Life has a way of weathering us.
It doesn’t matter if we’re a tree or a human, we will age. It’s how we cope with that process that counts the most in my opinion.
A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.Jim Watkins
This weekend we’ve been away from home visiting family, and during a walk around the picturesque town of Berry in NSW, I took note of some of the old weathered buildings.
Some have been renovated and brought back to their former glory but some have been left to age naturally and show the signs of neglect. A lot like people really.
I grew up near the town of Berry and it was a very different place in those days. It wasn’t the genteel, bustling little town of today, full of quirky craft shops and cafes. No indeed it was not. The highway went right through the main street whereas today there is a (much needed) bypass but still the town bustles and attracts visitors from all walks of life. It is a very pretty town with a long history and I always enjoy a visit.
Here are just a few of the weathered buildings I captured for this week’s Sunday Stills.
This lovely rotunda has an elegant weathered look, it’s been in this park for as long as I can remember! Isn’t it green??? That’s what over 100mls of rain in the last few weeks can do 🙂
Weathering the storms
This little boat on the left, at Huskisson, hasn’t weathered the storms too well at all! Sometimes sadly, that’s what life does to us.
My daughter and her husband celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary over the weekend and it has gone by so fast. They have weathered their first few years together, having one daughter and another baby due in a few months time. They have many more years to weather whatever comes their way – together as a family.
The Mathematician and I have weathered over 40 years together and this photo from our wedding day says it all to me – the stormy sky hovers above us! Note the dark clouds above my head? That’s not a sign of things to come I can assure you!
And then there’s 2020
We have all weathered, and some are still weathering, the impacts of a year like no other, bushfires, floods, storm damage, and a global pandemic thrown in, plus all the other issues that the year brought with it. Just one or two of these would have been enough but no, we needed to have them all at once for some reason.
As well as celebrating their wedding anniversary, my daughter and her family visited Grandma, who is currently in a rehab hospital before moving to an Aged Care lodge – yes it’s been a big year for us.
My granddaughter is just two years old and was able to go in and see her great-grandma briefly with her mother, but was shy and out of her comfort zone. Only one adult was allowed in to visit at a time, so we used our thinking caps and took her outside the lounge area, which as a large window looking out over the grounds.
Great-Grandma was able to see Miss E playing and having fun with us – her father and grandparents. The best bit was watching her being lifted onto the window ledge, hugging the window, waving and blowing kisses to those inside and then turning fearlessly and throwing herself off the ledge into her father’s waiting arms – repeatedly. The trust and knowledge that her father would always catch her was beautiful in so many ways.
This photo could sum up how we’ve weathered 2020 for me – virtual hugs, love, trust, sadness and the poignancy of it all.
We’ve had to adapt, make changes, think differently and in the process we’ve learnt not to take things for granted. What do you think?
So I’d love to know how you’ve been weathering?
Are you hanging on by a thread, are you dancing in the rain or are you still hunkering down? Or a combination maybe. Let me know.
I do hope you’re going along OK – if not, talk to someone, write down how you’re feeling or maybe just go for a walk taking note of the world around you, looking at how things in nature are weathering.
She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her away, she adjusted her sails.Elizabeth Edwards
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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