The stuff of memories

Memories are like small children wandering along a shore

Or running down a sunlit path towards adventure.

You never know which pebbles they might pick up to store away in their treasure chests.

It might an outing, like this one in summer when we went to England,

Days full of laughter and family and weathered houses over 400 years old.

I feel as if the days are slipping through my fingers so quickly.

Yet in childhood time stands still, even as it is flying past.

Life is a series of moments – both past and present – and what matters most is, perhaps,

Not how many moments you’ve enjoyed, but how many of those moments took your breath away.

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I’m also linking to Jillsy’s Challenge.

62 responses

  1. Amy

    Totally agree with you Fi, why is it time is flying so much faster as adults and as a child it never went fast enough?
    Lovely photos!!

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    October 18, 2010 at 16:54

  2. Delightful photos – pictures of happiness, even without people in them!

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    October 18, 2010 at 16:57

  3. oh, these are great photos… I love your sense of joy , it’s inspiring and speaks of gratitude and simplicity in life.

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    October 18, 2010 at 17:25

  4. SirPe

    I think the “running sown a sunlit path” simile gets more appropriate the older one gets: the years just fly by!

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    October 18, 2010 at 17:32

  5. Wonderful post. I love the child in the bus window.. beautiful.

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    October 18, 2010 at 17:41

  6. Time does pass very quickly! You expressed the thought in words and photos very well!

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    October 18, 2010 at 17:44

  7. I can’t believe that we are upon one more Christmas!

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    October 18, 2010 at 17:50

  8. excellent post and images!

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    October 18, 2010 at 18:07

  9. I feel as if the days are slipping through my fingers so quickly.

    Yet in childhood time stands still, even as it is flying past.

    TELL ME ABOUT IT!!!!

    Great post.

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    October 18, 2010 at 19:22

  10. Blu

    Thanks for sharing your memories. BW Blu x

    PS….What a funny red phone box!

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    October 18, 2010 at 19:30

    • It’s an old phone box that is around 100 years old. I love it!

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      October 18, 2010 at 20:30

  11. Time is flying for sure! Each year is quicker!

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    October 18, 2010 at 19:31

  12. The pic of AB1 looking out that window is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!

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    October 18, 2010 at 20:03

  13. nice. i try to capture each one like a kid but my pockets get so full some spill out occasionally…love that last shot…phone boothes are cool…

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    October 18, 2010 at 20:07

  14. The slower I go, the faster the time goes. You’ve captured the feel of that perfectly, and at the same time put it in perspective with 400 year-old houses and 100 year-old phone booths.

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    October 18, 2010 at 20:51

  15. Great shots. Time spent in childhood are very precious.

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    October 18, 2010 at 21:07

  16. Your pictures and words brought back my childhood memories. The child waving hands, reminds me my daughter waving from school bus on the first day of school. Thanks for sharing wonderful moments.

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    October 18, 2010 at 21:15

  17. What wonderful moments and what lovely memories your photos invoke! Thanks for sharing the beauty and the joy!

    Sylvia

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    October 18, 2010 at 21:17

  18. The narrative is very evocative of childhood memories and I love the telephone box.

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    October 18, 2010 at 22:28

  19. Your words couldn’t be more true…time did seem to stand still when I was a kid wanting to grow up…and now it’s seems to fly by way too fast. You are right, the moments that take our breathe away are moments that we will always treasure.
    I enjoyed these photo’s and your words today. Thank you!
    Hope you Monday has been marvelous! XX

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    October 18, 2010 at 22:29

  20. Love your post a lot.

    I can relate. And thanks for putting my sentiments in words and images.

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    October 18, 2010 at 22:48

  21. These are delightful photos. The one of the little girl in the bus window is precious and if I close my eyes I can just imagine that I hear the birds singing.

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    October 18, 2010 at 23:18

  22. Oh, what wonderful words to go with your photos. Time does indeed pass quickly, but the memories capture it back again in an instant. I love that old phone box…

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    October 18, 2010 at 23:55

  23. As always – thank you for the reminder, Fi – and sharing your memories.

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    October 19, 2010 at 00:03

  24. I agree, life is all about memories and as my sons get older, they remember the wonderful holidays in Cancun, the safari we had in Kenya, even though my middle son was only six at the time. Great photos of warmth and sunshine.

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    October 19, 2010 at 00:18

  25. Clive

    Great post – couldn’t agree more!

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    October 19, 2010 at 00:48

  26. What a wonderfully delightful post! So very true, we keep so very busy that we let life and the memories pass us by….like the speed of light. We all need to slow down and soak in a little more of this beautiful life we are given.

    Ya’ll have the most marvelously blessed day!!!

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    October 19, 2010 at 00:53

  27. There are soem of those old houyses in Singapore. The British built them and called them black and white houses. They must have been missing England whn they were ruling Singapore.

