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Venetian skies

My daughter and I have just enjoyed five magical days in Venice.

I haven’t had time to sort through my many photos, but I love the skies I managed to captured on my mobile phone.

The early mornings

Were often dazzling and golden;

Golden

And sometimes the quiet back streets

Offered up gifts of moody clouds

And beautiful views.

Moody morning

For more gorgeous skies, please visit: Skywatch.


Wide horizons

Part of the joy of life

Is broadening our horizons, seeing new skies

And experiencing new things.

Here’s a London view:

London view

Travel is a great way of doing this –

And of discovering that our little part of the world

Isn’t the centre of things.

Travel helps us discover that there isn’t only one way of doing things –

But many ways.

Here’s a New York view:

NY sky

For that reason, my daughter and I

Are leaving the cozy horizons of Stockholm –

Known as ‘The Venice of the North’ –

(See photo below)

For the real Venice in Italy.

Can’t wait!

Moody Stockholm skies_copy

(Back next week – so I might not be able to visit you all.)

In the meantime, please visit: Skywatch for great skies

And Our World, for a glimpse into new discoveries.


Zen-sational

Autumn is a time of exuberant energy –

It’s quite zensational, in fact.

Zen-sational

The golden coins of leaves

Hang like happy suns in the trees;

Golden coins

The light in the woods

Is magical.

Light copy

Everywhere you go,

You can see flying leaves

(Those black dots aren’t dirt, they are leaves!)

And beautiful views.

Golden view

And the best thing about autumn

Is that you’re never too old

To frolic in the leaves.

Ruby leaves

For more joy, please visit: Our World.


Gold in my pocket

The rising sun

Causes the autumn leaves

To glow with golden honey.

Bright copy

They look like

Delicious lemon lanterns

Lighting the way to the moody clouds –

Yellow lanterns

And those vibrant reflections

Remind me to live exuberantly from dream to bright dream

Just like autumn does.

Lime reflections copy

For more golden moments, please visit: Skywatch.


Bedazzling

Autumn is a glowing time of year:

Glowing

When trees glow

And leaves catch fire.

On fire

It’s a joyful time

Of dewy play

Joy

And swans

Showing off their families on the local lake.

Swan family

And, if you’re lucky,

You can catch frosted jewels

Among the leaves.

Frost copy

For more glowing pictures, please visit: Our World.

 


Sunrise serenade

The sun breaks through

The early morning fog

Breakthrough

With a glorious

Golden hallelujah of light.

(Note to self: Let nothing dim the light that shines within.)

Sunrise

For more serenades, please visit: Skywatch.


Diving for rose petals

Many many thanks for all your wonderful messages of sympathy on Oscar’s passing. It has meant a lot to me.

This week I went down to Oscar’s favourite place, the jetty on our lake,

And threw some rose petals into the water as a way of honouring my furry friend.

Ruby, who is Oscar’s great-granddaughter, and who we have been fostering for the past nine months,

Decided to honour Oscar in his favourite activity: diving into the lake.

Ruby rose petals copy

She carefully retrieved one of the roses

And placed it on the jetty.

Bright colours copy

We sat for a while

Enjoying the autumn scenery and good memories of Oscar.

I’d say that a part of him lives on in Ruby, who is now our own dog.

Ruby on pier copy

Be warned: you might see more pictures of wet (and dry) dogs here on my blog after all!

Big brown eyes copy

For more good memories, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


A new dawn

It’s a new day, a new season.

The rising sun reminds me of the beauty in the world.

New dawn

Satin reflections on the lake

Bring a sense of calm;

Reflections

And my jetty always has the most

Beautiful views.

(This is Ruby: Oscar’s great-granddaughter, who is now our dog.)

Ruby + sky

For more lovely views, please visit: Skywatch.


The circle of life

Those of you who follow my dog, Oscar, or me on Facebook already know that Oscar is no longer with us.

Sunrise with Oscar copy

We had to say good-bye to our dearest friend on Friday as his osteoarthritis left him unable to walk.

After so many years of unconditional love from him, it was our turn to show him our love and let him go.

Stately copy

He dived into his last sunset at the vet’s on Friday morning, surrounded by so much love. (He was nearly 12 years old.)

He fell asleep peacefully in my lap, with the rest of his family at his side.

Jump

I know he touched the lives of so many of you – even though you had never met him.

It warms my heart that you could see his gentle soul through my photos.

Sugarface copy

It’s a measure of the love he shared and the life he led – that he connected with so many people around the world.

Run copy

He lived fully in every moment; he loved widely and generously.

That’s the best way to live — and his best legacy.

laughing-in-daffs

Please forgive me if I don’t visit you this week. But I want you to know that your warm wishes and love are a source of comfort to us.

For more love, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


Into Impressionism

Late September sunsets

Are when cloud rainbows reflect in water

Rainbow

And autumn dances in

Wearing lilac veils.

Lilac burst

For more autumn beauty, please visit: Skywatch.


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