May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears. -- Nelson Mandela
  • Lucia singers
  • Frosted jetty
  • Tattered and beautiful
  • Ruby
  • Ears
  • Boats
  • Frosted dogs
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  • Rain copy
  • Wow copy

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Bringers of light

It’s that time of year again: the festival of Lucia

Celebrated on December 13 with music and light.

The Lucia glides in wearing a crown of candles;

Lucia

The rest of the singers follow, dressed in white.

Golden light illuminates beautiful faces full of song.

A reminder that candles need darkness

In which to shine.

Lucia singers

The wintry early light

Turns old church window into art –

Window

I leave the concert

With hope in my heart.

Church

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Frosted dawn

Purple haze,

Frosted jetty –

The approach of winter brings beauty.

Frosted jetty

For more frosty shots, please visit: Skywatch.

Tattered

You can be tattered, but still beautiful.

Tattered and beautiful

My father is ill so I’m in England visiting him and won’t be replying to your kind comments.

See you at the end of the week.

For more beauty, please visit: Our World.

Bring me that horizon

Misty curtains part,

Dawn appears through the cracks

With fingers of light.

Misty boat

Time to stop and gaze in wonder;

And let the busy pause.

Ruby

For more gauzy views, please visit: Skywatch.

Big and beautiful

While I was in England over the summer

We visited an open air museum.

Stables

In the old stables,

There were some magnificent shire horses –

Pair

With enormous feet

Big feet-2

And long, shaggy hair.

Ears

I could just imagine them

Pulling colourful caravans around the countryside

In days long past.

Caravan

Big can be bold

And beautiful.

Run

To see who else is horsing around, please visit: Our World.

 

Playing the blues

There’s nothing more delicious

Than the blue hour of morning,

Blue view

When clouds freckle the lake,

Boats float on blue silk,

Boats

And leaf-studded frost

Decorates the jetty.

Ruby-jetty

For great shots, please visit: Skywatch.

 

Frosted breath

It was the end of October

And the frosted jetty floated in the rising sun.

Frosted jetty

A glowing Ruby

Was ready to play in the golden light.

Ruby on table

The frost turned her breath

Into a white beard.

Frosted breath

Grass crunched underfoot –

And the diamond-studded earth

Made a lovely canvas for a meeting with friends.

After all, happiness is a frosted dog!

Frosted dogs

For more warm stories, please visit: Our World.

Fifty shades of grey

It’s been very grey here -

Church

So grey that the newspapers are saying

We’ve had fewer than 8 hours of sunshine so far this month.

In fact, it looks as if even the ducks are complaining about the lack of sun!

Ducks

There are moments of beauty, though,

When the grey and the bird

Look like a silken painting.

Bird in clouds copy

For more bright skies, please visit: Skywatch.

Autumn is leave-ing

November is a grey month, so you have to look hard for colour.

I found it here

In a red leaf with rain in the background.

Rain copy

A flash of gold

Reminds me that we have to hang on

And have hope at this time of year.

Lone leaf

In the right light,

Even an ageing leaf

Can look like a stained glass window.

Hanging on copy

“Don’t leaf me!” Ruby seems to be saying,

As we wave farewell to autumn.

Don't leaf me

To turn over a new leaf, please visit: Our World.

Flambéed skies

Take a sky in Venice:

Add fire,

Flambé the clouds

Flambeed

And enjoy the strawberry glaze

Of a beautiful sunset.

Wow copy

For more vivid skies, please visit: Skywatch.

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