Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mother Nature

Off in the distance I see them, rising up before me, a wall of sleeping giants wearing garments tailored in Oz.  Like a metallic thread of silver woven through their viridian overcoats, the road winds through these mountains, and I follow it until I eventually vanish deep inside Mother Nature’s masterpiece of peacock and lime.  I turn my phone off.  I turn the music up louder.  Ambrosial air drifts in through my open window and with a gentle hand it brushes my face with the spirit of honeybees, bluebirds and moss.  I am happily hidden inside the verdancy of a mountain Spring.

She rules this kingdom of earth with a mercurial wand, forever amused by our schedules and plans.  Just as I am being led deeper and deeper into a sylvan paradise, others are looking up to the sky where an angry hydra of smoke and ash holds them to the ground with a force as fixed as gravity.  She is both admired and feared, and rightfully so, for the same capricious hand that fans me with picnic breezes and hangs shimmering stars in my midnight sky may also hurl a screaming gale out over the glen, causing rain to fall sideways and trees to bow down in the face of her absolute power. 

But oh, what an artist she is!  With her magical paint box overflowing with infinite colour, her orchestras of birdsong, her lightning bolts, her moonlight, her auroras - she kindles Atlantis on this bouncing blue ball that hangs suspended in the cold astral darkness. And today, as I make my way through her heart-stopping painting of green, I am only too happy to be but one of her insignificant subjects, singing along to the music she plays all around me.


My perfect play list for a long, long drive through Mother Earth’s green mountains of Spring:

*all downloadable on iTunes

Rollin’ Home by Old Blind Dogs
First Train Home by Imogen Heap
Windmills Of Your Mind by Noel Harrison
Mother Nature’s Son by The Beatles
Been To Canaan by Carole King
White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes
Blackbird by The Beatles
Witchcraft by Frank Sinatra
Under The Weather by KT Tunstall
L.O.V.E  by Nat King Cole
Mercy Of The Flame by Pat Terry
Catch The Wind by Donovan
You’ve Got Me Wrapped Around Your Little Finger by Beth Rowley
I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love by Petula Clark
The Glow Worm by The Mills Brothers
Saturday Night At The Movies by The Drifters


  1. Beautiful story as usual Pamela...Also I love your playlist...some of my own faves are on there..some new ones to try.

  2. Love the story and the play list it's perfect for a nice long drive!!

    Art by Karena

  3. Another beautiful painting you've penned, Pamela. Frank, Petula and The Drifters are fine but most of the others are unfamiliar, even the Beatles numbers. I must get out more!

  4. I guess perhaps Mother nature is having a flourish where you are too? we are having some glorious days of spring here which is so wonderful a a really long, hard winter- I do like winter but it does last a very long time here!

    I like your playlist!

  5. Beautiful words and fantastic music choices Pamela, with my favourite, 'Blackbird' by The Beatles, in there.
    Happy Earth Day. XXXX

  6. Geat music for mountain driving - I even see one of Pat's in there!!

    Mother Nature - fickle and unpredicatable, now in Spring and always of course! Yesterday she showered us with much needed rain - veggies were so thirsty - and was noisy about it, thundering through at tea time!

    Enjoy your mountain majesty - and stay safe.
    Happy day dear Pamela.

    P.S. Have no plans for the linen yarn - it's very fine more for weaving fabric than knitting I think - but it's so beautiful on those huge spools and three lovely natural shades.

  7. What a wonderfully earthy story to awake to on Earth Day. I love you images of Mother Earth, both visually and especially in your beautifully painted words. Love, love, love your playlist, though I am certain I will be humming glow little glow worm all day long.

  8. Yes today is earth day and you have given us a song of the earth!...

  9. Wonderful Pamela and I love your playlist. I have several and am always looking for new songs. Off to check them out!

    Jeanne :)

  10. Such a sweet tale of Mother Earth and Mother Nature. I love your playlist-especially Catch the Wind and Windmills of Your Mind. Happy Earth Day Pamela.

  11. Wonderful words about our favourite mother Pamela. She deserves love and respect which she doesn't always get from us sadly. Love the Fleet Foxes.

  12. Saturday night at the movies, who cares what picture we see.... I am still humming the tune!

    Hope your ankle is better.

  13. It is so hard to imagine life without the beauty of nature!

  14. Hi,
    The picture is so wonderful, your writing marvellous and the music is good,I think :)

    Have a lovely weekend !!


  15. This is a most beautiful post, dear Pamela. I adore it!

  16. Oh, my, what a lovely blog you have! I found you through The House in Marrakesh. I, too, am a lover of knitting and dogs and art and simple beauties that make life worthwhile.

  17. Pat Terry! Now there is a name I haven't heard in a while! I need to find out what is up with Pat Terry.
    Wonderful music list you have created, and sweetly written as is your gift.

  18. That was such a wonderful story for this time of year with everything waking up in our gardens. I love all your pictures of Edward...he is such a friendly looking fellow!


  19. There is nothing like driving down a country lane with the windows down and the music cranked up to lift winter doldrums and make you feel young again.

  20. Your writing is magical. Your imagination is fantastic. Your thoughts and ideas are inspiring. You are such a beautiful blessing. I smile and think about your words alot. It is pure pleasure to see and read your blog.


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