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:-)

Blogger Recognition Award

Many thanks for the recognition to Olibtom whose inspiring blog is full of positivity, gratitude and thought-provoking topics (Think Pieces). Please readers check this blog out, you’ll find treasures of wisdom.

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Select 15 other bloggers to award.

You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.

Write a post to show off your award.

Give a brief story of how your blog started.

Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers.

Thank whoever nominated you and give a link to their blog.

Attach the award to the blog.

Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them.

Provide a link to the award creator.

Nominations for Blogger Recognition

I’m breaking the rule of nominating 15 bloggers, because there are so many bloggers who continue to enrich me with knowledge through their intriguing, heart-warming and thought-provoking stories both in prose and poetry. Nature lovers and photographers who share their fascinating worlds, and many more refreshing bloggers sharing their worldview.

Give a brief story of how your blog started

As mentioned on my ‘About’ page, this blog started as a way of keeping in touch with my family and friends, sharing joys and challenges in my second home. The blog has achieved more than that just ‘keeping in touch’ but connected me with amazing bloggers/writers all over the world.

A piece of advice or two to new bloggers

Hmm…advice! Write about what you passionate about, care about and so that readers can take something from your experience. Second, do not measure your blog success by numbers (even if your aim is to gain a lot of readers) but by how readers relate and engage with your posts. That is, not only ‘liking’ them but leaving comments showing that they took time to read the content.

Happy Blogging!

Inspiration

Nature is by far my number one inspiration. I take my cue from the well-defined seasons, each with a distinct characteristic.

I wake up with nature in spring, and sprint to hug trees. I follow the melody of a loon in summer, in order to dance under the midnight sun. I hibernate and read sad memoirs in late autumn, so that I can write sad poetry:). I dive into wonderland where the spell of winter keeps me captive, and I surrender.

This is how first snow looks like...

This is how first snow looks like…

For more stunning pursuits of a muse, please visit Ailsa.

Camaraderie

I couldn’t agree more with Ailsa. As unrest and violence continue to threaten our communities, countries (remembering Mali with the recent attacks) and the whole world, it has never been this important to stay united. 

Whether through communities

Shared interest in Germany

Shared interest – Germany

in celebration

Folk dance in Czech

Folk dance – Czech

or simply having fun with snow (oh, did I tell you it snowed at last!)

Snow sculpting in Finland

Snow sculpting – Finland

whilst we remain vigilant.

In service of others - South Africa

In service of others – South Africa

Now and again I get an opportunity to work with other expats, and I enjoy the camaraderie of a tight-knit sisterhood brought together by a common experience even though we come from different backgrounds.

Some of the brave girls I know.

Some of the brave girls I know.

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” ~ Mother Teresa

Luminous

Whilst we wait for snow…

The Snow & Christmas Decorations

The Snow & Christmas Decorations

…and when days are dark

An autumn afternoon by the lake

An autumn afternoon by the lake

every natural glow is a joy.

The Northern Lights

The Northern Lights

I trek distances under the flaming skies

The Flaming Skies

The Flaming Skies

to capture images of the glorious sun as it descends.

The Sun

The Sun

The moonlight a miracle

The Moon

The Moon

as I dream of a long gone sun, near the campfire.

The Campfire

The Campfire

These are effects and moods of late autumn. I’m trying to make the best of the dark season, and hoping for the first snowfall.

For more on the theme, visit Ailsa.