It’s been a while…

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Flowers by the lake

It’s been a while since I last blogged. I’ve been busy with…oh, you know…life and things. I think sometimes we use busy as a synonym for stressed.

“How are you?” “Oh, I’m busy,” you say, implying your frenetic, feet-hardly-ever-touch-the-ground life.

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Spring

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Spring ~ a poem by Mary Oliver

Somewhere
a black bear
has just risen from sleep
and is staring

down the mountain.
All night
in the brisk and shallow restlessness
of early spring
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Memorial Day

In less than a month, it will be the longest day of the year. Thursday, June 20th marks the last day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. The apple tree in the garden is in full bloom. Hopefully we will have a lovely crop of apples in a few months and I can bake to my heart’s content.

Apple blossom in the garden. Collage created with photovisi.com. Photos Grace @ Cultural Life copyright 2013

Apple blossom in the garden. Collage created with photovisi.com. Photos Grace @ Cultural Life copyright 2013

As well as celebrating the wonderful weather and the imminent arrival of summer, today is Memorial Day in the United States. Whatever your personal beliefs are regarding the issue of war, spare a thought for families who have loved and lost on this Memorial Day. I have relatives – now deceased – who served their country and it is important to remember the sacrifices they and countless others have made and are still making.

“Peace is more important than all justice; and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace” – Martin Luther

Many other countries are celebrating holidays today too. In the UK, it is a Spring Bank Holiday, in Bolivia they are observing a Mother’s Day holiday, it is Children’s Day in Nigeria and the President of Ghana has recently declared that today is a public holiday for the country. Are any other countries celebrating public holidays today?

Photo challenge day 31: End

It’s day thirty-one of the First Thirty-one Photo Challenge from Fourtuitous, celebrating the first thirty-one days of the year with a photo a day, and that means it’s the end.

Snowdrop flowers signal that winter is coming to an end and spring will soon arrive.

 

Snowdrops signal the end of winter

Snowdrops signal the end of winter