Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Grey November...

....and Glimmers of Light

Grey - Grey and Rainy....

....for Weeks and Weeks!

Stormy weather....

A fallen tree...

....our fig tree which has suffered already from two hard winters.
Very sad.

The only glimmers of light in these grey days....

Nandina domestica

commonly known as nandina, heavenly bamboo or sacred bamboo, 
native to eastern Asia from the Himalayas to Japan. 

 Despite the common name, it is not a bamboo 
but an erect evergreen shrub up to 2 m (7 ft) tall by 1.5 m (5 ft) wide, 
with numerous, usually unbranched stems growing from ground level. 
The glossy leaves are sometimes deciduous in colder areas, 50–100 cm (20–39 in) long, 
bi- to tri-pinnately compound, with the individual leaflets 4–11 cm (2–4 in) long and 1.5–3 cm broad. 
The young leaves in spring are brightly coloured pink to red before turning green; 
old leaves turn red or purple again before falling. 
The flowers are white, borne in early summer in conical clusters held well above the foliage. 
The fruit is a bright red berry 5–10 mm diameter, 
ripening in late autumn and persisting through the winter, 
the spring and even summer (here at La Pouyette)


Oh, wonder - Oh, wonder!....


Due to the lack of sun....

my olives are not ripening.


Then - a few days ago....

...a stripe of light and hope on the horizon

and finally....

a bit of sunshine.....

...and blue sky.

But as quick as the rays of sun appear in the sky...

so quickly have they disappeared...

...and we are back to Grey!


"Glimmers of light"....

...and my quote of the day:

"Our life is what our thoughts make it"
Marcus Aurelius

A bientôt...
Our life is what our thoughts make it.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes_of_the_day.html#xKPQvHllvi9FMJS1.99


  1. Hello, Karin -
    I actually love grey days, but too many of them can be quite depressing! I find that a roaring fire, lit candles, comfort food, and fresh flowers all help. So sorry about your fig tree - what a shame. Sending you warm wishes and bright sunshine!

  2. Hi Sweet Karin - I stopped by today for my fill of beauty. You always share beauty for the eyes and soul! I shared your blog today on my facebook page - you are still one of my favorites! I hope all is well with you and yours! Miss our talks! Blessings, Martha

  3. What a blessing for the sacred bamboo. I am sad your fig tree has departed. I hope there is a young one to take it's place. Your images make a grey day sultry and mysterious. I adore the image of the yellow triangular field when the sun is deciding whether to shine or not.

    Sending some rays from Florida
    Helen xx

  4. Hi Karin - I have a son that is affected by grey days not enough light-he lives in NY, poor baby. sorry about your fig tree. I agree with Loi, grey days mean a roaring fire, lit candles, comfort food that all helps. Bright sunshine to you. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

  5. November has long been my favorite month because I actually love the grey weather. Here in northern New England November is the cloudiest month due to weather patterns over the Great Lakes to the west. I am fortunate not to suffer any ill effects of short days and scant sunlight; instead I delight in nightly fires and burning countless tealights through the evenings. Hope you are well!

  6. Hello Karin. November is full of grey days, but every so often the sun shines through and reminds us that it's still there. Beautiful shots of both rain and sun in your post. On grey November days, I like to light candles, make tea and stay cozy.

  7. IHi Karin,
    I actually like the grey November days and your photographs have a real beauty about them….. it's just sad that you lost your fig tree. I rather like being indoors in front of the fire and seeing the leaves fall { our Autumn is very late this year and this week, the leaves have been at their best }…. and, we can all look forward to the warmer, sunnier weather in the Spring !! XXXX

  8. Ce paysage sous la pluie et ce ciel lourd et gris me semblent magiques. J'aimerais tellement me mettre derriere votre belle fenetre et contempler la nature qui rentre en hibernation....mais c'est Oscar qui s'en rejouit! Oh la vie, quelquefois...
    Bonne journee Karin!