Stillness

Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at anytime and be yourself.

~ Hermann Karl Hesse

Harbour in the evening

Harbour in the evening

I’ve been quite. Finnish summer urges me to be silent, at least in the blogosphere. Because it is short, best season to travel, and be still in nature. Some of my blogger friends know this already.

So, happy summer everyone in the Northern Hemisphere. And down South, may your days be filled with winter’s stillness!

Breathe

Wilderness provides with plenty of space to breathe.

Kilpisjärvi, Lapland

Lakes and Fells

Nature is abundant with wonder that stops me in my tracks, and I take a deep breath.

Yoga pose, perhaps?

Yoga pose, perhaps?

Forest and lake nearby inspires me to walk slowly and breathe.

Neighbourhood

Neighbourhood

And a splash of colour compensates for all the pollen in the air.

The Tulips

The Tulips

When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace.” ~ Author Unknown

For more on the theme, visit Ailsa.

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.