Posts tagged “Our World

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.


Gone surfing

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

Time to enjoy Lisbon and then

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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.

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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!

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And everyone has fun

No matter colour, age or belief system.

And that’s what is important in the world:

Love and tolerance.

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For more celebrations, please visit: Our World.


Enjoying my greens

Early summer is

A symphony of green and wildlife:

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The green is

Sometimes luminous and startling,

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Sometimes like dewy

Emerald fireworks,

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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

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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).

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Drooping flowers — and ageing people for that matter —

Have their own beauty and wisdom.

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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

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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.


Can a dog smile?

It was a glorious winter day

With snow, sun and sparkles on the trees.

That made me smile.

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A long walk with friends

To chase

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— That’s what made Simmie smile.

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After two hours of running around

And enjoying the scenery —

We were all tired and happy.

(That’s my Ruby on the right as you look at the photo and Simmie on the back left

With Jessie, Ruby’s puppy, standing in front of him.)

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For more smiles, please go to: Our World.


Photobombing fun

It’s tulip season again — and it’s always

Lovely to bring spring inside when it’s still winter outside.

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Ruby wanted to get in on the action

And provided a warm, fuzzy background for the tulips.

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Now it was time to photograph Ruby,

But the tulips had other ideas and decided

To photobomb her!😉

(Or maybe it was just me having fun with different focus points.)

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Then Simmie decided it was unfair

That he wasn’t in the pictures,

So he muscled in on the action,

Photobombing Ruby.

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For more fun, please visit: Our World.


It’s brrr-eautiful!

No matter how  you look at it —

With

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Or without a dog:

Winter is beautiful.

(I’m filming away from home this week, so may not be able to reply to your comments.)

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For more beauty, please visit: Our World.

And also check out: Skywatch.


Full moon frost

It’s moving chaos here – but I just wanted to share some photos I took with my mobile phone when I was out on a gorgeous early morning walk just after Christmas. And yes – I was kicking myself for not taking my big camera with me…

As Ruby is at the breeders with her new puppies, we agreed to dogsit a friend’s dog (Ruby’s puppy from last year!) over Christmas and New Year.

We walked through a magical landscape

Of hoar frost and pink skies. It was – 14 C.

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The full moon was just setting in the early morning

As the dogs played and zoomed in the snowy fields.

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Our dog, Simson, loves the snow – who doesn’t?

I think he looks adorable in his snow beard.

I won’t be able to respond to your comments, but I do wish you all a new year filled with good things – and hope we can all pull together to make the world a kinder place.

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For more frolicking dogs and other sights, please visit: Our World.

 


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