No more excuses

No more excuses. No more procrastination. It is Monday after all – and I always start a diet or exercise plan on a Monday. Heehee. No matter that I usually give up on Tuesday- but this time ( at least for a week or two) I will persevere. 


I have just returned home after three weeks jaunting around the South Island NZ in our caravan. We did some pleasant and easy walks. We ate several dinners out and drank copious wine too. Unsurprisingly I realized that I wasn’t as fit as I thought I was. 


My excuse; Having spent the last 9 -10 weeks with my arm in a sling following rotator cuff tendon repair surgery, my fitness level and balance has declined somewhat. Sooooo – here I go again. 


I looked tentatively at that Exercycle covered in dust and cobwebs. It made me feel guilty as it sat neglected in the corner. 


No excuses left. I pulled it out to the centre of the room and plugged it in. Then I actually climbed aboard and switched it on. ‘I’ll just do 5 km,’ I thought to myself. Well,  10km and 30 minutes later,  I switched it off and just like that  my first small step was done. 


Maybe I’ll even dust it tomorrow before I have another go. I think the spiders vacated their cobwebs when I started pedalling. 

Life in colour. April – It’s all about Pink

This month’s colour is Pink

Defined as “A delicate colour that means sweet, nice, playful, cute, romantic, charming, feminine, and tenderness, is associated with bubble gum, flowers, babies, little girls, cotton candy, and sweetness.” 

 My take is a little different….

“Pink isn’t just a color it’s an Attitude too!” ― Miley Cyrus

Grayson Perrys – Pink Harley

Turner prize winning artist Grayson Perry is known for his bizarre crossdressing as his alter ego ‘Claire’ and his even more bizarre, but highly acclaimed art! Not many people know about his kickass motorbike journey where he toured halfway across Europe on a pink madly decorated motorbike carrying his teddybear and childhood hero, Alan Measles, in a glass shrine on the back. A glass shrine? Yes Perry had seen the popemobile and knew his teddybear deserved nothing less than the pope…..  

Fashion or food – or is that fashionable food?

Just a selection of pink foods and drinks devoured during my travels. 


I had never seen pink beer so any excuse to drink or eat a bit more colour into my life.

Or you can just wear pink….


https://traveltalk.me.uk/2021/04/22/life-in-colour-60/

Who dares to capture the light?

Written in response to Sadje‘s What do You See #77 photo prompt. This is what I saw – I may be biased.

Capturing the fairies light 
Imprisoning them at night 
They can take neither flight
Nor stand and fight

I wonder who might
behold this sight 
And think they have the right 
to capture the fairies light. 

 It is such a blight
Against the magic of light
The fairies must take fright 
As they try to sparkle in the night

For  those who believe and share their delight 
The fairies will still shine bright 
And hold on tight
To their special  light 

And that is alright. 
To wish for a fairy good night.

SundayStills – March 21 Color Challenge: Spring Greens

But we are heading into Autumn!!  

The snow is melting in the northern hemisphere
The spring sap is greening the leaves of the trees
Whilst  here down under deep in the South
The leaves are changing, colouring and falling

Winter is coming, it is time to reset the clock
So these few glimpses of Springtimes long gone
Are all that I will have to keep me cosy and warm.
Oh what am I to do? 
Yes- its back to an archive or two.

I really don’t mind a trip down memory lane 
As I have many unedited  images languishing in vain.
So I try to stay  ’focused’ on the task ahead.
And play with those images to shine their light in this thread.
The changing  seasons of our lives
Are captured through lenses that remain bright
Seasons are just a bringer of a different kinds of light
To illuminate our days or shine moonlight through the night.

And if we are lucky the sun will send 
Lady Aurora to bedazzle our skies.
So even on a cloudless, moonless night, 
there will still be green lights
Skies of green

With this in mind, I remembered this song from 1965.. still relevant in these pandemic times maybe…

TURN, TURN, TURN

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven

A time to build up, a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven

A time of love, a time of hate
A time of war, a time of peace
A time you may embrace, a time to refrain from embracing

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven

A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sow
A time for love, a time for hate
A time for peace, I swear it's not too late.

"The Byrds, 1965"

So until Spring next graces us with her presence 

I’ll set my mind on finding the light wherever it may be

Life in colour – 2021 March- Green

Green is for Go  – so let’s go on a journey along green pathways

Through the mossy green forest…

Mossy tree

After our walk through the forest, we might meander alongside the stream where  fish swim beneath the water lilies…

And splash across and around waterfalls…

Waterfalls

Wondering what is beyond the green gates, we could climb up the stairs ..

Or we can peek through doors to a courtyard which is inviting, cool and green!

