Beauty Is as Beauty Does.

Sometimes we don’t need many words. Sometimes we need the words of the masters.mist-025

Because we are surrounded in beauty.


Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”
― Anne Frank


“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”
― Marc Riboud


Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
― Confucius


There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.”
― Edgar Allan Poe


Beauty is not caused. It is.”
― Emily Dickinson


Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
― Marcus AureliusMeditations


Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.”
― Frederick Buechner


Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
― Henry James


There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.” 

― Abraham Lincoln


As if you were on fire from within.

The moon lives in the lining of your skin.”
― Pablo Neruda

Neruda is my favourite poet.

One more for luck:


No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.”
― John Donne

I know you all see beauty every day in the smallest and most unusual places. That’s why you, The Fellowship, are beautiful.  Even though we live in all corners of this spinning, reluctant, unpredictable globe, though a globe has no corners, and we can predict the sunrise. And sometimes people are mean and we don’t understand why,  even so, we have found each other. Let the mean people hear their own words echo in our silence, we shall not join them.

Welcome to all the new members of The Fellowship of the Farmy. Remember that if you like an image you are welcome to steal it.  If you like a comment you are welcome to join in anywhere. If you like a thread you are welcome to pull on it.   And if you like my words you are welcome to share them.  Kindness is our greatest strength. Apply the kindness.

Have a lovely day.

your friend on the farm, celi

101 Comments on “Beauty Is as Beauty Does.

  1. Ah, lovely, lovely, lovely. Your photos, as always are as beautiful as is the photographer. I love Neruda too. And thanks for the Pin of that cutout ring. My brain is brimming with ideas for all the jewelry I will make this winter once farming season is over.

    • So is mine! I think we might make a few of those rings as well as our winter bangle. So glad to know you Maggie, and you must be flat out at this time of year in the gardens! c

      • Yes, I will definitely play around with this idea. I have some great ideas for bangles too. Soon enough I will have time to play. Everything in its proper season. We are getting a mini-vaca as we are off at the crack of dawn tomorrow. Four days at a 100 year old Maine sport fishing camp, floating around in boats all day (fishing optional) kayaking, hiking… Home style meals in the lodge, they make your bed and clean up your cabin, no phone, no tv, no Internet…. my heaven.

  2. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run; To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees, And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core; To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells With a sweet kernel; to set budding more, And still more, later flowers for the bees, Until they think warm days will never cease, For summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells. Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store? Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find Thee sitting careless on a granary floor, Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind; Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep, Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers: And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep Steady thy laden head across a brook; Or by a cider-press, with patient look, Thou watchest the last oozings, hours by hours. Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they? Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,– While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day, And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue; Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn Among the river sallows, borne aloft Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies; And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn; Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft, And gathering swallows twitter in the skies. By John Keats
    This so reminds me of you Celi and the farmy!!

    • Oh Lyn that is so beautiful. Keats is indeed one of the masters. Spring is coming for many of the Fellowship too.. Have a lovely day.. c

    • Morning Robbie, i think kindness is vastly under-rated. if you add kindness to each day we are all so much richer.. c

  3. Morning farmy ! I love all the reminders to open mind, heart and soul when we
    open our eyes to greet our day ! As always .. Nanster !

  4. Love your inspiring quotes and gorgeous pics – making me want to go a wander around outside and savour the beautiful fruits, flowers and veggies of September.

    • Oh and the scent of that sea mist, Oh I do remember that, thank you for the trigger.. I miss the sea.. have a gorgeous afternoon Tanya.. c

    • That is a lovely thing to say, I am thrilled that you are able to visit the farmy and feel the beauty of it too, good, i am glad.. c

  5. The light in those images and quotes is stunningly beautiful. Emily Dickinson rates as one of my favorite poets, so I was glad to see her quoted.

    As always, you offer sage words and encouragement. You are a joy, a gift, the best, Celi.

    • You are a darling and your beauty is all that cooking you do for the shelter.. wonderful food for wonderful people.. take care.. c

  6. What a beautiful post, Cecilia.
    Both the words and the exquisite photos.
    Great capture of the light and your animals.

