Thursday, June 18, 2009

shelter from the storm

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?
Albert Camus (1913-1960) novelist, essayist and playwright

May you always have walls for the winds, a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you and all your heart might desire.
Irish Blessing

It is sad to grow old but nice to ripen.
Brigitte Bardot (b. 1934) actress & activist

We take care of our health, we lay up money, we make our roof tight and our clothing sufficient, but who provides wisely that he shall not be wanting the best property of all -- friends?
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) poet, lecturer and essayist

On life's journey faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by day and right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him.
Buddha (563-483 B.C.E.) Hindu prince, teacher, philosopher

Who that hath an hed of verre, Fro cast of stones war hym in the werre!
Geoffrey Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde (c1385)
in other words - People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Faith is the sense of life, that sense by virtue of which man does not destroy himself, but continues to live on. It is the force whereby we live.
Leo Tolstoy (1828 - 1910) writer

I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.
Maya Angelou (b. 1928) poet


notes on photos:
  1. view of the roofs of the village of roussillon in the provence october 2005
  2. thatched roof in adare a village which preserves this traditional roof - according the village's website adare is 'Ireland's prettiest village' - from what I saw the claim could be true, but first I'd like to visit the rest of ireland's villages!
  3. random paris roofs. the picture above was taken in the 18 arrondissement (the montmartre neighborhood) but I also really love the snap on the right which was taken from the top of the centre georges pompidou (4th arrondissement). it was very hard selecting only one snap from paris, a city with marvelous roofs!
  4. one of the marvelous gingerbread houses at the annual botanical garden holiday extravaganza. such a yummy looking roof - but then again I do have a soft spot for licorice of all flavors and varieties!
  5. the roof of casa batlló which I believe is the most exciting and creative roof I have ever encountered. but I am in search for a roof that can top this!
  6. looking through the glass ceiling and glass roof of the british museum, london
  7. st. theodosius russian orthodox church in the tremont neighborhood of cleveland. this church is featured (made famous?) in the wedding scene of the 1978 movie the deer hunter, a film which went on to win several oscars. I'm ashamed to admit I have yet to watch the movie (the subject matter I fear will leave me in a puddle of tears - I do like a good cry, but there is something about war and war movies that I find most difficult!)
  8. the roof of the house in which I live adorned with a particularly lovely bit winter frosting called a snow cornice! how I do love winter and all it brings!
today's song is dedicated to squirrel...I'm crossing my fingers that we will make it to hibbing in 2010 for dylan days - alas, we blew it this year, where has the first half of '09 gone and what happened to our plans! oh well, as john says life is what happens when we are busy making plans!

32 comments:

John Hayes said...

Great shots-- I have to agree with you that it would be hard to top that casa battlo roof! Also really liked the roofs in Provence & the gingerbread house; & love your flag!

R.L. Bourges said...

I'll be back for nibbles during the day but have to tell you I came *this* close to using that same Camus quote on the Ici Graulhet blog yesterday.

best to you, petite souris - I'm not logged in right now but I'm R.L. Bourges anyway :-)

Ronda Laveen said...

Loved the Irish Blessing paired with that photo.

The Silver Fox said...

A pretzel fence... I love it!

Brian Miller said...

love the bardot quote. like to think i get a little wiser as i ripen. beautiful roof pics as usual. well played.

Roy said...

Ah, I love Gaudi's work! Casa Batiló is a classic example of his work. And I really love the Irish cottage with the thatched roof; I so wanna live under a thatched roof!

Great collection of roofs, Kim!

Candie Bracci said...

wow,great post!Just love it!:)

subtorp77 said...

kimy, love the Chaucer quote (hey, I have that book! ). Marvelous pics!

Wings said...

Quite a collection! Great pics!!!

Betsy said...

Beautiful photos of roofs...there is such a variety! Love the thatched one and the irish blessing to go along!

Leah said...

One of my favorite songs ever written.

Love the roofs and quotes too!

