Merry Christmas

I have had a simple and wonderful Christmas.As these last days have been busy babysitting twin grandchildren I spent Christmas Day at home after a hairy drive home in sleet and darkness with heavy traffic

I was in prayer to Divine  Mother, to help me relax so I could handle the difficult drive and heavy traffic with grace,my prayers was answered immediately as I relaxed into a better driving lane and felt myself just letting go to the experience , my hands lightly on the wheel , my body relaxed,  prayer is an amazing thing !

I have stayed close to meditation and that spiritual inner connection throughout my life. There is that place right within your own heart.A place where sitting with back straight and breathing perhaps rapidly at first (the fire breath helps) to get you into that space within

then relaxing into it. Breath in breath out. Relax, let go, be still.

Pisac Market, Peru

I went to the Sacred Valley in Peru and we were able to do some shopping. I was able to take some photographs of the market just loving the colors and many crafts that were there. So here is Pisac market.

I took these photographs using a Canon camera EOS rebel t3i and a Canon zoom EF 17-40mm lens.

Peru more Photographs in the Sacred Valley

We saw a great floor show with these dancers just tearing it up and this cute bit where they try to set a piece of paper tucked into the back of their pants on fire. Members of the audience are invited up. It is so funny. Of course our friends couldn’t light them up but they had no trouble lighting up our brave friends who got up on stage to dance and play the game!!

Peru.. The Sacred Valley

I went to Peru last year around November and I had a simply marvelous time.. We were lucky as it was the rainy season,but we did not have too much rain. Maybe not so lucky for the farmers and gardeners though.The countryside was fabulous. A spring green reigned and new crops burst forth from the earth everywhere we looked..We saw men tilling the earth by hand with a donkey and old fashioned tillers.
It was a beautiful piece of machinery, a piece we have in some parts of Appalachia. When you looked at the area of the ground they had to cover the mind reeled.
The colors, the scents and the sounds mingled though my heart and my whole body. I was transformed in Peru. Not just from the land ,but from the people with whom I traveled especially the woman who led our group Dr Sharon Forest.

I am in love with Peru. These are warm and kindly people. I was so glad to be there and see their lovely towns with the town squares, their markets and farm lands. So much of Peru is undeveloped which is to me beautiful. Lands rolling up to mountains so high and snow capped.Their shapes play the delight of the imagination. Colors vary from Peruvian meadows and forests to wide sweeps of mustard browns and mountains catching sunlight and shadow, where hillsides, barren of trees and rocks sweep before the wind, catch my eye in endless an warmth of yellows and shadows,undulating soft shapes so different from their eastern heights. Dancing with the sky.
We spent a lot of time at some very high terrains and for this we took some medicines which seemed to work quite well. We started ahead of time before we left and continued while we were on the trip.
The Peruvians have their own style of dress as do us all. Their day to day hats and the traditional clothing are colorful and the embroidery they do on every piece of clothing is magnificent. They really know how to cook.
While there we visited a school; and village where Dr Forest had created a school for the local children. The schools in Peru are not free and many of the people are very poor. It is very difficult to get an education and it is a blessing to have a person like Dr Forest to help and enroll us travelers in helping also.
It is so important to realize how truly rich we are in this country and share our wealth. But you knew that. A few dollars goes a long way towards providing a future for a needy soul.
These photographs are from Cusco. Our first stop after Lima.