Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Between Raindrops

Hampstead Heath
Hello, sweet friends.

I hope the end of 
November has been
treating you well.

In my last post I
wrote about the black
cloud that's been with
me this autumn, and
many of you very
generously shared
coping strategies for
blowing that cloud

Thank you.

Hampstead Cemetery
I was so touched,
particularly by one
of the anonymous
comments, to which I
had no way of giving
a direct response.

Thank you.

The day after I released
those thoughts into the
blogosphere, my family
boarded an airplane to
visit some dear relatives
for the week of our 
Thanksgiving holiday.

Big Ben

Though our destination
is actually known for
its black clouds, my own 
made few appearances.

And while the clouds
I've penned are simply
emotional ones, I noticed
something about the real
clouds while visiting that 
made my heart sing.

And me, think.

The White Tower

In London, when the
sun breaks through the
clouds, people don't 
just take note ~

Oh look, there's the sun.

Oh, no.

They revel.

Hampstead Heath

Hats and scarves come
off, the parks fill with
parents and children,
dogs and scooters,
elderly folks taking a
stroll and business 
people on their lunch 

They do not take it
for granted.


By the same token, 
they don't let the rain
clouds stop them from
getting on with it,

Whether it is walking
to the store, walking the
dog, running for the 
bus or just running for


Why do both of these
scenarios resonate 
with me?

Because in life, like a
holiday in London, there
will be rain clouds
and there will be

Hampstead High Street

The key is to revel in those
moments of sunshine-y
joy, rather than fret about
the inevitable clouds.

And when those clouds

We have to get on with it.

{Keep calm and 
carry on, 

Life doesn't halt for
sadness or black clouds.

And we shouldn't, either.

Humanity will not be
cast down.  We are going on
swinging bravely forward along
the grand high road and already
behind the distant mountains
is the promise of the sun.

~ Winston Churchill


PS:  I'll share more of my
holiday pics in my next few
posts.  Until then, I'm in
catch up mode :)

PPS:  The winner of the 
sweet oil painting giveaway
from Hello Lovely is #12,
Elizabeth, who writes
as Busy Biz.  Congrats!


Bonnie said...

Beautiful post. I know you had a great trip. I love London. Look forward to more photos and travel experiences.

NanaDiana said...

What a beautiful and heartfelt post. It makes me smile. Congrats to Elizabeth for her win- xo Diana

Olive said...

Hi Suzanne, I have so enjoyed your images on IG. The getting on with it sounds like a plan. I found the biography of Winston Churchill's wife, Clementine, written by their daughter in a thrift store. I think much can be learned by studying them. I need to start reading it. xo, olive

Shelly W. said...

How fun that you got to go to my favorite city! Can't wait to hear more about it. xoxo

Sylvia said...

Welcome home! I love London and the British approach to life, especially the humor. It takes time, I guess ( or lots of gloomy waether) for one to understand that clouds are not the enemy and they bring beauty to the sky.
Wonderful photos!

Janice Tutone said...

I loved this post & it is a good reminder not to fret about the clouds!

A Vintage Chic said...

Beautiful, Suzanne...simply beautiful. Funny--my post is about England, speaks to me in so many ways, and your point of view just adds to that for me--thank-you, dear friend. (although I have to say I'm one of the odd people who LOVE cloudy, rainy days!)

Wishing you a beautiful week!


Hindustanka said...

beautiful post.. i want to visit London some day...

Jemsmom said...

Beautiful beautiful post!! The picture of Parliment is STUNNING!!! You are right about persevering through the sun and the clouds and taking advantage of each for what it is. Life marches on and so must we! Keep Calm and Carry On... love it!

Marie said...

Suzanne! I can't believe you are over here, only a few hours away! We have had lots of rain, but because of that when the sun shines we all jump out and enjoy it. Cold and clear now and still enjoying! Hope the rest of your stay is as wonderful! xxoo

Jenny Short said...

Suzanne, I'm so glad you got to go to London. You got a taste of Holland and didn't know it. What we would give for a drop of rain in Texas now. I haven't seen one since I got home five weeks ago. Look forward to some more photos and musings from you. xo Jenny

Jenny Short said...

Suzanne, so glad the clouds lifted you up. xo Jenny

Biz said...

Sweet Suzanne,

I'm sitting here this morning reading your lovely and brutally honest post about clouds and I'm just nodding my head in agreement. Life doesn't halt, it carries on continuously and I think Robert Frost says it best when he says, "The best way out is through".
That being said I'm hoping that as you push through your clouds will life and you will delight in the sunshine!

On another note I was totally caught off guard when I saw that I won! Thank you so much for hosting the give away and thank you so much Hello Lovely for such a wonderful piece. I have just the perfect place for it!

Have a Blessed Day,

susan@avintagefarmwife said...

Such true words!Sometimes you just have to "fake it until you make it". I know at least I do on occasion. I loved your pics of your trip to England!

Farmgirl Paints said...

hope there is nothing but sunshine for you today friend. big squeeze. can't wait to see more pics!

Alicia said...

i am loving these pictures! what a blessing of a trip!!

Leslie said...

Beautiful photos Suzanne and we will look forward to hearing more about your getaway. Living in the Pacific Northwest, we have lots of grey days, plenty of rain, and more snow and ice than people realize. Some of us own (I am one!) a blue light to use during the darkest months. My dogs force me to get outside, regardless of the weather, for a walk. When the sun does come out the sky is SO blue and EVERYONE comes out :) Emerald City ~ Seattle. It's true.. those that choose to "wait" until the darkness passes don't get far and are usually depressed. Life will go on, and you do have control over HOW you cope with life's ups and downs. I've come to the conclusion that one must accept.. and cope with what is.. period. Life is too short to think otherwise.


michele said...

loving the glimpses on london! what a treat for the fam!

congrats to the winner.


