Monday, 8 August 2011

Walking Repetitive Paths

Woodland paths
a joy to walk
and touch moss covered rock and tree.

The rusty pups scout ahead
but turn to check that
I'm still following.

Wonderful woodland paths.
Paths formed from of repeated step upon step.

Repetition plays an important role in the life of a stitcher.
Threading and re-threading a needle.
Stitching row upon row of stitch.
One stitch leads to another.
Just like one thought leads to another.
And so a whole body of work can but be a repetition of the same story.

Repetition does not mean to continually walk the same path.
New paths can be trod through repetition.

Funny how things fall into place.
This Henry David Thoreau quote flew into my laptop and seems so appropriate.

"As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives." 


  1. More luscious landscape.

    Repetition. Good choice of words. Better than routine. Much more interesting. Satisfying.
    xx, Carol

  2. that HDT quote is so true.
    love the mossy woody forest path you have there and your loyal companions.

  3. This post really resonated with me. Thank you.

  4. There's something particularly appealing about walking along forest paths, isn't there...

  5. Lovely post. What a beautiful walk - it reminds me of one near me (southern England) where I take my two Irish Wolfhounds and they do that same thing - looking back to make sure I'm still following! Loving your blog.

  6. This quote is so beautiful. It touches me because I think of myself as a walker, taking one step at a time through life (and through stitchery).

  7. This true and beautiful. Really touched me deeply. I shared the quote with my daughter. This was good. Yes. This is how children best learn. This is how we all best learn... in the calm repetition...where things sing down in and become comfortable and there, yes...where things become.
    Thank you for this and the paths and the dogs (I have pet envy!!!)
    I love coming to your space. What you say and show and do here is significant.
    Thank you.

  8. Carol...It's even more luscious now..we've just had a thunderstorm day.

    Kaite...and that wonderful earthy smell of the woods.

    Viv...You're most welcome!

    Rachel..Oh, yes.

    Angie... I can just picture a pair of Irish wolfhounds romping through the woodlands of southern England..That's where I came from.

    Penny...I suppose the thing to do is take each step with thought filled purpose and not gallop along at the rate of knots.

    Nancy...thank you for your beautiful comment. I love the way you express yourself. I'm honoured you enjoy visiting.


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