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;
And sometimes the quiet back streets
Offered up gifts of moody clouds
And beautiful views.
For more gorgeous skies, please visit: Skywatch.
Part of the joy of life
Is broadening our horizons, seeing new skies
And experiencing new things.
Here’s a 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:
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.
(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.
Autumn is a time of exuberant energy –
It’s quite zensational, in fact.
The golden coins of leaves
Hang like happy suns in the trees;
The light in the woods
Everywhere you go,
You can see flying leaves
(Those black dots aren’t dirt, they are leaves!)
And beautiful views.
And the best thing about autumn
Is that you’re never too old
To frolic in the leaves.
For more joy, please visit: Our World.
The rising sun
Causes the autumn leaves
To glow with golden honey.
They look like
Delicious lemon lanterns
Lighting the way to the moody clouds –
And those vibrant reflections
Remind me to live exuberantly from dream to bright dream
Just like autumn does.
For more golden moments, please visit: Skywatch.
Autumn is a glowing time of year:
When trees glow
And leaves catch fire.
It’s a joyful time
Of dewy play
Showing off their families on the local lake.
And, if you’re lucky,
You can catch frosted jewels
Among the leaves.
For more glowing pictures, please visit: Our World.
The sun breaks through
The early morning fog
With a glorious
Golden hallelujah of light.
(Note to self: Let nothing dim the light that shines within.)
For more serenades, please visit: Skywatch.
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.
She carefully retrieved one of the roses
And placed it on the jetty.
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.
Be warned: you might see more pictures of wet (and dry) dogs here on my blog after all!
For more good memories, please visit: Our World Tuesday.
It’s a new day, a new season.
The rising sun reminds me of the beauty in the world.
Satin reflections on the lake
Bring a sense of calm;
And my jetty always has the most
(This is Ruby: Oscar’s great-granddaughter, who is now our dog.)
For more lovely views, please visit: Skywatch.
Those of you who follow my dog, Oscar, or me on Facebook already know that Oscar is no longer with us.
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.
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.
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.
It’s a measure of the love he shared and the life he led – that he connected with so many people around the world.
He lived fully in every moment; he loved widely and generously.
That’s the best way to live — and his best legacy.
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.
Late September sunsets
Are when cloud rainbows reflect in water
And autumn dances in
Wearing lilac veils.
For more autumn beauty, please visit: Skywatch.