(1) Istalif: Mountain and Valley
We were staying at the Lodge at Istalif - a group of us having a break from routine. I was here to meet with some of our people - working mainly in Mazar. This was a chance to get away for a couple of days and have fun together. We had to walk an hour from where the van dropped us off at a school in a village. We were staying at a Lodge belonging to friends from the US. It is a small business they run
We were only 7 in all. We talked and walked up the valley, sat and read. And relaxed together. We ate mainly omlettes and toast in the morning and rice and beans in the evenings (fortunately suplemented by Chicken one night and very late Kofte the other) Green Tea was plentiful and neverending. Frederica ran an Art workshop..... looking at the theme of rock and water.
I did a couple of paintings - One of the River valley, just below the lodge (2) - Oil Pastels in an A4 Stetch Pad.
(2) Istalif River, below the lodge
The other of my pictures is a Oil Pastel (1) stetch from the balcony of the view facing us, in all its splendour and majesty. A reminder to look up ......
I lift my eyes up to the Mountains where does my help come from (Psalm 121)
I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip — he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD watches over you — the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all harm — he will watch over your life;
the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.