Sans Souci: without a care


BeingRuby - Copyright 2010


Birds flying high, You know how I feel

Sun in the sky, You know how I feel

Reeds driftin' on by, You know how I feel

It's a new dawn, It's a new day

It's a new life For me

And I'm feeling good



BeingRuby - Copyright 2010



Fish in the sea, You know how I feel

River running free, You know how I feel

Blossom in the tree, You know how I feel

It's a new dawn, It's a new day

It's a new life For me

And I'm feeling good



BeingRuby - Copyright 2010




Well it's not really a new life but it is a new year and decade, so I'd like to think that gives us all the liberty to think new, feel new and stretch out our wings to fly a little higher, a little further and somewhere different. I know right now I'm happy to not think ahead. That will be upon me soon enough. No planning yet, no setting expectations, just living in the moment and enjoying the relaxation of walks by the sea, sun on my face and salty air in my lungs. A rare opportunity ....




BeingRuby - Copyright 2010



These images I took close to home where the river meets the bay then flows onward into the sea. The area is aptly named 'Sans Souci', which in French means, without a care. So right now that's exactly what I'm doing, living without a care [at least for a little while longer].

... And I'm feeling good ...



BeingRuby - Copyright 2010
My lacksidaisle attitude means I am also slow at getting around to all the blogs.. but I'm progressing. I'm also trying to spend a little less time on the computer right now to allow my body to remember what it is like to not resemble the shape of a chair and that a lap is not meant to be a permanent physical attribute! I'm sure though that I won't be able to keep away.


Thank you to everyone who has come back this year for a bit more Ruby Time. I appreciate it more than you know!! Your comments mean the world to me ... like waking in the mornings to find friends have been to visit and left me little gifts!! Thank you sweet friends.

Julie b

IMAGE SOURCE: Original photography and artwork by [Being Ruby]


vicki archer said...

Great shots of Sans Souci Ruby, xv.

Ange said...

A comment for you while you sleep... Blessings to you dearest Julie! Breathe away! Go and enjoy 'sans souci.' Some of us (like MOI) would love to be out breathing that salty air with you ... Profoundly happy to see you've ditched the chair shape :-) hahaha

Sahildeki Ev said...

I know how you feel and enjoy it Ruby....

Susie said...

Love these images & also your ideas for the new year...a girl after my own heart...we used to live near Sans Souci when we first moved to Sydney so this has brought back lots of memories for me...wishing you a happy & wonderful year ahead whatever plans you decide to fill it with, warm wishes, Susie x

Jeanne Henriques said...

It sounds wonderful Ruby. I know the spot...just beautiful. I am longing for the southern hemisphere right now. We lived on the northern beaches side of Sydney for many years and hope to call it home when we get off the merry go round of life. I love love love Nina fav song is..My Baby Just Cares For Me. I like to turn it up loud when I am alone in the car and feel the rhythm! Thanks for the memory! Jeanne :)

Jeanne Henriques said...

PS...go to Labels on my blog and click on Nina Simone for more..:)

Brabourne Farm said...

Hi Julie

I'm feeling so relaxed and summery just looking at your gorgeous images. It's been raining and foggy in the Highlands all weekend and feels like summer has disappeared! I'm so looking forward to more of your wonderfully unique posts and photos during 2010. I hope your year is full of happiness and good times. Leigh

Shelley Trbuhovich said...

happy new year, julie. how great is it to relax and enjoy the moment? easier said than done but important all the same and the best gift you can give yourself. looking forward to read your offerings this year. x

count it all joy said...

You're so cool. I just love your posts. "Ruby Time" is one of my favourite times of the day. Hope you are filling your days with your favourite things and whistling a happy tune. Meredy xo.

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...'s contagious! Glad you have this time to rest up and rejuvenate! It is is healthy! For time is coming! But for to work I go.
Hi Ho. :)

rjerdee said...

RubyJulie, you are such a make art out of going to the sea. I must go more often (I live but 5 minutes away) to take advantage of my lucky location. Thanks for the minder!

Roberta said...

I am sooo happy for you Julie! Well deserved R&R and gorgeous photography. xo Roberta

Mise said...

It's good that you're feeling good! And I think you're right about the body not being chair-shaped - I'm increasingly thinking there's too much keyboard in my life, ready to be replaced with good honest idleness and whatever that may bring. Keep walking, keep musing, keep loitering! xxx

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Enjoy this time! And the beautiful area in which you live. Enjoy... Enjoy... Soak all the relaxation in. It never lasts. ,-) But grab it, while you can.


Samy said...

Oh Julie I feel fresh after looking at these pictures. I know exactly what you mean by saying body resembling shape of a chair, haha!
And yes this time I am going to wait for the word thingy to load up :)

WrightStuff said...

