Sunday, April 26, 2009

yellow magic... (or the day of the sunbird and wind nymph weddings)...

(this should be continually accompanied by JS Bach's Air On G String...if possible..)

today i have dealt with a deadly set of sunday blues. nothing was remotely funny or magical. just mid line. mediocre. until i spied, with glittering eyes, the skudding puffy clouds across the impossibly blue sky, the sunbird, the wind nymphs and the king of horses....

so here i was on a sunday, picking my nose (not really), checking my inbox, (miserable set of friends i have. nothing has changed since last week. miserable. utterly.), drowning in music, ed kuepper to be precise; album: This Is The Magic Mile - (a new discovery for me and completely hooked) when a teeny emerald green sunbird tapped on my window..he had a blindingly yellow chest and was urgent in his tapping on glass. he was impossible to ignore. i sensed the magic immediately and thought how lucky i was. he flew away. an hour later, the same sunbird flew into the high ceilinged lounge and kept flying into the windows and mirror. so i said, now listen here, fly low and out the door. it worked and away he flew. then later, i was sitting waiting for an email, any email for christ's sake, and in he soared and perched on the stairs, chirping away before dashing away into the lazy blue sunday.....


and i thought, this has meant something. but what? what does this herald?.....when quite suddenly two nymphs appeared at the front door...little south easterly wind nymphs....

they asked ever so sweetly if they could have a wedding in the garden, because, as they ever so politely pointed out, these were the only yellow star flowers they could find within the entire region. apparently...




they solemnly declared that they had not seen any rain for thousands of miles. i desperately wanted to ask them if they had had a dispute with the Rain Nymphs and if they could please fix it at their early convenience. but thought it rude... i said yes, of course they could have their wedding here. they were so beautifully ragged and fresh. they asked only for some lipstick, made of flower pollen and a teaspoon each of warm honey. easily fulfilled requests for these dear creatures....

i asked if i could take a picture or two, to show the big people of The Real World that in fact, nymphs and fairies DO exist. they consented. a little reluctantly, it must be said.
quite suddenly i realized something was missing. so i very politely asked, oh best beloveds, if there was a fortunate groom, lover recipient of this, oh magical and solemn occasion. she slyly answered that not every wedding needed a groom. oh no, her flower nymph persistanly whispered, without being caught, that in fact she had been stood up. devastatingly so. but the show must go on. and that if i quietly walked onto the secret plain of horses i might spy him.....who could resist?

there he was. obvious. proud. unafraid. the fairy king of horses. he wasn't going to let some ragged wild beautiful wind nymph steal his heart so flippantly. or his wings, for that matter.....clearly...
quite.
so.
tooooodely old pip, oh bestests, bisous, spinning catherine wheel yellow ones..X.X.X j

ps: and if anyone has any ideas on persitant yellow chested sunbird visitations, let me know...pronto. don't be shy now.


X.










30 comments:

PurestGreen said...

Golly. This is one of my favourite posts from anyone in a long time. Fairies and Nymphs and the King of Horses.

The light in these photos is absolutely outstanding. I am gobsmacked, in shock. There was some serious magic in the air in your part of the world, and yes, that bird was trying to tell you something. But what? What?

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.

mighty jo said...

birds are said to be the messengers of the gods. how lucky you are! what a beautiful story & the pictures are stunning. thank you.

phoebs said...

in every single way just too devine...and far too brilliant to be restricted to the confines of your blog...there is far too much mediocre worthless shite out there being published when the world could be inspired by your magic. I may be crappy on the email front but being your old mukka and a very early champion of your writing feel I must continue on my crusade to see you PUBLISHED! As for the photos...jeez. effing gorgeous and amazing. Sunbird...hmmm...it has to mean something better than the London pigeon that shat on me t'other day?

P. said...

I feel utterly transported. Thank you. xoxoxox

Lover of Life said...

What can I say? Amazing writing and story telling. Thank you!

fush and chips said...

A magical, but not cloying post. Like P. says, utterly transporting. You are much blessed.

