The lake is now water
And the cold spring is just waiting to burst into flower and warmth (sometime soon, I hope).
But before that, I wanted to post one of my favourite photos from this winter.
The purple sunset over the iced over lake
And Oscar looking majestic.
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It’s still cold here
And there’s ice on the lake.
But Oscar took me for a walk
To find the first tentative signs
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I’m fighting a heavy cold so please excuse me if I don’t get round to visiting you.
No matter who you are
Or what you look like,
A bad hair day can be much improved
By adding some extra sparkle and snow!
I’m off to Paris with my daughter for a few days, so please excuse me if I don’t visit you.
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You’ve heard of pink elephants, haven’t you?
Let me introduce you to Oscar,
The pink dog!
This was taken during a very pink sunrise early one morning
When my world was … well…
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May your days be sprinkled with glitter
And joy –
With a dash of magic and snowflakes
For good luck.
Oscar sends you all licks and love!
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Exuberance and joy are just other words for beauty.
(And having a huge snowfall really helps the magic too.)
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Guess what happened this week?
It finally snowed and snowed
Even in the horizontal, whip-the-snow-in-your-face storm
Oscar just didn’t want to come into the house.
Look at those eyes pleading
For just five more minutes of snowtime!
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It’s that time of year…
When breath become visible
And whiskers shimmer in the sun.
“Remember to breathe. It is after all, the secret of life.” — Gregory Maguire
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Please indulge me as I celebrate Oscar’s tenth birthday with some … well … Oscars (and very bad puns).
Oscar for best smile…
Oscar for best yoga position …
(It’s ruff, but he can do it.)
And, of course, Oscar for best swimmer.
Paws for thought…
Perhaps that should be an Olympic Gold for swimming instead?
This is the end of my birthday tail –
You kennel stop growling at my bad puns now.
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As we stand on the cusp of autumn and winter,
The birds fly off into the pink dawn
Early every morning
Looking like autumn leaves in the rising sun.
The stragglers skim the silver surface of the lake
In perfect and opposite harmony
Looking like little origami birds.
“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.” — Robert Lynd
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Take a gorgeous end-of-summer sunset,
And mix with the reflected sky.
Repeat often for joy and smiles.
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They dance and swirl right over my head
When I don’t have my camera with me.
But as soon as I go out with it,
They hide in the reeds
Or fly away
So that no matter how much I stalk them
I can’t get any good close-up shots.
I know these aren’t the best shots you’ve feather seen,
But maybe the herons are just trying to tell me
That every now and then, I have to enjoy nature
Through my own two eyes (and not through a camera lens).
From heron after, owl try to avoid any more bad bird puns… although I have no egrets!
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When I was in England this summer, we went to Brighton beach.
The seagulls there was as big as houses and as brave as lions.
These birds remind me that gulls just want to have fun.
Some of the birds flew so close you could feel their claws on your head.
In the words of Beyoncé, if you like it, you’d better put a ring on it.
The young gulls had lovely markings that made it easy for them to camouflage themselves among the pebbles of the beach.
This one appeared to be showing off by shaking his tail feathers.
And remember – for more bad puns, all you have to do is go to goo-gull!
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I heard a huge flapping of wings.
A swan flew by so close that I thought
I could just reach out a finger
And touch one of its glorious feathers.
“The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.” — Lao Tzu
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Don’t worry about Oscar while I’m away.
He’ll be enjoying life with friends.
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The bird came swooping in
Over the water lilies on the pond –
Only to be met by a strong headwind
That pushed him back the way he had come.
It was a struggle to stay afloat.
He had to adjust his path to the new circumstances.
But the fight was worth it.
Soon he was flying off in the new direction life had presented him with.
We too can learn from and be inspired by the birds, don’t you think?
Dear friends, it’s finally that time of year again: my annual visit back to England to visit my family.
I’ll be away for almost two weeks, so my visits to your blogs will be a bit sporadic.
Please do pop in here every now and then as I’ll have some new posts up for you to enjoy.
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How wonderful to live up high
In a nest of blossoms
If only we might fall like cherry blossoms in the spring
So pure and radiant. — Anonymous
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When the silence of winter
Gives way to a wall of constant
Singing, trilling, warbling and chirping
By the birds of spring –
That, my friends, is a thing of wonder
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Let there be spaces…
… in your togetherness. — Kahlil Gibran
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Last week I said we’d seen the last of the snow.
I shouldn’t have.
After all, this is Sweden where it can snow well into May.
This morning we woke up to snow. The horizontal kind.
There’s nothing like a happy dog to teach you how to enjoy the moment –
No matter what the weather.
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Someone (my dog Oscar) missed me while I was gone
And now he won’t let me out of his sight.
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When winter comes around and the cold wind is blowing,
You have to learn how to enjoy it.
Rule 1: Revel in it (and maybe take an ice bath?)
Rule 2: Explore the beauty
Rule 3: Take a look around and smile – the world is beautiful and you’re alive!
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