Memories of mud…

Memories tied to the earth are full of nostalgia, pleasure & playfulness. An unmistakable joy as a child playing with the mud – messy adventures with pebbles, sand & clay. Freedom, dirt & water were simple yet incredible ingredients. A source of great happiness & creativity. Fascinating. Grubby, sticky mud on the boots was surely challenging. Stomping on mud pools, sloshing & squelching in the fields with an equally dirty dog that loved rolling around in the dirt was hugely exciting. The mud has washed off but the magnificent memories remain.

Loved making sand castles at the beach, beautifully covered in shades of brown while climbing trees. Free-falling on a bed of leaves was fun. Reminisce about the wonderful holidays spent at the ancestral home – one with a generous sprinkling of mud & a perfect pond with lovely lotuses. An ethereal aura. Precious. Loved the transient smell of cleansed earth & lotus flowers after rain. Still enjoy a child-like engagement with the plants & flower-pots in the garden. Admire some things that are intentionally grown, also others that have randomly found their way into the earth & grass. Dust is desirable.

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Red lotus lake…

An ethereal, other-worldly place. The stunning beauty of a tropical flower garden & the serenity of natural fresh-water. A spectacular lake adorned by millions of pink & red lotus flowers – the Red Lotus Lake (Talay Bua Daeng, Thailand). Millions of beautiful lotus flowers stretch across the 600 square acre lake in every direction. Vibrant pink & red lotus bulbs in bloom. Small lake islands are a peaceful home to the Buddha statues, shrines & pagodas that float amongst the lotus. Nature in its full splendour & glory. A charming wonderland of sensational shades of pink & red. Surreal. On the wish list…

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Lotus flower…

We can never forget the beautiful sight of a lotus flower emerging from murky waters, blooming with an exquisite beauty & radiance. In many cultures, a blue lotus symbolises belief, courage & wisdom. White lotus represents peace, purity & prosperity. A purple lotus signifies compassion & empathy. Red lotus is related to the heart with adoration & passion. Pink lotus is sacred as a symbol of grace, endurance & resilience. The lotus flower carries a wealth of spiritual symbolism tied to Egyptology, Hinduism & Buddhism reflecting gratitude, creation & eternity. “No mud, no lotus.” – Thich Nhat Hanh.

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