cypressfoss oh the pleasure of seeing our dear friend Daryl after his return from a month in Paris and Istanbul.... "I sat in the evening by the Seine doing a little watercolour.. It was bliss!" 1d
  •   simpat Beautiful ..all of it ..x 23h
  •   rosemadder1 Oooooh, I didn't realise it was a video...delicious sketches Daryl. @cypressfoss @linocut 23h
  •   heartfullofwine @cypressfoss waht is the song again? Have trouble finding it 22h
  •   hellokatedyer So beautiful. Beats taking a photo! Travel memories well and truly captured. 22h
  •   tuppenny_farm @linocut classes please on sketching in watercolour these are fab! Reminds me I have two books of these I bought on first trip. One of Paris and the other Naples. Will find them. 21h
  •   cypressfoss Kristina @heartfullofwine, the song is 'Reminiscing' by K.D. Lang (originally written & recorded by Australia's 'Little River Band [LRB]) ~ lovely isn't it? 21h
  •   cypressfoss Find them! @tuppenny_farm .....did I mention I want a little pad in melbourne? xo 21h
  •   heartfullofwine @cypressfoss thank you Michelle! You are lovely, too😙 21h

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cypressfoss happy Tuesday : ) 1d

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cypressfoss 'No matter what your outer circumstances might be, there is always, deep within you, a potential for flourishing. This is a potential for loving-kindness, compassion, & inner peace. Try to get in touch with & experience this potential that is always present, like a nugget of gold, in your heart & mind.'
Matthieu Ricard
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  •   pottersarms This statement is very profound, it's such a pity that so many people because of their circumstance never get that opportunity to flourish, it's a sad state of division. But I wholeheartedly agree with the premise of this stunning statement. 2d
  •   bowersnest Great qualities to strive for 2d
  •   julie_gibbs Oh what a perfect quote. M Ricard is the guru...xx 2d
  •   cypressfoss Honestly, he is my pillar of strength @julie_gibbs xo 2d
  •   cypressfoss it's the toughest one of all @thisbloominglife .....but I know it's in there xox 2d
  •   tuppenny_farm Such beauty 21h
  •   annetics_ Hi Michelle! This is such a poignant quote and you couldn't have timed this post any better for me and those close to my heart ️ I haven't heard of Richard before but will certainly investigate. I agree with @pottersarms categorically! Thanks @cypressfoss and I love the pic... Turneresque 11h
  •   cypressfoss oh @annetics_ , I am glad it has come at a 'right' time for you. Thank-you for liking the picture too . Most definitely investigate this wise, wise man. Buy his book entitled 'Happiness' - it may change the way you think - I know it has opened-up the possibility of peace of mind for me. When he refers to 'flourishing', he is talking about spiritual, inner, flourishing. Entirely independent from our worldly circumstances. We have all met people who have the benefit of every good fortune & yet are negative, sour, self-centred - miserable! And people who despite having been dealt a truly bad lot, are bright, giving, generous... happy spirits. Matthieu Ricard is a scientist who became a Buddhist monk, & he believes in our capacity to find happiness & inner peace. I keep the book I have quoted from by my bedside. It helps! I was born melancholy, but I'll be damned if I won't try my best to fight it. Take care Annie 7h

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cypressfoss having taken half a dozen photographs of Mildred & not been satisfied with any of them, here is a shot I couldn't resist: Minty (hood off! yay!), resting in a patch of sunlight on top of a pile of clean laundry. Mildred isn't even in her proper place, but let's face it, she'd look striking anywhere. Thank-you for my beautiful cushion Victoria! @manteaunoir ...She is loved :) 2d
  •   simpat Now thats a happy place for Minty and Mildred ..beautiful photo ..xx 2d
  •   mollysmaison Such a lovely shot x 2d
  •   heartfullofwine That's some beautiful mix of colors and shades! 2d
  •   k.j.martin Mildred's a babe 2d
  •   wandering_homebody What is it about dogs and fresh laundry ... how splendid does Mildred look ! 2d
  •   frankieandray Minty and Mildred are made for each other! So glad your little hound is on the mend :) xx 2d
  •   pottersarms She is a fine princess, I hope there are no peas under her mattress. 1d
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cypressfoss 'Mine eye hath played the painter and hath stelled | Thy beauty's form in table of my heart'
William Shakespeare,
sonnet 24
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  •   sydneyflowerschool be still my beating heart 3d
  •   jstyling Oh my they are stunning. lovely reflection for Sunday 3d
  •   iamannathomas stunners … it reminds me of the gorgeous little arrangements you made for me and p last year … i think i still have the dried ones buried in my 'studio' somewhere 3d
  •   ascotliving Perfection x 3d
  •   eauditalie Gorgeous 3d
  •   m2matiz stunning! 3d
  •   sashajoubert Stunning hellebores 2d
  •   annetics_ Shakespeare nails it everytime @cypressfoss loving Hellebores 11h

