Monday, 18 February 2013

Sunflowers

©Fairchild & Paschkis
On this Monday morning, we meet the Queen of Wands from the Complete Kit Tarot (Running Press, 2002).

She's a cheerful vision in her red dress decorated with yellow sunflowers that have purple centres.  I also really like the five bright green leaves that decorate her hem.  In her right hand she holds a wand with three balls at the top, while her left waves another sunflower.  Behind her is a single candle, casting a gentle glow.

She seems both vital and wise.  The sunflowers indicate growth and a striving towards warmth and life.  Their purple centres speak of wisdom, as does the candle.  It may not be a deep wisdom like the Hermit's, but it is a life-affirming one! 

As for me, it's our first full day in Paris.  Just the fact of being on holiday is life-affirming!  I hope, too, to eat some nice food and wander the streets with my Dear One and Big Boy...

I am grateful to have made it here.

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  1. That sounds so lovely. The last time I was in Paris, I was working. I remember leaving my hotel room to just walk the streets by myself for a while.

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    1. Hiya PLN,

      Yep, we're a bit like that. We've been here 3 full days and the only "culture" we've had was a visit to the Musée Rodin. Other than that, it's mainly been wandering the streets, enjoying the architecture and the vibe (and the food!) :)

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  2. Those 5 leaves remind of little feet going very fast! :) Maybe it means you will do a whole lotta walking today.

    Last time I was in Paris, it was 1998 and I had taken a group of students on a spring break tour. (With the French teacher--who was also French. My few French phrases I learned during the journey were abysmal. 'Je voudrais un _______, sil vous plait' is the main one I recall, used to order all manner of foods. That's pretty much it. :)

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    1. Hiya Carla,

      We did do a lot of walking, that day and every day so far, actually. We've only taken the metro twice, everything else has been on foot. It's a lovely city to walk in, though it's very cold today. Still, it's quite bright, and not raining, so I'm sooo not complaining ;)

      I love Paris - lived here for a year when I was 18. We went back to see the building were I'd lived, but that whole side of the road the buildings had been torn down. There was a building that was at least 15 years old where my rented flat had been, and they were working on a new building next to it. Still, lovely to walk the old roads and reminisce :D

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  3. How wonderful. Hope you have a glorious and healing time. I know it's still complicated with BB but hopefully it goes as smoothly as possible.

    Much Love,
    MM

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    1. Hiya MM,

      Well, he had a dreadful couple of nights sleep, so last night, my Dear One actually went and slept with him so I could rest a bit - I'd had 2 and a half hours sleep one night, 4 hours sleep the next! Hence why I finally have the energy to come and check m'blog ;) It's still been lovely, just tiring. But tonight we have a respite night booked, so I should be feeling on top of the world by tomorrow :D

      Much love,
      Chloë

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    2. Wow! I'm so sorry. I didn't realize your sleep was THAT bad. I knew it was an ongoing challenge but that makes me respect you even more. I have some experience with this but my heart goes out to you and glad DO took a night even though I wish you had even more rest.

      Hope you have a nice respite!!!

      XOXO,
      MM

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    3. Well, it isn't normally quite as bad as that. Unfortunately, BB has been a bit ill, and being snotty affects his breathing and also makes him puke, neither of which are conducive to a restful night for any of us :( Still, he's been a bit better the last couple of days :)

      Wide-awake hugs,
      Cxx

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  4. hope you have a great time! perhaps post some pictures if you can? ;]

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    1. Gah, yesterday we had an amazing meal, and the Japanese girls next to us were taking pics of their dishes, and I thought - I should have done that! But it feels really weird to me, somehow, plus I was hungry and just dived in. Will try to do better today. So far, my DO has taken maybe 10 pics, and me none at all - I'm a crap tourist in that sense ;)

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