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Being a dedicated blogger (not a label I particularly cherish) it may come as a surprise that I don’t read many blogs written by others. The few I do visit from time to time are listed in the right-hand margins of this page. This morning I went to Terrill’s site where she reports about her life on Mayne Island, her cooking, gardening, country walks, and ever-epanding family. She also posts the most amazing photographs of the ordinary around her. The word ordinary stems from Old French ordinarie and, in turn, from Latin ordinarius, meaning “customary, regular, usual, orderly.” Perhaps that’s what I find most comforting in Terrill’s posts: she directs attention to that which is there all the time, just being, waiting for us to see. Not just note in passing but, through her photographer’s eye and lense, to truly see. In that she illustrates Marcel Proust’s observation that “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” 

Image: Good neighbour gate © 2010 Terrill Welch


3 responses »

  1. Terrill does take beautiful photos of the ‘ordinary’ around us.
    To the visitor here, however, our ‘ordinary’ is quite extra-ordinary; we do live on a wonderful island.

  2. What a pleasant surprise to my Sunday morning visit Peter! I had no idea. Thank you :))) I am grinning with a child’s delight when something she does because she must is noticed and appreciated. I would take these photos and write my blogs anyway… still, the world is a warmer place and kinder with unexpected waves and acknowledgement from others. Thank you Peter and thank you Dawne. I am glad you enjoyed your visit to Creative Potager.

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