Posted in Nature, Photo, Photo challenge

Travel theme: Pathways


In dreams I dwell

among the trees

the Ancient Ones



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Let other Pathways lead you home…

Posted in Animals, Culture/History, Nature, Photo, Photo challenge, Stories, Writing

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

The bag on his shoulders grew heavier with each passing minute and his breath came in ragged gasps. Where was the way out of these cursed woods? Something howled in the distance and the man flinched. Was it a wolf? Were there even wolves in this area? He hurried onward but froze when the stars winked out as a grey shape passed over him on silent wings. He felt the owl’s golden eyes settle on him. The thumping in his chest was like thunder in his ears. Then light filtered through the trees. Could it be… Moving forward again he finally saw the crossing that would take him and his loot to safety.


Once again he had made his escape.


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Feel free to visit The Daily Post for more Escapes, a photo challenge by Cheri Lucas Rowlands.

Posted in Animals, Nature, Photo, Six Word Saturday

Empty Nest Syndrome

My Saturday in six words:


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The day after I shot these photos, the nest was empty. I don’t know whether they have flown off or if some predator bird got them. There were no feathers at the crime scene. My cat is innocent, that’s for sure. The weather has been so bad that he hasn’t gone outside for days.

How long do turtledoves stay in the nest, does anyone know? Is it possible they are still safe? I’d like to think so…

Have a safe weekend!

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Turtledove Love

My Saturday in six words:



Thank you for your heartwarming comments and concern. You have asked for an update so here it is:

In all these weeks, the turtledove mother hardly ever left the nest. Not even when we come outside on our way to the shed. She just sits there, quietly, and hatches her days away. I often talk to her, encourage her – one mother to the other – and she seems to listen.

This week the weather finally cleared – a bit, though temporary: it’s raining even more cats (and dogs) at the moment – so we dragged the chairs from the shed to my backyard in case we might  be able to eat outside, and did some garden work… including V-man hammering the bottom of an old metal bucket back in shape. Argh! This proved to be too much for even this valiant mother. She took off!


I was worried and kept checking the nest. To my great relief she returned half an hour later. Perhaps she went out for dinner?


Stay warm, stay vigilant – we care!

>> Related post: Turtledove Nanny

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Posted in Culture/History, Photo, Six Word Saturday

We Remember

My Saturday in six words:



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Remembrance of the Dead (in Dutch: Dodenherdenking) is held annually on May 4 in the Netherlands. It commemorates all civilians and members of the armed forces of the Kingdom of the Netherlands who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the outbreak of World War II.

Traditionally, the main ceremonies are observed in Amsterdam at the National Monument on Dam Square. This ceremony is usually attended by members of the cabinet and the royal family, military leaders, representatives of the resistance movement and other social groups. At 8 PM, two minutes of silence are observed throughout the Netherlands. Public transport is stopped, as well as all other traffic. There are ceremonies in other cities and places as well. Especially notable are those at the Waalsdorpervlakte near The Hague, where many Dutch resistance fighters were executed during the war, and at the war cemetery Grebbeberg. In many towns, before or after the two minutes of silence, people gather around a monument, listen to speeches and lay down flowers to remember the dead.

The next day, on May 5, Dutch people celebrate the liberation of the nation from the German occupation of 1940 to 1945.

(Information: Wikipedia)

Have a peaceful Saturday out here.

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Posted in Art, Border hopping, Culture/History, Haiku, Photo, Photo challenge, Poems, Writing

Travel theme: Light

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Playful light, dart through;

chase shadows around corners

’till dark is no more.




More Light at Ailsa’s Where’s my backpack?

Perhaps you’d like to take a look at my Six Word Story Challenge: Light of two weeks ago?

Posted in Animals, Nature, Six Word Saturday

Turtledove Nanny

My Saturday in six words:




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Our two ‘house’ turtledoves, which have been around for years, finally decided to build a nest. In my backyard, over the window of the living room. And I’m absolutely thrilled, but also very anxious. For I have a CAT! A big mean ol’ cat who likes baby birds for breakfast!


Well, actually no, Bandit is a sweet cat who has had a good relationship with these turtledoves for all those years… as long as they are on top of the fence and he’s down on the ground. Or behind the glass watching them while making funny cat sounds.

But little baby birds are a whole different matter. I will try to keep Bandit in as much as possible – he’s afraid of being outside when it’s light anyway and only goes out for a fresh nose in the dark for an hour or so.

Hatch in peace, feathered ones. I’m going to be a Turtledove Nanny! 

Have a fertile weekend 😉

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Travel theme: Contrast

It was the contrast of the indigo against the green that caught my eye.


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And here is an extremely short film of the little beauty. It is called Unfolding.

You are more than welcome to visit Ailsa’s Where’s my backpack? for more contrast photos 😀

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Travel theme: Benches

To see benches from all over the world is Ailsa’s goal this week. So I dug into my photo archives and found:

~ this simple but stylish wooden bench in Corfe, England.


~no mere bench, but a home for a dog and her pups.


~ too beautiful to sit on.


~ Ailsa, this might look familiar to you: a Dublin bench. The photo in the header was also taken there.

130412bench6~ and another piece of art, the Serpent Bench in Park Güell, Barcelona, designed by Antoni Gaudí.


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Want to see more benches? Then quickly go to Ailsa’s Where’s my backpack? Hurry, or your seat might be taken!