Upon Reflection

For the twelve years that I lived in the Magical Town of Crickadoon, Wales, I walked every day….and part of my walk took me along the Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal.       

Observing reflections in the canal became a constant source of fascination for me…..it was like looking into a different world…which seemed to go on for ever. 

We tend to think in terms of going forward and backwards – looking to the future or the past, when in fact if we take the time to look up, down, inside, around, underneath and into the other worldliness of reflections…..we see so much more – like connecting with other dimensions. 



In our fast paced, technologically based world, it seems that we rush past life, rather then taking the time to contemplate its beauty and mystery.      Whereas, if we look a little further than the obvious, we begin to see and understand so much more. 

The Geode – Cite des Sciences – Paris……Worlds within worlds. 


In Rachel Carson’s book ‘Silent Spring’ – first published in 1962, we were given an insight into what could happen if we didn’t take care of this exquisite planet that we inhabit.    She showed us the consequences of narrow thinking…..Reading the book today is even more compelling than it was all those years ago. 

A photograph I took in Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland.    The beauty was in tidal pool reflections and wet sand….When the tide retreated, whole new worlds were revealed. 



Climate Change has been in evidence since the beginning of time.   Our world and the universe is constantly evolving….growing, changing and responding to seen and unseen elements, which includes anything that humankind contributes to the mix!   

Here in the UK, we sometimes forget that we are never further than 75 miles away from a vast ocean.     An ocean which surrounds our beautiful, tiny and highly populated island. 

Looking down into tidal pools…Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland. 


We forget that not that long ago, England was attached to France….when looking at a map of the southern coast of England and the coastline of Brittany, France…..what we see is almost like a jigsaw puzzle, where the pieces came apart. 

For those of us fortunate enough to have a home, sanitation, available clean drinking water, and all the other luxuries that technology allows us to enjoy, it is easy to forget that Mother Nature can remove all of it in a flash.    

Reflections at The Hurlingham Club, Putney London – note the black swan peeking through.



Extreme weather is being experienced world wide.    In the UK, we are having severe floods and storms….floods that are affecting the lives of many, who are now feeling homeless and uprooted.      Floods that are encouraging us all to reflect and think in new ways.    

There are some who say, but this happened 250 years ago….and of course it did, but then there were no cars, a fraction of the population we have now, natural drainage everywhere, etc. 

As E.B. White said…..‘Our approach to nature is to beat it into submission’ – and clearly that is not working!

Photograph, courtesy – Kevin Chapman.    

Kevin teaches painting at the Boathouse Studio in Hampton just five minutes from where I live,  but for now all classes have been cancelled, and the swans have taken over…..



I took this photograph two springs ago close to where I live.    



A Bientôt

8 thoughts on “Upon Reflection

  1. First Night Design

    Such familiar places, except for County Cork. We’re the Upper Richmond Road side of the level crossing at Mortlake so I’m praying we’ll be okay. One can never be too sure these days. I have a friend who’s currently coping with her third flood in Walton/Sunbury. Hope you’re miles away from the Thames where you are.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Hi Sarah, I know exactly where you area….I am in Hampton…about a five minute walk from the river, but as I say in a third floor flat….If it gets this high, then there’s no hope for any of us!
      My Mother is in Hampton Care a nursing home on the Upper Sunbury Road in Hampton… The home is across from a reservoir, but hopefully will not have any flooding problems. Lots of the nurses and carers drive from the Walton/Sunbury area, and yesterday they said it was not good.
      Hope you stay high and dry. Janet.

  2. gini

    A piece today..FULL of thought. Be safe and may the waters recede and new little sprouts of Spring reach up.. Much love here for you Janet.. xx 🙂 g
    Fantastic photos.. (smile) but of course.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Hi Dear Gini…what’s so strange is that along with these incredible storms and flooding, thus far we have had a very mild winter, and so flowers are sprouting up everywhere!!! Today hurricane force winds are hitting the UK….and much more rain….a little respite tomorrow and then another major storm on Friday. It’s all down to the Jet Stream changing position.
      I certainly wont walk to see my Mother today in case of limbs falling off trees.
      YOu keep warm – remember lots of hot chocolate:)xx

  3. snowbird

    This post reminded me of how much I too love canals, when on the boat I could gaze into the water forever, I often saw fish and creatures people didn’t know were there….marvelous it is!!! I loved your reflections and your thoughts. I couldn’t agree more, we do have to be mindful where this beautiful planet is concerned for as you say it can remove our privileges in an instant. What a shame the boathouse is flooded…I do hope we can learn to think in new ways, sometimes it takes something like this to make people wake up.
    I loved your pics here, especially of the beautiful swan, they at least are happy eh?
    A wonderful post.xxx

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Yes, it does sometimes take events like this to encourage new thinking and planning for the future of our world. I am so impressed with your contribution to new ways of thinking. Have a lovely day. xxx


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