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Light, returning

The aria of light returning

Is beautiful music indeed.

Light returning

The windows of my soul I throw
Wide open to the sun.
~John Greenleaf Whittier

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The charms of old houses

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.

Mining huts

Modern-day inhabitants live in the old mining huts

And houses dating back to the 1600 and 1700s.

Blue skies

A lot of the old houses have been restored

And keep their dark facades –

Giving parts of the village a medieval feel.

Timbers

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…)

Back of rickety houses

Even pets in the village

Have their own wooden huts.

King

And look – the kennel even shares another feature of the old houses:

A grass roof!

Fuzzy roof copy

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?

Washing line

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Church in the sky

I’m away filming in one of my favourite places on earth:

The charming mountain town of Røros, Norway.

Church swirl copy

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.

Church view

Built on a hill, the church

Has a marvellous view of the old wooden houses with grassy roofs

And the big open sky.

View

(Please excuse me if I don’t get around to visiting you – I’m away in this slice of paradise!)

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Crocus, rejoicing

Spring rejoices in the crocus –

Covering her with ice on those cold April mornings.

Frozen

Spring comes dressed

As a single purple flower;

Single

In a happy group

Of colours;

Happy group copy

Or in a trio

Of petals and shadow and beauty.

Crocus trio copy

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Swan Lake – the frozen version

A while back – before the ice melted on the lake –

Stormy pink clouds attracted my attention.

Swans

 

Among the reflected clouds,

I saw a feathered group of swans,

Enjoying the dawn.

Iced swans

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 –

Remained.

Iced clouds

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Small and simple

During my recent trip to England, I had a lovely outing to Clayton Church:

An ancient church mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086).

Clayton Church

The church loomed out of the sunlight

And the old wooden door looked like something out of a film set.

Domesday church copy

 

The simple yet elegant windows

Looked inviting.

Window

Going around to the back of the church,

I could see the ancient walls

Next to the more modern part to the left.

Old walls

The view from the back

Was stunning too.

View

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

Murals

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Sunset post

It’s just another post…

(Excuse the pun!)

Post

And a wild purple sunset

Enjoyed by a lone duck

In a storm.

Lone duck

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Quirky

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.

Magnolia-cottage copy

I found this pair of bellows on the outside of an old flint cottage, dated circa 1724.

Bellows

A few doors down, a watchful dog

Keeps an eye on passers-by.

Dog in wall

The faded beauty of an abandoned garage

Caught my eye.

Blue copy

The highlight of the weekend was my father’s birthday -

And a reunion with my family of nuts.

These are my two sisters. (And they call me crazy!)

Sisters

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Silver spring

Last week, spring was in full bloom

With no ice on the lake

And swimming dogs in the sunset.

Swim

Today, it’s the spring equinox

And we celebrate with a silver dawn

And lots of snow.

Silver morning copy

The swans formed a heart

That seemed to be saying:

Don’t complain – just enjoy!

Grey geese

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Stopping for skies

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.

Sea-horizon

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.

Blue sky

And finally, this sky stopped me –

Dramatic, moody and beautiful

(Not unlike a lot of us)!

Drama copy

I’m away in England and might not get round to visiting you all.

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Wonky or leafy?

I’m off to England at the end of the week and this has inspired me to show you some of the adorable houses in West Sussex, where my sister lives.

What do you prefer?

Shakespearian with wonky beams…

Wonky

… Or a cottage

With a thatched roof;

Thatched

A leafy green window

Making art in the summer sun;

Window

Or perhaps a house with iron railings

And bejewelled cobwebs.

Cobwebs

The most popular house in England is probably the pub –

Now with gourmet food and a great sense of humour!

creche

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Pink martini

Pour me a pink martini

Out of the sky;

Pink horizon

Let my eyes get drunk

On the beauty –

Pink moon

Or serve up the moon

On ice instead.

Lake view

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Colourful snow

As I write this, the ground is bare; the sky grey.

So, I’m looking back to January for some colour in the snow…

Sky

I found everything from rainbow skies

To hidden rubies;

Red house

Lemon-coloured houses for birds

Bird house

And turquoise chairs

Patiently waiting for warmer days.