Reya Mellicker said...

Makes me feel cozy just looking at these pics. Love the gingerbread house so much!

And your house, too.

The thatch-roofed house looks just like the houses in Dundon, Somerset County, England, where I used to teach witch camp.

Nice!

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

I agree that the roof of Casa Battlo is the most dramatic, and even grander than Casa Mila. Both are wonderful, and I would love to go back.

Kate Hanley said...

I completely agree that Paris has beautiful roofs. And, as a movie fan, I watched The Deer Hunter one night because I felt "I should." I meant to only watch half of it but I was hooked and had to watch the entire thing, it's so good. Interestingly, John Cazale, who was engaged to Meryl Strep was in 5 "5 star" movies in the 1970s. Great post.

willow said...

Glorious photos, Ms. Mouse. And the Angelou quote is so powerful!!!

Tom said...

love it, i need that peace flag!

Baino said...

Wonderful. Love your house, it's so 'American'. Rather fancy the flag too! I'm sort of hoping that as I ripen, I get a little wiser!

Lover of Life said...

Great shots and quotes. I loved all of them!

laughingwolf said...

perfect, kimy... and i've long been a dylan fan :)

Marianna said...

I love thatched roofs. I remember the first time I saw one of these abroad and someone told me all about their strong and sheltering qualities :)

Great post, as always!
Thank you
xoxo

Mrsupole said...

I loved the pictures and the variety of the roofs. I could eat the gingerbread house. It looked so good.

I too could not watch the Deer Hunter. I have problems with watching all Vietnam War movies. Being a vet of that war and knowing all the stories from the men who went over there, I just cannot do it. Hubby can watch them, but I cannot. He's a vet from then too. I can watch other war movies, just not these ones, they hit too close to home I guess.

Thanks for sharing the pictures, I like your roof.

God bless.

Squirrel said...

I think we should go to Hibbing in the dead of winter .
Get a group together of true Bob appreciators start in Detroit maybe, from there we can rent a car.

Colette Amelia said...

Your photos always make me want to go travelling! My your pics and your quotes arouse me! Wonderful as always!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

thanks for all the positive feedback on the photos and quotes. it doesn't seem as if folks are bored (yet?) with my tt formula! I have great fun mining my photos for themes and then finding just the right quote for a particular picture - although I know one of these days I will be completely stumped!

it is always lovely to read when folks connect with one of the pictures - because they may have been to that place, or it reminds them of a pleasant memory of somewhere/ someplace important to them.

mrsupole - it seems we are the same when it comes to films - I do have a much, much more difficult time watching wars about the vietnam war than any other...it may be the same for me in the future about iraq war films - I know they have already started making films about iraq and despite my being a movie buff, I can't bring myself to go to any of them.

squirrel - your idea about visiting hibbing in the midst of winter sounds great... however, the thought of driving to hibbing at that time of the year doesn't sound very attractive to me. I think I'd prefer a bus or train! train travel is fun, I wonder if there is a train to hibbing? they were definitely be a greyhound going to hibbing, afterall the greyhound bus museum is located there! sounds like something to work toward!

Salty Miss Jill said...

Oh, I like your house! It reminds me of the houses in the neighborhood where I grew up. :)

Merle Sneed said...

Marvelous, thoughts and images.

tony said...

"CAKE" [in my best Holmer Simpson voice]! And Bob!I was humming this tune all Thursday!

C.M. Jackson said...

great photos and fabulous video of Dylan -c

lettuce said...

how nice to see a picture of your house amidst all the other lovely photos

Betty said...

Kimy, your post gave me wings! I felt as if I'd visited all those places, just sitting here in my study.
Your house is beautiful.

ArtSparker said...

Funny how much the Guadi resembles the gingerbread house except in scale, an enormous confection.

California Girl said...

I don't know how I missed this before but great roof line shots and quotes. You have traveled widely and seen much. Thanks for sharing through your lens.

Is TT off for next week? Couldn't find a new theme.