Let’s hire a lime e-bike to explore Berlin…

Lime E bikes in Berlin

Maybe look for different greens reflected in the architecture….

Returning back down the path through my favourite leafy foliage

Well – that was a memorable  trip around the world of green. I hope you enjoyed it too.

SundayStills – Some of my Best Black & White Photos

I love black and white photography and I try to aim for the moon. I look for compositions and light that works well for the genre. Here are my offerings.


“Aim for the moon and even if you miss you will land amongst the stars”


Lighting in the landscape  sets the scene for stunning scenery be it stormy or calm waters or even over the top geography of rural roads.

Flowers and vegetables have interesting textures that often work well in black and white.


Sculpted statues are some of my favourite subjects to capture in black and white.  

Sunday Stills – Rainy Day Road Trip

So what do you do when you wake on the first day of a three day holiday and it is raining…? Jump in the car and go on a rainy day road trip, of course.

On the way we found a wet sheep and a rusty old broken down barn…

The river was raging under the road bridge…

We stopped and splashed across the road to the old Langford store…

At last the rain stopped and we found the rainbow…. a great reward to end our rainy day road trip.

Sunday Stills – Feed the Birds – its all about the birds

I love seeing birds in the wild doing what birds should be doing – flying free and catching their own food – even if they do feast on my fruit trees!

I have captured seabirds catching crabs both at home and on our travels.

Once I fed a big seagull my ice-cream – or rather it stole it by dive-bombing from behind me and knocking the ice-cream from the ice-cream cone. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry but the amused onlookers thought it was hilarious.  Needless to say, I didn’t get that photo – just a big fright!  Does that count as feeding the birds?

Seagul. 

I was so excited to see a hummingbird for the first time when in Oklahoma a few years back.  The feeder attracted this one long enough for me to capture this image

Hummingbird

Taking time out to feed the sparrows in Paris  

Feeding frenzy

My own bird feeder

Bird feeder

I love walking along a local pathway alongside the beach to find the baby shags being fed .

So although watching the wild birds in their natural habitat is my preference, I have a friend who cares for rescue birds like this cockatoo.  Sam the cockatoo likes to choose her own cookie.  I’m not sure if it is the pink colour she was attracted to or the little seed-like sugar bits. She is quite a character and whilst she no longer flies, she can climb freely and loves being fed in this tree.  She has been known to  climb too high sometimes so her caregiver pretends to drive away and down she scrambles.  

#WQWWC #13 – Fair or Not Fair?

This week’s topic for Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays is fairness, equal, eqitable, just or the counter point “Unfair!” Merriam Webster defines fairness three ways: impartial and just treatment or behavior without favoritism or discrimination, having light-colored hair or a pale complexion, and beauty.
This is my response. 

OVERHEARD

“It’s not fair.  It’s so not fair!  Sooooo not fair! Not fair!  Totally not fair!” “I don’t  have any – where’s mine?”

I don’t even have to say which grandchild this was. Except she is super cute, gorgeous and very dramatic. But it did make  me wonder what was so ‘not fair’?  ls it life or just our reaction to it?  Is it just one of life’s little disappointments?  Or is it much much more?

What is fair?  What does it feel like? How do we teach fairness?

What if we said – “Life is not fair nor equitable so what can or should we do about it?

I remember the “equity vs equality”workshops I attended in my educator days. Examples of historical injustices were difficult topics to explore let alone acknowledge. There were such interesting yet challenging debates across the room.
“We are not responsible for the bad decisions and atrocious actions of our ancestors” was regularly heard as attendees grappled with the harsh truths they were hearing. 

And yet, aren’t we all both beneficiaries and victims of those past societal wrongs?  We live in societies formed for mutual support and protection. Whatever happened to that?? Whatever happened to taking individual responsibility for the benefit of community?

Should we still be enjoying the privileges that came to us because of the colour of our skin or the geographical location of our birthplace? Shouldn’t we have evolved to be better than those that went  before?  We have better education and more knowledge these days. 

History could teach us lessons if only we are prepared to suspend judgement and learn from the lessons of the past.If individuals would take some self responsibility.  Would that help?

Social justice should mean that some need,  and get, more equitable opportunities than others. Yet still, all peoples are not equal.

 What can be done to acknowledge and rectify the wrongs of social injustice and unfairness?

Do we start by teaching the children – or do we need to unlearn our own prejudices first? 

QUOTE:

Children learn what they live.
If a child lives with criticism... they learn to condemn.
If they live with hostility…they learn to fight.
If they live with ridicule… they learn to be shy.
If they live with shame...they learn to be guilty.
If they live with tolerance... they learn confidence.
If they live with praise... they learn to appreciate.
If they live with fairness... they learn about justice


Dorothy Nolte