Wild Bells

I was remembering a poem today. ‘Ring out, Wild Bells’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, although it is actually called ‘In Memoriam’. The link to the full poem is here

It’s about ringing in the new year, although it covers quite a lot more.


Titch making herself cumfy, as usual. Please ignore the clutter…


He’s getting on, as are we all. His head used to be brown, and you can see the cataracts.

Wild Birds

A local bunch of free-loaders. I started putting food down to try and catch a sick bird. Pretty soon there was a horde waiting every morning.

Free Loaders

There are a lot more in the trees.

My husband and I go for walks every day. At one point you can see the power station where he worked for so many years. He still checks to see which units are on load (there are lights on top of the building, and apparently one can tell from the stacks and the cooling towers)

Lethabo Power Station

Best wishes to everyone out there, especially those who have had a rough year. Many thanks to those who commented with positive thoughts and good advice.

It’s been a hell of a year.

“The year is dying in the night,
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.”

About notewords

Guitarist, Music teacher, Writer
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26 Responses to Wild Bells

  1. franhunne4u says:

    Hope 2018 is getting better for you, too.

  2. foguth says:

    May 2018 be a wonderful, happy, healthy & prosperous year for you.

  3. Best wishes to you and all of yours for a happy, healthy, prosperous 2018!

  4. Marc-André says:

    Hopefully 2018 will be better! ❤

  5. Thank you for sharing your life just a little bit.

  6. earthbalm says:

    I too hope that 2018 will be a better year for you.

  7. Kat L. says:

    I really hope that 2018 is much better. All the best!

  8. I love the birds! A great thing about mourning doves is that they eat off the ground and not from the birdfeeder. We welcome the sweet gray birds. Love the red bird. I don’t think I have seen one like it. Is it a Red Tanager? Have a blessed year!

    • notewords says:

      I’m not sure about the red birds. I vaguely remember being taught at school that they are Red Bishops.
      Thanks for the good wishes. All the best to you for the new year. 😉

  9. I enjoyed the poem, and your words and pictures.

  10. D J Mills says:

    Happy New Year. I hope 2018 stabilises or improves for your family. I hope life events settles (for both of us) so we can establish our new normal, leaving time for writing, tatting, knitting, or other creative outlets. 🙂

    • notewords says:

      Oh yes! Thank you for your good wishes. 😉
      At least my writing is moving along again. It was at a dead stop from July.
      All the best to you and yours for 2018.

  11. Wishing you the most beautiful New Year full of peace, health and calm serenity ❤

  12. hbsuefred says:

    I have not checked your blog in quite a while so was shocked to read about your spouse. Remembering the wedding vows and the saying “it is what it is” that I learned from a friend who is a cancer survivor is all I can add to suggestions you’ve heard from others. Thank you, too, for liking my post re revelations from my right leg. Your situation makes my problems seem small, and I expect you will learn a lot about yourself from how you deal with your spouse’s health issues. Life goes on, doesn’t it?

  13. fatdormouse says:

    I can only echo the words of the commenter above me: “It is what it is, it will be what it will be” has helped my husband and I get through my cancer diagnosis. I have the prospect of healing – you and your husband don’t have that. I wish you strength, and comfort, and love, and everything you need to help you deal with what you have to deal with.

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