One Word Sunday: Pond

Debbie’s theme this Sunday is ‘Pond or Ponder’. Well nothing could be ponder than a fish pond, so here’s mine through our kitchen window. The photo was taken on a rainy Saturday morning and the goldfish were extra wet and probably pondering whether the raindrops landing on the surface were fish pellets or not. I’m sure they were very disappointed.

We’ll be leaving to see family in NJ on Tuesday so I may not be around on WP very much. Wishing you all a relaxing Sunday and a great week.

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One Word Sunday: Handy

For Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday ‘Handy’, I remembered this photo taken in April, of my 107-year-old Mom-in-law showing off her nail do for Saint George’s Day. if you zoom in, you will see the ‘St George’s Flag painted on two of her nails. She is sitting in her beautiful room at the care home where she now resides, having moved there only at the grand old age of 105. Up in the left hand corner of the photo is a tapestry of Thomas Gainsborough’s ‘Blue Boy’ which Kathleen did a few years ago. Those hands were very handy with a needle and thread back in the day. The most ambitious tapestry she did is Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ which has pride of place over her fireplace.

Hands are very handy things and here she is on her 105th birthday, using her thumbs to express her positive attitude to life.

We just chatted on the phone today, and when asked how she was, she replied as she always does, “Well, until someone tells me I’m not okay, I’ll assume I’m just fine.”

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One Word Sunday: Missing

Debbie’s theme for this One Word Sunday is ‘Missing’.

Someone who has been missing from my back yard landscape view for quite some time, is Alli-Baba. I don’t know where he’s been hiding during the pandemic, but he’s obviously safe and well and now back in business. He has grown quite a lot and isn’t such a ‘baba’ any more. Here we caught him just hanging out quite close to the bank, probably looking for dinner options. i sent hubby out to take the photo, because he’s tougher than me and doesn’t look as tasty. Only Alli’s head was visible above water, with the remainder of his large body hidden from view, but I’m sure you can imagine the missing eight to ten feet.

I hope your Sunday is a relaxing one and of course wish all of my American followers a very happy 4th of July.

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One Word Sunday: Urban

Debbie’s theme for her ‘One Word Sunday’ is Urban and what could be more urban than Manhattan? This photo was taken through the window our son’s office, high above the most densely populated and yet the smallest in land area of the five boroughs of New York City. Due to COVID-19, our son is still working from his home in the suburbs but will soon be required to return to the hustle and bustle of the city. We have planned a visit to see him and our grandchildren in July, and will most probably take a ride into the city for the first time in almost two years. The thought is both exciting and intimidating, as living here in Florida, we’re no longer used to being amongst crowds of people. We have decided to fly up, so it will be our first time in an airport and on a plane since the virus struck. It will certainly make for a change of environment.

Wishing you all a very good week.

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One Word Sunday: Mobile

Debbie’s One Word Sunday’ is ‘Mobile’. I remember as a child that my dad would often tell us that we’d have to use ‘Shanks’s Pony’ to get from one place to another. This term which meant using one’s own legs, seems to derive from the Scottish ‘Shanks’ Nag’ mentioned in one of Robert Fergusson’s poems written in the late 18th Century.

In the 1950’s, being mobile meant that we walked to school, walked to the shops and walked to church. My mom and dad both walked to work even after dad got his first car, a tiny Austin A30. Since that time as various forms of transport have become commonplace, everyone just rides from place to place and consequently our legs get much less exercise. We are more mobile, but less active.

My photos for Debbie’s theme ‘Mobile’ were taken in Morocco, where donkeys are the most common form of transportation. These animals not only transport people,

but are also often loaded up to their ears with goods destined for the market, where they and their owners navigate the narrow streets of the souks which are often crowded with tourists. These four-legged taxis and haulage animals are born to work and have a really hard life as an integral part of Moroccan daily life.

Wishing you a relaxing Sunday and hoping we can all become more mobile soon as travel restrictions are gradually lifted.

