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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

My Most Beautiful Thing...

My most beautiful thing is light. 

I've only REALLY noticed light since moving into this little house on the side of a hill looking out over the undulating countryside that stretches south to the English Channel on the far horizon.  I noticed sunlight through trees and moonlight before but since I've been here...

It's the quality of light that impresses me. Here we are open to the prevailing wind and overhead the sky is huge. Even on a dull day there is light somewhere. When the clouds cluster thickly over our ridge sometimes the curtain lifts to reveal the flat silver sea on a winter's afternoon and I can see the hidden sunlight reflecting off the seemingly still surface of the Channel. 

And in the summer when the clouds clear, the sun pours out of the blue sky, raining heat upon the earth. The light is intense then, rich and vibrant; it's as if you could touch it with your hands... 

But at night, when the swelling moon lifts herself above the tree tops, the pale light drenches not only the ground but the air as well, making the familiar landscape a mystery....

Today I'm taking part in the My Most Beautiful Thing Blogsplash to celebrate beautiful things - inspired by Fiona Robyn's new novel, The Most Beautiful Thing. Bloggers from all over the world are taking part and writing or posting pictures of their most beautiful things today. Find out more here and see everyone else's blog posts here.


  1. Nice one Freya.I chickened out of this challenge, finding it impossible to choose my one beautiful thing!

  2. I have to admit it was really difficult to chose one thing - there's so much to write about! I chose the light here because that's something that came out of the novel I drafted last year about living with depression...

  3. Such a beautiful post, you really have a way with words. I love your description of the swelling moon lifting herself above the tree tops - beautiful!

    1. Thank you Barbara! I 'm glad you liked the swelling moon. I've been criticised in the past for describing the moon as swelling, but it was a bloke who didn't like that description. So maybe it's a women's thing....?

  4. Having only once been near the English Channel and savored the light there, I do see it in my mind's eye, and you are right...there is a very different quality to it. It feels somewhat like the light on a mountain in winter, but less cutting...

    And yes, I can see how it would be hard to focus on this one thing when so much draws our hearts. But light.... It's not only lovely, it's vital.

    1. Thank you Kymele! It's so good to discover others experience similar things...

  5. It's such a wonderful, visual post, the light really shines through!