The swans are back on the lake for the winter. Just one pair, they come every year.

I have to go deeper into the forest to glimpse them up close. At first they are hidden by the reeds but as I step into the water they stir and swim towards me, elegantly posing side by side.

They mate for life. As I have.

My mate is building a wall. He faces the sun which warms his hands on the cold stones. Blissfully happy out in the air, away from the writing and the issues he wrestles with in the world of change.

We glide past each other in opposite directions. We chat. He talks to me about stones. He points out dozens of seagulls coming in to wash in the lake. He speaks of weather fronts coming in from the north and searches the sky for blue patches.

I talk to him about creative struggles. Should I explore a new location? Will I begin to tweak my photos a bit more? Maybe I need to alter my workspace?

Later he is on his way to empty the kitchen bins. One for cooked food one for uncooked. He is meticulous about this. I am the one who messes it up..... all the time. As he passes he puts an arm around me and says my name.........with such enthusiasm! I laugh. His mucky old hat is askew on his head. His grubby old jacket dusty from the stones.

I have heard stories about love. About mating for life. About swans who live in peace all their lives.

And now I phone him from the forest. "The swans are back again!" And I know that he, the one who holds the key to my heart, is cheered by this ordinary piece of news in a way that only he would be..........

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  1. ~ Beauty ~ in words and images

  2. This is such a lovely portrait of a love that has deepened over time.

  3. Thank you for sharing your love story.

  4. Heart warming. Yours and the swans. Thank you.

  5. Such a tender and lovely post, and a reminder of what truly matters: Love.
    Thank you : )

  6. Thought of you when I found this poem


  7. Yes..yes..yes!! And - just as your swans have returned..so have ours. They really are - to me - a symbol of endearing and enduring love. Beautiful post!


  8. What a lovely way to show the love you share.
    Sarah x

  9. Like the swans you have found your true love - a beautiful post and ode to a love which has lasted.

  10. This post is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing it with us.

  11. Hello,

    A beautifully written post full of love. The simply everyday acts of kindness are what make life so special.

    Helen xx

  12. A literal "thumbs up" Catherine.

  13. That brought a wee tear to my eye - beautiful and moving

  14. Amazing when we do mate for life...our souls intertwined our lives as one but separate, 2 pieces of the whole. I adore this post and peeking into your life a bit.

  15. I too have mated for life Catherine. My mate makes the mess and I empty the kitchen bins.
    He and I cherish the visits from the swans like you and every year we marvel at the couples that make it back to the
    lake near our home. This is the most beautiful post Catherine...and no...you do not need to change a thing.

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  17. I thought I had mated for life - but sometimes it is not to be. But this is inspiring regardless and a lovely story Catherine - there are swans that come to Nicholas Mosse Pottery every year and I love seeing them return and wonder how many cignets they'll have this year. Wonderful photographs and sentiment.

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