Janelle said...

oh thank you thank you for your kind words oh bestest blogging buddies...and phoebs, the sunbird did in fact poo in the lounge but sadly missed my head....monday love all round. XXX j

Eliza said...

i think this is one of my favourite posts too. I love it :) and as always i wish i had gabby's wardrobe xxx

Janelle said...

oh e but you do own a wardrobe like gabriella lara, only a longer version, as sparkly and some! love you. xxx j

midwife2dreams said...

wow i am just here in moshi- shanttown and it is nowhere as magical here! Thanks for the lovely pics and spellbinding words. asante sana

Janelle said...

aha m! just down the road...look closer, with glittering eyes and you'll find 'em...! promise! xxx janelle

Dumdad said...

Once again, you transport us all to a world of fantastic reality or is that real fantasy? Whatever, it's always worth the trip.

Jeannie said...

What a wonderful fairytale, and so beautifully illustrated!! Gorgeous post thank you xxx

Miranda said...

Ah, fab post Janella. Love it love it. Not bad for a grumpy uninspired person in need of steak!

david mcmahon said...

So very lyrical. A reader told me I had to come here and read this.

Great post.

family affairs said...

gorgeous. Can't imagine Disney World is going to be nearly as magical.....lots of love Lx

Janelle said...

hey DD good to hear from you...oh all fantasy...finding magic everywhere...it's fun! xxx j
thanks jean jeannie! xxxj
oh mo, that's what a steak craving does...hooah... xxx j
thanks for swinging by david! X j
catch tinkerbell and bring her home with you lulu... XXX j put her in a little jar next to your bed...for night reading...

Val said...

blown away by this one - thank you! award for you at mine xx

Mud in the City said...

The world is a richer place for your writing! I'm coming over all Midsummer Night's Dream....

Somebody throw me a garland of sweetpeas and a posy of bluebells - I want to dance to your fairyland!
xx

lime said...

oh how wonderful a story and the pictures to go with it are just marvelous. a very worthy POTD indeed. just charming.

Janelle said...

val thanks for the very reputable award at yours! deeply appreciated. i just don;t display them....but THANKS!!!!! in my heart in shines. XXX j

Mud..COME!!! come dance in the ring. xxx j

thanks Lime! what is a POTD?? xxx j

Tessa said...

----> nodding sagely. Ah, yes. Nymphs and kings and clouds and yellow breasted sunbirds. I knew it - I knew you could evoke magic, you wild red skirt swirling African gypsy, you.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

simply magical! How you turn ordinary into extraordinary! Fabulous! Congrats on POTD...your writing, and photos are fantastic!

Lori ann said...

Janelli,I still don't know what to say, I was first one here you know, and then left shaking my head.I couldn't comment. My little words can't begin to do justice to what you have offered here. Your writing, photos, your kids, your writing...
Unbearably beautiful. See? I still don't know what to say, I wish I were better with words.

You have the best blog in the world. Really.

much love to you and your brilliant thoughtswordskidshorseshillsunbirdlife.
♥ lori

Grace Albaugh said...

How beautiful! They remind me of my fabulous grandchildren. Just as much imagination and beauty. It's a new adventure with then every day.

Cheffie-Mom said...

Great post! Congratulations on the Post of the Day from authorblog!

Janelle said...

hey lovely tessa. THANK-YOU!!!! please send me your address so i can send you CD! XXX j

sniffles and smiles..why thanks ever so much! have no idea what a POTD..but suspect its post of the day now, thanks for someone who wrote it out in full. WHAT IS THAT? XXX j

ah golden lori...THANKS ANGEL LADY! xxx j

yes grace indeed.. children are very free spirits and nothing should stop them from their magik. nothing! its beautiful. xxx j

thanks cheffie mum for translating POTD. had no idea what it was...still don;t...WHAT IS IT??? xxx j

Shiny said...

Oh wow, that was beautiful. I was just work-avoiding, staring into the fire on a very cold day, feeling a little melancholic, when I read it and it fltted me up and into your world of nymphs and magic. Thank you x

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

These are fabulous shots...thanks for brightening my own blue day with a little fantasy...

Bee said...

Your other commenters used up all of the superlatives . . . BUT I offer up one more voice to say, MAGIC!

That last picture is particularly wonderful.