Posted by: christinelaennec | November 18, 2011

Swans near the harbour

Things here are still challenging, insofar as the Dafter is still too unwell to go to school.  However, I am still counting our blessings, and I have faith that one day I will hear the front door slam and her voice singing out, “I’m home!”  We will get there, one way or another.  I was inspired by these beautiful swans swimming on the River Dee where the harbour begins.  Swans are so graceful, and very faithful to one another.

Swans in the harbour, Aberdeen

I watched these two swim from one side of the river to the other, against a strong current that was making big eddies under the bridge I took the photo from.  The swans didn’t get carried down towards the sea, they just kept going towards their goal.  So I am trying to follow their example, although I’m sure I look far less graceful in my attempts!

I wish you all a very good weekend!



  1. A happy weekend to you too. I haven’t been in blogland for a whole month and it’s nice to return and see your beautiful fall images. My blog is closed for a while (I’ll tell you when I reopen or start another) 🙂 And tell the Dafter her drawings are amazing!

  2. I love your analogy to the goals of the swans. Your photo is lovely, and what a joy to see such beautiful creatures in these long, dark days. I hope your days become brighter soon for you and your family. xx

  3. A happy weekend to you and yours, too, Christine. Keep paddling.

  4. They are such beautiful creatures!
    Your post reminds me of this beautiful poem by Rainer Maria Rilke…

    The Swan

    This laboring through what is still undone,
    as though, legs bound, we hobbled along the way,
    is like the awkward walking of the swan.

    And dying-to let go, no longer feel
    the solid ground we stand on every day-
    is like anxious letting himself fall

    into waters, which receive him gently
    and which, as though with reverence and joy,
    draw back past him in streams on either side;
    while, infinitely silent and aware,
    in his full majesty and ever more
    indifferent, he condescends to glide.

    I hope that all will work itself out the way it is meant to soon 🙂

  5. As always, be brave…you are in my thoughts.

  6. Love the photo, reminds me of Norway, and it’s strange how one finds things beautiful that remind one of home. I hope your daughter will recover soon, all the best wishes.

  7. Please don’t swim in the harbour! 😉
    Best wishes to The Dafter too.

  8. Ah the serenity of the swans – but like us all, theres some furious paddling going on underneath! But we will get there. Promise.

  9. The swans cantrast beautifully with the heavy industry going on around them, hope the little one is well soon!


  10. I have been praying for the gift of fortitude – a quality these swans surely display. Blessings to you,

  11. Dear everyone,

    I am very spoiled by your encouraging comments, thank you all so, so much. The Dafter says thank you as well.

    Dorit – so great to hear from you! I’m glad you’re back.

    Karen – thank you very much for your good thoughts, as always.

    Martin – your exhortation has rung in my ears over this past week!

    Suzy – thank you so much for this beautiful poem by one of my favourite poets. Sometimes I do feel like I am falling, and the challenge is to trust that I am going to be caught. (So far so good, so why do I worry?!)

    Heike – thank you, I can feel your good wishes!

    Mali – thank you so much – I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that you were reminded of Norway, which is after all just on the other side of the North Sea.

    Roobeedoo – Don’t worry, it’s not a temptation!

    Jill – Thank you for your comforting promise.

    Susan – Thanks very much for your good wishes.

    Kelly – Yes indeed, the gift of fortitude. The other day I was in a coffee shop, feeling quite wobbly inside and scared about things, and wishing for a sign. I looked up and saw the name badge on the man who was serving me: “Endurance”. !!! (That really is his name.) Blessings to you and yours too.

  12. Hi Christine. I’ve been catching up, going back as far as your wonderful shawl- rainbow of fabulousness. I adore it. Best wishes to you all. If you don’t mind me adding that if your lovely dafter turns out to have me then I’ve heard many encouraging things about ” the lightning project” from people who say it worked for them. If I’m totally off aim, I’m sorry. I’ve only mentioned it on the off chance it might help and would hate to offend in any way ….

    • Hello Scruffybadger! I’m glad you like my shawl – really, knitting a shawl is nothing compared to the intricate tailoring that you do! Thanks very much for the mention of the “lightning project”, in case we do end up with an ME diagnosis. No offense whatsoever taken, believe me!

  13. yes, keep paddling…Hoping your daughter is well soon. Hang in there… hopefully the tide will turn soon.

    • Thanks, Lisa! I printed out a quote from your post on focusing (when you got your new glasses) and that has been a big help to me.

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