I truly believe that if we keep telling
the Christmas story,
singing the Christmas songs,
and living the Christmas spirit,
we can bring joy and happiness
peace to this world."
~ Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993),



My birthday was yesterday
I had a lovely day!
Thank you all for the birthdaywishes!

My health is doing a bit better,
I hope to post more,  after the holydays!
So see you all over here ..



Great Idea for your old shoes ;o)


~High Himalaya

High Himalaya

For 20 years I trekked this unforgiving region
always with a Lecia in my hand
I remain captivated by the stunning landscapes
and the kindness of the people.”
Eric Valli

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~The Story of Misao and Fukumaru

Miyoko Ihara

Japanese photographer Miyoko Ihara
began taking pictures of her grandmother, Misao,
13 years ago to commemorate her rich life.
Along the way, the photographer came across a
beautiful bond between her now 88-year-old grandmother
and a cat named Fukumaru, whose given name
roughly translates as “good fortune circle.”

In her photo book titled Misao the Big Mama and
Fukumaru the Cat, Ihara captures the affectionate tale
of these two best friends doing everything together.

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Looking through a selection of photos from the book,
one can see the genuine friendship and warmth
between the inseparable pair as they keep each other
company throughout their daily lives.
It was nine years ago that Misao first found Fukumaru
abandoned in a shed, described as an “odd-eyed kitten.”
While the cat had its own ailments and hearing
disabilities, the two have continued to grow old together, enjoying the beauty of everyday life against
the stunning backdrop of nature’s fields.

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To see more heartwarming images of this adorable
grandmother and her precious cat,
Misao the Big Mama and Fukumaru the Cat
can be purchased directly through
Little More Books.

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"Under the sun, everyday is a good day,
Another good day”
~ Fukumaru



Most people have heard of mistletoe,
particularly at Christmas time.
It is a plant which often grows on other trees
and shrubs. The white berries are full of a sticky juice. 
There are lots of legends and traditions surrounding
mistletoe, the most well known and popular being the
kissing one. It was believed that kissing under
the mistletoe would lead to marriage.


In ancient times the Druids believed that mistletoe
would bring good luck and health.
Although it has been used to treat some ailments,
the berries are in fact poisonous and should not be
touched by children. Mistletoe has also been
associated with fertility, a good crop being a
sign that the following season's harvest
would be a good one. mistletoe


amazing story
A heartwarming story about dogs.
Lily is a Great Dane blinded by a bizarre medical
condition that required she have both eyes removed.
Madison, another Great Dane, has been her sight.
The two are inseparable.
They were at a shelter, but since their story went viral,
they were adopted ;o)


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 cute idea  
a Wonderful Idea..
is it not?



Historia Unicornis

Horizon… rising…
up to meet
the purple dawn
Dust demon… screaming…
bring an eagle
to lead me on

For in my heart
I carry such a heavy load
Here I am
on Man’s road…


~a Very Special Building in Lyon, France

bijzonder gebouw in Lyon The Murals in the City Centre

In Lyon, “Trompe l’œil” murals and wall-sized
frescoes are essential reference points
in the urban landscape!
They tell the story of Lyon in different ways:
here, through its great men from ancient times to the present day, here, in the form of a giant library,
or here,
like a film decor presenting on of Old Lyon’s really
finest hotels: la Cour des Loges…
A trip through an enormous open-air gallery.

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“You know you’re in love
when you can’t fall asleep
reality is finally better than your dreams.”
~Dr. Seuss



“More magical than I had dreamed, and more varied.
Some are as small as flowers, some as tall as I,
and all sizes between but all seem to exist
as a celebration of nature’s enchantment. “

~The Voyage of the Bassett

Voyage of the Basset is
a fantasy novel published in 1996.
It was written and illustrated by James C. Christensen
in collaboration with Renwick St. James
and Alan Dean Foster.
It is about a widowed Victorian era professor,
Algernon Aisling, his two daughters,
Miranda and Cassandra, and their
adventure on a ship called The Basset.


“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods;
There is a rapture on the lonely shore;
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roars:
I love not man the less, but Nature more…”
~George Gordon Byron


The white mongoose

The white mongoose


Perfumes are the feelings of flowers. 

~Heinrich Heine, The Hartz Journey


~Tiny Dragon

Researchers in Indonesia have discovered
what looks like a teeny tiny dragon.
They show an amazing species of gliding lizard
which basically looks like a miniature dragon.

This was a nesting female found in the
Lambsuango Forest reserve in 2009 and
was immediately released after this photograph was taken.

This is thought to be a new species with the
genus but further study will be required to confirm that.





Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
~Leonardo da Vinci


the last unicorn
“The unicorn”, she said, “
was a marvelous beast, shining with honor,
wisdom and strength.
Just to see him strengthened the soul.”

~Megan Lindholm; The Unicorn in the Maze


I want to

I want to lie down here with
a blanket & pillow and dream….


wise owl

“A wise old owl sat on an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard;
Why aren’t we like that wise old bird?”



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Flowers are the music of the ground
From earth’s lips spoken without sound.

~Edwin Curran


In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. 
My garden of flowers is also my garden
of thoughts and dreams. 
The thoughts grow
as freely as the flowers,
and the dreams are as beautiful.

~Abram L. Urban


~Green Jade Flower

Green Jade Flower    
The Jade Vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys)
is a native of the tropical forests of the Philippines.
Its flowers are the color of jade, and hang in bunches
up to 90 cm long; each clawlike flower is about 7½ cm long.
In its native Philippines, the jade vine’s flowers
are pollinated by bats.The rare and beautiful
green jade flower is distinct for its blue-green
petals and navy-purple center.


Can I have one in my backyard, please?


 tea anyone
Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage.
~ Catherine Douzel



But there is something about Time
The sun rises and sets.
The stars swings slowly across the sky and fade.
Clouds fill with rain and snow,
empty themselves
and fill again.
The moon is born and dies, and is reborn.
Around millions of clocks swing hour hands,
and minute hands and second hands.
Around goed the continual circle
of the notes of the scale.
Around goes the circle of night and day
the cicle of weeks forever revolving,
and of months and of years.

..Writer Unknown to me..


The Earth laughs in flowers

The Earth laughs in flowers.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson


the path
The path to our destination is not always
a straight one.
We go down the wrong road,
we get lost, we turn back.
Maybe it doesn’t matter which road
we embark on.
Maybe what matters is that we embark.”

~Barbara Hall


~Monarch butterflies

Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus)
hanging from the branches of roost trees while
overwintering in one of the several Monarch
reserves within the Transvolcanic Pine-Oak Forest
(Global 200 Ecoregion) in La Rosaria, Michoacan,
© Paul Bettings / WWF-Canada
    ~in Mexico City, Mexico.  ( via wwf canada )