Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
Huge thanks to Cie who gave me this wonderful Sunday Selections image.
The meme was then continued by River at Drifting through life. Sadly she has now stepped aside (though she will join us some weeks), and I have accepted the mantle.
The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent. Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to me. Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.
I usually run with a theme. While I have been hunkered down disliking myself there have been plenty of things of beauty.
In the sky (at both dawn and dusk)...
In the garden...
I love these burma orchids and they are thriving in several parts of the garden. And the vandal birds only attacked one of them.
We have lots of these beauties but almost all of them have white stamens.
On a visit to the local library...
There is a knitting club which meets at the library each week and knits for charity. I really liked the Noah's ark and its animals (and apologies for the blurred photo - taking photos through reflective glass is challenging).
I cast a looooong shadow don't I?
And of course there was a kangaroo fix.
Thank you so much for your comments and emails of support. They have been much appreciated. I have now pulled up my big girl pants again and restored comments.
I am still having issues with my email. I receive emails but cannot reply or send emails to a lot of domains (including but not limited to yahoo and hotmail). It works briefly and then it fails again. I have made repeated calls to my ISP and they have promised (again) that it will be fixed by tomorrow. I am not holding my breath.
Your dawn and dusk photos are so peaceful and lovely. I love the flowers and the roo too.ReplyDelete
Marie Smith: Thank you. I always enjoy dawn and dusk - and the roos are a treat.Delete
Love those knitted animals. I agree, taking photos of objects behind glass is hard, it blurs easily.ReplyDelete
Jamie Ghione: As a non-knitter I was blown away by the animals. And could happily give several of them a home.Delete
Taking the photo through glass, still looks not bad.ReplyDelete
Love the shadow one the best though. So fun.
The Happy Whisk: That is about as close to a selfie as I get. And I wondered about posting it too.Delete
I'm so glad you did. It was a great shot! Super fun.Delete
The Happy Whisk: Thank you.Delete
Those stamens are really something! The knitting club does lovely work. Glad you're feeling a bit better. xxReplyDelete
Bea: Thank you. I watch for the pink stamens each and every year, and smile when they appear.Delete
I love these photos,especially the Kangaroo. How are you doing?ReplyDelete
e: That was a BIG roo wasn't it? I am more or less back to normal. I still don't like myself but can live with that.Delete
I always enjoy the glimpses into your world! So much color and beauty and roos and... and... all of it! Thank you for sharing with us each week. Please keep your big girl panties hiked up. ;)ReplyDelete
Say hi to Jazz for me.
River Fairchild: Thank you. Those pants have been hiked unfasionably high.Delete
You are surrounded by colour in your garden and in the sky. Be your life be colourful as well.ReplyDelete
You are a veeeeery tall woman!!!! :))
Catarina: Thank you. I am tall, but not as tall as my shadow would indicate. I am a bit over 178 cm.Delete
Whether or not I can comment does not diminish my joy at seeing your "face" in my news feed. You are without a doubt a bright light in my world, even when you are not feeling your best. Thank you for letting me comment! :-)ReplyDelete
DJan: Thank you.Delete
Wonderful light you show us! Save some for your dear self too, my dear friend. Only one shadow for contrast, then back to the contemplation of light through the petal of a flower. . .ReplyDelete
Cloudia: Thank you so much. We need both shadows and light, but too much of either can be dangerous.Delete
Your sky photos are always uplifting, as are the flowers (and roos. of course). You have some beautiful vibrant colours in your garden. For someone who offers so much kindness and support to others, I hope you feel that we (albeit in blogland) are supporting you too. I hope you will continue to feel a little better and come out of that dark place.
Always remember that you are important to us and that you are loved.
Ellie Foster: Huge thanks to you too.Delete
I do love the sky, the gardens and the roos and am very, very grateful for the support I have received.
