Monday, May 13, 2013

Explore. Dream. Discover.

Explore.  Dream.  Discover.

In the upcoming days the curtains I pull back at dawn will reveal unfamiliar landscapes. 
 A tall tower standing in the middle of an ivory garden.  
A simple bedroom where the sheets are “stretched tight and the bed is narrow”  
and the lyrical language of its revered inhabitant 
still dips and swirls in the springtime light.
I shall wander through family house in the country
 in which an entire movement of art was born and nurtured.
I shall spend an evening with Peter and Alice, released now as they are from the pages of childhood.  I shall have breakfast with a Provencal princess, one who generously shares the essence of her French life with beauty and wit.  I shall wander London bookshops with a novice novelist.  
And I just might be offered a magic wand.  
This of course, I shall have to decline, for I already have one of my own.
I am off to pick up the stones on a new road,
 releasing new stories and hearing new songs.  
I shall return soon.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor .Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” 
Mark Twain


  1. Oh, Pamela, how I envy you! Have a wonderful trip. I'll be waiting to hear your stories.
    Mary C.

  2. I so agree with you Pamela. We always have an adventure to look forward to, whether a trip through the Australian countryside or a soutee overseas. Having completed a trip to New Zealand in January and soon a trip to Israel, away in the caravan on selected weekends, and planning a trip to Ireland next year. Alwys something on the plan and we both still work fulltime in our professions and enjoy our cottage and garden by the sea. As my mother used to say "Rosalie enjoy life, you are a long time dead".

  3. fabulous Pamela, you must be meeting up with Vicki Archer! You two should have an awesome breakfast together - tell her hello please.

    Enjoy my country - I know you always love it there. Sounds like you will be visiting some great historic places.

    Bon voyage. Come back soon so we can share your stories please.
    Hugs - Mary

  4. Pamela, your adventure sounds magical! Enjoy London and all that you meet along the way. Be safe and have fun.

  5. Have a lovely trip...I can't wait to hear about it when you return!

  6. Thanks for sharing the experience in the journey of yours with us.Keep good work in the blog.

    Caregiver San Diego

  7. UGH! SIGH! AH!

    Why did we move from England?? I want to play too!

    Enjoy Pamela..I know it will be magical..and be sure to pass on my best wishes to that Provencal princess..she is a dream!

    Jeanne xx

  8. Dear Pam, wish I was going too. If you see Vicky give her a hug for me. I love the way you write.
    Hoist the sails, and have another
    great adventure.

  9. Dear Pamela,
    Have a brilliant time ..... I'm afraid that the weather forcast isn't wonderful but, I think that the UK looks beautiful, whatever the weather. Say hi to Vicki from me ..... we met last Summer and had a lovely time, looking at the Queen's diamonds and having a delicious lunch !!
    Looking forward to your quintessentially British posts with photographs !!
    Safe travels and have the most special time. XXXX

  10. cannot wait for your delicious memories and discoveries . . .
    like christmas in the midst of june! little house of edward presents to open upon your return.
    bon voyage dear heart!

  11. Your trip sounds fabulous! Look forward to your trip report. Bon voyage and be safe!

    Thanks for posting the Mark Twain quote .... it's a very inspirational quote for my daughter, a late bloomer at 36, who today is graduating to a career as a surgical technologist ... very smart young woman who is now on to bigger and better things in her life.

  12. Do try to pop in to the Persephone Bookshop. I'm not sure if you have been there dozens of times before -but it is so quintessentially English. I could buy all of there books at once.
    Buster sends greetings to Edward and Apple.

  13. Pamela,
    Lucky you! I love bring back some stories for your readers so that we can imagine the excitement from our homes.

  14. Pamela, have the most wonderful trip! I know you will! I could go to England every year if it was possible. There is always something new to see and always places I want to return to. Can't wait to hear all about it!
    xx Sunday

  15. Feeling a little depleted this mid-afternoon, I snuck upstairs, read a little Harry Potter (what fun) and fell sound asleep before I got to the end of the chapter. In my dream I was walking along a beautiful leafy lane with Merlin. I was on an adventure. I looked down and spied a beautiful polished stone and picked it up (can't resist an interesting stone) and as I continued to look I kept spying ever more beautiful stones along the pathway. A lady leaning against a tree laughed a tinkly laugh and said to me 'this adventuring suits you, you should do more of it'. That's all. That lady was you Pamela. I don't know why I'm sharing, but it was a lovely dream! Have a great time. x

  16. PS: The dream was also long before I visited your blog!

  17. Hi Pamela, have a nice time and yes please keep up such good work. xo
    - Vinnie

  18. So very excited to see you Pamela... xv

  19. Happy trails Pamela...time flies when you're having fun. How about keeping the extra magic wand and have a free give away when you come back? :)

  20. Lucky you! I know you will have THE BEST TIME!

  21. Hello Pamela

    Wishing you a vacation to remember and friendships to cherish. Say hi to Vicki. xx

  22. You to the UK; I to the desert southwest soon. Not quite as exotic, but at least I'm going SOMEWHERE!! And remember: there's no place like home! It looks even better after you've been away! Another reason to take a trip...

  23. Oh I wish I could invite you further up the canal for a cup of tea on my boat :-) But alas, we are preparing for a new adventure so are completely topsy turvy right now! Hope you are well, Pamela x

  24. Have a great trip! Look forward to hearing about it when you return.

  25. I have to say I am missing you...who knew? Hope it's everything you dream of.


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