Tuesday, 6 September 2011

BY INVITATION ONLY .......... MY SYMPHONY ..........

I was asked, among many others, to join ' By Invitation Only' ..... a group who will post monthly on given subjects.
The first given to us is My Symphony ..... a short quotation by William Henry Channing and here is my humble contribution ..........

To live content with small means;

to seek elegance rather than luxury,

refinement rather than fashion;

to be worthy not respectable,

and wealthy, not rich;

to listen to stars .....

and birds,

babes and sages, with open heart,

to study hard; to think quietly; act frankly, talk gently,

await occasions, hurry never;

in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common - this is my symphony.

                                              My Symphony

To  live content with small means;
to seek elegance rather than luxury,
and refinement rather than fashion;
to be worthy, not respectable,
and wealthy, not rich;
to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages,
with open heart;
to study hard;
to think quietly;
act frankly,
talk gently,
await occasions,
hurry never;
in a word, to let the spiritual,
unbidden and unconscious,
grow up through the common - this is my symphony.

William Henry Channing
1810 - 1884

 'By Invitation Only' was started by Marsha @ Splenderosa so, please follow the link to her and see all of the other contributors of 'My Symphony'.

images 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 15  : via Brown Dress with White spots,  image 2 : via Flickr, image 3 : via Babes and Sages,  image 6 : via Dangerous Liaisons, images 7, 8, 10 and 14 : via We Heart It, image 9 : via Percolate Paradox, image 16 : via Israbox,  image 17: via me.



  1. Hello Jackie:
    We have so enjoyed reading and looking at this highly creative symphonic post. Your images, which have so obviously been chosen with care, so closely reflect the words of William Channing as well as, we feel, giving to them additional meaning. This is a post which requires more than one 'reading', and is one to which we shall certainly return.

  2. Oh fab Jac's. Spot on!

    I just love the feet pic, especially the littlest right at the top;)

  3. What a lovely visual and very thoughtful post. The image of the boatmen and their little lights is delightful.

  4. A beautiful idea by Marsha ... and a beautiful response Jackie!

  5. Fantastic Jacqueline!
    Ooooh! I loved all your lovely images, especially the top-hat and the sunlight streaming through that fabulous window, and the beach scene. And then I loved..loved, LOVED your own words at the end!
    Hear! hear! Encore to that "Woo Hoo!!"

    Hugs Jane x

  6. Hold on now. It's all beautiful, especially the little girl on the suitcase, wearing a hat her loving mother surely made for her, but I'm not sure about being worthy. I know worthy people and I cross the road when I see them coming. I wonder what worthy means, and where one buys worthy cushions to put up a worthy front?

    And I do like your own irreverent addition, endorsed by your lovely photo!

  7. Such wisdom and such wonderful images to go with it! Thank you...Helle!

  8. Beautifully curated Jackie - you couldn't have possibly picked better images to go with such sentiments. Amanda xx

  9. Wonderful photo from that old lady...

    Enjoy your day ☼

  10. Oh, Jackie, absolute perfection.

    ". . . elegance rather than luxury, refinement rather than fashion. . . wealthy, not rich. . ." Yes, definitely you.


  11. Very lovely and thoughtful!

  12. I agree wholeheartedly!

  13. What a great post !!!!...love from me....xxx..

  14. Oh Jackie.....this was simply "beautiful".

    Nuf' said.



  15. Familiar quote...
    like your choice of photos...especially the little girl with her valise.
    Happy Tuesday Jackie!

  16. How gorgeous! I loved the way you did the post. Such perfect images and pace.

    Thank you for popping in to comment on my post. You were the first and I was very happy to hear from you.

    x Charlotta
    Space for Inspiration

  17. Fabulous post, Jacqueline...your selection of photos... just perfect.

  18. Thank you Jacqueline. I love your refined post with a perfect selection of images.For me a pleasure to be there with you too.

    Big hugs from Spain to you


  19. What a great post Jackie ~ love those little feet! You picked the best photos to go with those words. xo

  20. You are Jackie, wealth to be sure

  21. I like your quote even better than Mr. Channing's!
    Yes, life is to live!

  22. Love the quote. Saw it first on Laura's then many others after that. Great photos but the one of you is the best!


  23. Jackie, you out did yourself, this is a fantastic post. Thanks yvonne

  24. Oh Jackie, you do it do well, every time! Such a beautiful post.. Every image speaks volumes. You are the perfect candidate for this very select group!

    Thanks for your comment! On the mannequin front, I saw two at Bentalks in Kingston, new, but vintage looking. I considered but decided to look around a bit more. There are quite a few UK websites for them as well.

    Speaking if antique fairs... Any you can recommend?

    Best wishes Jackie...

    Jeanne xxx

  25. FABULOUSLY great post!!!

    Thank yoy so very much for share these wisdom and LOVE for all of us:-)))*

    Have a very wonderful day,

  26. What a lovely, symphathetic post!

    Thank you!

    ♥ Franka

  27. great selection of pictures !!
    love it :)


  28. Lots to think about, lots to try & embrace in my own life here dear Jac.
    Millie x

  29. Hi Jackie,

    Just a lovely post! Beautiful words and some great photographs!

    Happy evening,

    Madelief x

  30. Hi Jackie,

    When in Holland, do come along! I would love to welcome you in my garden!!

    Madelief x

  31. For my first time visit I was stunned with beauty and grace

    Thank you for my chance to once again read Channing's Symphony through your

  32. Jackie - Your thoughts today have touched me in a way you will never know.
    Thank you so much for shining the you - you are x

  33. So many beautiful and inspirational words!

  34. My favorite, of course, is the fashion vs. refinement. That is how I would always like to dress. So fun to be in this project with you.

  35. I tried to leave a comment yesterday, alas, the internet connection shipboard off the wild Alaskan coast is spotty. Simply beautifully done, my precious friend...just as I knew it would be. Thank you thank you thank you so very much for joining everyone, J. You light up my life....

  36. Hello from SPAIN VIGO ... again after a very long vacation, visiting your kitchen .. the post I've seen precious ..... visit my blog .... I put the pan to see if you like I invite you to blog to share my recipes and hugs and kisses .. Marimi

  37. Beautiful words accompanied by gorgeous photos! XOX

  38. A beautiful, thoughtful poem. Your post was the treat I really needed as I try to live my life in close a manner as the poet profess.

  39. This is such a beautiful post - thank you.

  40. Fantastic post and what a fab idea. Simply beautiful photos.

  41. moi non plus.... you totally got the song ;)
    Beautiful post here as well ,,, bonne weekend
    On life!
    xxx desiree

  42. Yes, unfortunately the weather was not very happy but we have a really great time.
    Super nice stuff we have been found ..
    And the food in the pub was totally good .. The atmosphere was good.
    In April we go again .... I'm already looking forward to ..!
    good weekend
    with greetings Hetty

  43. A symphony indeed! Jackie, you are such a delight. The icing on the cake is your own interpretation at the end and your photo! Woo hoo! Meredy xo

  44. I'm a frequent visitor because you so seamlessly mesh words and photos. I wish I could be more eloquent but this is just gorgeous.gorgeous. gorgeous.

    I know you have many awards and this is probably duplication but you're on my list of Versatile Bloggers. Thank you for the inspiration and stop by if you want to participate.