Welcome back, Sue (xo). There is so much beauty in the world and even though it may look dirty and grungy sometimes, needing more than a little remediation, we can still find so much that is positive, like having a good friend like you. Again, welcome back. We all love you.ReplyDelete
David M. Gascoigne: Blushing, I thank you. So very much.Delete
You and I are like Mutt and Jeff, EC - I am 150 cm. Sometimes I cast a long shadow too, though :)ReplyDelete
I'm glad you are feeling a bit better. Your happiness is important to me, and to many others here. Be kind to yourself. There is a lot to like in you, dear friend.
Those flowers are breathtaking, especially the mauve one, but that may be because I am partial to that colour. Love the knitted animals, too. And that kangaroo couldn't have posed more perfectly if s/he tried.
I hope your week continues to improve.
jenny_o: I was a short person until I turned 15 when I grew eight inches in a year (and a couple more the next).Delete
Those knitted animals were lovely weren't they? They were a totally unexpected treat.
As always, thank you for your support.
It's great to have you back, EC....pants or no pants! :)ReplyDelete
I hope your week ahead and those to follow are as bright and breezy as your photos. Hugs to you...and catch-up cuddles to Jazz from me. Welcome back..take good care. :)
Lee: Believe me, the pants are needed. Jazz is in weird mode at the moment and is currently hiding under a table. He purrs a lot though. And thank you to you too.Delete
Glad we can comment again and you are back with us! May this week be better.ReplyDelete
Really dig the sky shots.
Alex J. Cavanaugh: I hope to never ever tire of skyscapes and glad that others enjoy them too. And many thanks.Delete
You live in a wonderful place - or you have an eye for the wonderful things at your place. Thanks you, and thanks for a kangaroo fix, very much missed. I'm so happy to see you back, and selfishly hoping for more of your good, constructive and spurring comments on my own blog.ReplyDelete
Uglemor: I am a beauty addict, and fortunately there is a LOT of it about. Probably not today, but later in the week I will visit some sadly neglected blogs. Yours included.Delete
I love the colours in the sky in the second photo. You certainly have some amazing flowers in your garden and these must take up a good bit of time to look after.ReplyDelete
Andrew: Thank you. The garden does indeed demand time. And effort. And money. It is mostly worth it.Delete
The flower colors are fabulous.ReplyDelete
Susan Kane: Thank you. We like them too.Delete
It is very good to see you back. And thank you for still putting up your posts whilst you were not feeling great - they always lift my spirits.ReplyDelete
I love the cactus flowers, the orchid and the last iris - such a beautiful colour.
I have been reading a book of Maori proverbs; this one makes me think of you, and of the kind knitters:
"He taonga rongonui te aroha ki te tangata"
It translates as: "Goodwill towards others is a precious treasure"
Take care of yourself.
Alexia: I really like that proverb, and would agree with it. Thank you. The garden is already suffering in the heat but retains some spectacular beauty.Delete
Our local library had a display of knitted baby items too, only last week. I wonder if it was coincidence or some international baby display.ReplyDelete
Love the first brown iris and that last blue flower.
Joanne Noragon: I hadn't thought about an international knit fest. I wonder. I was glad to read that the knitting group meets each week - and loved their work.Delete
So much beauty! Thank you for the kangaroo fix.ReplyDelete
Technology that will not work at all is bad enough, when it's only working part way it is almost insufferable. My hope is they do fix it and keep it fixed.
Also i am glad you are feeling a bit better. That awful depression is so horrible to deal with, i want it to leave you and never come back.
My selections this week are a few photos from yesterday.
messymimi: Thank you - on all counts. It is the intermittent email faults which do my head in worst I think. It says they have been sent and sometimes it tells the truth and sometimes it lies like a pig in mud.Delete
Love your late spring garden! And do I recognise a hot pink cactus?ReplyDelete
dinahmow: You do indeed recognise a hot pink cactus - which is coming out more each day. Woo Hoo.Delete
dinahmow: We were looking at it this afternoon and marvelling. Some time this busy week I will take more photos and send them your way.Delete
So good to see you back in the blog saddle again. And thanks for the flowers, in this dreary winterish greyish weather we're having.ReplyDelete
And I am crazy about that knitting. Gorgeous!
