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Lilac memories

Back in October,

The sky turned lilac

Purple ribbon

And the water filled

With slender ribbons and hearts made of clouds.

Ribboned sky

And underneath all that splendour,

The ducks swam  on purple velvet.

Ducks on velvet

For more velvet memories, please visit: Skywatch.

The joy of dogs

Indulge me as I revel in the joy of dogs.

(This is our dear Oscar – gone but not forgotten.)

Oscar

They know how to live life

So fully and happily and goofily

(Life is better with a bit of silliness in it and Simson is our little goofball.)

Goofball

They know how to greet friends

With open paws and make them feel appreciated

(This is Alba, a friend’s dog.)

Having fun copy

And they know that a smile and some snow

Is the best cosmetic in the world,

(Just like our Ruby).

Ruby snowface copy

For more joyful posts, please visit: Our World.

Sunburst

The great big

Hallelujah of the sun

Sunburst 1

Bursting out into song

Over rooftops and trees

Gives me energy.

Sunburst 2

Even the melody of the setting sun

In the city a couple of weeks ago

Sang a beautiful tune.

Urban sunset_2

For more music, please visit: Skywatch.

The elegance of winter

A couple of weeks ago, we had a lovely snowfall

And I got to enjoy berries wearing a Santa hat.

Berries

The dried seed pods

Glowed like lace in the sunlight

Golden thistles

And delicate diamonds

Glittered on slender stems.

Sparkles copy

Even the snowballs on the frozen lake

Looked like pearls.

Snowballs copy

But my favourite sight – as always –

Are snowflakes of joy.

Snowflakes of joy copy

For more elegance, please visit: Our World.

Small beams of joy

It’s been gloomy and grey here

And I’m sad to see winter trying to say farewell.

Rays copy

But sometimes, all you have to do

Is look up (and hope you have your camera with you)

And appreciate the rays of light where you find them.

Rays2

For more joyful beams, please visit: Skywatch.

Wonderland

It’s been a fairly mild winter again.

But back in December, we enjoyed a week or so of wonderland!

I found some lamps ready to light the way

Lamps

And a little brown cabin

Enjoying the view of the frozen lake.

Little boat house

This magnificent tree

Looked lovely in its winter dress of hoar frost —

Tree

As did Ruby!

Ruby in frost copy

But my favourite sight has to be

This hidden red cottage

Nestled in a bed of frosted branches.

Little red house copy

For more frosted views, please visit: Our World.

 

 

Heart’s delight

When the broken yolk of the sun

Splashed over the ice,

I knew a wonderful sky was coming.

(I snapped Ruby with my mobile phone.)

Ruby

I rushed home to get my ‘big’ camera

Pink

And was just in time

To see the sky

Romancing the snow.

Red canopy

For more heart-felt skies, please visit: Skywatch.

Inside look at Gothic Revival

Many of you wanted to see the inside of Lancing College Chapel (from my previous post) — so here goes!

The chapel is very tall and narrow

With a lovely vaulted roof.

Window_roof

At the centre of the soaring pillars

Is the famous Rose Window,

Made out of more than 30,000 pieces of stained glass.

Organ_window 2

The hallway as you enter the chapel

Has a colourful roof

Roof

And a more modern stained glass window

That was dedicated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 2007

In honour of a Bishop, who was a former Lancing College pupil.

Modern stained glass

I can’t let you go without showing you

The beautiful warm stone of the chapel

In the lovely green setting of the South Downs.

Sky scene copy

For more interiors, please visit: Our World.

Blushing dawn

The blushing apricot tones

Of dawn light up the sky,

Hoar frost dawn

And bring a sparkle

To the trees wearing

Their winter dress of hoar frost.

Hoar frost

Then the dawn mellows

Into a melody of lilac and pink

Over the old church across the frozen lake.

Who says cold isn’t beautiful?

Dawn church copy

For more sky songs, please visit: Skywatch.

 

Gothic revival

Nestled in the green hills of the South Downs in England

Is a magnificent example of a Gothic Revival church: Lancing College Chapel.

Outside facade

Its spires soar up into the sky, giving me vertigo

And reminding me of Hogwarts College.

Vertigo

It is the largest school chapel in the world

And a well-known landmark in Sussex.

Spires

Even though it’s only 100 years old,

It’s due for a cleaning.

Can you see the mossy windows?

All in all, it’s a stunning piece of architecture.

Mossy windows

For more great posts, please visit: Our World.

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