The Inspiring Blogger Award


A bolt from the blue, Ganesh ( Known is a drop, Unknown is an Ocean) has very kindly nominated me for The Inspiring Blogger Award.

This has been a pleasant and validating surprise, I can only say thank you very much indeed Ganesh.


Rules for the Award…


1. Thank the person who nominated you and write a post about it.
2. Share 7 things about your Self.
3. Pass the award on to 7 to 9 blogs you enjoy, link to their blogs, and let them know you nominated them.


7 facts about me:


1. I am a classically trained musician.

2. Many years ago I reached 7th Dan in martial arts, it took 25 years. (Nowadays I couldn’t fight my way out of a paper bag!).

3. On 28th Ocober 1989, after a massive head injury, I experienced clinical death, which included an NDE.

4. Before qualifying for Counseling, I spent 33 years with the NHS mending broken bones for a living.

5. I have experienced great loss, homelessness – and an ongoing and miraculous rebirth.

6. I studied Buddhism with various teachers including  Samye-Ling Monastery in Scotland.

7. I am a lifelong amateur astronomer, my father bought me my first telescope for my 7th birthday, I still have it.



It is very hard to squeeze my favourites down to just nine, I get inspiration from so many wonderful blogs. But needs must, so these then are the bloggers I would like to nominate for the Inspiring Blog Award :



The Nahmias Cipher Report

Rashid’s Blog



Manipal’s Photo Blog

advocatemmmohan aksharaalu

Waking Spirals

Nonoy Manga

I would love to have included so many more, but for now many thanks to all you good souls who have supported me with your likes and comments, I am honoured by every one of you.
Namaste, Amras.

A Solstice Celebration

Well, here we all are. We made it to the all important 2012 Summer Solstice. Congratulations everyone.

Just six mini-months to go until the next Solstice. And then, hold tight! another spin around The Milky Way.

Oh, and Happy Birthday Luthien!

Sunset 16th June 2006

In 2006, a few days before the solstice,  we were invited to attend a concert at Stonehenge.  It fulfilled a lifelong dream of mine to visit the stones. Up close, the stones feel warm, alive, and friendly.  I got out of my buggy for this pic.

I’m very fond of crows, and while there I made friends with this little fellow.

This was romanticized very simply on ‘windows paint’. I made two copies of my original photograph, with one image rendered out of focus. Then an easy process of judicious erasing and superimposing. And there it is. I hope you like.

©Francis Moloney:2006-2012.

Return of the Mac

Return of the mac. It’s good to be back. I had prepared one final post for last week, but curiously, it erased itself! It described the snow and sleet gently pattering on my window. Yes, the month of May isn’t what it used to be in the UK.

As for me, well I was too unwell to make the journey to the hospital, so my consultant is waiting on my blood tests after a home visit by a nurse.

Excitingly, ten days late, my niece gave birth to her son, Jack, on the morning of the eclipse. Our family has been blessed indeed.

Thank you too to those who supported me during the last few days, and to the wonderful new friends who looked in. Now, down to posting stuff. To avoid overwhelm, I will henceforth post just three or four times per week, (excepting if the muse demands), rather than daily.  Also, like many of my peers, I will, perforce, spend less time answering mails.  I will post more art, travel pics, and metaphysics as time unfolds.

Lastly, I hope everyone is coping with their painful ongoing symptoms, we are built to endure, and we are good at it.  Understanding our ascension process is key, and only together will we break on through to the other side.  (Thank you Jim.)

So then, as today is a surprisingly pleasant day, I felt a trip to the garden was essential, and I hope you like these spangling fresh pics.


Photography ©Francis Moloney: 2012.

Beneath A Blossoming Magnolia in Spring



In Spring the call of life returns to the receptive ground. And having been down and bed-bound since November, it was good indeed to get out for ten whole minutes; spent in the part of Heaven on Earth that is our garden.



Little pilgrims, in their shiny red coats, protecting our Bay Leaves.



What a dangerous world you live in.



What’s it like, being so small?



You can’t hide from me. ‘Click!’


Until next time, Peace from The dreaded Ladybug Snapper!