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A Mountain To Climb.

Updated on October 25, 2013

Little Daniel was very sad because Mr James who was a farmer had suddenly died . Daniel always spent nearly every day of his holidays helping the elderly man around his farm. Mr James had taught Daniel so very much about the different species of birds; the many types of beautiful wild flowers and so much more.

Daniel helped him milk the only remaining cow Tootsie; he had also watched Daisy the sheep giving birth to her twin lambs.

Mr James and Daniel often went fishing and Daniel would never forget the first tiem he caught a fish. "A very big Trout !!

Or " The biggest trout ever!!" is what Daniel was known to boast much to the delight of his family.

Mr James may have been elderly but to Daniel he had always been so young and to think of a time when he would no longer be around had never entered Daniel's mind.

Feeling so sad the young boy found himself walking towards Granny Hughes's house; which was like walking into a different world. Her furniture darker than at Daniel's home; Granny Hughes's front room was full of nick nacks from books to jigsaws or from papier mache dishes to big tubs full of buttons.

The fascinating wonders that little ones loved and Daniel was no exception !!

He knocked the heavy dark brown front door and she immediately opened the front door to Daniel giving him a hug;

"I know you are sad my dear boy because Mr James has died but it is not the end of the road for your friend my dear boy!!"

"Oh no not at all!".

Daniel looked up at her puzzled .He wasn't sure what she meant !!!

"Come let me give you a piece of your favourite cake and some pop ; then I shall tell you a little story."


"I've always thought that each person's life is like a mountain ;a mountain to climb." Granny Hughes began and Daniel sat in earnest !!

"To begin this journey we are in the valley where its warm and sunny; there are lots of meadows and little streams dotted with enchanting buttercups."

"A garden awash with Daffodils and Tulips beneath the smoky blue skies. "

As children we begin our climb. "

"Slowly the mountain gets a little steeper and the going not so easy but we must stop every now and again to look around ; the rough roads we have walked ." " To see the winding and meandering streams of life; the current sometimes difficult but we found the strength to flow through !!"

"As we look back on this journey of days gone by we realise that the spectacular view all around has made this special journey so worthwhile ."

"At the very top we see ice and snow glittering in the sunshine."

It is so beautiful ; at times almost beyond belief and this is why the summit is the greatest achievement of all ;however not the end of our wonderful journey!!"

"Oh now we continue to climb but the climb not as steep any more !!"

"Then comes a time when it is time for us to depart from this world and step onto a beautiful plateau surrounded by Apple Blossoms and under foot a soft carpet of daisies and buttercups."

"A time of self contentment; a shimmering paradise of belief and self worth ;this is where Mr James is now and even though we cannot see him he can see us and he will be so proud of you always Daniel ."

"So do not be sad ;Mr James would not want you to feel bad for too long.""He wouod want youy to carry n learning about the wonders of life!" "Lessons he had begun to teach you but there is so much more to learn."


Later on that week Daisy once again gave birth to another set of twin lambs and Daniel now was helping Mr James's son who had moved in to take over his father's farm.

Daniel lifted his face to the heavens " I know you are here Mr James and you are so proud of Daisy again."

A sweet scented breeze flowed through the nearby Apple Blossom tree and a beautiful bird which Daniel knew to be a Nuthatch looked on through the branches .

The Nut hatch had been a favourite bird of Mr James' ; Daniel knew that his friend was always close by and this brought him such a warm feeling of true comfort.


Many years later Daniel was busy planting the garden in front of his very own farmhouse which belonged to him and his wife Hetty.

Every afternoon at 3.30 pm a Nuthatch would always visit them and would stay a little while before cocking his head to one side and flying away chirping happily.

Daniel and Hetty were now very proud parents to their first baby ;a little girl who was only five days old !!However no matter how hard they tried they just could not agree on a name for her.

On one particular afternoon the Nuthatch visited as always but on this particular day came bearing a gift for them both.

This gift being a sprig of Apple Blossom which he gently laid at Daniel's feet.

Almost immediately it came to Daniel and rushed up to take Hetty into his arms saying;

" Blossom that's it ;why didn't we think of it before now!!"

"Shall we call our little one Blossom ?"

"Oh what a beautiful name Daniel !" Hetty was just as taken with the name.

That evening Hetty with little Blossom in her arms and Daniel sat out in their garden looking up toward the heavens; the proud parents silently thanked Mr James and promise faithfully that they would tell Blossom as she grew up all about Mr James and how the special Nuthatch helped to bring a very special message from him on the very day they chose her name.

Daniel never forgot the story Granny Hughes told him that day so very long ago now and he knew for sure that Mr James was indeed their guardian angel always looking down from his paradise way up high.


Many years later a Nuthatch continued to visit at precisely 3.30 pm and Blossom by now had a little brother called Jack!

Daniel and Hetty made sure that both their children knew all about Mr James and also loved the story that Granny Hughes had told Daniel all those years ago.

Enchanted and swaying in the Summer breeze was an Apple Blossom Tree and when the family had any important decisions to make they would sit on the bench by the tree and so very soon they would know which direction to move on in and the answer to their problem so clear.

If they listened very carefully they could hear Mr James and Granny Hughes whispering in comforting tones.

