Time flies when you are having fun…

…Time does seem to go quicker and quicker these days but this last year has been the fastest yet!  I am wondering whether the old saying “time flies when you are having fun” means my first year of marriage must have been a blast then!!  Well, I can truly say it has been action packed and I can hardly believe one year has gone by…  Do I qualify for a paper or cotton prize?!  Hmmm the diamond anniversary is still some way off but at this rate I should be adorned in no time! Ha ha!

We haven’t done too badly… we are still speaking, sleeping in the same bed and have firmly established who does which tasks…erhmm errhmmm!  Team work being the name of the game!  I won’t pretend it has been one continuous twelve month honeymoon.. oh no.. we have taken the roof off a few times… if only the Maldives could have gone on forever!

Marriage is as successful as the effort you put in.  It is all about finding the balance between the elements of each other and the relationship, for they are all at play.  Sometimes as best friends we earth each other when one of us is out of sorts, at other times we are in transition with our own life’s and floating in the air in our own directions.  This is fine unless the tension mounts when trying to re-connect or in insuring one or other is not left feeling unappreciated or even not present in the moment.  By that last point I mean you are physically present but you are emotionally attached to a piece of electronic equipment and otherwise engaged else where!  Oh the powers of modern technology these days!

However, when any of these factors happen we just need to come back to a calm warm balanced tide of water.  Still fluid and ever changing but centred and sometimes grounded by the shore to rest and take stock before setting sail again.  With the right balance and commitment we are usually equipped to take on the passing storms life can sometimes throw at us and we will survive to carry on sailing through marriage for another day with wind in our sails and radiance lighting our path.

It is also very important to remain healthy and breathe in our own air, to never remain still or stagnant but fresh and strong, remaining as independent people.  For we may be united but like “the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadows”.  (Kahlil Gibran).

Like fire crackers we have fuses and blow outs but then comes the passion and love, an eternal flame continues to burn.  When all the elements are working in unison we are a force to be reckoned with and the dynamics of this bond have allowed us to achieve a great deal together this year, from work to home, health, stability, peace and unity to a new and exciting life as husband and wife.  Life is different than it was before and it is certainly for the better.  Saying “Yes” was one of the scariest decisions I have ever made but I am glad to have taken the plunge.  Where are we sailing to this next year I wonder?!

Today we are remembering the incredible journey we went on a year ago from Australia to the UK to Ibiza to seal our hearts and souls together and share this magic with our family and friends.  To each and every one of you, all of those who could not make it and to all of you we have since met and are yet still to know some important words to consider:

“The Greatest wisdom is in simplicity, love, respect, tolerance, sharing, gratitude, forgiveness.  It is not complex or elaborate.  All you need is within you.  Find your heart, and you will find your way.”  

Carlos Barrios,  Mayan elder and Ajq’ij of the Eagle Clan.

My Magical Wedding Day.

The elements of love joining two souls for life.

Weekly Photo Challenge: From lines to patterns…

I love seeing the lines, patterns and textures wood can achieve from natural formations to man made creations…

For more of my photographic endeavours on detail and textures check out my page natural magic.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside…

Captured from the inside of one of the revolving cable cars that takes you to the top of Table Mountain, Cape Town.  You can see the second cable car in the distance on its way down as we make our ascent.

From the inside you certainly get a spectacular view of Cape Town disappearing beneath you as the mountain looms closer.   The cable car revolves continuously in slow 360 degree circles on the way up and down to be sure you have taken in all angles!

Although you are inside you really get to appreciate the great outside!

The cable car to the top of Table Mountain, Cape Town.

Take me to the top!

Home sweet home at very long last…

After circumnavigating the globe countless times like a spinning top I have finally come to settle with my husband in our very own first home.  We have only been in Cape Town just over three months but it has certainly been productive and yes it looks like we are going to be staying for a while now.  Hence the lack of posts last week as the onslaught of moving in chaos gathered momentum.  Once again there is so much to organise, except this time it is to install rather than cancel.  From phone lines and internet connections to security and deliveries….. never mind the un-packing!  And a house is an entirely new operation versus the previous shoe box apartment style living I have been doing.  Oh yes, I can fondly remember the studio I had where the bed folded back into the wall.  I mean it was great you didn’t even need to make your bed just “ping” and it was hidden!

My container finally arrived from the UK having started its journey in 2010 from Melbourne, goodness only knows what treats I shall find!  Christmas has arrived early with all my own belongings!  Our second container arrived from Australia and would you believe between the two shipments we still have nothing to sit on (apart from boxes of course) or a table to eat at (boxes again work well with a simple newspaper tablecloth).  Maybe we shouldn’t have sold the larger items after all!  No in all seriousness it is great fun to be camping out and it means we will just simply have to go shopping!

Beams of sheer delight have literally been vibrating out of our new abode with all the excitement of discovering every nook and cranny we hadn’t been able to take in from the viewings.  Standing in each room and breathing in the space and disbelief it is our home sweet home!  And yes my dearest did carry me up the drive-way and across the threshold!   The only tipping point, apart from him nearly dropping me (only joking – I am light as a feather!), into a black hole of frustration and exhaustion was many very tedious hours on a crackling phone line to the internet people!  Being passed from agent to agent as they tried to figure out why the internet was not connecting whilst my ear went red and my head nearly exploded was not a huge amount of fun.  “I must blog again soon!” I cried, as if to finally keep me quiet a moment of glory shone and we were live!  Technology does indeed rule my life at times and I shall have to go and do some serious meditation shortly to relinquish myself from these desires.

It has for the large part been a very smooth transition and I am quite sure you would be able to see this home hub of joy and happiness glowing from outer space!  For the first time ever we have a garden and I feel very much like this flower I captured yesterday blossoming out of a black hole, another wonderful undiscovered surprise!  Many a long hour is going to be spent appreciating this space.

Flower.

My top tip for shipping your belongings across the globe having learnt the hard way by opening nearly 40 boxes to find what I was looking for…..

Be sure to put your kettle, a couple of mugs and most importantly an adaptor plug in a special box of their own clearly marked PRIORITY – OPEN FIRST!!  This way the bottom won’t fall out of your universe when dealing with the trials and trivialities of moving and calm will be instantly in order from the start.

“We had a kettle; we let it leak:

Our not repairing made it worse.

We haven’t had any tea for a week…

The bottom is out of the Universe.”

Rudyard Kipling