…..'A sense of humour lends you poise, it gives you balance and it helps you to bend without breaking'…..

(HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda)

Menosukhi Moments on Monday

This one is  a gratuitous sharing of family fotos which are not even mine; they were taken with Mac2's fancy fone. It was the day we went to listen to the Maestro and her group. They were playing at Edinburgh's West End (of Princes Street, that is), in St John's Church. I loved being in and on the grounds of that place after so many years. I used to volunteer in their soup kitchen and One World shop, the two being related; it was a fledgling 'fair trade' establishment then (30+ yrs ago). Now the shop is under full management and although still has volunteers, is rather more 'retail'... and the soup kitchen is no more. Instead there is a restaurant branch of Henderson's Vegetarian - an Edinburgh institution for conscious eating, but pricey and not for the street-needy. Changed times.

The father and myself with the castle in the sky behind. We had clambered down a significant number of steps to be in the graveyard. Between us, the father and said self have about three legs, so we're good to go...

The Parkinson's affects not just father's walking and holding of things, but of course his eating, speech and his smile.

Getting him to work those face muscles with mind over matter was the aim of these to shots.

Quite successful, I'd say!

This one of Mac2 and himself rather sums up the MacLeans... a somewhat serious lot with an impish mischievousness bubbling beneath!!!

This was a particularly poignant time for us as the old fella generally declines invitations to outings such as this. It must be said that the crowds were thronging and he couldn't get home fast enough afterwards. But we are glad to have shared these moments with him.

There was one other shot which Mac2 forwarded; it was taken on the evening she and I went to the Spiegeltent to see Silver Darlings (the show which was a bit less than the sum of its parts)...

Crikey. I keep seeing my grannyma when I look at these.

...I guess the Long and Lanky image is due to mobile technothumpery...

Anyhoo. It didn't succeed in kidding you along that myself is at all L&L!!!


  1. Lovely photos. That one of you and your dad in front of the castle is most definitely one to treasure.
    Cheers, Gail.

  2. What wonderful photos! We agree with Gail, that is a wonderful photo with you and your father.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

    1. Hari OM
      Yes, and I am grateful (this once) for the ubiquitous mobile - something to which I still do not aspire! Yxx

  3. Love the idea of smiling as a facial "exercise!" Like Gail and Murphy above, I agree that that first photo is a treasure!

  4. Such beautiful pictures make my heart sing.

  5. Hello Yamina, wonderful photos of you and your father. The first one is awesome. Have a happy new week!

  6. Lovely pictures nice happy faces.

  7. Yes that first photo is a treasure.
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  8. I love the first one...it caught this wonderful moment perfectly :o)

  9. Time marches on. Some cultures believe that photography can steal your soul.
    Oh but photos capture those happy moments for eternity.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

  10. It's wonderful to see all of you! Yes, I'm feeling the grandma-itis myself! :-)


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