Susan T said...

Fabulous photos. I am afraid to say if we were bothered by the vagaries of the weather we wouldn't budge at all. But you are so right about clouds and sushine we are sure to get both in any normal life, the secret is to wait until the dark clouds pass as best you can, until the glorious warm sunshine lifts our herts again.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Your trip looks beautiful, Suzanne...I can hardly wait to hear all about it and do some catching up! A change of scenery does a person good sometimes...hoping you are feeling better! See you soon!

pollydove said...

Oh how fun for you! A trip to London? One of the destinations on my bucket list. Your photos are gorgeous ... your sentiment is heartfelt ... as always my friend!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

HOW wonderful that that's where you've been off to. Hope you had the most amazing time with your sweet fam!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Welcome home precious one. Yes, the clouds are mobile. The sun is always there when it is our turn to face the sun. Like the rotation of the earth, like night and day, our time comes to see the sun. I welcome you HOME! Anita

Happy Homemaker UK said...

So so fun to meet you, Suzanne! I love all your photos - Parliament looks like a cool drip castle, doesn't it? Yesterday was a sunny day in England - and everyone was rushing out to feel the sun's warmth on our pale faces :)

Jeanne Pursell said...

Beautiful post!! I follow you on Instagram and just happened to see your name on Julep's Blog! So glad you are feeling better and had a nice vacation!

Eddie Ross said...

Ah! London in the fall! Gorgeous!

E + J

Julie said...

Hey lady. You are SO right. Our lives ARE what we make of them. An attitude of gratitude. (and that ONLY comes from the heart, I have learned.) It's not something we can muster up in our head like a skill. It is a profound byproduct of realizing all the really really GOOD things in life that so TRUMP the bad, if we so choose to let it.Thank you for your inspiring and encouraging writings. again. ((hugs)) xoxoxoxo


Beautiful words ... from a beautiful city.


thistlewoodfarm said...

You are so doesn't stop for black clouds or sadness. It just continues on at a rapid pace.

What a beautiful reminder that we should, too.


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hello there my neighbor!

It is so nice of you to drop by these days! You must be unpacking still from this glorious trip you took!

You know, that show I was in two weeks ago was fabulous in spite of not selling much BUT now that I have some items in a shop in Edina, I am getting more orders. I am also going to be making a paper wedding dress for Paperista and that will be a lot of fun, to have it displayed in their front window!

Well my dear, no snow yet, huh? It simply does not feel like the holidays yet.

I wish you a super Saturday evening! Anita

Stitchfork said...

Here's to more revelry!

pretty pink tulips said...

Happy Holidays, Suzanne!!

I hope that you brought the sun back with you from London. I adore your gets me excited for the family trip we have planned there in June. I noticed a cute sign in one of your photos was in Knightsbridge. I don't know London at all, but that's the neighborhood our hotel is I hope I find it when I'm there.

I'm sorry you had a gloomy autumn. We all fall into times that we aren't our cheeriest, but having a mantra and mindfulness is a great way to bring yourself out. I'm cheering for you!

xoxo Elizabeth


Dear Suzanne
I hope your trip to the UK was funfilled and memorable and that the sun beat the clouds out for you too!

June said...

Hi Suzanne! It's so good to read a post from you.

I love the photos from your trip. I am sure you didn't care if the sun were out or not...just happy to be in jolly ole England!

Hoping that you have a wonderful week and that the sun shines so bright on you that you must wear your shades day and night : )

sending hugs...

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...


I have been wondering about you but sadly my life is CRAZY at the moment, trying to do too much and finding less and less time for the important things. I have to remedy this soon!

I love London and frankly the grey weather there and at home are favorites for me. I do not know why.

I have been having a few grey clouds this year, I think perhaps it is age...or just life because I am a very content person so I do not think it is that.

Anyway, thank you for visitng! I would love to see what you put on your chalk board, I will not make anyone suffer by having to see what is on mine, I simply cannot draw, I have other talents but that is not one of them.

I hope you are feeling better. How is your friend, the one with breast cancer? I am sorry but I forgot her name. I hope she is in remission.

Take care, looking forward to your photos, Elizabeth

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Suzanne! Thanks for coming to visit! I hope you heard the music because without the music playing, my post makes no sense.....WHAT DO YOU THINK about our snowless Christmas? Anita

Cindy said...

I am catching up on your blog. I always feel inspired and calmer after reading your blog. It seem you know exactly what I need to hear. I have been a bit melancholy lately, this post reminded me to look towards the sun. Beautiful post, by a beautiful soul..xo

J.A.M said...

Love! Thanks for sharing!

patty said...

wow... so on point for me! i so needed this post. and sorry to hear clouds have been storming your way, too... i DO have to catch up on reading here... your words are always so meaningful and so lovely. love the parliment shot-stunning. and the quote, always! :)

Jeanie said...

Our family has been feeling a bit of a dark cloud that landed on the most glorious day of Thanksgiving. Our vacation helped heal but Michigan days are gloomy and wet. I ache to revel in the sun once again. It is a good reminder I hope some of your dark has lifted.

Eddie Ross said...

A timely reminder to travel often and surround ourselves with the people and things we love. Happy Holidays!

E + J

Lili said...

I have really enjoyed seeing all of your captures from England. I do want to visit someday. My Henri lived there for several years when he was stationed in the Air Force. You have made me realize we need to go there. xoxo