Cathedrals in the rocks and other titles

15 04 2011

It seems like there is a good supply of electricity at the moment and the internet from the hotel (which is meant to be wireless in the rooms and has only worked intermittently since our arrival)  is working – let me sit with you and blog a while.

We are making progress: I attended a great Ladies’ Bible study yesterday, and there are friends to be made in this here town! (obviously Americans are present!) But I wanted to explain the title of our blog, really.

Deon and I love the outdoors and all things natural. In finding a house the most important thing, almost more important than the usefulness of rooms, a kitchen and functional roof, is that there should be good trees in the garden.  Nature is THAT important.

Since we met and spent one of our first ‘dates’ at Suikerbosrand, we have contemplated “klipsit”. This is a lovely Afrikaans term that completely loses its soundiness in English. Literally it means “rock-sitting” and captures those lovely moments when one sits out on the seats God provides in nature, resting, admiring the surrounds or just remembering to BE.

Another activity we enjoy is “boslê” – literally “lying in forests”, but again, it sounds so much better in Afrikaans!  We agreed that if we ever wrote a book about the places we go it would have this name : Klipsit en boslê – we love the sound.  But it does not quite make sense to all our English friends.

When looking for titles for the blog I googled quotes that deal with rocks (obviously quite special to Deon!) and nature.  Some awesome quotes emerged:

“Cathedrals in the rocks” – from Antoine de Saint Exuprery:  – ‘A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind’.   We see God’s creative hand in so many formations. The Wanale Ridge behind our town has awesome rock faces that catch the sun in so many ways throughout the day – I KNOW God lives there!

  • I also liked this quote by Osho:  Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars. and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance. Look at the flowers – for no reason. It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are.

But that would make a rather absurd and un-catchy title.

Then I came across an excerpt from Inversnaid by GM Hopkins:

What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wildness yet.

Is that not a big part of us? Deon’s passion for water, boats, etc; and the unplanned gardens of God’s imagination, out in wildness?  That it comes from GM Hopkins, whose poetry rings of praises for God, is so appealing to me (Karen).

So that is it then… Let weeds, wet and wildness remain until we have had a chance to explore it all!

 

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