The aria of light returning
Is beautiful music indeed.
The windows of my soul I throw
Wide open to the sun.
~John Greenleaf Whittier
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I’ve just got back from a business trip to Roros, Norway (my third visit there) –
An old mining town in the mountains that is now a UNESCO world heritage site.
Modern-day inhabitants live in the old mining huts
And houses dating back to the 1600 and 1700s.
A lot of the old houses have been restored
And keep their dark facades –
Giving parts of the village a medieval feel.
People kept telling me how mild winter had been
And that there was a metre less snow than normal.
(Still looks as if they had some decent snowfall though…)
Even pets in the village
Have their own wooden huts.
And look – the kennel even shares another feature of the old houses:
A grass roof!
I leave you with a final image –
The optimism of drying clothes outside
In the freezing temperatures.
Surely this is a sign of spring in the mountains of Norway?
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I’m away filming in one of my favourite places on earth:
The charming mountain town of Røros, Norway.
Soaring majestically into an always dramatic sky,
The church of stone – built in the late 1700s – stands out
From the simple wooden huts that surround it.
Built on a hill, the church
Has a marvellous view of the old wooden houses with grassy roofs
And the big open sky.
(Please excuse me if I don’t get around to visiting you – I’m away in this slice of paradise!)
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A while back – before the ice melted on the lake –
Stormy pink clouds attracted my attention.
Among the reflected clouds,
I saw a feathered group of swans,
Enjoying the dawn.
They remained there for a long time,
As if frozen to the ice.
Later on, they were gone
And only their memory – along with the clouds –
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During my recent trip to England, I had a lovely outing to Clayton Church:
An ancient church mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086).
The church loomed out of the sunlight
And the old wooden door looked like something out of a film set.
The simple yet elegant windows
Going around to the back of the church,
I could see the ancient walls
Next to the more modern part to the left.
The view from the back
Was stunning too.
Apart from its great age, the church is most famous
For having some of the oldest murals in England,
Painted by monks somewhere between 1080 and 1150.
These remarkable wall paintings were forgotten
And then re-discovered some 700 years later during restoration of the church.
Where there is ruin, there is hope for treasure. — Rumi
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I’m a big fan of the quirky and the lovely. Here are some interesting sights I saw in England on my trip there last week.
It was surprisingly warm – and this huge magnolia tree was in full bloom
Next to a charming old thatched cottage from about 1550.
I found this pair of bellows on the outside of an old flint cottage, dated circa 1724.
A few doors down, a watchful dog
Keeps an eye on passers-by.
The faded beauty of an abandoned garage
Caught my eye.
The highlight of the weekend was my father’s birthday -
And a reunion with my family
These are my two sisters. (And they call me crazy!)
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Last week, spring was in full bloom
With no ice on the lake
And swimming dogs in the sunset.
Today, it’s the spring equinox
And we celebrate with a silver dawn
And lots of snow.
The swans formed a heart
That seemed to be saying:
Don’t complain – just enjoy!
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Last summer in England was a good one for skies.
I made my sister drive me up to the Downs
Where I got a gorgeous view of Lancing College –
And the sea melting into the horizon and becoming sky.
I also made her stop in a lay-by as I was fascinated
By the bright blue of the rain-washed sky
In contrast to the soft gold of the sheep-dotted hills.
And finally, this sky stopped me –
Dramatic, moody and beautiful
(Not unlike a lot of us)!
I’m away in England and might not get round to visiting you all.
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