I visited Flatford Mill recently in Suffolk and stood on the spot where John Constable painted The Haywain. Its changed a little since he was there but here is my photograph taken where he stood. Elements still remain, and of course it still looks as beautiful today as it was back then.
I am again drawn to water. And, the sound, oh the soothing sound that it sings to us, drawing us close so that we may stand and stare. Does it ever stand still? Do we ever stand still?
Can it enlighten us? What can it teach us? Simplicity. Be in the moment. Do not think of the future, do not think of the past. Live today. When we realise this then we are close to enlightenment. This is something that I must learn to do. I am always thinking ahead, thinking of next week. When I am in the garden, or out in nature, I often think of the tomorrow when everything goes back to sleep. I must try and think of the moment. Live the moment. Enjoy what is in front of me, around me, free my mind of the tomorrows. Be alive.
I feel at peace when I am close to water. I love to hear its soothing sound. It is our life source, the blood that runs through this land that we stand upon. Without it we cannot survive. Sometimes I feel I should follow it, see where it leads, see what I find at its end. But it never ends, it is continuous, it is infinite. There is no beginning, there is no end. Maybe that is life, no beginning, no end. Maybe life is infinite. Maybe we continue on in a different universe, a different life, on and on we go, seeking enlightenment at every turn.
Its nice to discover new places. And new parts of the coast. I love the coast, love the sea, love the blue of the sky in summertime. Love being an island. Love that I could, if I wanted to, walk all around this country and see nothing but beautiful water. (and yes, that is a sneaky little colour photo that somehow crept in)
My mam doesn’t like her photograph taken. She would only sit in the chair with her back to me whilst I took a mother and daughter portrait. She asked to look at the photograph and then told me that I was very naughty. She loves me really.