Wisewebwoman: Thank you. There are obviously some very, very talented knitters in that club. You would feel right at home.Delete
So thrilled you are feeling much improved.ReplyDelete
Photos are lovely - like the kangaroo too.
Hope you mail gets fixed as it would somewhat of a pain not to having it working correctly.
Margaret-whiteangel: Thank you. I do hope the mail is finally fixed soon. It has been going on for over a fortnight now.Delete
Knitting club at library how wonderful. Library sure change over the years.ReplyDelete
Coffee is on
peppylady (Dora): I really like the thought of diligent craftspeople knitting away in the library - which is already one of my favourite places.Delete
That is a very long shadow, like you could be on stilts. I love the knitted menagerie and the pink baby clothes. I love baby clothes. Sadly I can no longer knit them. Not so much as a bootee before the knuckles cramp and object. I love your Christmas Cactus flowers, my Cactus got eaten to nothing, so I've stopped hoping, but maybe the one remaining piece will surprise me if I ignore it. I moved it to a different pot.ReplyDelete
Not quite a knitting club, but when I worked at a shoe factory, at lunchtimes all the Italian workers would eat their food and then pull out their knitting bags and get to work. one was so fast you could almost see a jumper appearing from the needles each day.
River: No stilts. It was early morning light and I was amazed at just how long my shadow was.Delete
Would you like another piece of cactus? I am happy to send a piece if you would.
Knitting has always been beyond me, but I find it fascinating to watch.
A really nice batch of pictures-- even the long shadow!ReplyDelete
Bill: Thank you. I am glad you appreciated the almost selfie too.Delete
I love your flowers! We have had our first frost and now all the pretty late bloomers have gone. The upside is that the leaves are just gorgeous right now and this year the weather must be perfect for the oak trees because the leaves are a beautiful burgundy. It happens occasionally but not every year, so I am thrilled when it does.ReplyDelete
Even my long shadows look wide!
Anne in the kitchen: I do love to see arboreal fireworks when the trees put on their autumn display. The last few years we have been too dry for much of a display, so I would share your joy.Delete
And yes, many of my shadows do look very wide.
Thanks again for taking the time to share your beauty, in shadow form or not. The pictures are always wonderful to look at, but I'm more appreciative of YOUR warm loveliness and kindness. You don't give yourself enough credit. Welcome back and hugs to you! ROReplyDelete
RO: Many thanks. I think that you (and a lot of others) give me too much credit. Hugs received and reciprocated.Delete
The sunsets are beautiful! What makes us run to a window to see the colorful end of a day? I think it must be the peacefulness it brings.ReplyDelete
I hope you are experiencing some peace in your life. We all need that and I think we are the only ones that can give it to ourselves. Books and advice columns etc have been written telling us what and how to do it. I don't pay any attention to those. I decide for myself what to do to give me a bit of sereneness. Not revealing my secret peace formula but - (if you listen to) my Sunday Selection you might know what I do. I don't do it well, but no one interferes with my noise making. lol
nothoughtnoprayersnonothing. I loved your Sunday Selections and am always impressed at your poetry and your singing voice. I assume that was you playing the piano too - which also impresses me.Delete
I could tell a lie. But I won't. No, I find my backing music to my songs on the internet. Then I go through all kinds of contortions to get the recording done which is just as difficult as playing the piano. (did take lessons for years - with little luck)Delete
But some of my singing songs I am playing a baritone ukulele. I tried that when I retired. A piddler of many things..master of none.
nothoughtsnoprayersnonothing: You are being too hard on yourself (a common problem). I am awed at a lot of the things you do.Delete
Your garden blossoms are delightfully colourful. And such lovely shapes and textures. No wonder the birds like them too!ReplyDelete
Keep smiling, love yourself, be kind to yourself and to everyone else.
Shammickite: Our garden is at its best in spring (even hot ones like this one). Come summer it will be largely crispified. I will keep smiling but loving myself is a step too far.Delete
I wish you lived close to Jilda and me. There is a real good chance that we’d like you.ReplyDelete
I love your pictures, I know that much for sure.
