Gathering rosebuds

In some ways, my visit to the island of Lopud, a 50 minute ferry ride from the Dubrovnik port, was a bit of a pilgrimage.

With Sue and Jim on Lopud, May 2005

With Sue and Jim on Lopud, May 2005

I was last there nine years ago with my friends Sue and Jim.  We walked a lot, drank a lot of cheap red wine, ate seafood and laughed.  I was younger and Jim was healthy.

Today when I visited the island it seemed not to have changed much. But I was aware that I was nine years older and ten pounds heavier and Jim …well, Jim is gone.

Pretty much the same spot, May 2014

Pretty much the same spot, May 2014. I was likely standing on the rocks we were sitting on in 2005 to get this photo in 2014.


I spent six hours walking around the island, on familiar paths up hills, to the beach and past the ruins of centuries-old churches. I took lots of photos but probably didn’t need to since not much has changed and I suspect I have all the same photos from previous trips to the island.

All along the pathways were wildflowers of different colours but the most prominent ones were wild roses.  As I walked, I kept thinking “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may.”

The 1909 John Williams Waterhouse painting, "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may"

The 1909 John Williams Waterhouse painting, “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may”



Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today,
Tomorrow will be dying.

I wondered as I left on the ferry if I will ever come back to Lopud.  I have visited the island several times, always with friends.  Good times past. The island is the same but time has rushed on and those good times are now fond memories.

I also know that there is still time to create some new ones – but on some other island.


Note to self, and to everyone else as well  – Get out the shears and keep gathering those memories.



3 thoughts on “Gathering rosebuds

  1. I definitely found once my 20s were over, I became more aware of time passing, and how I need to appreciate at least something each day. Great reminder, Jon. PS. all your photos and posts really make me want to go to Croatia!

    • Hi Jen. Try being 2/3 way through your 60’s. It feels a bit like a bobsled ride, gaining speed. Carpe diem. And yes, you would enjoy Croatia. Ask me about it when I get home. Still some photos to come. Stay tuned.

      • Don’t you rush me, Johnny G! If I’m lucky enough to reach my 60s, I’ll deal with the bobsled effect then! are you now in any Game of Thrones episodes? I believe they film somewhere around that neck of the woods 😉

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