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Why would this window interest a vegetarian?

Why would this window interest a vegetarian?

 I have not done a post for ‘Lingering Look at Windows’ for a while. But I have accumulated some photos  of windows, I will show you.

Turret windows.

Turret windows in an old shop.

When out with the camera I have a lot of thoughts on photography.  I used to take snap shots to show to family and friends. That was back when we kept photo albums and had to pay for film and developing and printing. I soon realised I was wasting my money, people are bored looking at your photo. For my own sake I still wanted to record the interesting things I saw and did. So I would just sketch to supplement my diary.  I used to really enjoy drawing. I would draw to fill waiting time, I suppose I could have just relaxed and meditated on breath. When you sketch your mind is focused, so it is like meditation. I suppose any thing can be like meditation if you are interested and in the ‘now’ that Eckhart Tolle talks about. Every thing has changed since I got hooked on digital photography. Let me show you.

From the top of Parliament house.

From the top of Parliament house.

This photo was from the roof of Parliament house just below the flag pole mounted on  a-frame columns that allows the flag to be seen for miles. From the roof you can also see for miles. You can see Telstra tower from here and the windows surrounding the court-yard garden. To show it all in one photo as if you were there and keep it interesting. The angles and squares to me make it interesting. Let me know if I succeeded.

A pyramid of windows.

A pyramid of windows.

Note the reflection of the a-frame supporting the flag pole. I like reflections and to show things from a different perspective. To me this is what life is all about, doing what you enjoy regardless of what the crowd think.

The pyramid of windows.

The pyramid of windows.

On the floor below we get another view. I like the angles surrounding the pyramid of angles. They complement each other, Canberra has some wonderful architecture. Melbourne art gallery in Federation Square was another memorable building I enjoyed.

You can see how I like odd angles.

You can see how I like odd angles.

   I like these windows the old lamp and the chimneys and all those angles delight my eye. I get a lot of enjoyment from my digital camera. The joy I used to get from drawing, the camera is just too easy. Drawing you really learn perspective and composition.

A charming old house in Goulbourn.

A charming old house in Goulburn.

 The negative shape of the sky and the nostalgic subject matter is what I like about this photo. The old familiar memories from child hood. We had no fantastic, modern structures then.

Note the cross in the window.

Note the cross in the window.

We did have, and still do have, those incredible cathedrals. Religious architecture of all faiths is superb, be it a mosque, temple or cathedral they are all beautiful and good places to find peace and quiet. I enjoy them all and belong to none. The above photo, I hope, draws your attention to the small and beautiful that is often over-shadowed by the magnificence surrounding it. The small things in life are what bring contentment to the appreciative.

A small Daffodil.

Three  small Daffodils.

Sometimes the small like to show off, I do not mind when they are daffodils. They do overwhelm the windows. This is not a good photo of windows. But it redeems itself as a pleasant photo, I think.

Simply a window.

Simply a window.

This is a photo of a window, no mistake about that. The thing I personally like about this window is the pattern in the glass. If you are interested I also have a post featuring some of my drawings. Reflections on windows. the drawing with the caption ‘Old Glass drawing to match the leaves.’ features this glass. This glass was used in the windows of my aunties bungalow by the ocean, where I spent happy childhood holidays. That was back around the beginning of the 40’s.

More reflections.

More reflections.

Craft-men built houses in those old times and took pride in what they were doing .

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Pauline  entering Canberra Museum dwarfed by the windows.

Pauline entering Canberra Museum dwarfed by the windows.

Cleaning Windows.

A window is like a picture in a book and it is said a picture is worth a thousand words. If those windows are not clean it is like having dirty pictures in your home. The pictures we look at will influence our thoughts and emotions. Unwholesome pictures infect our thoughts. Those thoughts will become emotions that lead to actions that develop into habits. Keeping windows clean contributes to our wellbeing.

Sunset and Busselton Jetty reflected in windows.

Sunset and Busselton Jetty reflected in windows.

Who lives without a speck or smudge of grime on their windows? We must not be judgemental remember the story of Jesus saying “Let the one without sin cast the first stone.” Look beyond the blemishes there is always beauty if we look for it. There are no bad people they are either sick or ignorant, the sick need help and the ignorant need teaching.

Canberra Museum window.

Canberra Museum window.

A shattered, broken window is dangerous, like a psychopath, to be avoided. Leave the treatment required to those qualified .

Window in Banbury Art Gallery.

Window in Bunbury Art Gallery.

Let us get back to cleaning windows and lightening things up.

This is window cleaning Brisbane 2014.

This is window cleaning Brisbane 2014 or Having Fun.

George Formby was an old-time performer who sang a saucy song called ‘When I’m Cleaning windows.’  I can only recall one line, ‘The blushing bride looks divine, the bridegroom says I’m doing fine, I’d rather have his job than mine, when I’m cleaning windows”. If you want more frivolity, hit the link.

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Canberra Museum's fibulas architecture.

Canberra Museum’s fabulous architecture.

If you want to clean windows I have a few tips from a professional window cleaner, when I took on a casual job window cleaning. I liked the work out on a ledge looking in on the office workers toiling at their desks, while I enjoyed the open air, exercising and making the windows sparkle. We used a chamois, now they use squeegees, so my tips are out dated, the one tip that is still applicable is clean horizontal on one side and vertical on the other so you know where the missed bits are.  A razor blade is handy to remove paint spots and the like. Pay attention to the corners and at my age I must remember I have lost the agility and balance so be careful.

A lot can be seen in or out of a window.

A lot can be seen in or out of a window.

