Posts tagged “Our World

The jewels of autumn

Living near a new part of the lake

Gives wide views from stony cliffs.


Ruby glows among the autumn leaves

As she jumps up on a big rock that is more than 2 metres high.


Simmie prefers to camouflage himself

Among the yellow lanterns of leaves.


A leaf shines

Like a ruby;

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And the brilliance of a fallen leaf

Reflects onto rock like molten gold.


For more treasures, please visit: Our World.

Empty sky

When I was in New Jersey in April, I visited Liberty Park.

It’s home to the Empty Sky memorial


And the outdoor waiting area and old railway station

That used to take immigrants to their new homes all over the USA.

Both places are near each other — and it struck me

How they are almost opposites: the one being all about destruction and loss;


The other (in need of renovation – see last photo) a reminder of an age of tolerance and understanding.

Now that there is a harder attitude to refugees and immigrants and otherness

Around the world – it is somehow comforting to think that once the sky wasn’t empty,

But filled with open arms for people looking for a better life.

There was less ‘we and them’ and more ‘us’.

It’s my hope that there will be less hate and more love in the world.

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Immigrant waiting area

For more stories, please visit: Our World.

Dancing on the edge

I have lots more photos from Portugal to share with you —

But I thought I’d take a break this week

And show you the beauty of raindrops

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Dancing on the edge of

Beautiful green leaves (some would say weeds).

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These shots remind me of a lovely Tagore quote:

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.

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For more dancing, go to: Our World.

Out of the blue

It’s always fun finding

The quirky side to a new place.

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Ericeira, a small coastal village in Portugal,

Blue me away with its lovely azure glass tiles

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And hand-y door knobs.

Aren’t they just blue-tiful?


For more fun and fewer bad puns, please visit: Our World.

Fairytale Palace

The small bus chugs up the winding roads of Sintra —

And then after a steep uphill climb on foot,


You gasp when you finally glimpse the fairytale outline

Of Pena Palace:


A beautiful example of 19th century

Portuguese Romanticism.

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Gorgeous tiles and lemon walls

Are a breathtaking reminder


Of how amazing the human imagination

Coupled with architecture can be.


For more incredible sights, please visit: Our World.

Gone surfing

On Thursday, I’m flying off to Portugal again with the kids —

Time to enjoy Lisbon and then


Off to the beach for

Surfing and sunsets.

These photos are from the Atlantic Coast, Portugal, taken last year.

(See you all again in about ten days.)

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For more great moments, please visit: Our World.

Midsummer joy

Midsummer’s Eve is the second most important

Celebration in Sweden after Christmas.

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It’s a time for dancing

Around the midsummer maypole

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With flowers in your hair

No matter whether you are male, female or child.


The folk dancers

Wear their traditional costumes —

(They start them off young…)

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As do the musicians:

It’s hard work though!


And everyone has fun

No matter colour, age or belief system.

And that’s what is important in the world:

Love and tolerance.


For more celebrations, please visit: Our World.

Enjoying my greens

Early summer is

A symphony of green and wildlife:


The green is

Sometimes luminous and startling,


Sometimes like dewy

Emerald fireworks,


And sometimes abstract paintings

In the rain.

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For more greens, please visit: Our World.

The art of wilting gracefully

I think there is much to be said


For flowers (and people) that have blossomed out, lived life

And then begin to wilt gracefully.

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There is elegance in silken petals

(And lined faces).


Drooping flowers — and ageing people for that matter —

Have their own beauty and wisdom.


For more flowering posts, please visit: Our World.

Pink petal profusion

Pretty in pink

One of the highlights of spring is enjoying the sakura

Or Japanese cherry blossoms in the centre of Stockholm.

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The sakura speak to us of

What is possible


And of petalled beauty

That lasts only a short time,

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Blooming without holding back

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And reminding us that life is like the sakura:

Fleeting, fragile, fabulous.

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For more beauty, please visit: Our World.

And don’t forget: Skywatch.