Bedazzled

Yesterday was Earth Day. When I think of many ways Mother Nature dazzles us, I feel we should celebrate her everyday. Perhaps, in so doing, we would we see the need to protect her against pollution, global warming, overpopulation, natural resources depletion and the list goes on.

At the lake in spring

At the lake in spring

Nature, in her most dazzling aspects or stupendous parts, is but the background and theater of the tragedy of man.” ~ John Morley

For a dazzling take on the theme, visit Ailsa.

The Squares

When I saw ‘Square’ as Ailsa‘s travel theme this week, I couldn’t help but think of books. Maybe it’s because I just came back from the library with a huge pile. As a voracious reader and book lover, I’m always on the look out for poistokirjojen myyntitori (library book sales). I go wild like a child in a candy store.

Gandhi's Reading Glasses @ Satyagraha House, Johannesburg

Gandhi’s Reading Glasses @ Satyagraha House, Johannesburg

What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you.” ~ Anne Lamott

It’s time for me to disappear for a while and travel through time and space. Enjoy your weekend folks!

Just Fluttering…

I wandered lonely as a Cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and Hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden Daffodils;
Beside the Lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

~ William Wordsworth

Summer Garden - a simple bouquet of daisies from the fields

Summer Garden – a simple bouquet of daisies from the fields

I know Wordsworth talks of daffodils but I chose daisies, because they are one of the flowers that signify friendship. Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day (of course you know that, the commercial has already enticed you), here in Finland we celebrate it as a friends day.

We all are busy but do take time now and again to show your friends how much they mean to you.

…by to say Happy Friendship Day!

For more beautiful fluttering meanings, please visit Ailsa.

Back to the Routine

Routine, routine…what can I say about routine? Some say it’s boring but others argue that it “brings pleasure and a sense of safety”. Well you decide!

My routine is a bit of both, that is, boring and exciting. A sequence of repeated actions almost everyday, for example, a cup of coffee first thing in the morning, staring at blank screen during the day (amongst other things) till I give up and go for walk.

My walking routine is always exciting and full of possibilities. I come back after a walk inspired and finally able to write something on the blank screen, sometimes it’s just nonsense and other times I pat myself on the back.

The neighbourhood

The neighbourhood

Winter has finally set in up here, with double digits at sub-zero. My walking routine stands regardless of the season, and this is what I found yesterday. A pensioner on his daily routine and one of the few people up for ‘small talk’ in this biting weather feeding mallards on his way back from the shops.

Mallards bathing in the cold

Mallards bathing in the cold

With each start of the year, we always hope for the best and this year is no exception. I wish you all my fellow bloggers and readers a fruitful year filled with joy.

Please visit Ailsa and be inspired to get back to the blogging routine:-)