Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Wonderings On Sleepless Nights

Its been a strange old week and a bit.
Nights of rain beaten windows, eerie moaning winds, hot cocoa or tea at 3am. No sleep, then 13 hours worth of sleep without stirring. I've been lumbered with the most horrid cold and cough which does not want to go away.
There are advantages of not being able to sleep. A little Christmas shopping done online and the capturing of beautiful light at dawn.

Sitting up in the quiet when the rest of the house are deep in dream land, I've been listening to the wind in the chimmney like a stormy sea and wondering if whales become high spirited when there are big waves, as cats do when its windy ? I 've wondered how birds stay perched so securely roosting in swaying branches?
I've thought about fishermen out on rough seas and  people who have no home and hope they find safe warm shelter on such nights as these.

I've done  a little work on some wooden hearts and robins...

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half- light,

An excerpt from the poem by William Butler Yeats 'He wishes for the cloths of heaven'  (which I adore) surrounds the edge of this heart...

And this one has my own words on.....

I dream in indigo.
Velvet skies embroidered with starlight.
A moon whisper song is my lullaby.
Listen with your heart.

These will reach the Etsy shop soon, so keep peeping in if you are interested in them.
I also now have got a facebook fan page. So, if anyone would like to come along and join, you will be more than welcome :)
Right, I think thats it for today.......... I'm off to make myself a hot lemon and honey drink.


  1. Ooh, you too...I read the first lines and thought we were sharing parallel lives! Though the difference is, I am not producing such beautiful artworks! Stay warm, fellow invalid and lemon-drinker. :)

  2. I think I have to disagree about the beautiful artworks ;) You are producing every bit as beautiful 'things'over at your place! xx

  3. Love the seasonal snowflakes on your blog! Hope you're feeling better soon!

  4. I hope you feel much better soon :) This wild weather seems to creep into my dreams and make my imagination fly!!

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures and words. I love the poetry of your blog, you use language so wonderfully :) I will watch for those glorious hare hearts.

    Take care
    Tanith x

  5. Always inspiring, always a treat. Nurture your immune system dearie!

  6. Lovely post Karen, as always. AND I see the snow is back yay! Hope your cold gets better soon!!

  7. Hope you're feeling better soon, Karen. It's good to find that you are still very much tuned into nature's magic, and creating beautifully. Be well, dear one. Love. xx

  8. PS ~ Your creations (images and words) are so enchanting. x

  9. Lovely post. The Yeats poem is a favourite of mine too.Feel better soon.

  10. It's so lovely to stop by here for a little beauty and magic. Thanks.

  11. karen, sorry to hear you haven't been feeling so good, hope you're better very soon. There is something quite special i think about being awake in the middle of the night when all the rest are sleeping, for me it is a peaceful, and thoughtful place to be. love the beautiful hearts.

  12. hope you feel better soon. Love the new hearts:-)
    How did you get your snowflakes?

  13. Yeats and my FAV Yeats poem ! LOVE the hearts ! Oh do feel better soon that awful cold is in our house too....everyone just feelin "yuck" !

  14. Hello Karen, do feel better soon! I am so enchanted with your beautiful posts. The second photo you posted is so glorious - we have not experienced frost like that yet. It always looks so beautiful and fragile against window panes.
    Your new work is quite lovely. And I am most pleased to join your Facebook page. I have just signed up.
    Hope you have a lovely evening...Theresa

  15. Your photo through the window is stunning. The trees look alive and part of the live of the place in a magical way.

    Hope you are feeling better soon!

  16. Beautiful hearts Karen, magical words and pictures. Feel well soon.x

  17. Really special photos and work. Early morning is very dreamlike and otherworldly. Your photos captures the moment well... I love your new hearts, as always your work is full of magic.;)
    I hope you feel better soon.

  18. Get well soon. Look after your little self!

  19. The hearts are so lovely! Feel better soon!

  20. I am so sorry to read that you are ill. Colds are the worst. Dreadful nuisances. Put a little drop of whiskey in your tea!

  21. Absolutely love these hearts and poetry, so so beautiful! Sorry to hear you've been unwell, I'm joining you in the cold and cough (so horrid) as well as listening to the howling winds and rains, and watching peaceful sunrises, really is beautiful and makes up for the not being able to sleep! xx

  22. Hope you get better very soon Karen. Your posts are enchanting as is your work - such lovely little hearts and robins.

    My cats have been going wild with all this wind! Thankfully its calmed down and we have a glorious sunny day.

    That WB Yeats poem is one of my favourites also (do pop over for my 'Monday Poem' posts - a celebration of my favourite poems.

    Take care.
    Jeanne x

  23. I fully sympathise with the cold! They seem to be particularly long lasting ones this yr don't they? At the moment I wake up feeling death warmed up but am feeling reasonably human by about 4pm!!! *rolls eyes* What a lovely 2 weeks it's been!
    Hope you shake it off very soon. x

  24. Sorry to hear that you've been so poorly. I hope you soon pick up, although bed really is the best place if you can manage it.

    Sting's album is amazing. I've lost count of how many times I've played it now and know the words already. Thank you so much for bringing it to our attention as I would have missed it, I'm sure.

    I love the hearts, they are so gorgeous :)

  25. Thanks for all of your lovely kind comments :) xx

    If you just google in 'add snowflakes to blog widget' it'll give you various choice of snowflakes to add.

    It is not actually frost on the photo, its condensation/ wet on the windows.It hasn't got that cold here at all yet?

    Yes The colds seem to be so persistant this year!
    Hope you shake off yours soon too.

  26. Karen!

    I hope your cold has gone away by now!

    I love the hearts, especially the one with the rabbit running in full stride.

    The words around the trim are a really nice touch too!


  27. Hope you're doing better Karen.
    Your new pieces are incredibly beautiful. I love your work.
    bunny hugs,

  28. I love the pic of the moon behind the tree!


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