I have been on the road for the past two weeks.
Returning home earlier today, I immediately gathered my camera and eagerly set out to capture some of the images which greeted me.
Being away for such a length of time has made me homesick, even though part of this time has been spent with friends I rarely get to see.
Spending time in London was both a pleasure and a shock!
I travelled there by coach and ferry, as I try to avoid flying and the carbon footprint it incurs.
However, this allows me lots of time to do what I love…observe!
Arriving on the outskirts of London, just as it’s vast population begins to awaken and stir, is both magical and awesome, for it is at this time that the birds hold sway, their dawn chorus loud and jubilant!
The occasional fox is observed, slinking home after a night’s forage. (My ‘fox cushion’ evokes a memory or two!)
As the coach rolls down towards central London and Victoria Station, shops are rising shutters and newspapers are being stacked in plastic covered piles outside shops and kiosks…the storm is about to break, as tens of thousands of feet start to pound the beat along the arteries connecting home and work.
I love this city!
The shock to my system confronts me as the beat of life, incessant and purposeful, is now much louder than I remember it.
London is more crowded, people are attached to hand-held devices, living in their own singularities, at least on the outside, but connected to the now powerful force of the internet.
I wonder how many are sitting on trains, buses, workplaces, reading this and unaware of that powerful connection to like-minded people reading this website brings to you?
The Singularity is an era in which our intelligence will become increasingly non-biological and trillions of times more powerful than it is today—the dawning of a new civilization that will enable us to transcend our biological limitations and amplify our creativity.
Watching hundreds of people around me wherever I walked or travelled made me feel invisible, for none looked up, either at me or one another.
For more than fleeting moments I caught a glimpse of the future in cities!
John von Neumann was quoted as saying that “the ever accelerating progress of technology … gives the appearance of approaching some essential singularity in the history of the race beyond which human affairs, as we know them, could not continue.” His definition of the Singularity was that the Singularity is the moment beyond which “technological progress will become incomprehensively rapid and complicated.”
I travelled on to Kefalonia in Greece, after some days spent in London. This was to celebrate a very special anniversary with friends.
(Much of what I have experienced over this time is covered in more depth, and photographs, than this site now allows for and can be read and viewed on the new website, Bealtaine Cottage Good Life.
I shall be posting there in the next few hours.)
Thanks to all who have written to me, emailed, phoned and signed up to the new website. I am about to work though the sign-up backlog, then take some time to respond to your correspondence.
I am very happy to be home!
I had a quick look at the new site; great idea! I will be signing up as soon as I get my situation with PayPal resolved. looking forward to supporting you in your work. Hugs to you, Colette. ~ Linne
Thanks Linne and blessings to you XXX
Glad you’re back, Colette! I’m still catching up with everyone after a hectic few months. I hope you will leave this site up, as I love to go back and read some of your earlier posts as time permits.
Am checking out the new website next and looking forward to it.
Technology, specifically blogging, has changed my life so much. I find the Virtual Village of like-minded people wonderful after going through my life trying to fit in and to keep my true self guarded. This is a world made for Introverts, especially those of us who are closer to the end of the scale than to the middle. I can interact when I have the energy and time and so can all my friends. I have made life-long friends all over the globe that are closer than most of my face-to-face friends. I was so thrilled to find people who share my passions, hobbies and thinking habits. Not easy for an introvert. I have received love and support that I never dreamed of having and it’s made so much difference in my life. I have quite an eclectic, far-ranging set of interests and now I have somewhere to share and discuss them. Perfect for me.
Blessings to you. ~ Linne
This is very much the cohesive and community building aspect of the Singularity and I agree with all you have expressed. It is now easier to understand the collective consciousness approach to spirituality.
interesting post indeed, and I love your photos.
My head is filled with thoughts on the past two weeks…I’m glad it’s interesting!
I have been missing you 🌸🌳
And I have missed this place and am delighted to be home XXX Blessings
I have been missing you 🌸
Same…now I have so much to write and share!
Lovely photos, you have a gift for those as well as your writing! Hoping to see the cottage when I cross the pond hehe! 🙂
That will be a pleasure to share with you…blessings XXX Colette
Glad your home. In my opinion mankind grows in knowledge but not in wisdom. Thank you for the inspiration you give others.xx
I am the eternal optimist and observed real change in so many people and places. London looked greener and more lush than I have ever witnessed. Blessings XXX Colette
Reblogged this on Ned Hamson's Second Line View of the News.
You were never far from my thoughts…..
Leaving soon for Rodas….
Salutations my friend…..
Blessings Pennie…have a wonderful time XXX Colette
I am so happy that you are back home again. Going into London is exciting I’m sure, after not having been there in awhile. I have a similar feeling when I return to Houston from time to time. I had been there for a good many years before I came to this peaceful spot of ground. I love it here. I go back there because of having two grown children who reside there.
Welcome back home Colette, I am sure that you have many a story to tell and lovely photos to show us and I am looking forward to read more. Interesting what you said above about technology and humankind.
It was a revelation to me…deeply shocking really to see how technology has both unified and separated humanity in the cities.
a very interesting point indeed! I must do some thinking on that.