Monday, June 28, 2010

Angel Visits

Shun electric wire.  
Communicate slowly. Live  
a three-dimensioned life;  
stay away from screens.

- Wendell Berry

Last week I lived the poem, literally.
I stayed away from screens, 
and instead....

....walked barefoot in the grass with my grandson (As for the angel’s feet, please be patient, I’ll explain later.....)

....went sailing with my son and husband. (As for the angel, please be patient, I’ll explain.....)

.....made lots and lots of food, inviting family and friends for a birthday party (yes, mine :-) (As for the angel please.....well, you know....)

.....who in turn honored me with their presence. And presents ....:-) (As for the angel, need I say any more?)

I went to the exhibition opening of an artist friend, the Very Painter of Northern Norway. As you can see, a master of the sea.... (As for need to repeat....)

In the café I was served the cutest tea bag.
As for the angels, let me explain with a quote:

The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone. 
~George Elliot

This week I looked for angels. I found them in the ordinary. And in the extraordinary.

Quote from How to Be a Poet by Wendell Berry
Text and Photos © Grete S. Kempton
Painting © Karl Erik Harr


  1. What a beautiful post, Grete. Belated Happy Birthday! Are you a Moonchild, too? My oldest grandson turned 14 on the 25th and my b'day is July 16. I enjoy time away from screens often, mostly spent in my garden with the dragonflies or in books. Yes, there is magic in ordinary things. I'm glad you're back to blogland, though. You blog always feeds my spirit. Blessings!

  2. Love the way you drew this out. Magic in the ordinary. Yes, indeedy. A belated Happy Birthday--and many more to you!

  3. lovely post~
    it sounds as though you had a wonderful birthday, and that tea is beauteous. Wishing you a new year full of days that feel wonderful to you.

  4. Marion -

    Thank you! Moonshild? I’m not actually sure what a Moonchild is. But - as you and your grandchild I am a child of SUMMER! I looooooove you can imagine we do up here in the north....
    Keeping away from screens is difficult. So much depends on them....


    Thank you! And yes, magic in the ordinary....

    Tammie -

    Thanks to you as well! That sight of that tea cup was almost more of an experience than the taste!


  5. The ordinary is where I always find the most magic :) Such a lovely post, it made me feel your happiness all this long way away.

    Wishing you all good things as you embark upon a new year in your life.

  6. I see the angel lingering within your heart, Grete.

    Birthdays are always beautiful, so hopefully yours was too. I wish you all the magic for the days ahead.


  7. Your grandchild has gorgeous feet, and your son and husband beautiful faces, the tea bag is in fact cute, and your friend incredibly talented. A full week, all in all, angels included. Happy belated, Grete.


  8. Dear Amalia and Erin -

    I thank you with virtual hugs for warming words and happy birthday wishes.

    Ah, summer has AT LAST arrived here in Norway. As explained in my latest post I have trouble keeping up with life online.

    I’m not sure if you have the same acute feeling of SUMMER where you live, Amalia, but perhaps Erin is experiencing the same as me? Is summer short and intense and asking you PLEASE to take notice while she is visiting?

    All good wishes for good days whether here or there on this amazing and mysterious planet....


  9. If I ever forget to be grateful to be living where I do I only have to walk for 20 minutes to remember. I live on the edge of town and there is beautiful countryside just a short stroll away. England is beautiful in the summer. I remember as a child in Canada that the summers were short and intense ... that describes it perfectly Grete. I prefer the gentler seasonal changes I experience now. Except snow, I miss snow sometimes.

    I know what you mean about keeping up with stuff on-line. I am glad to find the time to pop by. As always I love the mix of pictures, thoughts and words here. I carry the thoughts off into my day. And I am glad your special day was a celebration! xx Jos

  10. Happy Birthday, Grete! What a wonderful, beautiful family you have. So many blessings and smiles. May your wishes come true, and may you always see the angels!

  11. This touched a chord in me. I don't know where or why, but I feel a bit dreamy after viewing this. Thanks.