Posts tagged “Chinese New Year

Year of the Dog

In honour of the Chinese New Year – it’s Year of the Dog –

I’m featuring some of my favourite furry friends.

Those of you who have followed me for a while will recognize my very best fuzzy friend, Oscar.

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My dear departed Oscar

When he died,

Two more furry friends, Ruby and Simmie, came into my life.

(It’s not often I get them both in the same picture.)


Ruby and Simmie at dawn

I love the way dogs embrace life –

And make the most of what they have:


Ruby in the snow

Whether it’s a snowstorm

Or a large stick.

We can learn a lot from dogs.


Simmie enjoying a stick

For more furry friends or otherwise, please visit: Our World.

Two pasts and a present

To celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Dragon, I offer you three photos taken on successive new years.

When I stand on our wobbly jetty and look to the left,

There is a spit of land with trees on it called ‘The Hill of Love’.

In the New Year of 2010, the sunrise bathed the ice on the lake and the trees in blue.

In 2011, the afternoon sun presented

A  glorious landscape of diamond-studded snow (on the iced over lake).

This New Year, the mild sunset surprised us

With lilac and gold

And perfect reflections in a lake still waiting for the big freeze.

May the dragon roast your marshmallows to perfection this year without singeing your eyebrows!

For more lovely skies, please visit: Skywatch.

Temple in the sky

Today heralds a bright new year: the Year of the Rabbit. A year of peace and collaboration according to Chinese astrology.

The rabbit symbolizes graciousness, kindness and a sensitivity to beauty.

When I lived in China, it was always a time of great excitement. Students flocked home on overflowing trains – often travelling for days to be re-united with their families.

Red and gold dominated the streets as did happy smiles and the sense of finding a new beginning in the ending of things. And no matter what the weather, we all carried blue skies within us.

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” — Lao Tzu

恭喜发财 Gong Xi Fa Cai | Happy Lunar New Year! 兔年顺利 Tu Nian Xun Li.

For more beginnings, please visit: Skywatch.

New skies

As it’s Losar in Tibet and New Year in most of Asia, I thought it only fitting to post the skies we had here on New Year’s Day (Jan 1).

The sun rose optimistically in the sky

Casting a glow on sleeping football nets

Pregnant with the hint of rosy promises to come.

By lunchtime the sun had cast off any show of shyness

To burst into a firework display

Of candy-floss spun clouds

And veils of pink and blue.

Click the pictures to really see them!

For more pink fluffy skies, visit: Skywatch!

HAPPY NEW YEAR if you are celebrating one!