    • When my father was teaching me how to run a camera he said wherever there is light there is a photo.. this time of year we have the most glorious light in the mornings, by far my favourite time to shoot. And yes, when I saw all these shots lined up on my screen i was pleased. Some days are better than others aren’t they. Some days it all falls into place. I hope you are having a good day Vicki and you are able to take your own camera for a walk today. c

    • They are rather wonderful aren’t they and in a day they gobble up all that grass! I love animals out on the grass.. c

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  8. Beautiful pictures and beautiful thoughts. Yes, a wonderful way to start the day. And with words, thoughts and plans for deeds of kindness. xo

      • HI Celi! All is going well here! We got our barrow, Jethro, and also another Gloucestershire Old Spot gilt, Ellie Mae, named after characters in the old show, The Beverly Hillbillies. So now we just have to wait for Jethro to grow up! The saddest news that I haven’t been able to write about until now is that Bernadette, one of our initial pigs died, about a month ago. Both of our girls, Roxie and Bernie were sick, and we actually think they got it from us, who got this horrible virus/flu from a friend from Thailand who came to visit for 3 days. It took me 6 weeks to get better, and Jack the same. We treated both of the pigs with antibiotics and vitamin B (so difficult to give them shots!!!) and supplements fed orally and special foods when they would eat, which they often wouldn’t, and they thought they were getting better. The crazy thing is that Bernie seemed better, and we were seriously worried about Roxie, the one who had the 6 piglets. So we were surprised and so saddened when Bernie died. Sometimes life of the farm can be difficult, as of course you know, especially when the animals we love disappear or die. But our goats and the one baby girl kid, Betty Boop, are doing fine. We continue to make cheese and feed the pigs, dogs, cats and chickens with their milk. They are our ‘Daisy’ here.
        The gardens are doing well, but I do know what you mean about there not be enough. When the veggies come on I think they’ll keep coming on forever, which of course is silly, and when they are finished producing I’m both surprised and dismayed! We are planting the fall gardens and are excited about that. Goodness, so much to tell you. I’ll stop for now though! Thinking of you and The September Challenge! Di

  9. I am in your world. Bel’Occhio is the beautiful eye. Seeing beauty in all that surrounds us. It is my life. It is your life. V.

    • and we love our lives!! morning virginia .. are your roses into their second bloom? Ours are, they love these cooler days. c

      • Morning Celi. We are enjoying the last roses of summer. The flowers are a little smaller, the colours more intense and all the more precious.It has been a spectacular summer here. Sunshine, sunshine and now lots of gentle rain. XX V.

  10. And here I am, brought almost to tears and caught completely unawares by this beautiful post. The wisdom of so many peoples, caught up in a few words.And the Farmy wisdom, I am coming to realise, is some of the most worth listening to. What a gift you have brought us today, Celi. Thank you.

  11. Truly we are surrounded by beauty. Thank you for reminding us all. And your sweet creatures each in their own way are so very special.

  12. Any beholder who does not have beauty in the eye at your place is truly blind. Oh, and I suppose the bee holders are also things of beauty!

  13. Boo and one of the Gingers… made me laugh 😀 Not only do you have such a gift for seeing beauty but you honour it and us, by sharing… thank you… the images do not take themselves, or the words automatically appear on the screen in between all else that you do to make the Farmy available to us around the globe in our many different time zones and lives.

  14. Beautiful post Celi, with photos to match . . . there is much beauty around us, we just have to open our eyes to it!

  15. Yet another post to file in the Keep box to have forever. I feel so grateful for your glorious posts, Celi, they are unmissable. can’t you put them all together in a book? we would all buy it….
    Yes, I often think that kindness is the most important ingredient in every day…

  16. This post created a halo of blessings, sent across time and space. The quotes and images are beautiful. You have caught the light just perfectly. Kindness and goodness is spreading from the farmy across the globe. Thank you for being there.

  17. Just the post needed today. (The mosquitoes are swarming so bad we can’t get out – and the news is grim)
    That quote by Poe – so like him!
    Thanks, think I’ll stop with the farmy. No better way to close out a day

  18. I’m running so far behind today. Where most are saying what a lovely way to start their day, I’m thinking this is the way all days should end. Either way, Celi, it was a wonderful post. Does Boo ever look bad in a photo? The camera sure is his friend. 🙂

  19. Beautiful, beautiful photos and quotations! I particularly like the Lincoln quote. And Pablo Neruda of course….love Neruda! I have a book of his poetry with each poem in Spanish and in English. I discovered your blog from Misc. Maggie and I’m so glad. I look forward to seeing more of your lovely photos. 🙂

  20. The beauty of these thoughts of yours and your meditations on others’–this is what has brought the first blush of beauty to my day. Once again I thank you.

  21. You got your shots in that golden light that warms the heart of the farmy, even with a wee bit of fog mixed in. It looks so peaceful and quiet. Gallivanting piggies, oh my!

  22. C. I looked back to see if my comment came through to this most lovely, post of yours (because I was away) and I do not see it…I just wanted to say that you certaintly don’t have too look very far to find beauty everyday…you can just step out your door and we are all so thank-ful that you share it with us.
    And even if I hadn’t seen that photo of you, I knew you were beautiful…inside and out!!

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