Weekend 120: Spring is in the air

This past week is like a long weekend for many in Norway. Thursday 13th May and Monday 17th May are national holidays. Thursday was Ascension day (39 days after Easter Sunday) and today is constitution day. Covid-19 restrictions have affected the usual consititution’s day celebrations across the country. Luckily we were able to take long walk everyday.

The deep roots never doubt spring will come ~ Marty Rubin

Sadly my tulips didn’t make it this year. The air is still not that warm and rains making it even more difficult but I am looking forward to my rhododendron and azalea. I take many micro breaks while walking and I witness thousands of miracles be it colour, shape, size, voice or smell.

Life in colour: Purple

Spring drew on…and a greenness grew over those brown beds, which, freshening daily, suggested the thought that Hope traversed them at night, and left each morning brighter traces of her steps. Charlotte Brontë

We sat in silence, letting the green in the air heal what it could~ Erica Bauermeister

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.~ John Muir

I hope it was not a lot in one post. Thanks for your patience. Click an image to get a proper view.

Jo’s Monday Walk

Sunday Trees

Random 16: Optional

Childhood game.

Agree and disagree.

Disagree and agree

was simple and fun.

Being in adulthood

for a long period.

Things are twisted.

Minds get rigid.

Ideas are fixed.

Windows are

tightly shut.

Agree – disagree

is not fun any more.

Friends mock others.

For being liberal.

For being kind to others.

Being rationale.

And most of all

for opposing

the fake image

of nationalism.

Staying and suffering

was optional.

The weight of

fake friendships was

heavy.

She chose freedom.

Now question is

Will she be happy?

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Be kind

Rose gardens

I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.~ Ruth Stout

God made a beauteous garden
With lovely flowers strown,
But one straight, narrow pathway
That was not overgrown.
And to this beauteous garden
He brought mankind to live,
And said “To you, my children,
These lovely flowers I give.
Prune ye my vines and fig trees,
With care my flowers tend,
But keep the pathway open
Your home is at the end.

Robert Frost (God’s Garden)

A gardener is like a prophet looking out on a barren land and saying, ‘I see corn on that hill, and beans beneath the grove, and lavender in the field, and over there some roses by the brick wall.’ Don’t you think that’s what a good friend should be like? A truly good friend is one who can look at our bare lives and see the fruit of what will one day come from deep inside us.~ Craig Froman (Of Secrets, Spiders & and the End of the World)

Be soft, don’t let the world make you hard. Be gentle, don’t let the people make you difficult. Be kind, don’t let the realities of life steal your sweetness and make you heartless~ Nurudeen Ushawu

We visited Madrid in may 2019 and stayed there was 5 days. During the visit I spent some quality time in the rose gardens. Yes Madrid has 2 rose gardens and have more than 4000 roses.. Both are well maintained and can be reached using public transport. The public transport is extremely efficient at least in my opinion.

Lens-artists-photo-challenge

Monday Walk

Random 15: The light

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.~ Desmond Tutu

Pray for the people of India 🙏🙏🙏

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Jitendra Shinde, 50, an autorickshaw driver from Kolhapur who has ferried over 15,000 patients – including more than 1,000 coronavirus patients to the hospitals for free. At such challenging times, he helps to transport the bodies and to perform the death rituals according to their beliefs, ensuring the dignity of the victims is not lost.

India's Covid-19 crisis: rickshaw driver gives free hospital trips to thousands
If my life story inspires someone, I will have done my job

https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/india-s-covid-19-crisis-rickshaw-driver-gives-free-hospital-trips-to-thousands-1.1216124?fbclid=IwAR2dDpWKojlWQ4FVcZFOrHez1VVN-Top3wwuYOSOvwKuDLc5Dt2TgfEubLE

Random 14: Adversity

Keep Going Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end.~ Roy T. Bennett

The Covid-19 related situation in India is not a secret any more but it is incredible to see how people are helping others 24×7. Here are two examples of humanity, hope and happiness. Every life matters and deaths are not just statistics.

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Meet the man who fights to find oxygen for Delhi’s Covid patients:

https://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/05/07/india-coronavirus-delhi-oxygen-sud-pkg-intl-ldn-vpx.cnn/video/playlists/coronavirus-intl/