One Word Sunday: Time

Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday-Time’ brought to mind this joyous photo taken almost ten years ago in Florence. A smiling young man being carried by friends through the streets on the way to his wedding. I think it could be captioned ‘A Time To Celebrate’. I hope that as time has gone by, he and his wife are still happily married and looking forward to celebrating their tenth anniversary in October. How time flies!

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One Word Sunday: Meat/Meet

Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday’ this week, gives us a choice of ‘Meet’ or ‘Meat’.

I’m very fond of taking photos of memorable meals and remembered this outing to a restaurant in Johannesburg with our daughter, son-in-law and grandson, where we’d arranged to meet with two other friends. What a fun outing that was. The place was abuzz with chatter and laughter.

The burgers were a sight to behold and very delicious. Mine was chicken and bacon with lots of extras.

The others chose the more traditional beef burgers, but all contained meat.

I hope I haven’t made you feel hungry with my photos. Now, I’m just longing to go over to South Africa again and meet up with family and friends over a great meal.

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One Word Sunday: Lean

Debbie’s theme for this week’s ‘One Word Sunday’ is ‘Lean’.

My most obvious choice would be Italy’s world renowned ‘ Leaning Tower of Pisa’. This structure, begun in the 12th century is the free-standing bell tower of the cathedral complex in the medieval Tuscan town of Pisa. It stood upright for almost five years, but when construction was almost completed, because of the compaction of the dense clay on which its foundation was laid, the tower started to lean over to one side. Further work on it was halted for a hundred years, but since then more floors were added, which of course caused the tower to lean over even more. It’s quite a miracle that the tower is still standing and in 1987, the tower, the cathedral and the baptistry were together declared to be a ‘Unesco World Heritage Site’.

But how about this fun image of me in Punta Cana, exerting all my strength to hold up a leaning palm tree at the resort where we stayed? As you can see in the background, it wasn’t the only palm tree which looked as though it was about to fall over.

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One Word Sunday: Point

For Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday-Point’, I’ve chosen this image of the iconic Chrysler Building designed by William Van Alen, with its beautiful spire pointing straight up into the clear blue sky over Manhattan. Construction was started in 1928 and completed in 1930 and its Art Deco style has made it one of the most famous buildings in New York. The interior structure is made of steel and Van Alen’s ‘big surprise’ which was kept from the media and the public, was the secretly built 185 ft spire which only at the very last moment and to everyone’s amazement, was hoisted through the roof and bolted into place, making it at 1046 ft the world’’s tallest building. The following year, its height was surpassed by the Empire State Building, but today it is still the tallest brick-built skyscraper in the world.

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I hope you’re all enjoying a relaxing weekend.

One Word Sunday: Simple

The theme for Debbie’s ‘ One Word Sunday’ is ‘Simple’. Just prior to the Covid19 pandemic which sent everyone scurrying for safety, we visited an art exhibition here in West Palm.There were so many interesting paintings and sculptures, but this one by Andy Warhol really caught my eye. I asked myself, “Why on earth would anyone paint a simple can of chicken noodle soup and a can opener?” More to the point, “Who would buy such a painting and where might they hang it?”

So I simply went to Google my good friend and educator, only to read that Mr Warhol, a little-known artist back in 1962, opened his first solo exhibition at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles with his thirty-two paintings consisting solely of images of cans of various flavours of Campbell’s soup. His painting method was quite simple in that he projected the image of a soup can onto his blank canvas, traced the outline and details, then carefully filled it in using old-fashioned brushes and paint. What could be simpler than that?

When asked why he painted soup cans, his simple explanation was that he liked soup and had eaten Campbell’s soup for lunch every day for twenty years. At first his soup can paintings were ridiculed, but when a few people began to show interest, they were bought as a set for $1000 to be paid over ten months, by the now legendary contemporary art dealer Irving Blum. In 1996 Warhol’s soup cans were recognized as museum-worthy art, by no less than The Museum of Modern Art, which bought the set of 32 paintings from Irving Blum for upwards of $15 million, not too shabby a return on the original selling price of $1000.

I wish you all a simply wonderful Sunday, especially all the loving mothers out there.