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Hudson michelle hylan
cypressfoss Mexican hawthorn, hero of the Winter garden 3d

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cypressfoss sunrise 3d

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cypressfoss the days are becoming longer & the birds are singing again :) 4d
  •   pottersarms Water In the background, and the sound of a whistler, love it.....Spring is creeping in. 4d
  •   stemgirl It's great to be in Europe for their summer, but the boys are all pining to be back on their mount, especially with Spring coming. Thanks for posting a snippet from home 4d
  •   cypressfoss Oh @stemgirl!! I was sitting with Will waiting for the bus yesterday: freezing cold, raining, grey... & your picture of an afternoon by the pool in Tuscany popped onto Instagram... I showed Will & said, "they don't know what they're missing" - we laughed!! Stretch out the European summer for as long as you can! 4d
  •   cypressfoss creep, creep, creeping on in! @pottersarms 4d
  •   cypressfoss we're coasting downhill @thecountrylunch 4d
  •   stemgirl That's so funny! That's what I keep telling the boys. We're now starting our last week (just Rome then Singapore), and I have to keep stopping them talking about what they miss at home and what they can't wait to do when they get home! My monotonous catchphrase is "Just live in the moment". 4d
  •   cypressfoss Oh yes, treasure each moment @stemgirl 4d

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cypressfoss our gorgeous neighbours' gorgeous cows with their gorgeous baby cows : )
Aren't they just... gorgeous?!
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cypressfoss a 'soft bit'.
purposeful, utterly simple, beautiful.
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cypressfoss down there in a little howse is a little Italian Greyhound who says "Thank-you so very much to everyone who wished me well" 1w
  •   princesnowfarm Hope he is getting lots of extra loving. Hugs and chin scratches from Massachusetts 1w
  •   rosemadder1 Oh, he has been ill? @cypressfoss 1w
  •   cypressfoss Hi Robin @rosemadder1! Yes, he took a slice out of his shoulder by zooming past a metal garden chair that was leaning against the table. For the life of me I can't feel any sharp edges on it - it must have been the sheer speed at which he was travelling that did it. See a previous photo for a look at the poor boy (now nicknamed Conehead!) xx 6d
  •   cypressfoss thank-you Monica @princesnowfarm (the other dogs are wild with jealousy over Minty's unfair share of the love & attention..!) 6d
  •   massimoh @cypressfoss ... Now I have no idea how to get back to a private posting and msg. Thus I have to answer here. Crazy.bookworm is the answer. Thought I was in NYC when I spotted her. I was very concerned about what her reaction be if she knew I was taking a photograph of her. Hence the blur in my rush! - m 6d
  •   rosemadder1 @cypressfoss speedy recovery to the speedster....I hope he is lapping up the attention? Liked the come head pic with the pug. X 6d
  •   m2matiz ohhhhhhh my... just gorgeous. 6d
  •   massimoh Postscript - Nice shot! @cypressfoss I like the formality of it. For some strange reason it makes me think of Versailles. 4d

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Normal michelle hylan
cypressfoss oh glorious sunshine 1w

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cypressfoss Minty has managed to slice his shoulder open by running full-speed into the base of a garden chair. His only comfort is clinging to his mum & morsels of roast chicken! 1w
  •   iamjanmurphy Needs your TLC ::) 1w
  •   jennyroseinnes Oh Poor Minty Michelle... Always feel sorry for dogs wearing those lampshades... Penny once wore one and I cut it back a bit which helped.xx 1w
  •   poodleslave Oh Minty 1w
  •   wandering_homebody Oh poor little one ! Thank goodness for mum xx 7d
  •   adventureswithlulu Oh no that looks TERRIBLE! 7d
  •   cypressfoss Yes he is being driven mad by it @jennyroseinnes. Doesn't help that he's so fine, & has such fine hair & soft skin under his chin... Plus he's so highly strung at the best of times! On the upside, the wound is starting to heal nicely thank goodness, because it does look terrible! x 6d
  •   4thfloorwalkup Oh no! Our IG did that too once but it was his armpit - chasing a kitty. 5d

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cypressfoss An entirely necessary repost from the kitchen of @kittensmithers. I showed these to my husband. He never looks at me like that. They need their own Puccini soundtrack. 1w

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cypressfoss The sky above my house in the midst of this grey Winter. BLUE for one entire day! I am as grateful for this as anything I've ever been given 2w

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cypressfoss 'A Room with a View'
If there were a heaven, E.M.Forster would be there talking dialogue with Ismail Merchant & waiting to shake James Ivory's hand. Magic. #book_chat @julie_gibbs @kimpearsoninteriordesigner
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