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Fri Oct 18, 2013, 6:41 AM




Please, please read this in the Journal tab so the deviations display correctly, they look badly collated on my profile page! :iconchibispainplz:

I've been meaning to write this journal for... probably about a year :rofl:  As I've travelled the paths of dA I've seen things that remind me of my childhood home and have collected them for the beautiful memories and would now like to share them.

I was born in the town (now a large town I believe) of High Wycombe in Bucks (Buckinghamshire) in England in 1956.  When I was 11 we moved to the countryside and I spent 4 idyllic years (when I wasn't at school) wandering the farmland and woods surrounding our family home.  These years were very, very precious to me and I will cherish the English countryside inside my head for the rest of my life.

When I was 15 we got on a cruise ship and sailed away to Australia to live and I have never returned to the UK.  Well, not yet anyway.

Thanks to everyone who has posted pictures that have kept these memories so fresh for me.  Even though quite a few of these deviations were not taken in the UK, they were familiar sights to me when I lived there.

I remember this one - the actual place, not just one like it.

High Wycombe Water Mill by GMCPhotographics
I won't talk about each picture, but mostly they are the sights of nature that I loved so much for my final 4 years in the UK.  I could hear a donkey bray each morning from my bedroom and pick fresh hazelnuts from the tree just a few feet away.  But anyway, if you have any questions about the memories of any specific deviation, just ask.  And now I'll be quiet and share the beauty.
Animals
 Donkey Days by SilkenWinds Stirrup by tanikel
Thistle by Hedgehog101 Love by Deb-e-ann
Fox Cub 13 by Alannah-Hawker
Hide and Seek by WildWinyan Is That Canon ? by JoannaMirage
Trees
I Know What You've Done by WishmasterAlchemist .. by Weissglut
Circle of Life 1.2 by Optionator Path to light by Stygma
Bluebell Woods 2 by The-WrinklyNinja
Katjes in the sky by Stilleschrei Beech by JakeSpain
Earth Stood Hard as Iron by smallsofthamish Water Like a Stone by smallsofthamish
Winter in the trees by iamBlackfox Last Bus Stop by Teakster
Romania Sunset by skyzorR
Ripe Autumn by Antarasol Acorns by gigi50
3 by mobarfield Sweet pussy willows by gigi50
                      Spring forest-birch family by gigi50
Horse chestnuts 2 by Lupsiberg Why Autumn? by Amalphi

Flowers & Fruit
Wild Roses 4 Candy by Tailgun2009   Lucky clover by sweetmarly   Wild violets 1 by Toxic-Muffins-Studio
    Senses by TeaPhotography    Pansies by Anawielle    grape hyacinths by loreleft27
                 Rapsberry by KmyGraphic        Raspberries by Nataschaa
  Grace by VasiDgallery  cowslips by Astrocat
Narcissus of spring 4 by oOFloraNatureOo  Primula V by miss-gardener  Yellow by StainXY
lime green by miss-gardener  Joanna's Foxgloves by kach-back   Rhodies by snoogaloo  Rhododendron by Otoff
    Purple beauty 4 by JanuaryGuest  Fields Of Regal Purple by 33M  Lilac by O-Gosh 
    Field of colours 7 by Isyala  Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow  I by LUCILALEYLA  Ring My Bells by LittleMissMischief
  <da:thumb id="274145221"/>  Bliss by TehYawn  And This Is Just The Beginning by Emmlee
  better days III by indojo   White Bell Flowers by juju5045  <da:thumb id="216100468"/>
  summer dance by Maila-M  Bluebell Path by danUK86
Birds
Who's your favourite singer? 1 by Isyala   Blue tit in the snow by WendyMitchell  Long Tailed Tit by Albi748                         Down Time by Eresh-Kigal
so cute by silvernight10  January 31st Robin by Taliesin-Neonblack  justaleave by Yoonett

And even now I've had to leave some out, but I think I'd better stop :iconteheplz:

Love to you all
May

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:iconamalphi:
Amalphi Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Thank you so much for adding my photo to your wonderful journal :bow:
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're so very welcome, it was my pleasure :iconpenguinsnuggleplz:
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ChloeClik Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Such a beautiful feature :love: I adored looking at this and found it very moving. Thank you for posting something so beautiful :hug:
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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ChloeClik Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, you're very welcome :iconyaayplz:
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1001G Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
those gooseberries brought it back for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yes!  Have you been gooseberryless since your move too?
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1001G Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
nope...:(
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Yoonett Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013   General Artist
Very beautiful. Thanks you for including my Robin :tighthug:
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
  Gern   liebe Yoonett
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sweetmarly Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a lovely feature.  The photos you have chosen are lovely.  Some of them bring back childhood memories for me as well.
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    so much dear Marly
I'm so happy to read that these stirred memories for you also.  I hope they were all happy!
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Astrocat Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
Thanks for the feature. I'm glad my photo could remind you of those pleasant years and memories :)
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
   
       And thank you so much for the beautiful memories :tighthug:
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Astrocat Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
:hug:
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Isyala Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Thank you for the feature - somehow this journal entry means a lot to me,mainly because now the weather is bad and I spend my time revisiting old photos - also the ones taken in Poland where I come from and I realize how much those landscapes are close to my heart;) So I can say I understand you:D However,I'm very happy with the present state of things too and I would like to live in a couple of countries more before I settle down somewhere (which may never happen lol:D) but I definitely know what you mean dear May:D
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
   
