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summer

29 Apr

 

summer1
ˈsʌmə/
noun
noun: summer;
pool in summer
plural noun: summers
summer postcards
  1. 1.
    the warmest season of the year, in the northern hemisphere from June to August and in the southern hemisphere from December to February.
    “this plant flowers in late summer”
    • Astronomy
      the period from the summer solstice to the autumnal equinox.
    • literary
      years, especially of a person’s age.
      “a girl of sixteen or seventeen summers”
      summer time
verb
verb: summer; 3rd person present: summers; past tense: summered; past participle: summered; gerund or present participle: summering
1.
spend the summer in a particular place.
“well over 100 birds summered there in 1976”
beach balloons
hurry up xx
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new

10 Feb sun rise on a new day

new

njuː/
adjective
first day at school
adjective: new; comparative adjective: newer; superlative adjective: newest
  1. 1.
    produced, introduced, or discovered recently or now for the first time; not existing before.
    “the new Madonna album”
    new nike free runs
    synonyms: recently developed, newly discovered, brand new, up to the minute, up to date, latest, current, state-of-the-art, contemporary, present-day, advanced, recent, modern; More

    newly arrived, newborn
    “Roger used new techniques of measuring and recording growth”
    informalway out, far out
    “the committee is generally tolerant of new ideas”
    • not previously used or owned.
      little baby feet
      synonyms: unused, brand new, as new, pristine, fresh, mint, in mint condition More

      “you have to decide whether to buy your boat new or second-hand”
      antonyms: second-hand, used
    • of recent origin or arrival.
      “a new baby”
    • (of vegetables) dug or harvested early in the season.
      “new potatoes”
      newly weds kissing
  2. 2.
    already existing but seen, experienced, or acquired recently or now for the first time.
    “her new bike”
  3. 3.
    beginning anew and in a transformed way.
    “starting a new life”

    • sun rise on a new day
adverb
adverb: new
  1. 1.
    newly; recently.
    “new-mown hay”

strength

21 Mar

strength

/streNG(k)TH/
noun
1. the quality or state of being strong, in particular.

2. physical power and energy: ‘exercise can help build your strength’

synonym

vigour- power- force- might- potency

small hand in big hand

 

couple hugging

 

friends with balloons

 

little boy crying

 

baby learning to walk

 

woman doing yoga

 

old hand in young hand

 

ant holding a leaf

 

little girls doing ballet

 

rugby try

 

homeless person

 

 

to tat or not tattoo

11 Jul
INFINITY (or eternity): in ancient india and tibet, the symbol of infinity represented perfection, dualism, and the unity between male and female. more interesting though, is that in the occult, tarot is linked to magic and represents equilibrium, infinity and the balance of various forces. the uroborus (a circular serpent biting its tail) has also been found in this shape, but that’s not really important to me to be totally honest. more recently we know it as a mathematical symbol for infinity in numbers, time or space.
so now comes the tricky part. to tat or not tattoo..on my wrist or maybe the back of my neck? a bit higher than in this photo?  light brown or black? 6 months or permenant? i’m still deciding…and because i’m still deciding it’s probably not time is it? or is it?? aghhhhhh!! i’ve been thinking about this since 2006 when i went travelling with my mate chris and, since then, i’ve been so close but yet so far. and scared of the fact it’s such a COMMITMENT.  like getting married to someone that you’re not entirely sure of…but are kind of stuck with indefinetly (or until you sign the ‘divorce’ papers and get him/her/it removed).then if i start seeing loads of people with the same tattoo it becomes a kind of tramp stamp rather than something personal and meaningful. or is it still personal and meaningful to me agh??!!
i mean i DO love the meaning of this symbol AND what it has represented in the past for thousands of years and that is also stands for something hopeful for the future: “a double endlessness, eternity, recreation, a symbol of hope, forgiveness,” “the heart of the buddha shakyamuni, resignation of spirit, all happiness that humanity desires, mind, infinity, all and many.” in buddhist culture the endless knot (chang or p’an-chang) receives and forwards abundance, and is a symbol of longevity, infinity and eternity.
but with all this in mind-can i just add here, that i am NOT religious, nor am i overly spiritual-like a million or so other irish people i’m sure, i have ‘toyed’ with the idea of getting a tattoo for years (even when chinese symbols were all the rage-shudder…)…never quite sure and never quite ‘doing’….as i am hugely and giantly indecisive…
but saying all of that,  for the past while, due to a family illness, the idea of actually committing to something so permanent-that represents and depicts or ‘presents’ to everyone a ‘me’ that is balanced, serene, forgiving, hopeful, looking into a future and so on..even if this does sound a little ‘cliche’, whatever…the thought fills me with a little hope and happiness…and gives an otherwise unsure future a little stamp of my own control over my future in some way and a little stamp of an inbetween me moving forward.
mum was diagnosed with stage four terminal lung cancer in october of last year. with a prognosis or 3-6 months. she’s still alive and kicking and has somehow found her ‘balance’, not through religion, nor a tattoo (i’m not deluded!) nor anything of the sort…she has always been strong, but this is something that will knock her. although she has done really well so far, and is only quite coming to terms with the ‘terminal’ aspect of things, as we all are, i know that this will beat her…but i do feel that, at the same time, as stupid and as juvenile as this sounds..a part of her will always be here with us…
religion aside..i do believe that people don’t just disappear..they leave a mark…whatever that is, i don’t know….and part of me doesn’t want to know or think about that yet, to be honest…but the idea of longevity, infinity, recreation, hope, a view to the future…i think it’s this kind of positivity that keeps us all going at a time like this..when we really have to take each day as it comes and look to the future only in a positive way, within reason, and not just to plan and escape what’s going on at present…and i suppose for me, in my own silly little way..getting a symbol like this, on my skin, kind of freeze frames a part of that longevity and hope…
INFINITY
“this has become symbolic of the future and futurist thought, depicting eternal life, harmonious interaction between conscious and subconscious, serenity, harmony and dominion over the physical plane.

 

walkies in dublin stills

27 Jun

 

 

 

 

 

stills from my bedroom window

9 Jun

 

 

 

 



 

a nice day in dublin. stills taken in feb 2011.

28 May


 

 

 

 

cheer-me-up stills from my brother’s wedding

26 May