Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Rock me to sleep


BACKWARD, turn backward, O time, in your flight,
Make me a child again just for tonight
Mother, come back from the echoless shore,
Take me again to your heart as of yore;

Kiss from my forehead the furrows of care
Smooth the few silver threads out of my hair;
Over my slumbers your loving watch keep;
Rock me to sleep, Mother-rock me to sleep!

Backward, flow backward, oh, tide of the years
I am so weary of toil and of tears;
Toil without recompense, tears all in vain--
Take them, and give me my childhood again!
I have grown weary of dust and decay--
Weary of flinging my soul--wealth away,
Weary of sowing for others to reap;
Rock me to sleep, Mother rock me to sleep!

Tired of the hollow, the base, the untrue,
Mother, O Mother, my heart calls for you!
Many a summer the grass has grown green,
Blossomed and faded, our faces between.
Yet, with strong yearning and passionate pain,
Long I tonight for your presence again.
Come from the silence so long and so deep;
Rock me to sleep, Mother-rock me to sleep!

Over my heart, in the days that are flown,
No love like mother-love ever has shone;
No other worship abides and endures-
Faithful, unselfish, and patient like yours:
None like a mother can charm away pain
From the sick soul and the world-weary brain.
Slumber's soft calms over my heavy lids creep;
Rock me to sleep, Mother-rock me to sleep!

Come, let your brown hair, just lighted with gold,
Fall on your shoulders again as of old;
Let it drop over my forehead tonight,
Shading my faint eyes away from the light;
For with it's sunny-edged shadows once more
Haply will throng the sweet vision of yore;
Lovingly, softly, it's bright billows sweep:
Rock me to sleep, Mother-rock me to sleep!

Mother, dear Mother, the years been long
Since I last listened to your lullaby song.
Sing, then, and unto my soul it shall seem
Womanhood's years have been only a dream.

Clasped to your heart in a loving embrace,
With your light lashes just sweeping my face,
Never hereafter to wake or to weep;
Rock me to sleep, Mother-rock me to sleep!

By Elizabeth Akers Allen

Sunday, January 15, 2012

A lifetime

My father-in-law's 80th birthday is coming up at the end of this month. Having no clue as to what to present to him on such an important milestone, we ended up deciding on putting together a professional looking photo book with a compilation of snapshots of his family life, from his marriage 50 years ago to present day. Cousins and nephews in Switzerland were drafted into helping and sent us photos of stuff and people I had never known about. I rummaged countless dusty boxes of photographic mementoes trying to select the more significant ones and scanning them with the highest possible resolution. Michel was in charge of the final selection from the deluge of pictures pouring into his mailbox and giving the whole thing form and structure on his Mac's iPhoto. The finished product looks amazing, I must say. It is also very moving to see his life in pictures, each with a story and part of a conducting thread that hems the fabric of his existence. Two weeks of time well invested. Now let's just hope he likes it as much as we do...

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Port and Spice and Everything Nice

During the festive period we baked, cooked and ate like mad, so January is a bit of a avoid-anything-sweet month. Still, if you really have to bake something with carbs and sugar to warm the soul on a cold weekend afternoon like today's (yep, typical January weather has finally arrived, shouldn't have tempted the gods with yesterday's post), this is the thing:

Port and Spice Cake

Enjoy your tea!


Friday, January 13, 2012

Spring in January

Gosh! It's been such a long time I had forgotten how to use Blogger altogether... Too many sites to keep updated these days (most of them pretty useless...).
Early January has been feeling like early Spring around here, daffodils and crocuses are blooming already. Mother Nature is perhaps a bit confused?

These were taken yesterday... with my new camera!

First daffodil 2012


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Starting Over

It's that time of the year again... So, in a bit of a spur of a moment thing, here are my top New Year's Resolutions:

1. Invest a whole lot more in me
2. Mind the news less
3. Always try to see things under a positive light
4. Smile and laugh more
5. Watch, listen, read and learn (a lot)
6. Always be there for those who ask for my help
7. Be more tolerant and broadminded
8. Let bygones be bygones, don't look back
9. Pick up my brand new camera and shoot, shoot, shoot

My children don't figure in any resolution because I'm already totally devoted to them and there will be no change there, I work for their happiness every second of my life.

On a different note, it beats me how this blog still gets 33 hits a day when I haven't posted anything for a year... Life really does go on forever in the Internet... which is a bit spooky.

Happy 2012!

No snow in England this winter...