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What once was….

‘True nostalgia is an ephemeral composition of disjointed memories.’  Florence King



Nostalgia is a pleasant diversion, but don’t let it stop you from creating new memories. This time of year it is easy to start hunkering down by the fire.


Worn, but beautiful to some……….

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Once There Was……..

‘A thrill of thunder in my hair:
Though blackening clouds be plain,
Still I am stung and startled
By the first drop of the rain:
Romance and pride and passion pass
And these are what remain.’

G.K. Chesterton, A Second Childhood (passage)

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Vintage Tin Toy: Gee-wiZ Horse Racing Game

Came by this 1920 tin toy by Wolverine Toys called the Gee-wiZ. The fly wheel and tin horses were a bit banged up but it still functions. Not bad for 90+ years old. 

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Roses: Battered But Beautiful

This past Winter, I had to sell my departed mom’s home. Emotionally, it was a difficult process. One of the things I wanted to accomplish was to salvage all the plants I could that were near and dear to my parents. They kept a very beautiful yard. It was cold and wet when I had dig up roses and fuchsias. I transplanted them into less than ideal earth and conditions. I crossed my fingers. 

I had noticed the Lincoln rose had sprouted but one bud. It stood there for some time not progressing through the heavy rains of late. A few days ago, I saw it opened into this beautiful rose, but it looked a bit disheveled for sure.

Tonight, I was outside as it started to rain, yet again, and I notice the Lincoln rose had progressed further. Beautiful, battered and finishing with grace. Not perfect, yet still beautiful.

I wanted to share this picture of how the new owners of my parent’s old house have fashioned their vision of a yard. An abomination to the lovely yard my parents maintained. I shared this over on my Hoarding Woes & You blog too (why I haven’t been able to fish much for last three years). You can see a few remaining roses, I didn’t capture, peeking up through the uncut grasses. I guess a glimmer of beauty seeking space.


Fly Fishing: Keepsakes & Quirks

Fly fishers do tend to give the impression of being gear driven. Perhaps it is the marketing assault of the new and improved and flashy that adds to this image. Some probably are still using their Eagle Claw rod and Medalist reel. But, I bet not many. But, I think there is another object or two that fly fishers carry that the marketing obsessives can’t touch…that certain little something that only matters to you in some sentimental, quirky, superstitious way.

There is another part of fly fishing that I find more fun, even child like. How many fly fishers carry some token of faith, superstition, love, nostalgia, charms, some remembrance of others, better times? Keepsakes, baubles, or some object that perpetuates the Good JuJu of mind, soul and good fishing & good times…..

Some could be that favorite object that is more functional (forceps, nippers, bandana, pack, lighter, pocket knife, cigar cutter) or earthy (a good luck pebble or small stone) or a gift that may or may not be too special to suffer the wear and tear of the elements and you. 

As the Ad says..’what’s in your wallet?’ What’s in your pack, wader’s pocket, or box that provides the mental, spiritual or nostalgic lift of good times past that you want to carry forward?

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