Ha! I think we are on the same wavelength. I read the words on the first picture and immediately that song started playing in my mind.. then I scrolled down and found you singing along with me! What fun!
I did a blog post a while ago on the same theme - when I just quit my job to set up on my own.

Beautiful images. I found your blog via Signed by Ange. :)

Pinecone Camp said...

I love how you manipulate your images - so stunning.

Angie Muresan said...

You take all the time you need and relax, Julie. Fill your lungs with air and your heart with joy.

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Hello dearest Ruby,

I discovered that myself..., a bit less of computer time is what I need too. And I've always loved the metaphor of a "river running free". It means the effortless flow of life to me, and I want to experience that. I guess "surrender" is my theme for now.

Have a Happy New Year!

Giulia said...

Hello darling Julie. This was wonderful to see...trying to imagine warm, salty air. In midst of icy-cold blast here. Apt. is like a fridge. But before logging off to wrap hands around hot teapot, GG & I want to send best best wishes to you in Sans Souci!


Luiza said...

Haha, I think all of us [computer addicts], should keep away for a couple of days , just to remind ourselwes, what life use to be, before we had a computer...
Often, when I have other activities during the days, I´m actually relieved over the fact that I didn´t spend one second, thinking about the laptop...=D. But of course, in the end, I can´t keep away any longer...

I´m glad to hear, that you feel good, Julie! Very glad!
I´m happy too. Hoping, that this year will bring me lots of joy...
But I´m not there, yet...
Right now, I live in the moment. Just like you do.

Take care, my dear Julie!!!


anythinggoeshere said...

I hummed to myself and added music to your lyrics. One of my favs. I am enjoying being in the present also with no pressing plans. But can't figure out what to blog about.

I can see how I am so "show" driven... and I am taking a show break until March....


Love the pictures of the water. Without a care.

Unknown said...

Ah HA! So that's what sans souci means! :-D

Sue said...

How lucky you are to have this view close to home! I love the will be in my head now.

I just left you some bloggy love on my blog...check it out!


Tamerie Shriver Halliday said...

Hi Julie/Ruby

Lovely images! I am happy to hear that you are taking some time to relax and enjoy yourself. It is so important and so easy to forget when have other things that must be done. Good for you!


Jennifer Beaudet said...

Hi Julie! First off,I love these images of yours. They have such a soothing, calmness about them. Second, I love the song and the whole theme of this great post. I do have to imagine it being warm though, because it's winter here. But if I do that I imagine myself walking along that beach without a care in the world with a fresh start to my wonderful life! Thank you! :)

Pooch Purple Reign said...

hi ruby
what a great place to be.... sans souci! enjoy every moment while you can because we all know, life happens.
those pics look like mountains or glaciers on the horizon.... beautiful!

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Hi there Julie,
Isn't it funny how we all get this feeling as we enter a New Year, that we need to blow away the cobwebs and start on some new beginnings ? ......and it really makes us feel good. Nina was right. I've been listening to her ever since I was a teenager (which is quite a few years ago now !!!!)
Wonderful photographs, making me rather jealous, as we are in the grip of Winter at the moment. It's freezing in London and is supposed to be the coldest winter in 100 years !! Great.My new beginnings are going to be very cold ones this year!!
Lovely to hear your bright and free and easy outlook on things and long may it continue, Julie. XXXX

Kellie Collis said...

Sans Souci is lovely. Have you been to the restaurant near the water with the big black horse inside? I love it there! x

Renée Finberg said...

miss julie,

well, those are terrific words.

ummmmm....i am going to think 'anew.'

ps the pics are amazing.

Julie B. [Holland] said...

Julie, I love these photos, they feel "without a care", "renewed spirit" , etc etc. Have you ever thought of selling your photos, or making them into art ? I think they are all lovely, and you have such a good eye for it. We have snow here so its great to see the sandy beach.Im aquarius , I love the water. the other Julie in Holland :) x

Carole said...

From the moment I read those words I thought gee why do they sound so familar. George would play that song on my playlist over and over again. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. I might put my playlist back on just for fun and play only that song.
Still have no computer!!!
On your last post...You don't need to know how to paint.. you do it so beautifully with your pictures....
but please have a go of it anyways!

La Petite Gallery said...

Water and the ocean make me feel good too.
I am happiest on the shore or fishing.
Absolutly beautiful word and post.
Stay happy and everyone around will smile.
Best wishes


Millie said...

I know I'm very late, but just wanted to wish you a magical New Year dear Julie. With your beautiful open & giving nature, I know the coming year will be a fabulous one for you. You have such a gift for combining words & images & producing mini masterpieces for all of us to enjoy!
Millie ^_^

Geisslein said...

oh my - your pictures are SO BEAUTIFUL! I have fallen in love this cold winter morning...have a lovely day today!