Our World

The little sauna house

At the beginning of the summer,

Building started down by the lake.

It was a lovely place to sit and contemplate the sunset.

(That’s Ruby posing.)

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A few days ago, I went back to the lake

And could see that the construction was now finished.

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Turns out that the local caravan park

Has built a sauna for its guests

On the shore of the lake.

(Still plenty of room for Simmie to swim!)

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For more delights, please visit: Our World.

And Skywatch.

Work is busy so I’ll only be posting once this week.


Snapshots from Malaga

I spent a hot Sunday morning wandering around Malaga.

First stop – the main plaza in the old town

Where there was a wonderful photo exhibition by Salgado.

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Then a quick stop at Cafe Central with its famous mosaic.

The empty glass of coffee sums up how I feel (horror vacui)!

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My eye was drawn to the symmetry of the cloth

Protecting the main shopping street and old buildings from the sun.

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Malaga Cathedral attracts a lot of visitors

With its fine architecture.

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I was more fascinated by the neglected rear of the cathedral,

Where hundreds of cobwebs caught bird feathers

From the pigeons who live there.

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Strawberry sizzle

Sometimes, the best part of a sunset

Is when the sun sinks below the horizon.

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Then all sorts of magic can happen:

A strawberry sizzle in the sky

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Or the rich perfection

Of sky kissing waves at the beach.

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(I’m on my last week of holiday and want to spend as much time away from the computer as possible, so may not be around too much.)

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Gone surfing

Gearing up for the last three days of work,

And then surfing in Spain.

(I won’t be around to comment on your blogs – but wish you all a lovely couple of weeks!)

This photo was taken in Ericeira, Portugal, last summer.

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The Our World meme will be up and running as usual.

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Midsummer

Swedish midsummer is all about dancing around the maypole to live music.

This year, we arrived at the local farm a little too late —

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We could hear music in the distance;

But when we arrived at the maypole —

Slender against the cloudy sky —

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The musicians were already putting away

Their instruments for the day.

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We stopped to admire each ring of the maypole

Bedecked in flowers (woven there by hand).

The day did not go as planned,

But it’s how you roll with life that counts.

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For more midsummer stories, please visit: Our World.


Dandelion nose

Take a lovely, golden evening,

A dog and some water.

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Walk home through a field

Full of dandelions.

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Admire the doggie nose

Covered in dandelion fluff.

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For more sweet stories, please visit: Our World.


Let the joy flood in

Perhaps it’s just an ordinary leaf —

Dried up and ready to be thrown away.

But then again, perhaps not.

It’s a golden feather

And a dazzling heart.

After all, the holes are there to let the joy

And the light flood in.

For more different points of view, please visit: Our World.

And joining up with Skywatch too.


Hollywood calling

Ruby turned 8 last week. As many of you long-time followers know, she is very good at posing for photos.

Perhaps Hollywood is calling her name…

Here she is as the Snow Queen:

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She makes a good character

in Dame of Thrones, don’t you think?

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And, of course, her ears flapping in a storm

Make her a great favourite to play Yoda.

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“So, Ruby – what do you think of your mum always taking photos of you?”

No, surely that’s not you sticking your tongue out at me!

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For more un-retrievable jokes, please visit: Our World.


Beautiful brevity

The sakura, or Japanese cherry blossoms,

Remind us that life is short and beautiful.

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Buds and blossoms thrive

On the same branch – and so can we if we really try.

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The pink froth of the petals

Reminds us that time and blossoms are fleeting, fragile and fabulous.

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For more insights into life, please visit: Our World.


Lemon sorbet

The wild daffodils are like icy lemon bells

In the shadowed places of the woods.

Yes – it’s been a cold April!

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They glitter in the sunlight

Showing off their cold diamonds.

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Later on in my walk,

I come across so many gold and lemon

Sparkles as the sun bounces of the ice on a fence.

(No editing needed here – these are all nature’s own sparkles.)

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And finally, Simmie ‘hides’ on the path,

Hoping to pounce out at Ruby as she passes by.

(He’s a silly boy!)

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