What is it about an alley that is so atmospheric? From an objective perspective, they are cramped and darker. But when you step inside an alley, (at least in the daytime 🙂 ) you feel as if you’ve stepped into a secret place that you have discovered. Hidden away from the world for a time, you are ensconced in mystery and quaintness. Here are two shots from a Kilkenny alley which has more charm than should be allowed by law. Please ignore the date on the second picture, it is a mystery how that got on there…not the right date by a few years, and I never put the date feature on. Also disregard the unsuspecting walkers who had the nerve to disturb our picture taking. 😉 Oh well….more quirky details that adds to the memories and the story of the alley. Have a blessed day. Slainte, Lisa
Have you ever taken a picture, then gone back and totally forgotten what it is, what angle it was taken from, and even which side is up? Well, here is an example of just such a picture. I know that it was taken in Powerscourt Gardens in Wicklow, and I know that the year was 2001. That’s about all I know. 🙂 I have posted it in the direction that seems the most likely, but who knows really? Anyway, I thought it would be fun to get feedback….is it the right way? What is it? Chime in and tell me what it is I’m looking at! If you don’t know, make up something interesting to make me laugh! Slainte, Lisa
One of my favorite days spent in Ireland was this day. County Kerry, forgotten pathway leading into the woods, abandoned stone house with a large and friendly tree growing inside. We felt that we were the only people who had ever discovered this place, that it was our secret house in our hidden forest. The mist only added to the mystery and magic of the day. Memories linger like mist that surrounded us. Have fun discovering the beautiful mysteries that are all around you today. Slainte, Lisa
What’s right in front of me is clear…
What’s over the water is less so but still beautiful…
What’s unknown over the mountain is exciting and keeps me traveling…
It’s all good, and it’s all God’s. Enjoy the journey today. Slainte, Lisa
“He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with Him.” (Daniel 2:22)
What is it about secrets and secret hideaways and secret treasures that makes us want to know more? Most of us have an intense desire to know what’s in the box, what’s in that unreachable garden, what that whispering person said, what lies after this life. The odd thing is though, finding out the answers is not always as satisfying as we imagine. There is something thrilling and exciting about not knowing, about waiting and imagining. Sometimes the expectation of the secret itself is the treasure.
The older I get, the more I am learning to enjoy the unknowable, the mystery, the secret. My children can tell you of many times when they ask me an unanswerable question, I shrug my shoulders, smile, and say, “It’s a mystery.” And that’s half the fun; life would be utterly too predictable and boring and overwhelming if we knew it all.
“The secret things belong to the Lord our God.” – Deuteronomy 29:29a
Treasure the mysteries and secrets. Trust God to work out the ending.