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Enchanted wisdom

where-you-tend-a-roseI have always been a lover of childhood stories, fairy tales and fables. Even as an adult I find myself drawn to the enchanted wisdom and extravagant narrative that finds its way into these darling pages.

When my daughter was born, 21 years ago, I rekindled my fascination with the magic, delightful and often quirky astuteness that swirls off these pages. Needless to say, we have book cases lined with the most exquisite and cherished books.

So, without further ado, here are some charming and profound snippets, I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed putting this post together; –


Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

10-december-bonkers“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”

“Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”



“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.



Peter Pan by J.M Barrie



“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”

“When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.”

“Pan, who and what art thou?” he cried huskily.
“I’m youth, I’m joy,” Peter answered at a venture, “I’m a little bird that has broken out of the egg.”


Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

10-december-it-never-hurts“Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”

“How do you spell ‘love’?” – Piglet
“You don’t spell it…you feel it.” – Pooh”

“If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”

“Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.”


Dr Seuss



“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

“Think and wonder, wonder and think.”

“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.”

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.


Little Woman – Louisa May Alcott


“I like good strong words that mean something…”

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”

“Let us be elegant or die!”

“Be comforted, dear soul! There is always light behind the clouds.”


The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin – Mark Twain

10-december-huck-fin“That is just the way with some people. They get down on a thing when they don’t know nothing about it.”

“If you tell the truth you do not need a good memory!”

“Sometimes you gwyne to git hurt, en sometimes you gwyne to git sick; but every time you’s gwyne to git well agin.”

“Yes—en I’s rich now come to look at it. I owns myself, en I’s wuth eight hund’d dollars. I wisht I had de money, I wouldn’ want no mo’.”


The Lion King

d10“It’s times like this my buddy Timon here says: you got to put your behind in your past.” – Pumbaa

Don’t let danger control you. Embrace a challenge—you never know where it will take you. Just don’t go around visiting elephant graveyards, okay?

“Remember who you are.” – Mufasa

“Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope.” – Mufasa

“Oh yes, the past can hurt. But from the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.” – Rafiki


Then there are the songs; –

i-can-go-the-distance“True to your heart … you must be true to your heart. That’s when the heavens will part.” — Mulan

“It don’t take a word, not a single word. Go on and kiss the girl.” — Sebastian (“Kiss The Girl”)

“Side by side with your loved one, you’ll find enchantment here. The night will weave its magic spell, when the one you love is near.” — (“Bella Notte”)

“Can you feel the love tonight? You needn’t look too far. Stealing through the night’s uncertainties, love is where they are.” — Simba, Timon, Pumbaa, Nala (“Can You Feel The Love Tonight”)


Wisdom to live by


Voice of the Wind
Ay ay ay ya
Ay ay ya
Grandmother Willow
Que que na-to-ra
You will understand
Listen with your heart
You will understand
Let it break upon you
Like a wave upon the sand
Listen with your heart
You will understand
Voice of the Wind
You will understand …



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via Daily Prompt: Maddening


On hold. Number 68. Phone disconnected. Place lost. Maddening.

Typing typing. Important document. Long document. Screen freezes. Forgot to save. Maddening.

High heels. Important meeting. Cobbled paving. Broken heel. Maddening.

Shopping. Shopping. Busy Day. Find dress. Try to pay. No purse. Maddening.

Overslept. Rushing. Search for keys. Search for phone. Deadline to meet. Flat tyre. Maddening.

Early morning. Still dark. Bedroom door. Misjudgment. Broken toe. Maddening.

Romantic dinner. White silk blouse. Tomato pasta. Red stain. Maddening.

Favourite show. Working late. Recording scheduled. Power cut. Nothing saved. Maddening.

Dinner cooking. Rare roast beef. Telephone call. Charred meat. Maddening.

Grocery shopping. Products bought. Eggs included. Drop shopping bag. Yellow everywhere. Maddening.

Patience needed.



Queen of Follywood

via Daily Prompt: Folly


I haven’t written a ‘Daily Prompt’ post in a while. As much as I enjoy stretching my brain in different directions, towards the end of the work year my brain has had no more elasticity and no capacity for stretch.

I am now officially on holiday for 18 blissful consecutive days, and so I have decided to take up the challenge once again.

When I saw the word ‘folly’, I knew that this prompt was meant for me, it even works with my name; Heather Folly Lee Lee Lee. Sounds a bit like a Christmas song to me.

Folly: lack of good sense or normal prudence and foresight, tragically foolish actions. 


Based on this definition I am the queen of Follywood;-

Folly is my talent

And talented I be

For I can find a folly

Each day inside of me,

I folly in the work place

Misjudging steps and stairs

Saying things I shouldn’t say

And tripping over chairs,

I folly in the grocery store

By buying stupid things

Like mustard pots in polka dots

Large laundry bags with strings,

I folly while I’m eating

I miss my mouth most days

I gather food around my plate

In the most creative ways,

I folly in my kitchen

By leaving things to burn

Like potatoes in a roasting pan

And pancakes I don’t turn,

My folly is my fancy

It’s what makes me truly me

It separates me from the rest

Heather Folly Lee Lee