All posts by Lucid Gypsy

Gilly Mbachu Goldsworthy is a mum to two kids that are supposed to be grown up and mma to a six year old granddaughter, a two year old grandson, a 16 month granddaughter and another is coming! None of that means that I am grown up though. I love writing – travel and quite edgy fiction – and being an OU student for a degree which remains to be seen. What I do best though is counselling; I’ve been privileged to work with many people through big changes.

Trekking with a reward

Parco Dell’Etna in the north east of Sicily is a dynamic landscape. When I visited in 2013, there were nineteen eruptions, hence climbing up to the crater was prohibited. Etna, Europe’s highest volcano is 3323 metres high and also the most active. We spent a day driving around the national park, but soon realised that the best way to see it was with a guide, so we shared a 4 wheel drive with two other travellers.
We set off from Monte Sartorius, on a 5 kilometre trail to 2000 metres. A bright sunny day but getting cooler the higher we went.

This stuff isn't the easiest to walk on
This stuff isn’t the easiest to walk on
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This tree was damaged by an eruption

 


Getting higher . . .

But not as high as them yet
But not as high as them yet

Some of the lava has very sharp edges, some gives way under your feet, concentration is necessary!
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This path felt rather precarious, narrow, no grip and a steep drop.

The view was getting better
The view was getting better
Until . . .
Until . . .
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At last we reach our highest point with Mount Etna in front of us

Looking back down towards the valley

Down below the tree line
Down below the tree line
And way across to the Alcantara mountain range
And way across to the Alcantara mountain range

This was a two to three hour walk, steep in some places but not particularly challenging. It was a bit of a knee killer though and I could feel that I’d done something the next day, the reward outweighed the pain though!

40 words of love

Jacqueline at http://taoofscrumble.com/ has passed on a challenge called ‘spread the love’ which apparently began on Valentines Day. The idea is that you write ten sentences, each with just four words, about love. She quotes some of the clichés that have become part of our world through pop culture, ‘All you need is love’, ‘Love is in the air’ etc, and I have to agree with her that four word sentences are difficult to come up with. Here are mine.

Love an open heart

Love given out returns

The souls key? Love

A true love endures

Love removes all barriers

Don’t limit your love

Wrapped up in love

Ready? Feel the love

Dancing stars of love

Mind full, mindful love

The other part of the challenge is much easier, except what to choose? We have to post a poem or favourite quote about love, and I’ve chosen one from Rabindranath Tagore. As a mother and mma it sits well with me.

Children are living beings – more living than grown-up people who have built shells of habit around themselves. Therefore it is absolutely necessary for their mental health and development that they should not have mere schools for their lessons, but a world whose guiding spirit is personal love

Like Jacqueline, I’m not going to nominate anyone to take the challenge but if you want to know how visit Meg who started it all! http://megevans.com/2015/02/23/spreading-love

Day Five of Five, the Black and White Challenge

Day five and my last entry. Another little find from my visit to Greenway last year. This pipe holder was on the wall and belonged to Agatha Christie’s husband, Max Mallowan. If you’re a Christie fan, Greenway is well worth the trip to Devon, she used several places on the estate as settings for her novels.
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I hope you’ve enjoyed my monochrome images and you can still join in!

Five Day Black and White Challenge Day Four

My penultimate photo for the five day black and white challenge is close to home. In celebration of its history, Heavitree, my local area had a seating area created a few years ago, and when this young oak tree was planted, it was enclosed by a poem!

‘up tree up

sky remains sky earth remains earth

here we are human betwixt and between

sing pretty maids all in a row in a row

and pretty maids all in a row

the droves of kine and wide herds of goats

and flocks of fleecy sheep if she will she

increases from a few or makes many of less

what the hand to write?

what the ear to hear?

what proclaims the red sandstone of Heavitree?

The words sleep within rock to be brought to life

in yew deep rooted oak where stunned

horizons branch out to meadow copse and housing estate

Oh Heavitree!’

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I don’t think I’ll nominate anyone today, but if anyone would like to join the challenge just go ahead!

Five Day Black and White Challenge Day Three

I said that the five day challenge would take me longer to complete and sure enough here I am with day three, several days later. Issy at http://isadoraartandphotography.com/2015/02/15/5-day-bw-challenge-day-2/ picked me and I’m going to choose Rommel today (only if you want to Rommel!) http://thesophomoreslump2.com/ My photo shows the Citta Alta in Bergamo, northern Italy, from my hotel room. The Upper City is surrounded by Venetian walls built in the 16th century. It has several piazzas, palazzos, including one built in the 12th century, and numerous churches. Bergamo is an elegant city, 25 miles from Milan and well worth a visit – the budget airlines fly there from the UK! bergamo