Be like a train; go in the rain,

go in the sun, go in the storm,

go in the dark tunnels!

Be like a train;

concentrate on your road

and go with no hesitation!
~Mehmet Murat ildan

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.

It turns what we have into enough...

.........and more.

It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast,

a house into a home,

a stranger into a friend.

~Melody Beattie

Don't be satisfied with stories,

how things have gone with others.

***Unfold your own myth.***

I hope you will go out and let stories,

that is life, happen to you, and that

you will work with these stories . . .

water them with your blood &

tears & your laughter till they bloom,

till you yourself burst into bloom.

~Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Friday, 27 January 2017

A Few Good Reasons to Travel


It leaves you speechless,
then turns you into a storyteller.
~I Battuta

We passed these two gents on our way to
Stourhead last summer. They warmed the
deepest cockles of our hearts.


Travel is fatal to prejudice,
bigotry, and narrow-mindedness,
and many of our people need it
sorely on these accounts. Broad,
wholesome, charitable views of
men and things cannot be
acquired by vegetating
in one little corner of the 
earth all one's lifetime.
~Mark Twain

Holywell Cemetery, Oxford


The impulse to travel
is one of the hopeful
symptoms of life.
A. Repplier

Daffodils bloom in
Christ Church meadow.


Twenty years from now you will be 
more disappointed by the things you
didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bow lines, sail away
from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade
winds in your sails.  
Explore. Dream. Discover. 
~Mark Twain


Bridge of Sighs

Find a new way of 
looking at the world.


Walk where CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien,
 John Donne,  Percy Bysshe Shelley,
Graham Greene, Aldous Huxley,
Harper Lee, Dorothy Sayers,
and Evelyn Waugh walked in


~Hans Christian Anderson


Stourhead National Trust, Wiltshire

Don't just listen to
what they say. Go & see it.


New College cloisters where
Harry Potter was filmed.

Be a kid again and stand where
Malfoy was turned into a ferret
in Harry Potter, The Goblet of Fire.

Or watch for Mr. Tumnus
under a lamp post.


"I am looking for someone
to share an adventure....",
says Gandalf in The Hobbit
I haven’t been everywhere,
but it’s on my list.
~Susan Sontag


It is not down in any map;
true places never are.
~Herman Melville

Punting on the Cherwell River, Oxford


I am not the same,
having seen the moon
shine on the other
side of the world.
~Mary Anne Radmacher

The moon shines over New College
on Holywell Street, Oxford