great using them.


We always marvel at the sizes of the food that you can get in the US.  I have been eating a lot more healthily and ordering salads.  We went to the Cheese Cake Factory and I ordered a salad, what came looked like they used 2 heads of lettuce (and then some) to make along with dressing, and some other things, had to get a ‘box’ to take what I couldn’t eat home, it was enormous, not like the little salads we have back in the UK.


This picture really doesn't give it justice, the plate was about a foot and a half long and at least 6 inches high! Had to resist the cheese cakes though as I am still off wheat, which actually is great there is too much temptation around with all the cakes donuts etc.

Next stop was the NCAA Sports hall and trying out hand at different sports activities, it was very informative and a lot of fun!  


We also passed by the Lucas Oil Stadium, the home of the Colts, and we had a great tour, looking around the grounds, seeing where the press sit, and learning some of the history about the venue.  


Sekani was excited, but kept it so contained as if he visited the stadium every day.  Later he said he was doing somersaults on the inside:)  


When we finally got home there was a black-out and armed with torches and candles we told ghost stories and the kids got frightened.....

Brianna, Maya and Ayana are all very musical and they promise that they will be showing off their amazing voices by recording some videos on youtube and share with the world, I will be sharing at some point what I managed to capture on my phone.  They harmonise with ease and like I tell Sekani like him, they have ridiculous talent at such a young age.


The Indiana State Fair was all I imagined and more, it was a good taste into the flavours of Indianna, we stopped off to see loggers do their thing, livestock etc.  The rain came down and paused some of the activities but many kept going.  It’s unfortunate that we didn’t get to see the place at night.  There were lots of scary rides, lots of things deep fried, (deep fried butter? Oreos?...you name it it could be done!


Sekani and Brianna on the flying machine...

Deciding to spend a few extra days was a great idea as me and Alan we were able to visit the Jazz Kitchen where we saw Bill Lancton and MG6 jazz musicians who were very good and enjoyed a cocktail;   


Sunday was spent at the Capitol City church picnic, we had a lovely time and it ended with a water fight.  People had come prepared with their water guns and water balloons and everyone got a good soaking. This is the pastor being chased, the young people seemed intent on making sure that he got soaked.


Our stay with Yolande has been lovely, and her girls are lively and generous with their space.  They have been lovely hosts and showing us around Indiana. Alan's sister came back from Huntsville to collect us and  we move on to our next destination which is Chattanooga.  From Indiana it is a 6 hour drive, back in the UK I never contemplated driving that distance before but I guess for the Americans it’s a way of life.  I am going to make the most of my magazine. 


We've  hit Kentucky and a really heavy thunderstorm which has slowed us down a bit.  Will keep you posted about our adventure, as we've had to detour to Huntsville and leave for Chattanooga in the morning, then on to Orlando, Florida, and we’re really trying to pack as much in as possible before we have to come back.  For each experience I am trying to stay as open as possible, flexible when things don't quite go to plan but making the most of every opportunity that comes my way.  Stay blessed as always!                                                         

365 Days of Colour - Flower of the Day 70

Reflection
Faith is the key

Quote
Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete. If you’re alive, it isn’t. ... Richard Bach

Scripture
Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it... Psalm 37:5

Monday, 8 August 2011

365 Days of Colour - Flower of the Day 69

Reflection
You are unique, a miracle – don’t ever compare yourself with anyone else

Quote
Love the earth and sun and animals, Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, Stand up for the stupid and crazy, Devote your income and labour to others… And your very flesh shall be a great poem. ... Walt Whitman

Scripture
In righteousness you will be established; you will be far from oppression, for you will not fear... Isaiah 54:14

Sunday, 7 August 2011

365 Days of Colour - Flower of the Day 68

The flowers on this plant are a very delicate yellow and you just get a glimpse of two of them
Reflection
Make the most of the time you have

Quote
And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ... Kahlil Gibran

Scripture
He who seeks good finds goodwill... Proverbs 11:27

Saturday, 6 August 2011

365 Days of Colour - Flower of the Day 67

Reflection
What story do you need to tell, don’t let it go untold

Quote
There is no such thing in anyone’s life as an unimportant day. ... Alexander Woollcott

Scripture
I, the Lord, do not change...Malachi 3:6
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