Posts tagged “Our World Tuesday

Frosted breath

It was the end of October

And the frosted jetty floated in the rising sun.

Frosted jetty

A glowing Ruby

Was ready to play in the golden light.

Ruby on table

The frost turned her breath

Into a white beard.

Frosted breath

Grass crunched underfoot –

And the diamond-studded earth

Made a lovely canvas for a meeting with friends.

After all, happiness is a frosted dog!

Frosted dogs

For more warm stories, please visit: Our World.


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.


Rainbow wishes

The golden evening light of late summer

Transforms even the humblest of flowers

Into works of art:

Fluff

From downy pillows of fluff

To small wishes ready for take off.

Take off copy

And if you’re lucky,

You might even see a dandelion rainbow.

Rainbow

For more wishes, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


Symphony in white

Pools of white lace

Unfurling in the summer sun –

Peony

Peonies look lovely

No matter how you see the world.

Still away in England – but back very soon! 

Peony in b:w

For more wonders, please visit: Our World Tuesday.

 


Puppy love

Indulge me a little

As I talk about love and dogs.

(This is an old photo – but one of my favourites.)

Best buddies copy

Oscar, our dog, came to us

When he was four and a half.

He has taught us so much

About love and companionship.

(My son took this picture of Oscar, 11.5, and me.)

Fuzzy buddy

Ruby, 5, is our foster dog and has been with us since December.

She was mated and grew larger and larger.

Towards the end of her pregnancy, she didn’t go far

But loved the coolness of the late evening light.

Ruby light

We thought she might have three or four pups inside her (like the first litter of pups she had last year),

But she surprised us all by giving birth to eight healthy puppies.

This is a photo the breeder sent me on the same day as the birth.

I’d say love conquers all, wouldn’t you?

Ruby

For more love, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


The gift

One warm afternoon last year,

I was walking in an unexplored forest

And taking photos of Oscar.

Oscar_sitting

Suddenly, I looked up to see a deer

Gazing peacefully at me.

Deer face on copy

Our eyes locked for what felt like ages.

I felt the deer was trying to tell me something:

That you can find gifts in the most unexpected of places.

Running deer

For more gifts, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


Taste of Africa

This weekend we drove two hours to get to a charming placed called Taste of Africa –

Hidden in an out-of-the-way farm.

Taste shop

Apart from a shop and a café, the main experience here

Is cooking food together with others over outdoor fires

In true South African tradition.

Bread

Delicious bread

I was assigned to cook the main meal – a Cape Malay curry – for us vegetarians.

The food is cooked in cast-iron pots called potjie.

Potjie

Luckily, it was impossible to burn the food (my speciality)

And the curry was delicious. (Yes, I’m sure you’re as surprised as I was!)

I did see a sign that would be very appropriate in my own kitchen, however!

Survival

The food was delicious – as was the company -

And we enjoyed it under a canopy of clouds, rain

And dancing figures.

Dancing figures

It was a great way to meet new friends

And enrich the South African heritage of the kids.

Just had to throw in one of my favourite photographs of the anklebiters (taken a couple of years ago)…

Hammock copy

For more enrichment, please visit: Our World Tuesday. 

 


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

For more old stories, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


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.


Autumn reflections

November is here with its greyer weather,

So indulge me as I soak up the last vivid colours of autumn –

Doubly delicious when reflected.

Reflected copy

I store up these views in my mind

And bring them out when winter seems a bit bleak.

Line of trees copy

Even as the leaves fade and fall

They still manage to create autumn bliss.

Autumn bliss

For more reflections, please visit: Our World.


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