Here and now

The problem with living in a downstairs flat is that there is no upstairs. This may sound obvious, but when you have lived in a house almost all your life, with an upstairs, you tend to forget. Many times I have grabbed my camera to head for the upstairs windows, only to realise that the couple who life up there might, possibly, object to me barging in unannounced every sunset and dawn.

My home is on a roughly east-west axis. Just sufficiently ‘off’ to mean that in summer, I can watch the sun rise from my pillow without needing to move. In winter I see the dawn through the garden doors that are, inevitably, already open for the dog.

Sunsets are a bit more problematic. The curve of the houses in my street and the rooftops opposite my kitchen window block most of my view. I get only the spreading colours as the light fades… which is where the upstairs would have come in handy. A little more height and I could see so much.

Yet, as I stood on the doorstep tonight, watching vivid pink and gold soften the sky, I realised how lucky I am to be able to watch the day begin and end, in glowing colours or beneath a pall of roiling clouds,  every single day. City dwellers seldom see much of the skyline and, when work takes me early into town, I miss the dawn as it hides behind the rooftops.

It may be natural to wish for things that are seen, but just out of reach or it may be the way we are conditioned by our society from the earliest age to aspire to ‘something more’. ‘The grass is always greener’ and all that…  But all that happens is that in looking beyond what is to what could be, we shift our focus away from the moment in which we stand and fail to appreciate what it offers.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She has written a number of books, both alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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23 Responses to Here and now

  1. A very good post. Thanks for sharing!


  2. I took a photo of the pink sky too! Although you def gotta better one, it’s beautiful xxx


  3. C.E.Robinson says:

    Sue, left a comment yesterday and it flew off into cyberspace. I’d love to feature you (short bio) & the sunset through the tree branches for the August Welcome page header & additional published post. Please respond with your permission or a no thank you. 🌺🌷🌸 Christine


    • Sue Vincent says:

      Oh, thank you, Christine! I’d be honoured! Just let me know what you need 🙂

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      • C.E.Robinson says:

        Great! Thanks so much! I’ve already saved photos and your bio from your blog. I’ll condense the bio and add the 2 photos from the contact page, plus Ani (sp?) your doggie! If you have any other paintings you’ll like added, please send them to e-mail I’m on vacation for 2 weeks coming up. I’ll send you the post link when published beginning of August. I love that sunset. It’ll show beautifully as the header! 💜🙋🏻💜 Christine


  4. I must be on much the same axis as you. But of course, we have The Trees, so we only see the sunrise in spring and almost never see a sunset unless we happen to be on the perfect spot on our road. Too many trees! I used to shoot from a window in my bedroom, but it has gotten harder to use. The trees keep growing and there’s less visibility each year. Eventually, the trees will simply take over.


  5. dgkaye says:

    I miss my ranch bunalow, one level house. Goes to show the different strokes for different folks. 🙂 xx


  6. balroop2013 says:

    Lovely pics Sue! I watch sunset everyday from my couch…the setting sun peeps through the blinds to remind me that hues of the sky are changing…blissful! 🙂


  7. lizannelloyd says:

    I see beautiful dawn skies from the front of my house in England but the steep hill behind my house makes sunsets almost invisible, even from upstairs. In Portugal we have a roof terrace which is just perfect


  8. macjam47 says:

    Commented on Silent Eye.


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