Rick Watson: Thank you. I would really like to be able to travel to meet a LOT of the blogging friends I have found.Delete
I love your colorful photos. I'm glad that you have turned on comments again and that you are feeling better. Your dawn and dusk photos are beautiful. Enjoy all the beauty that surrounds you. It looks pretty dismal here today with grey sky and bare trees but the squirrels don't seem to mind.ReplyDelete
Julia: You get squirrels? I know that they can be a pest, but I would love to see them. Dusk and dawn are probably my favourite times of day. Serene and lovely times of day.Delete
Sorry to hear about your email problems. I hope they get it fixed. I know what a pain that can be.ReplyDelete
I love the sky pictures.
Mary Kirkland: I hope the email shemozzle can fixed too. It has been going on for far too long.Delete
Good morning, such beautiful flowers, and nature moments, and the knitted critters are so very adorable. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, as well as the week ahead.ReplyDelete
21 Wits: Thank you. It is early Monday morning here, but I hope your week (regardless of the day) is delightful.Delete
Hope all is well with you my friend. I love the photos of your garden. Such beautiful colors. The frost has taken the colors from my garden. Your sky photos always make me smile and I am in awe of the knitters and their abilities.ReplyDelete
Mason Canyon: I was awed at the knitters too. I hope your winter is gentle and beauty filled.Delete
Love all the garden pics. I'm glad someone has some color in their yard. It's terribly brown here, rainy today. I am, however, heading to warmer climes in two weeks to visit my mum and am very much looking forward to it and the green that will await me. Maybe it will get me through the long winter.ReplyDelete
mshatch: Enjoy your visit and the green. We are in golden stages here, shortly to become dust. Very little rain has fallen and none is forecast. I hope your winter is gentler than usual (and the same hope for our summer).Delete
Wow, the sky looks amazing! Those flowers are so beautiful ☺ReplyDelete
natalia20041989: Thank you.Delete
The flowers and sky have so many of the same beautiful colors. I know when I am feeling down being out in nature- or looking at it- usually makes me feel a bit better. Love that you got a kangaroo fix. :) Here is hoping for computer problems to be resolved and for a nice week overall.ReplyDelete
DMS ~Jess: The natural world is often my go to when I am down. I marvel at nature's beauty and her incredible colour paletter. Some of my email issues have been resolved. Some have not.Delete
I am so glad you are back!!! I am jealous of your flowers though. Here it is so drab.ReplyDelete
Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: I am jealous of your cooler temperatures. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.Delete
Beautiful skies shot EC.ReplyDelete
Bob Bushell: Thank you.Delete
It was a raw, frigid and rainy day here in the U.S. Looking at your warm sky shots helped perk me up tonight. Thank you, EC.ReplyDelete
John Wiswell: I am glad to have perked you up. Some world wide weather moderation would be very welcome. There are fives burning (out of control) over at least three states here, and the long term forecast is dire.Delete
Love, love, love the colors (or colours!). We are rolling into winter up here, and i miss the brightness of summer! Sending a hug - very glad to see you back!ReplyDelete
daisyfae: Thank you.Delete
Beautiful flowers as always! I love the knitted animals. I wish I could be that talented with my knitting. For me, making a scarf is a challenge!ReplyDelete
Here is mine for this week.
I'm glad you're doing better. I meant to do one of these last week but got distracted.
The Real Cie: Knitting a scarf is only possible for me if someone casts on the wool, and casts off too. I am looking forward to seeing your always quirky Sunday Selections.Delete
It's so nice to see all the beautiful flowers! We're descending into winter here, so the only thing blooming at the moment is heather. No complaints, though - most the rest of Canada is under snow. :-)ReplyDelete
Diane Henders: I do like the flowers, but would also welcome winter. Much of Australia is on fire at the moment.Delete
That is terrifying. The summer of 2018 was like that here. Even though the nearest fire was at least 30 kilometres away from us, it was still a very anxious time. Sending hopeful rainy thoughts your way!Delete
Diane Henders: Fires are a given each summer here, but they are starting earlier each year. We have already had loss of life, loss of homes - for humans and animals. Sadly this will continue (and probably increase) until at least March or April of next year.Delete
Diane Henders: If you are reading this, can you please check your spam folder. I have tried to comment on your French cake post, but WordPress seems to hate me.Delete
The sky shots are fabulous and your really do have green fingers as your flowers always look delightful Sue. Hope you are getting out of your darkness and will soon be in much better health.ReplyDelete
Margaret Birding For Pleasure: Thank you. Sadly there are some plants for whom I have a decidedly brown thumb.Delete
Darkness is a part of me but at the moment it is no longer overwhelming.