I wonder what we could hear if we sat in a special place ;maybe a garden or maybe a path in the country and listened carefully enough ?

Maybe we should try.


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    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so very much Peg and I wish you a great weekend.


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      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      So sweetly told with captivating images, a beautiful story.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much JPSO138 your comment greatly appreciated.


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      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Beautiful sorry with inspiring messages with captivating pictures! Awesome!

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much Kathi and I am so glad you liked this one. I now wish you a wonderful weekend and here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here.

      Love from Wales.


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      6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      This is so enchanting Eddy, even though life has it's hill to climb, the message is our loved ones are with us guiding us along the way in their own special ways letting us know everything will be alright. My dearly departed husband probably sent me here today to remind me again! Hugs, Kathi ♥

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Wales










      Thanking you so much for each and every wonderful comment as always; here's to many more hubs for us all to share on here.


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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Keep on going, Eddy. This is perfectly wonderful with a great moral. I would have to say that this is one of your best. Awesome and up.

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      What a lovely story, Eddie, with your usual outstanding selection of images. Thank you.

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      6 years ago

      I just love this. I love nuthatches too. They are the cutest little birds. We have them here. Your photos are stunning that go with this story.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Voted up and awesome. Delightful story Eddy. Really enjoyed this. Passing it on. Hope you're having a wonderful Sunday.

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      Tijani Achamlal 

      6 years ago from Morocco

      Beautiful story,my chwaer . Mr James and Granny Hughes are great gurus .Your grandchildren are lucky to have a grandma like you:)

      Have a beautiful Sunday!

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      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Lovely story.

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      Suzette Walker 

      6 years ago from Taos, NM

      Beautiful and inspiring story! Yes, sometimes quietly sitting and listening is the thing to do - especially in sitting in nature. It soothes the soul and clears the mind. Wonderful story and I so enjoyed reading this. Voted up and shared!

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      6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Brilliant, you deserve all of the accolades above, and all those that will surely follow. Voted up, beautiful, interesting.

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      Jatinder Joshi 

      6 years ago from Whitby, Ontario, Canada

      A great story. I love your story writing skills; specifically of how you can weave the past, the present and future, all in one yarn, and so beautifully too. Thank you for sharing.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Wales






      Each and every comment being so greatly appreciated.

      I wish you all a wonderful weekend.


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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      What brought this on? Very inspirational! thank you

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      6 years ago from chennai

      I was moved eddy. Your hub had a sentimental and wonderful message for everyone. I enjoyed it.

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      Janet Giessl 

      6 years ago from Georgia country

      This was a beautiful story with a wonderful message. I love the picture of climbing a mountain from birth till the day we die. Very well crafted hub.

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      DJ Anderson 

      6 years ago

      Eddy, this was so sweet and gentle. I loved the wonderful pictures.

      The story brought a tear to my eye. I never miss an anniversary of their

      birth or their death. Today, I found comfort in your story.

      Thank you,


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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eddy, what a lovely story, and so well illustrated, too. Just love it!

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Wales












      Thank you to each and every one of you for these kind and supportive comments : each one so greatly appreciated.

      I would also like to apologise because I have not been able to read your hubs this week. Each day so hectic but tomorrow I shall have a whole day to devote to you all and looking forward to reading so many hubs. I wish you all a wonderful day and send lots of love from my little corner of Wales.


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      Kathy Henderson 

      6 years ago from Pa

      Eddy ~

      Beautiful story so many lovely messgages of life in this piece. Blessing always :)

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, there was a time in my life when I thought the mountain had no peak; just one endless climb upwards with no relief. Today I stand on top, look out over the landscape of my life, and smile. Life is good my dear.

      Have a wonderful weekend; you earned it with this beautiful tale.



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      6 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      What a beautiful and sweet story to finish this week! Very beautiful choice of pictures as well, Eddy!

      Have a wonderful weekend!

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      Graham Lee 

      6 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Eddy. Absolutely delightful. Time marches on, each one of us taking the place of another.


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      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Voted all that stuff above. Sorry cannot write now --- crying a bit you know.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A Mountain To Climb what a beautiful hub and so pleasant to read another one of your thoughtful hubs. The photos are so lovely Voted up, and awesome

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      6 years ago from North Carolina


      This is such a lovely story with a very important message beautifully crafted and presented. You continue to be an inspiration. Thank You!



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      6 years ago from Moundsville,WV

      Very powerful Eddy! Loved the picture collages to go with the story. That goes to show that a legacy can last forever if we make a mark on someones life. The words of wisdom can be passed on from generation to generation. Have a blessed day!


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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I love this, Eddy. Your (Granny's) explanation of life is so beautiful. This is a wonderful tale for you to pass on to your own grandchildren!

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      Joanna Chandler 

      6 years ago from On Planet Earth

      Hi good morning Eiddwen nice story with Mr. James, Hetty and blossom lol . Yep we all have our hills to climb and valleys to walk we just need Jesus to take us through the bad trails etc. Good bless you and I should have said Good afternoon as its about that time in England by me its morning

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      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Beautiful Eddy and loved the story Daniel was told. Hoping it is near the truth as possible for when we get there someday, too. Thanks for sharing and wishing you a great weekend ahead now!


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