Blue chairs

And look – I even found

A heart in the rough!

Heart face copy

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Enjoying the blues

My favourite sky is the intense blue of winter

Crisscrossed with ice contrails.

(This photo was taken last winter.)

Crystals

This year winter has been too mild (in comparison)

And so we’ve had to enjoy the misty blues of winter fog

Shrouding a Viking church.

Whichever way you look at it, it’s all good.

Blue mist

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Snow sprinkles

This is a winter’s tail

(Excuse the pun!) 

Winter's tail

A tale of how snow decorates

And transforms.

Collage

How the bare bones of winter

Have their own stark beauty.

Branches

The woods have a deep magic –

Although it helps to have a sweet Rottweiler puppy in the picture too!

Puppy in snow copy

And here, a lone wooden cottage

Seems to be bathing in snow kisses.

Little house copy

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Mist-ical skies

Winter’s mystical skies

Are a balm for the soul.

Sunrise

Later on, the sun makes the

Winter boughs glow –

Glow

And then softly, the misty scarf

Settles once more over the lake –

Inviting us to rest and gaze a while.

Resting

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Love locked

Some people say that Paris is the most romantic city in the world.

It could be because of the magnificent views of old buildings;

Or the romantic bridges criss-crossing the Seine.

More locks on bridge

Whatever the reason, the bridges of Paris are famous

For their hundreds of love locks –

Close-up locks

Most with the names of couples written on them

To signify eternal love.

To infinity

One of the most famous bridges with locks is very near Notre Dame Cathedral.

It’s been standing for at least 800 years — a testament of love and faith –

And it makes the loves and losses of our lives

Seems like the brief and passing beauty of a candle flame.

ND figures copy

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Romancing the snow

Find a big sky and a frozen lake,

Oscar

Get a couple of chairs, some friends

And a view –

Picnic

Then sit back and enjoy the romance,

The company and the pink-tinged sunset.

Friends copy

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Abstracted

Winter has been so brief this year…

Just like life, the ice crystals

Created art for only a short while.

Icy metal copy

Metal poles on the jetty

Became abstract things of beauty.

Abstract ice

Ice turned trees

Into silver tapestries.

Tapestry

And at the foot of the ladder on the jetty –

A heart of ice

Warmed the day.

Heart

For more n-ice stories, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


Lavender skies

There is nothing as magnificent

As those big lavender and gold skies –

Big purple and gold sky copy

And the total joy

Of two dogs running through the purple:

Living as if someone left the gate open.

Purple sunset copy

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Horsing around

As it’s the Chinese New Year and the start of the Year of the Horse,

Some wisdom from the horse’s mouth seems appropriate.

I moustache you to embrace the year with open arms;

Moustache on horse

To remember that even if life seems to be going backwards,

We can try to deal with problems with grace.

Backside

Life has its moments of beauty –

Beauty copy

And of tenderness and love.

Mother and son

A big dose of laughter will stop neigh-sayers in their tracks

And make life better –

Laugh

Because it’s all about falling and then having the courage

To saddle up and ride again.

saddles

For more hay-zy wise words, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


The no sky sky

It’s been a mild winter

With skies of silver and grey.

No sky

The outlook from where I’m standing though

Is all good.

“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just weather.” — Pema Chodron

Ruby attention

For more silver skies, please visit: Skywatch.


Silent snow

A couple of weekends ago, it started to snow

And snow and snow.

Blizzard

Nature softened her contours

As everything – including Oscar – was buried in lovely white flakes.

Oscar buried

Twigs sprouted snow cones;

Snow hat copy

People and dogs frolicked in the blizzard.

(Look at those Yoda ears!)

Yoda

And afterwards, we enjoyed the silence

Of a fresh carpet of diamonds.

Sun

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Pearls of gold

It was the magical ending to a day on the frozen lake:

Pearls of gold

And the deep silence that only snow can bring.

Magical snow copy

For more pearls of wisdom, please visit: Skywatch.


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