December 05, 2013

'A sombre yet beautiful and peaceful gloom here pervaded all things..'




These past two weeks have felt like I've been stuck on a perpetual roller coaster ride of emotions, having to deal with the aftermath of losing a family member and all the sorrow that brings on the one hand and feeling the intoxicating joy of the festive season on the other. It has been a torrent of ups and downs but now I can safely say that I see the light at the end of the tunnel, or at least the twinkling lights on my Christmas tree!

I've been meaning to share these pictures which were taken whilst on a midday stroll a couple of weeks ago, when the last flames of autumn were burning at their brightest. I think this passage from Poe's short story 'The Island of the Fay' describes them perfectly..

"A sombre, yet beautiful and peaceful gloom here pervaded all things. The trees were dark in colour, and mournful in form and attitude, wreathing themselves into sad, solemn, and spectral shapes that conveyed ideas of mortal sorrow and untimely death."

The bone tingling chill of Winter has well and truly set in here but I'm praying that the snow will hold off, at least until I'm on the train back to my hometown for Christmas!

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  1. I'm so sorry for your loss.
    Those photos are beautiful. In the last cemetary photo the stones looks like they were standing in a circle.
    Hugs /Linneamaria

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    1. You know I didn't notice that myself! I'm sure I would have noticed such a peculiar thing whilst in the graveyard so I suppose it's just the angle the photo was taken at giving the illusion of a circle of graves!

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  2. I'm so sorry for your lose :/ I wish for you a family to get some peace soon!
    Indeed the specific part of Poe's work is a great match to those beautiful photos! Happy Holidays my dear and much love :)

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    1. I do too! Some say bad luck comes in threes.. I hope a third loss isn't on the cards! God knows my Mum would lose her sanity! Time heals all things I suppose, it just seems sadder somehow when it happens near to Christmas, a time when people are supposed to be happy and thankful for loved ones! I wish you a happy holidays also! :)

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  3. Very sorry to hear that honey. I am sure it has been a tough time to you, but hopefully you will be feeling better and better as time goes by.

    I wish you a very homely and sweet holiday with your beloved ones.
    All my love and support are with you ♥

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    1. Thank you lovely :) It's been tougher on my mother but seeing her suffer causes me great sadness too. I'm determined to cheer her up as much as I possibly can when I visit for Christmas!

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  4. your photos, as always, are beautiful
    Sorry for your loss.

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  5. Such a gorgeous contrast between the trees aflame with autumn splendour and the melancholy beauty of the monotone gravestones. :)

    I am so sorry for your loss! :( 2013 has been a tough year for many it would seem! ❤

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    1. Hey, I've been thinking about you as I've been watching news footage of the tidal surge and flooding. I know you're near Whitby, which seems to have taken a battering. Hope you're okay?! Stay safe! ❤

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    2. Thank you Emma :) 2013 has definitely been a challenge at times, I just hope next year brings good things for my Mum, losing her dog and her other half in the space of 5 months has been unbelievably heart-wrenching for her, I'm just thankful that she's a strong woman.

      Fortunately I've not been affected by the flooding here, we live on a bank so it's unlikely we'll suffer from any flooding in the future also but I feel so sorry for those who have had to deal with it! I'm touched that you thought of me though! :) ❤

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    3. Just popping by to wish you and your sweetie a Merry Christmas, Sandy! ❤ I hope you're having a lovely catch-up with your family and that 2014 brings you the very best of everything! xo

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    4. Thank you so much lovely :) We got home on Saturday and I've only just been able to turn my laptop on just now!!! We had a great Christmas and thankfully our train journey to and from my home town wasn't effected by the horrendous winds and rain! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas too :) ❤

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  6. Beautiful photos - I'd love to have a gate like that one! :o)

    Sorry to hear of your loss ...

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  7. I'm sorry for your loss. I think focusing on something happy like Christmas will help to cheer you up. Your photos are beautiful! They are bringing back the memories of autumn, which already feels so far away. The chill is definitely in place here too. It was only around 10 degrees (Fahrenheit) today!

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    1. Thanks Justine :) Christmas has definitely helped take my mind off things, just looking at my Christmas tree puts a smile on my face! Autumn seems to have lasted all of five minutes, Winter crept in silently and stealthily didn't it! We've had no snow fall yet.. phew!

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  8. I am sorry =( <3 But remember, it is only part of the life, pain will get easier. Those who aren´t with us, live with our hearts.. <3 I know, I have lost so many people too often..
    Beautiful pictures dear <3

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  9. Sorry to hear that you have been having a rough time lately. Your photos are beautiful, especially the ones of the fall leaves.

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  10. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I for one will be glad when 2013 is well and truly over, it seems like it has been a difficult year for quite a few people!

    The leaves on those photos are a fantastic colour! And your blog is looking wonderful!

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  11. I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your family member, hugs.

    These are really beautiful pictures, I especially love the pictures of the cemetery.

    <3Rachel

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  12. The trees are so beautiful, and that cemetery gate is just amazing!

    I have lost a family member during the festive season and one just after, it is a hard time. Deepest sympathies.

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  13. I mean in the past, not this year, thankfully. My thoughts are with you.

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  14. Beautiful pictures!

    x Dawn
    www.wickedlypleasant.wordpress.com

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