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    October 19, 2010 at 02:20

  28. Al

    Wonderful post, that does look like an inspiring trip. I spent the first three years of my life in England, and would love to visit again.

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    October 19, 2010 at 02:43

  29. I really like old houses especially those that were well-taken care of. We’re feeling the same thing..life is passing by so fast that I feel I can’t almost keep up with it. So, the best thing to do is just enjoy the ride. have a good week!

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    October 19, 2010 at 03:47

  30. wonderful captures!

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    October 19, 2010 at 04:36

  31. Fantastic!!
    The photographs, the words, the thoughts.

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    October 19, 2010 at 06:04

  32. Didn’t think that was Sweden… Have been watching Wallander.

    When you’re 10, 1 year is 10% of your life – it drags like molasses. And then it all accelerates.

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    October 19, 2010 at 09:57

  33. memories are a strange thing. You often remembers things you did not expect too. Nice collection of memories!

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    October 19, 2010 at 11:48

  34. What beautiful recollection of a summers trip.
    I know, sometime is too feel that the days are running away from me…
    Your photography is always so very sensitive and visually enticing.
    xo

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    October 19, 2010 at 12:47

  35. What a great post in just a few photos and words. You captured the essence of childhood and time.

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    October 19, 2010 at 13:13

  36. What wonderful moments your photos invoke!
    Thanks for sharing the beauty.

    Have a great week.

    Bram

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    October 19, 2010 at 18:42

  37. i agree and I love the third photo!

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    October 19, 2010 at 18:52

  38. Childhood. So elusive and yet so permanently etched in our minds. A delightful post, thank you.

    Kay, Alberta

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    October 19, 2010 at 19:11

  39. Beautiful!

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    October 19, 2010 at 19:25

  40. Excellent photos. I have been thinking more about my childhood as well–wondering where all the days as an adult have gone.

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    October 19, 2010 at 20:39

  41. Beautiful story and photos! Have a nice day. 🙂

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    October 19, 2010 at 20:59

  42. Better save our memories now, while we can still remember! Beautiful post.

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    October 19, 2010 at 21:49

  43. Yes! You are creating beautiful breathtaking moments for your children, while you’re enjoying them yourself. Thank you for sharing some of them with us all~

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    October 19, 2010 at 23:27

  44. And how the days fly by. And yet it is not how many moments we have taken breath, but how many moments have taken away our breath. I hope you find many more of them.

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    October 19, 2010 at 23:41

  45. I love your world! 🙂

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    October 20, 2010 at 00:42

  46. As always, such a perfect marriage of pictures and words.

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    October 20, 2010 at 02:41

  47. Beautiful post. I enjoyed that very much – thanks :). I am not into topiary but I love the 2nd shot – very interesting peek at the house and garden.

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    October 20, 2010 at 03:46

  48. such a lyrical post

    Aloha from Hawaii

    Comfort Spiral

    >

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    October 20, 2010 at 06:11

  49. lilalia

    Lovely story. It is the timelessness of it all that is so striking.

    Been meaning to ask you whether your children speak English or Swedish with you? I always spoke English, but my children answered back in German. Now that they are older they do speak with me in English sometimes, but general rule is this sort of two-language communication.

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    October 20, 2010 at 11:54

    • The kids are completely bilingual and speak English to me and my husband.

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      October 20, 2010 at 19:06

  50. I hope you’re having a whimsical Wednesday!

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    October 20, 2010 at 20:42

  51. Absolutely lovely post!

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    October 20, 2010 at 23:53

  52. Time flies, it really does. Always nice to take a moment to step back into history & memory, though 🙂

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    October 21, 2010 at 00:12

  53. “You never know which pebbles they might pick up to store away in their treasure chests.” This is VERY true Fi. Talking to our now-adult kids, the things they remember are things that were insignificant to us at the time.

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    October 21, 2010 at 05:33

  54. It looks like it was a wonderful trip. Too bad it couldn’t last longer.

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    October 21, 2010 at 05:59

  55. It is the simple things and special moments that matter most!

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    October 21, 2010 at 17:49

  56. Time does seem to fly by..faster and faster as we get older..sometimes I just want to holler “Stop..and wait until I can catch up.” Beautiful post and photos..:)

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    October 23, 2010 at 04:54

  57. Memories…They can leave you alone in a crowd or they can crowd you when you are alone…
    Loved this beautiful journey through Memories:)

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    October 23, 2010 at 10:59

  58. Thanks LF! It does fit the challenge very well!

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    May 19, 2011 at 14:40

  59. fitting words and images for childhood. thanks for sharing.

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    May 21, 2011 at 00:43

  60. So true! Life IS a series of moments, and photograph like these can take you back to them….Lovely entry for Jillsy’s chanllenge! Good luck!!

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    May 25, 2011 at 07:11

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