The Sydney, Queen Victoria Building was built 1898 is Renascence architecture and from 1959 to 1971 was occupied by The Sydney County Council. It was 1968 when I was cleaning windows on Q. V. B. and there were no hoists or swinging stages on the building. We had safety belts that hindered your movement and gave a false sense of safety as the old eye-bolts were insecure. The building has been refurbished many times and now is totally restored and packed with upmarket shops; do not miss looking in on it if you visit Sydney.

Window with a good   view.

Window with a good view.

When cleaning the windows of the ladies change room I used to sing, not just because I was happy in my work, but ladies did not expect to see a man outside the window a couple of floors up. My singing was not all that good, but I think it was appreciated.

These ladies were happy to be looked at.

These ladies  in Albany were happy to be looked at.

There are shop windows to be looked in, windows to be looked out of and windows to the mind and windows of opportunity. There are also the Microsoft Windows programs that can be frustrating. When you are finding the computer program not acting as you would like. Take a few deep breaths look out the window and come back to reality.

A cute shop window in Donnybrook W.A.

A cute shop window in Donnybrook W.A.

These are my idea’s on Dawns  Lingering look at windows. 

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Window of reflection.

Window of reflection.

Stop to think.

New Angle.

New Angle.

Why am I writing this blog? Who wants to hear what an old uneducated self-appointed guru is waffling about? What would I know that is not available on your smart phone or PC device? You have an encyclopedia and more at your finger tips. So stop reading rubbish and playing games. Be selective in what you fill your head with. There is so much information available, why are so many people acting so stupid? At the risk of being put in the know all category I will tell you. Most of the information is misinformation. we accept comments, opinions and gossip as facts. Think, who is this writer, commentator or critic, is his opinion based on proven facts or hearsay, have they an ulterior motive that suites some personal needs or political genders?

Cathedral masonry showing squar eyes.

Cathedral masonry showing a square eye. What is the message?

All I have is eighty years in life’s unstable, ever-changing and challenging school of hard knocks as qualifications.  I have not repeated many lessons and have survived with a smile on my face and I am looking forward to more challenges.

My Photoshop fun.

My Photoshop fun.

Just when I thought I had all the answers, they changed the questions.

Children enjoy Chinese New Years Celibrations.

Children enjoy Chinese New Years celebrations.

As for motives, it could be ego driven, but I have fooled myself into believing it was helpful advice to some young inexperienced people. But when I look at my blog comments and likes, it appears the people visiting my blog are not in that category.

Family fun ,note tatooed hand.

Family fun ,note tattooed hand.

The people who could benefit from my knowledge are watching TV or recovering from last night’s party or on their mobile phone chatting up their latest heart-throb. I think that is a natural and a good thing. How can one really learn if not by experience? They have the resilience and stamina to bounce back.  Some who push the limits may be cut down permanently because of their folly. As Ned Kelly said as they slipped the noose over his head, “Such is life.”

Candid camara almost.

Candid camera almost.

I now stop and think, I will change my style of blog. I will put in a few of my photos, more appropriate quotes and less of my words. I will mention books I believe are worth reading. That will give me more time to meditate, read more, exercise and practice what I have been preaching.

In their way windows appreciate a beautiful day.

In their way windows appreciate a beautiful day.

I have learned by writing my thoughts and ideas they are now clarified in my own mind. My blog has actually coached me in kindness, respect and appreciation of natures gifts. I smile at everyone I meet with the feeling that we are all one family.

Look out, look in and look at surprises are every where.

Look out, look in and look at surprises are everywhere.

 

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Time to sail.

Time to sail.

Reflections.

Reflecting on reflections.

Reflecting on reflections.

I need to take a few deep breaths to ground my mind in the now. To reflect on the purpose of my blog or I may become apathetic. My blog is for my enjoyment, not as an ego trip. It is to share some wisdom I have found helpful in coping with some of life’s challenges and share some of nature’s beauty using my photos and drawings. The intention is to help in an entertaining way to lighten some of the worries troubling our modern day life.

Nothing can disturb my reflections.

Nothing can disturb my reflections.

Why would I lose my enthusiasm? I have people following my blog and some give encouraging comments. The reason I believe is ideological amplification or like the proverb “Birds of a feather flock together.”  The people following my blog are not in need of my help they already have a good positive attitude.

Except change.

Except change we must accept change.

After meditating I feel ready to share some helpful ideas. By writing these ideas I revise them so they become indelibly imprinted on my long-term memory to be practiced and become a habit.  So thinking right thoughts leads to right speech and actions that become second nature to me. Choosing the right words and clarifying my ideas, if nothing else, benefit me in many ways. The irony of helping others is we benefit from our own good intentions.

Go with the flow.

Go with the flow.

Reflecting on some of my favourite words and why I like them. Equanimity, if you have this quality you are in control of your emotions. Meditation is the way to calm the mind; a calm mind is a peaceful, unemotional state. Equanimity is synonymous with composure. Although some words are synonymous they have subtle differences. Happiness, pleasure, joy and contentment are all favourite words of mine. Every book I see with happiness in the title I read. The thing is happiness is like joy it does not last and pleasures are fleeting. Contentment is the best state to experience. Reciprocity is a favourite word because if we exchange our ideas with an open mind communicating with understanding, we would find we agree on more things than we disagree on.

Every thing passes.

Every thing passes.

I like to reflect, concentrate and meditate on positive words. These words invoke uplifting thoughts, the thought precedes the action. There is no action without a reaction. If we want respect we must give respect. To look for the virtuous dwell on the honourable and engaging in kindness will change our outlook on life. That has a direct positive effect on the enjoyment of every aspect of our life.

Every thing is subject to change.

Every thing is subject to change.

What is your most inspiring, favourite or important words to meditate on? You may like to give this some thought and let me know your choice of words and the reason why. They say a picture is worth a thousand words but neurologists say words make a greater lasting impression.

Calm returns with quiet reflection.

Calm returns with quiet reflection.

 

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