I'm glad you are feeling better and I did receive your email to my yahoo account!ReplyDelete
The skies are beautiful and the first photo, taken from close to the ground is a nice , new perspective.
I always love the furries, there's just something special about roos
kylie: I am glad that the email arrived. I got dozens of messages indicating that it had been delayed and was suspected of being spam.Delete
Oh I am so glad, too, that you are feeling better...you are always in my thoughts.ReplyDelete
I love these gorgeous photos..the sky ones...and the beautiful flowers really lift my spirits, especially as we have no colours here now, just shades of grey and gloomy skies!
I really like the one of your shadow too...so dramatic!!
And the Roos... beautiful animals!😊😊
Have a wonderful day!
Lots of love and hugs ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
Ygraine: I was heading in to town to do a shift on the crisis line when I saw my long shadow leading the way.Delete
We have a lot of colour here at the moment, but the countryside is browning off fast. Unless we get rain soon it will be golden then dirt coloured for months.
I do hope your health is treating you gently.
So many beautiful colors in the sky.ReplyDelete
That Noah's Ark really is something.
Hena Tayeb: Thank you. I was blown away by the talent of those knitters.Delete
Fotografie molto belle, i fiori hanno dei colori fantastici.ReplyDelete
Giancarlo: Thank you so much. I hope your night/days are lovely.Delete
So happy to hear you're feeling better! I love all the photos, as usual. And the knitted animals are so cute!ReplyDelete
BECKY: Thank you. Not better precisely, but certainly wearing my big girl panties again.Delete
I understand! "Big girl panties" is a step in the right direction! :)Delete
BECKY: The step and the panties are about the same size.Delete
You not only cast a long shadow, but also leave footprints on the hearts of very many people you come into contact with. I know just what you mean about the big girl panties, up to the chin and back on the horse, so to speak. Sending love and hugely enjoying the flowers and especially the Noah's ark of animals. I was excited about the two headed snake at first then realised it was two snakes. How my mind works. xReplyDelete
Starshine Twinkletoes: Yes, about the up to the chin gathering of the pants.Delete
I like the way your mind works - and do hope life is treating you a little better.
So pleased that you are feeling a lot better.ReplyDelete
A wonderful collection of photographs and I did enjoy seeing Noah's Ark and its animals.
My dear Mum was an avid knitter and she used to thoroughly enjoy knitting things like this … alas I never got the knitting bug!
I hope your week has been good, ours has been rather wet again!!! My hat and umbrella are getting very well used! LOL!
Take care of yourself.
All the best Jan
Good luck with your e-mail. I hope it is fixed now. And yes, I agree, it is so hard to take photos through reflective glass! I love the flowers and the roo. :) Have a wonderful day!ReplyDelete
mail4rosey: Thank you. Email issues are better (but not gone).Delete
When someone blocks comments for a time, I'm torn about whether to email them because doing so amounts to making an end run around their expressed desire for silence. Yet, to keep silent when someone is struggling also feels bad.ReplyDelete
"I always feel inadequate. I am convinced that anything I do could/should be done better."
I can relate, and the older and more infirm I get, the better I can relate. A major part of my reason for fostering cats is that I want to believe that my life means something, and cats make it easy for me to know whether or not I'm "getting it right."
Snowbrush: Thank you. I not only always do feel inadequate, I cannot remember a time when I didn't. Mostly I just keep going and ignore it. Every so often it becomes overwhelming.Delete
I do voluntary work as you know, but still doubt that my life means anything.
Love that you are now fostering cats, who will undoubtedly let you know what if anything you are doing wrong.