Once again, I found myself back at the Japanese cherry blossom trees without my ‘big’ camera;
Once again I did the best I could with my mobile phone.
I gasped as I looked down the south alley:
Most of the sakura blossoms had already fallen
Creating a magical world of petals and light.
In Japan, people contemplate the fallen petals
As a reminder of how fleeting life is.
The trees on the north side
Were bursting out in pink pops of joy.
Everyone – no matter religion or nationality –
Was united in pure enjoyment of the blossoms.
(Look at the big grin on the face of the woman to the right of the monks.)
Just as I was leaving, the sun burst through the clouds
Reminding me that there is beauty in those brief moments we call life.
For more fleeting moments, please visit: Our World.
Those of you who follow my dog, Oscar, or me on Facebook already know that Oscar is no longer with us.
We had to say good-bye to our dearest friend on Friday as his osteoarthritis left him unable to walk.
After so many years of unconditional love from him, it was our turn to show him our love and let him go.
He dived into his last sunset at the vet’s on Friday morning, surrounded by so much love. (He was nearly 12 years old.)
He fell asleep peacefully in my lap, with the rest of his family at his side.
I know he touched the lives of so many of you – even though you had never met him.
It warms my heart that you could see his gentle soul through my photos.
It’s a measure of the love he shared and the life he led – that he connected with so many people around the world.
He lived fully in every moment; he loved widely and generously.
That’s the best way to live — and his best legacy.
Please forgive me if I don’t visit you this week. But I want you to know that your warm wishes and love are a source of comfort to us.
For more love, please visit: Our World Tuesday.
Every year, the sakura – or Japanese cherry blossoms –
Spread pretty pops of pink elation in downtown Stockholm.
They hang like
Petalled bunches from the trees;
Clouds of blossoms in the sky;
Float in the air
Like pink tutus;
And remind us
That life, like the cherry blossom,
Is fragile, fleeting and beautiful.
For more stories, please visit: Our World Tuesday.
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;
To remember that even if life seems to be going backwards,
We can try to deal with problems with grace.
Life has its moments of beauty —
And of tenderness and love.
A big dose of laughter will stop neigh-sayers in their tracks
And make life better —
Because it’s all about falling and then having the courage
To saddle up and ride again.
For more hay-zy wise words, please visit: Our World Tuesday.
I love the early mornings
And the dew
That transforms ordinary leaves
Into something extraordinary —
Into a bejewelled world
Of dancing rainbows,
Reminding me of one of my favourite quotations:
Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf. — Tagore
For more enchantment, please visit: Our World Tuesday.
One evening, I was out enjoying the pink rippled effect
On the silk of the lake
When a sailboat came into view.
It was a magically, calm evening – not a breath of breeze in the air…
The lesson seemed to be this:
As we set sail across the oceans of our own lives
We have to remember that the strength lies within us
To get to our haven – even when there is no wind to help us on our way.
For more calm skies, please visit: Skywatch.
A day out at the beach
Can fill you with joy
And teach you that you need to make time for rest —
And space for play and imagination.
Even when stripped down to the bare bones,
We still have a rusty beauty.
At the end of the day,
It is enough simply to be,
And to be who we are.
For more life lessons, please visit: Our World.
The bird came swooping in
Over the water lilies on the pond —
Only to be met by a strong headwind
That pushed him back the way he had come.
It was a struggle to stay afloat.
He had to adjust his path to the new circumstances.
But the fight was worth it.
Soon he was flying off in the new direction life had presented him with.
We too can learn from and be inspired by the birds, don’t you think?
Dear friends, it’s finally that time of year again: my annual visit back to England to visit my family.
I’ll be away for almost two weeks, so my visits to your blogs will be a bit sporadic.
Please do pop in here every now and then as I’ll have some new posts up for you to enjoy.
For more inspiration, please visit: Camera Critters.
It is a flower’s nature to bloom.
The same thing could be said of people
If we give them enough
I’m away all weekend, so won’t be able to visit you.
But thank you – once again – for your visit!