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A Viking spring

Spring in Sweden is often a time

Of surprise snow, minus temperatures and hard frosts.

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It might not be the kind of spring we want —

But it is beautiful anyway.

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Pink heaven

As the temperatures drop,

The colours in the sky intensify.

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When the ice reflects back

The perfection of a pink and lilac dawn,

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You know you’re lucky enough

To be enjoying a slice of heaven.

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Early morning sparkles

This is a tale of an early morning walk —

When the light of dawn turned reeds into glittery beauties.

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A dog (Simmie) ran joyously out of the lake

Sprinkling water everywhere.

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Later on, when he shook to dry himself,

Rainbow jewels of water flew into the air.

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We met some sheep with yellow earrings;

They said, “Here’s looking at ewe!”

(Sorry about the baa-d joke.)

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On the way home, we breathed in the beauty

Of autumn tints reflected.

(All those fallen trees are the work of the beavers who live by the shore.)

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Golden waves

The kids spent most of their time

In Ericeira, Portugal, surfing.

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Some days, the waves

Were big and foamy and fun.

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Some days, the lessons took place

Just as the sun was setting

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And it looked as if the surfers

Were gliding on gilded waves.

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Fairytale Palace

The small bus chugs up the winding roads of Sintra —

And then after a steep uphill climb on foot,

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You gasp when you finally glimpse the fairytale outline

Of Pena Palace:

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A beautiful example of 19th century

Portuguese Romanticism.

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Gorgeous tiles and lemon walls

Are a breathtaking reminder

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Of how amazing the human imagination

Coupled with architecture can be.

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For more incredible sights, please visit: Our World.


Warning: Dogs at play!

During the Christmas break, we looked after Jessie, one of Ruby’s puppies from 2014.

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She and Simmie spent a long time

Chasing each other through frozen, silver grasses.

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After a cold and invigorating swim,

The play continued.

(Can you see the water drops flying through the air?)

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To an outsider, it might have looked

As if they were fighting —

But really it was more like love and frolicking

Between two really good friends.

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Christmas swimming

It was a cold Christmas morning

And the reeds caught fire in the rising sun.

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As the sky spread its golden glow,

Simmie broke through the ice for a refreshing swim.

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For more crazy dogs and brilliant skies, please visit: Skywatch.


Feeling festive

Christmas is soon upon us! Unfortunately, we’re suffering from grey weather and lack of snow, so I’ve delved into my archives to try and capture that festive feeling…

A magazine contacted me recently and bought this photo

Called Festive. I like the simplicity of this arrangement.

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I love Nature’s

Very own fireworks. (We never have real ones.)

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The Christmas spirit

Isn’t to be found in things —

Although I was happy to discover Santa’s sleigh a few years ago.

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The Christmas spirit is one of love,

Compassion and forgiveness.

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For more festive feelings, please visit: Our World.

 

 


Light and hope

The tradition of Lucia is my favourite time of year:

When the darkness is lit up with candles and song.

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The light comes in many forms —

Whether it is the hope

For better times to come

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Or as a metaphor for love and compassion:

Those two metaphorical candles that drive out the darkness.

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Abstract skies

It’s been very mild (too mild!)

With misted silver views

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And pastel pink skies.

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