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StarrySkyRanch
England
Joy-finder, traveler, mom to many, wife to one, sometime photographer
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So what's a boy to do when it's 80something in Rome and the water's run out? Well one's mind immediately turns to these.... and these.... What are they? They are nasoni, a slang word for the public fountains all over... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at Starry Sky Ranch
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This is the self-guided tour since it's super late here. After nearly two months of away from the house activities we are bringing our focus back to home. We have one child who recently arrived on the continent and another... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Starry Sky Ranch
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The more painful the cross, the greater our advantage. The more contradictory creatures are with us, the dearer we will be to our Creator. A single moment of tribulation assures an immense weight of glory. Never to suffer would be... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
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I love seeing how other people live around the world so in that spirit I caught a few pictures of the flat we rented in Rome to share with you. The white walls were so nice. The white sofa....less nice.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
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We have been in Rome and my camera card and my brain are both completely full up at the moment. Such a different world. Maybe that is a continuing thread weaving through my life right now. There was a discussion... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
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Just this, because every time I come back to these it makes me smile. Such strength. Such a blessing to come so close to majesty in ordinary moments. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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"Give me a simple heart which will not retire within itself to savor its own sorrows, a heart magnanimous in giving itself, easily moved to compassion, a faithful, generous heart, which does not forget any favor received, nor hold resentment... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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“Each golden day was cherished to the full, for one had the feeling that each must be the last. Tomorrow it would be winter.” - Elizabeth Enright It's that. And it's more than that. This changing season feels more than... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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God Hath not promised Skies always blue, Flower strewn pathways All our lives through. God hath not promised Sun without rain, Joy without sorrow, Peace without pain. But God hath promised Strength for the day, Rest for the labor, Light... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Things seen from the car window... “See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask for no guarantees, ask for no security.” Ray Bradbury, Farenheit 451 Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Since I don't quite fit into the available memes and am notoriously erratic posting these things, we bring you books and bites this week. Maybe we shall do this again. Maybe I will flake out and not. Disclaimer - either... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Just a handful of shots with this little man on the farm tonight. Am backlogged and should be sharing those images piling up but humor me. It's a late September sunset with a boy who is so very nearing the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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“Time is a game played beautifully by children.” Heraclitus It is not always played so artfully by big people. This past week didn't always feel beautifully timed. Volunteering for a soccer practice run went a long way towards correcting that.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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There was a question this week about how our school days normally run. I have been working on a summing up, but haven't found a minute to write it. Things like this complicate... The first of our two away game... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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St. John's church sits nestled among high coastal meadows by the sea. The weather was rather bleak the whole ride there. The rain let up just as we arrived. My husband went to scope out the trail to decide if... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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I have been wanting to share this breathtaking bit of Cornish coast, but day after day gets swallowed up in sports and grading quizzes and sounding out phonics and practicing cursive capitals and walking my daily miles - which is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." Phil 4:13 Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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From one morning this week. We improvised games from this book and another favorite. Goes like this.... How many animals are in the pen? Are there more inside or out in the pasture? If the farmer has 3 animals and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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"All gardening is landscape painting." William Kent Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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I have wanted to snag a picture of a local farmhouse which is being rethatched this summer. The house stands right alongside a busy road however so while we get a good look at it every time we drive by... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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My guys pretty much do everything with gusto. I just sat on the ground and cracked up between shots. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Growing up the only connection I made between autumn and spiders was Halloween and that mainly due to decorations. In England, the spiders are impossible to miss come fall. While out walking at dawn the other day the dew showcased... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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"Better than an argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup." Wendall Berry Yep. No words can explain the pure joy of pulling food right off the plant. No words necessary to explain their... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Almost. Not yet. Not soon enough says one boy. His books have arrived and he is so ready. Three more days... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch