One of the highlights of spring is enjoying the sakura
Or Japanese cherry blossoms in the centre of Stockholm.
The sakura speak to us of
What is possible
And of petalled beauty
That lasts only a short time,
Blooming without holding back
And reminding us that life is like the sakura:
Fleeting, fragile, fabulous.
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And don’t forget: Skywatch.
It was the end of October
And the frosted jetty floated in the rising sun.
A glowing Ruby
Was ready to play in the golden light.
The frost turned her breath
Into a white beard.
Grass crunched underfoot —
And the diamond-studded earth
Made a lovely canvas for a meeting with friends.
After all, happiness is a frosted dog!
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Autumn is a time of exuberant energy —
It’s quite zensational, in fact.
The golden coins of leaves
Hang like happy suns in the trees;
The light in the woods
Everywhere you go,
You can see flying leaves
(Those black dots aren’t dirt, they are leaves!)
And beautiful views.
And the best thing about autumn
Is that you’re never too old
To frolic in the leaves.
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The golden evening light of late summer
Transforms even the humblest of flowers
Into works of art:
From downy pillows of fluff
To small wishes ready for take off.
And if you’re lucky,
You might even see a dandelion rainbow.
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Pools of white lace
Unfurling in the summer sun —
Peonies look lovely
No matter how you see the world.
Still away in England – but back very soon!
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Indulge me a little
As I talk about love and dogs.
(This is an old photo – but one of my favourites.)
Oscar, our dog, came to us
When he was four and a half.
He has taught us so much
About love and companionship.
(My son took this picture of Oscar, 11.5, and me.)
Ruby, 5, is our foster dog and has been with us since December.
She was mated and grew larger and larger.
Towards the end of her pregnancy, she didn’t go far
But loved the coolness of the late evening light.
We thought she might have three or four pups inside her (like the first litter of pups she had last year),
But she surprised us all by giving birth to eight healthy puppies.
This is a photo the breeder sent me on the same day as the birth.
I’d say love conquers all, wouldn’t you?
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One warm afternoon last year,
I was walking in an unexplored forest
And taking photos of Oscar.
Suddenly, I looked up to see a deer
Gazing peacefully at me.
Our eyes locked for what felt like ages.
I felt the deer was trying to tell me something:
That you can find gifts in the most unexpected of places.
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This weekend we drove two hours to get to a charming placed called Taste of Africa —
Hidden in an out-of-the-way farm.
Apart from a shop and a café, the main experience here
Is cooking food together with others over outdoor fires
In true South African tradition.
I was assigned to cook the main meal – a Cape Malay curry – for us vegetarians.
The food is cooked in cast-iron pots called potjie.
Luckily, it was impossible to burn the food (my speciality)
And the curry was delicious. (Yes, I’m sure you’re as surprised as I was!)
I did see a sign that would be very appropriate in my own kitchen, however!
The food was delicious – as was the company –
And we enjoyed it under a canopy of clouds, rain
And dancing figures.
It was a great way to meet new friends
And enrich the South African heritage of the kids.
Just had to throw in one of my favourite photographs of the anklebiters (taken a couple of years ago)…
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Some people say that Paris is the most romantic city in the world.
It could be because of the magnificent views of old buildings;
Or the romantic bridges criss-crossing the Seine.
Whatever the reason, the bridges of Paris are famous
For their hundreds of love locks —
Most with the names of couples written on them
To signify eternal love.
One of the most famous bridges with locks is very near Notre Dame Cathedral.
It’s been standing for at least 800 years — a testament of love and faith —
And it makes the loves and losses of our lives
Seems like the brief and passing beauty of a candle flame.
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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.
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