Calla Lilies in Merida Spain

Calla Lily

Just outside the Visgoth Museum is Merida Spain was a lovely garden, and the Calla Lilies were blooming, the garden was lovely. I wanted to share them with you. The Visigoths spread over much of the western Roman Empire in the fourth and fifth centuries, and the museum  owns a collection of more than a thousand pieces of Visigothic art and is one of two Visigothic museums in Spain. It is a must see for anyone travelling to Merida Spain. We have been walking up the Via la Plata on our way to Caceres, the scenery is beautiful, but it cannot beat the lovely Calla Lilies. I hope you enjoy your Sunday.

Almaden de la Plata to Monesterio, Spain; Via la Plata Day 6

Leaving Alamaden de la Plata

Leaving Alamaden de la Plata 

The walk the last couple of days has been very pleasant; we walked through pastures, farmland, and part of the Sierra Norte de Seville, a nature reserve that protects more thank 177,00 hectares. We have walked past farms, and seen sheep, pigs, goats, cows, horses,  and of course plenty of farm dogs. We walked groves of olive, orange and apple trees, as well as oak and cork trees. The spring flowers are blanketing the meadows, growing along the ditches, and beside the lanes. While we have also spent a little time walking on dirt roads, and highways, the last two days has been very pleasant. We have also seen a couple of old castles, one in El Real de la Jara that are being restored, the one pictured below is about a 10 minute walk along the Via la Plata from El Real de la Jara, and has been left to the storks….

via la plata, leaving El Real de Jara, Spain

via la plata, leaving El Real de Jara, Spain 

resting in the shade

resting in the shade 

baby goat

  baby goat  

daisies

daisies 

wild lavender

wild lavender 

Castle Towers near El Real de la Jara, Spain

Castle Towers near El Real de la Jara, Spain 

The towns have been small and quiet, and we are finding our way.  We have only met 3 – 4  pilgrims, and seen a few more on the road from time to time, but very few in comparison to the Camino Francis, the most well known of the Camino routes.  I remember the Camino Francis and walking out-of-town each morning we would see a line of pilgrims in front of us and behind us. While on the Via la Plata we can walk all day and not see anyone, except the occasional passing vehicle, or farmer driving a tractor, so the walk is much quieter. I realized on this walk, just how much we relied on other pilgrims to interpret for us, as we speak little or no Spanish. In fact to say we speak a little Spanish would be an exaggeration, but we have been able to get by, with the help and patience of some friendly people; sign language, the occasional passer-by that speaks a little English, and by using goggle translate when we have wi-fi.

Overall spring is a beautiful time in Spain and we are enjoying the Via la Plata….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York City Flower District

New York City Flower District

New York City Flower District 

The New York City flower district, between 26 and 29 st. and jut of 6 Ave. a large concentration of both wholesale and retail florists. The flowers, trees, accessories can be found lining both sides of the sidewalk creating this little path.

One of the small districts that isn’t featured in many of the travel books, and just a small taste of some of the different things you will see when walking the streets of New York City.

Happy Friday; beautiful pink tulips to start the weekend off with.

spring pink tulips

spring pink tulips

“The only way to find the limits of the possible is by going beyond them to the impossible.”
-Arthur C. Clark
Arthur C. Clark wanted to inspire us; don’t set goals for what you think you can achieve, set goals for the impossible, dream big.
I picked up the quote on the Truly Twisted Marketing blog. I just recently started reading recently.
We are kicking off the weekend, and we will have two days to do what we want to do, what blissfully wonderful things are you going to be doing? Not sure, take a few moments, gaze at the beautiful pink tulips and dream.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
 

Farmer’s Market; posies for a friend

Posies for you

Posies for you

“The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers but for the wide world’s joy”  Henry Ward Beecher

The florist at the Calgary Farmer’s Market has beautiful flowers and arrangements. We were there on Sunday, the very rainy Sunday. Today Environment Canada has let us know the sun is going to shine what a wonderful change. With a little sunshine the plants and flowers should be popping out of the ground and blooming, we won’t have to go to the florist to enjoy the flowers.

I hope you have a great day.

 

Dixieland Hibiscus Flower and Paul Cezanne

Dixieland Hibiscus Flower

Dixieland Hibiscus Flower 

One of the books I look at regularly “A year in Art” published by Prestel, it has a picture and quote for each day of the year  from a famous artist. I have had the book for a couple of years now, but because I don’t get an opportunity to look at it everyday there are images and quotes I haven’t read seen, or maybe don’t remember reading.

Today the image and quote is from Paul Cezanne “I could paint for a hundred years, and a thousand years without stopping and I would still feel as though I knew nothing”

I could pick up my camera everyday, each day the world is revealed to me in a new way. Each day the light changes and everything I thought I saw yesterday is different, I could send everyday for a thousand years and still be inspired to pick up my camera and wander the world.  My camera reminds me to see.

Have you walked by something a dozen times before you noticed it?

Happy Friday: A gift of flowers

the gift of flowers

the gift of flowers 

“sometimes,”
said pooh,
“the smallest things
take up
the
most room
in your
heart.”

a.a.milne

A neighbour and friend dropped of flowers recently, it was lovely, and I thought I would share them with you.

Happy Friday

 

Karen and Jon – 5th anniversary of their first date!

In a wedding that truly reflected their personalities and their style Karen and Jon were married on the 5th anniversary of their first date! Karen and Jon were married at St. Patrick’s Church where Jon attends service regularly, and Karen worn her mothers wedding dress, just slightly altered.  And then there was the candy – jolly rancher candy, something they shared on their first date, and when Jon proposed to Karen he hid the ring in the candy for her to find!

I remember meeting Karen and Jon to talk about their wedding, and first hearing their story, and of these details. As they recounted them they would often look at each other and smile. These details have meaning for them, the memories and the feelings that go with these memories are part of their story, and bind them together.  May they continue to add detail, happy memories and stories like this to their life together, that is my wish for them.

Saturday with friends……

Saturday afternoon was spent with family and friends – siting on the back deck painting “Moroccan tea lights” visiting and catching up with everyone’s news!  It was a great way to spend what was a lovely afternoon, the weather could not have been better.  I decided that my “tea light”  made a great little vase, flowers provided by my wonderful husband!

Bleeding hearts flowers 2

It was not into my ear you wispered but into my heart, it was into my lips you kissed but my soul.

Judy Garland 

No there is nothing especially romantic going on in my life right now, but I have been working on some bleeding heart photos, trying different styles, and finishes, seeing what appeals to me and checking to see what feedback I might get. It seemed appropriate, at least to me, that this image was accompanied by a romantic quote.  

Judy Garland is also credited with saying, that it is better to be a first rate version of yourself then a second rate version of someone else. Advise I hear from time to time, as others suggest we work on our own personal style; our work is or should be a reflection of who we are,  not a copy of someone we admire. That said, art and photography students are encouraged to study the masters; learn from the masters; by trying to replicate their work we learn and grown, and find our own style. 

So I study, I experiment, and I learn…….