sometimes – the songs you are humming – can tell you something…..

Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)

Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)

you must have had that feeling – there you are doing the washing up – walking down the street – or whatever – and you find yourself humming a tune – one you didn’t like much – or one you loved a long time ago – and it keeps coming back!

Well this is what I have been humming, even whistling, for the past week, or more.  Cat Stevens – I ask you – from back when?

I found an old compilation album I had – 1975! – and have been playing it endlesley the last few days – trying to write down the lyrics – silly me – you can just look them up on the internet these days – but I also realised why, when feeding the chickens every day last week, I was whistling this – because I found that the first verse of this was what my subconscious was trying to tell me –

Now I’ve been happy lately – and I have!

listen to it yourself – and don’t blame me if you find yourself humming along to it – smile! This video is from a 1976 tour – doesn’t he look young!

Peace Train Lyrics

from Saturnight

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“Peace Train” is track #1 on the album Saturnight. It was written by Yusuf Islam, Cat Stevens.

Now I’ve been happy lately
Thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be
Something good has begun

Oh, I’ve been smiling lately
Dreaming about the world as one
And I believe it could be
Some day it’s going to come

‘Cause out on the edge of darkness
There rides a peace train
Oh, peace train take this country
Come take me home again

Now I’ve been smiling lately
Thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be
Something good has begun

Oh, peace train sounding louder
Glide on the peace train
Come on the peace train
Yes, peace train holy roller

Everyone jump upon the peace train
Come on the peace train

Get your bags together
Go bring your good friends too
‘Cause it’s getting nearer
It soon will be with you

Now come and join the living
It’s not so far from you
And it’s getting nearer
Soon it will all be true

Oh, peace train sounding louder
Glide on the peace train
Come on the peace train
Peace train

Now I’ve been crying lately
Thinking about the world as it is
Why must we go on hating
Why can’t we live in bliss

‘Cause out on the edge of darkness
There rides a peace train
Oh, peace train take this country
Come take me home again

Oh, peace train sounding louder
Glide on the peace train
Come on the peace train
Yes, peace train holy roller

Everyone jump upon the peace train
Come on, come on, come on
Yes, come on the peace train
Yes, it’s a peace train

Come on the peace train
Oh peace train

 

are my/your comments stuck in spam?

help picI am re-blogging my own post from julzcrafts.com because, whilst my problem has not yet been fixed, I thought I might as well air this ‘grievance’ as widely as possible to stop others going thro’ the same misery…..

stop press:  its been fixed – only took about 36 hours, but i can communicate with my ‘fellow man’ again!

In the meantime

I have just seen this amazingly simple idea on http://aopinionatedman.com and I think I’ll see if it works here – will tell you about it in a bit! **************Right – I have just set up a new page – called your space where you can say what you like and promote yourself – within the normal boundaries of decency etc….go have a look!

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ask for helpI have discovered in the last day or two that almost all the comments I have made on other people’s blogs have been stuck in the spam folder, and thus not viewed or put up on the sites I commented upon.

WordPress support have not been very helpful so far, so I am putting out a call to anyone and everyone who has a WordPress site to check your spam folder.  Yes, there is a lot of rubbish in there that deserves to never see the light of day – but please look and see if any of my comments are also stuck there – or your friends comments – due for imminent disposal!

I have checked with some of the sites I follow and who also took the blogging101 course with me, and they have found up to 5 of my comments in their spam folder – I really…

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Settle, Lancliffe, Stainforth, Yorkshire Dales.

this is such a well put together set of instructions for an absolutely beautiful walk in the Yorkshire Dales

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Magnificent Limestone Scenery.Magnificent Limestone Scenery. (Left click all images to increase in size)

This is a beautiful walk that includes the Ribbles loveliest bridge, Cravens finest waterfall, and spectacular limestone scenery. Setting off from Settle market place, follow the uphill road to the left Constitution Hill. The road takes a sharp left turn at the top,  just a short distance ahead take the right turn following the stony uphill lane. Go through the gate at the top and follow the footpath straight ahead, in the direction of Winskill.

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A few hundred yards ahead after passing through the second gate (above Photo) cross the wooden stile as seen in the lower photograph above. From here follow the footpath across the field and alongside the small area of woodland ahead, then down to the village of Langcliffe clearly seen to your left down below. The footpath brings you out to the church gates, cross…

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still life: jug with tulips

one image, many ways of looking at it

I took this still life many years ago, on a large format, with real film in it – I think this is a scan, not of the negative, but of a print of the negative, as it’s not as sharp as I would like it to be.

this is the full image

a still life I took many years ago

a still life I took many years ago

and these are some of the crops and variations that I played around with!

 

I still have the blue jug, altho’ its a little chipped now! 

 

a special place

The last few lines of Robert Frost’s famous poem, and one of my all time favourites,  “The Road Not Taken” are :-

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — 

I took the one less traveled by, 

And that has made all the difference.

I should be showing a picture of a track in the forest here, but I don’t have one to fit – instead, this is one of my all time favourite places – at the southern end of the Brecon Beacons.

The road is just at the bottom edge of this picture, you park your car then take to the hills, crossing a river and follow a path that runs besides a tributary stream, full of small waterfalls. (This is said to be the start of the River Tawe, that runs into Swansea and then into the sea.)  Just under the ridge, that’s covered in snow in this picture, there is a lake.  Its stunning!  I’ve taken my swimming costume up there in summers past, and swum in it, with my dog!

As its not too far from me, I have the luxury of being able to come up here whenever I feel the need – for solitude – for contemplation – and sometimes, when there is no one around, to sing at the top of my voice!

In the summer months its a popular place for family picnics, as the river runs beside the road, and there are many pools to paddle in!

The Robert Frost poem – to be honest that came from the original version of this post, and isn’t all that relevant here, but I like it, so I’m leaving it up – smile.

I wrote a poem about this place many years ago, I’m not sure where it is, if I find it again, maybe I’ll put it up, but it ended something like this:-

“scatter my ashes by the rushing water

beneath magic Llyn y Fan Fach, so

I may travel past places loved

and along the river,

into the sea”