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CicelyRobinLaing©2014.

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I live inside a tiny space…

where the walls are curved…

And the light is sweet…

From here I watch the world…

from my single point of view…

I make music and I listen…

to the sounds of life anew…

Making sense as it filters through…

Some days are soft and quiet…

Some days are chaos and riot…

But always I have time to prove…

that when the night settles in…

my heart fits within the groove…

and my home is where dreams are made…

Someday I shall have to leave this place…

and explore the wide open fantastic space…

But for now, it is my intent…

to be so very content…

To live here… inside my head…

For on the day I am forced to move…

will be the day that I am dead…

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Everyone should know where they really live…

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My August Project … “A Flower a Day – Garden Portraits 2014″…

Day twenty…

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Photography and words by Cicely Robin Laing © 2014

 

 

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Remember when you tried to reach…

for something just beyond yourself…

Did you allow yourself to tip…

or did you pull back for safety…

But how safe is it…

to give up reaching…

There is freedom…

in allowing ourselves…

to fall…

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If you never learn to fall… you also don’t learn how to get back up again…

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My August Project … “A Flower a Day – Garden Portraits 2014″…

Day nineteen…  or “night” nineteen if you like…

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Photography and words by Cicely Robin Laing © 2014

 

 

Lion Hooks….

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In the glow of a soft evening light…

A gentle wind whispers hints about rain…

I am lost in wandering thoughts…

Like pollen scattered in the breeze…

Maybe an idea will land in the right place…

And cause a tickle or a sneeze…

Until then, I will wait here quietly…

Watching petals curl and clouds fly…

Anticipating the taste of rain drops…

And the slow blur of time sliding by…

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Time slide by while I sneezed a little too hard…
And forgot to hit the publish button…

Here is yesterday’s poem and photo for…

My August Project … “A Flower a Day – Garden Portraits 2014″…

Day eighteen…

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Photography and words by Cicely Robin Laing © 2014

 

Two Lips….

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In a quiet spot in the garden…

Two lips meet…

Making small talk…

Whispering secrets…

Etching memories…

Until Spring melts in to Summer…

And wilted pedals fall…

Onto the dusty ground…

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Enjoy your time in the sun… Winter is not far away…

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My August Project … “A Flower a Day – Garden Portraits 2014″…

Day seventeen…  finally it has rained and the garden is a little happier…

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Photography and words by Cicely Robin Laing © 2014

 

 

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In the noon time sun…

A petal curls…

Folding over a thought…

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A little noon at midnight…

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My August Project … “A Flower a Day – Garden Portraits 2014″…

Day sixteen…  really it still the 16th for a little while longer…

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Photography and words by Cicely Robin Laing © 2014

 

 

 

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I wonder how that little bug perceives time…

Does it race by in a flash…?

Perhaps it wanders around slow and steady…

What if it has no concept of time at all…?

Can a bug be a time traveler…?

Part of me really hopes so…

I want to believe that in moment of need…

The little fellow can transport to a new time…

Safe in his alter universe…

I want to believe this…

Because…

Then my guilt for having accidentally stepped on him…

Will be so much less…

And who has time for guilt…

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Everyone who knows me… knows I have my own odd sense of time…
One that does not relate to the clock…

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My August Project … “A Flower a Day – Garden Portraits 2014″…

Day fifteen… Hey! I’m actually on time today… how about that, hmmmmm…

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Photography and words by Cicely Robin Laing © 2014

 

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The garden has been very dry this August. Now the last few straggling females are still trying to lay eggs, but they face drying plants, hordes of aphids and lots of hungry bugs who love to snack on eggs and small caterpillars. It gets harder and harder to find eggs. The milkweed plants are large and there are more of them to check. But I still tend find more eggs on the smaller, more tender milkweed plants. Which is good when they have been trimmed in a garden… not so good when the plants are growing in a lawn. I am sure we lose a fair number of eggs to weed whackers and lawn mowers.

Today I wandered around the neighborhood and check some milkweed patches I haven’t looked at for months. I saw a good number of eggs that had been sucked dry. I saw very little evidence of caterpillar feeding, but I did find one large caterpillar. I decided to bring this big fellow home to finish his munching days in safety. When I collect these big guys, I try to keep them separate.. You never know if they have been infected with a parasite.

A fair number of releases have happened in the past week. I believe most of these will be migrators. When it gets this dry, it’s harder to find lush milkweed to feed the caterpillars, and I think that results in some smaller butterflies. Which is too bad as they may have a tougher time making the journey. I am hoping for rain.

A note on the aphids… they have been so bad this year, I chose to completely cut down the garden in the alley. I can’t get over there with the hose and the bugs had pretty much killed the plants already. Also, the aphids attract flies… we have had sooooooooo many flies. Ugggg! They get in the house and drive me crazy. I usually spray the aphids with mild soapy water, but there were so many of them, my spray bottle broke…

I have been taking lots of photos… it will take me months to edit through them all. Right now, I am already dealing with a backlog of improv photos I must get finished. *sigh*  And it’s time to get the kids ready for school… Next week I start physical therapy for my back injury… somewhere in there I have to clean up my house and garden… and a whole long list of other things I “must” do…….  the busy-ness of life never ends.

Awwwww…. well, It’s still good to be alive.

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My Monarch Garden Journal 

Current running totals as of August 14 : 553 eggs and cats collected &  377 Monarch Butterflies released.

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Photography by Cicely Robin Laing © 2014

 

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