     Bad weather is horrible when you're in a creative mood :(
      You're very welcome, I was so happy to include you Iza.
              Australia next!!!  Come and live here :eager:
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Isyala Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Who knows lol:D I have terrible arachnophobia though:D
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:iconmayebony:
MayEbony Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh dear, my mum is the same.  She used to clean houses as part time work.  Got to one of them one day (where a policeman lived) and found a hole in the wall.  When she asked him what happened he said that he was terrified of spiders and had shot one when he saw it on the wall :iconikillitplz:  So funny!
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Isyala Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
I have never laughed so hard:D Lol!That's what I would do definitely,but since I don't have a gun, I have to gather all my courage and dispose of them with a broom or a vacuum cleaner:D Most often I call someone to do this for me though:D
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL  Sounds like me.  I hate to kill anything, but I have little trouble asking David to do it when it comes to creepy crawlies.
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Nataschaa Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
:happybounce:  Thank you very much. :-) Heart
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:iconmayebony:
MayEbony Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're so welcome, I love those raspberries!!!
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Alannah-Hawker Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013   Photographer
Many thanks for featuring my fox! :aww:
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're so welcome, I just adore him!!!
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O-Gosh Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
What a stunning journal/story.  I am in love with UK, too, and the photos remind me of my childhood in Europe. Living here in Oz I miss so many things I found in this journal.  Thank you for including my lilac photo here. I am honoured. The photo was taken in Cotswolds - one of the most magical places in the world :love: I hope you visit the English countryside soon :)
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much Gosia I really appreciate your words and I'm thrilled to know that you enjoyed the journal so much :iconpenguinsnuggleplz: I come from not very far away from the Cotswolds.  My family history is based soundly in Oxfordshire on my mother's side, and my husband's father is from Gloucestershire.  I think it is firmly in my blood, and that of my children - who have never set foot in the UK :giggle:

I'm so happy to have stirred some fond memories for you too, and thank you for telling me where your adorable photo was taken :iconloveloveplz:
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O-Gosh Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Yes, I am so in love with your mother country :) When I was younger I wanted to live there, but it was not possible with my Polish citizenship. Now I could - but firstly I am too old to re-root again, and secondly I like Australia, too. I still miss Europe a lot, the scenery, the plants, the buildings, the "everything" and your journal moved me there for a while :) Well done :love:
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh that's so sad!  And there are many, many Polish people there now.  But I do think that Australia is much better.  Have you met :iconisyala: here on dA?  She's a beautiful Polish lady living in London.
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O-Gosh Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013

Thank you for the link :) Yes, I know - a lot of Polish people in UK now :)

Yes, Australia is great, but I still love England, and my Poland, of course.

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loreleft27 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ooooooooh cool amazing memories you have......fantastic beautiful captures and features ...thank you for the add feature....:iconspazhugplz:
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're so welcome dear Lorene, I thank you for your words  :iconpenguinsnuggleplz:
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loreleft27 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Beautiful memories, dear May and thank you for sharing with us all these beauties and special feelings.:heart::tighthug:
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much dear Selina I'm so happy that you enjoyed seeing them all :iconalesiandra::iconsesam-is-open::iconalesiandra:
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sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
My pleasure and I send you a hug, dear May:heart:
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:iconmayebony:
MayEbony Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
and a bouquet of beautiful flowers for you!
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sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
It's beautiful, Thank you!:):hug:
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LUCILALEYLA Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
My dear May what an amazing memories of your childhood you have, and how well you have interpreted them through this awesome features :love: I can see you in every one :heart:
thank you so much for adding my work among this wonderful artists :love: 
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a great pleasure dear Lucila and thank you for your beautiful heart and words :iconalesiandra::iconlucilaleyla::iconalesiandra:
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LUCILALEYLA Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconaawwplz: with much pleasure my dearest!!!
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SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome :D Thanks for using my donkey picture in such a great feature it's gorgeous :D
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're so welcome!  It made me think straight away of the donkey down the road.  We would hear him bray each morning and a few times during the day.  I'm glad you enjoyed the Feature, thank you :iconalesiandra::iconsilkenwinds::iconalesiandra:
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SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:huggle:
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Lupsiberg Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013   General Artist
Wonderful feature! Thank you for sharing it, and thank you for including one of my photos :iconflowerheartplz:
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:iconmayebony:
MayEbony Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're so welcome, it's a lovely photo and brings back memories of playing 'conkers' in the school playground :iconalesiandra::iconlupsiberg::iconalesiandra:
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Optionator Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for this feature my dear May! Awsome collection!
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gern gesehen lieber Fabian, und
for being a part of this feature as it brings joy to myself and others :iconrubcheeksplz:
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Stilleschrei Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:) A beautiful feature journal, with a really nice theme to go with it! :giggle: Do you remember the constant rain in the Uk too?
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
  so much!  And thank you for your beautiful contribution too :iconrubcheeksplz: Ha, yes, I surely do remember that.  Drizzle for days on end :iconteheplz:
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