Tuesday, 25 October 2011

The times they are a-changin...


'Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.'  Albert Camus

I haven't had much time or space to look out at the world this last week, but it seems suddenly to be fully autumn here.  The sun makes everything shine gold.  Autumn can seem like a time of endings, of harvest, with a sense of 'drawing in' - and there is a lot of cosy pleasure in that.  But for me it has always felt like a time of new beginnings too.  Maybe that has its origins in it being the start of a new school year - new teachers, new classes, new books. I used to love getting new exercise books with their clean, blank pages.  It's a long time since I was in school (!) but that promise of potential has never gone away.  This year of course - and suddenly - I have real potential to enjoy in my tiny granddaughter's new life.

I am happy to report that my daughter has been allowed home, though now she has a long commute to the hospital every day which will be tiring for her.   The baby seems to be thriving, snuggled in her incubator; each day brings a small step of progress.  I am just so thankful - and especially so when I heard tonight on the news about the two-week old baby, her mum and grandma pulled from the wreckage of their home days after the Turkish earthquake.  My heart goes out to them.

I've used this photo on my blog before but it's one of my favourites for this season.  I took it in my local woods, Hirst Woods.  So sorry that I haven't been visiting or commenting on your blogs lately.  I will catch up one day, I'm sure.

23 comments:

  1. Oh, it's good to hear all is well with mother and baby! A super post, Jenny.

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  2. This is a wonderful time of new beginnings for you Jenny with much to look forward to. Your new little treasure Elodie is just the sweetest gift who will fill your Autumn days with joy warmth and love. xx

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  3. I love the colors, Jenny. Fall has always been my favorite time of year, with crisp mornings and warm afternoons, bright sun and dry air. I always get a burst of energy in the fall and ready to tackle anything.

    Thanks for the update on your grandbaby and daughter. This is a tough time for everyone, but it will soon be forgotten amidst the bustle when she comes home. Jim

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  4. So glad to here the news is good. And a lovely picture too. Take care.

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  5. Lovely snap. The way autumn leaves seem to "carpet" the ground always stirs my heart. To me it is the loveliest of seasons - the landscape being painted with rich warm colours. I'm confident this will be a special "season" for you and yours too, Jenny, but for other reasons!! Enjoy.

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  6. Delightful photo, reminds me of beech trees in Ecclesall Woods...

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  7. Jenny I am so glad that Grace and her mom are doing well.:)Hope has started to teeth already. It is hard to believe she is 5 mos. old already. She is doing really well, and I am sure your little Grace will too. I pray that the Lord will continue to watch over your new granddaughter, and her family as well. God's grace and mercy are new everyday. Take it one day at a time , Grandma. :)

    I love your Autumn photo with its Beautiful carpet of many colors. I just love walking in the leaves as they rustle under my feet. I don't know what it is but it is one of my favorite things to do this time of year on a nice fresh sunny day. It is music to my ears.

    Thank you for your recent visit to my blog, and your lovely comment. Take care and God Bless you and your family.
    Dianne :)

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  8. Just been listening to Bob Dylan, spooky.

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  9. A beauty never fades. Wonderful photo.

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  10. So glad mom and baby are doing well. Soon they will all be home for good. :)

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  11. Your photo today is a perfect autumn image. Great news about mom and baby (and grandma).

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  12. I love this photo! I always think of fall as a new beginning, too, for many of the same reasons. I think that's why I love being a teacher. It's like you get two "new beginnings", September and January!

    So glad to hear your daughter's baby is gaining strength. I'll pray for your daughter's strength to sustain her as she travels to and fro.

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  13. Great news about Mum and baby. So glad to hear that things are progressing well. Terrific shot of the woods, by-the-way.

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  14. Don't worry about blogging, take care of your girls, that's much more important!

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  15. Thank you all for these kind comments. It's so lovely to share this adventure with my friends. Your encouragement means a lot.

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  16. It must be a worrying and busy time for you too. One never stops worrying about their children . Your thoughts on Autumn are interesting. Our Autumns are very similar to spring . Thanks for finding the time to comment. It is very much appreciated. Hope baby keps improving.

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  17. Great news about Mum and Baby. Get around to our blogs when you can - there are more important things at the moment.

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  18. Beautiful autumn capture, Jenny. We both celebrate the colors of autumn today. And now I also celebrate your good news of mom and baby.

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  19. I recognised this as Hirst Woods :)

    Good news about your daughter, in spite of the long journey. Do they have any idea how long baby Elodie will have to stay in her incubator?

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  20. It is a gorgeous Autumn photo. And I love your heather header ;-) too.

    It must be so hard for your daughter and her husband to have to leave little baby daughter in hospital. Apart from the tiresome commute. I hope your granddaughter will be healthy enough to go home to her parents soon.
    Wishing them and you all the best :-)

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  21. So glad to hear the progress with your daughter and sweet little grandbaby. Keeping all of you in my thoughts Jenny. ~Lili

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  22. So glad mom and baby are doing well, hopefully soon she will be home in her own little bed!

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