LOVE OF LAND AND COUNTRY
In 1993 – after living and working in the USA for twenty eight years, I returned to the UK/Europe. I moved to Crickhowell, Wales to be with my cousin and family.
I was so happy to be home. So happy to smell the traditional English/Welsh pastries in Annwyn the bakers along with the smell of Welsh soil and lambs playing in the fields.
I had experienced some happy years in the States with my dear husband Bill Reed and of course the two children – however when my marriage fell apart and the children were old enough, it was time to return home.
During the first six years of living in the States, prior to meeting and marrying Bill, I felt deep pangs of home sickness. I learned that to be homesick is a very painful condition. I almost returned to the UK in 1971 just before Bill and I met and married in 1972. However………..
Life is full of ‘Sliding Doors……..‘
Crickhowell – Wales
The people of Ukraine are going through a living hell. As we think about their pain and longing for everything that has been familiar to them including their land and soil, it must give us pause to look at our own lives on many levels…and most importantly to not take anything for granted.
If and when they are able to return home….what will home look like after their land has been defiled by Putin!!
As fellow humans we must love and nurture them as we would our own families. We must try to counteract the horrors that they are now living through. The only way I know to do this is to come together with love and kindness
My little garden in Crickhowell which I Loved and nurtured….and of course Christeve the Cat – my constant companion at that time:)
When I look at this picture today I think of all the gardens and animals that the Ukrainian people and all other refugees have had to leave behind…along with all their shattered hopes and dreams.
Today there are nearly thirty million refugees globally and as climate change tightens its grip and war rages on…those numbers are rising by the day.
We cannot and must not bury our heads any more…to do so means that anyone of us could be next….Monsters like Putin want to conquer the world.
It is the simple things in life that give the greatest pleasure….
In this image I am sharing food with my very dear friends Sally and Gareth in Wales overlooking the magnificent Usk Valley and Brecon Beacons.