Weekend 133: Welcoming Spring

First crocus

If people did not love one another, I really don’t see what use there would be in having any spring.Victor Hugo

The first Irises of Spring
Snowdrops

I am not sure of the reason for such distracted reflection but I find it interesting.

Stand for what’s right. Make your life beautiful. Make your life meaningful.~ Maxime Lagacé

The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace. ~ Mahatma Gandhi.

Lens artists photo challenge

Jo’s Monday walk

Enjoying the three states of water

Old ways won’t open new doors!

Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does. ~ Margaret Atwood

You suppose that you are the lock on the door. But you are the key that opens it ~Rumi

It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it. ~ Dale Carnegie

Six Word Saturday

Jo’s Monday Walk

Lens artists photo challenge

Weekend 132

The urge of getting fresh air

Here is my story. I am not sure if anyone is interested but I shall share it. Many have shown curiosity in knowing, how do I manage with the weather. Regular visitors might have noticed that the weather in my adopted country is quite different than my country of origin. Nothing happens in one day. It takes courage and time to change our old habits.

Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is a freedom. ~Marilyn Ferguson

In the beginning I struggled with episodes of cough and cold, and sinus headaches. Weather was testing me like anything. Staying inside house forever was not possible but like many others I restricted my activities and thought it was good for my heath. I was wrong. In due time I learned an important lesson from my Norwegian friends, weekends are for outdoor activities. One needs a plan to manage both the household chores and the outdoor fun. It sounds difficult but working on it was a kind of fun. Weather played an important role and we started to plan things accordingly.

In the begining it was only on weekends but later we started doing it a couple of times during a week. The key was to learn how to restrict our TV/social media time. And of course our Norwegain circle helped and supported me a lot. They even arranged outdoor activities and introduced us to new options. Once the joy and happiness was found, we never looked back. Taking images for the blog became one essential activity. As Lao Tzu said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”.

Thank you all for being part of my journey.

धीरे-धीरे रे मना, धीरे सब कुछ होय, माली सींचे सौ घड़ा, ॠतु आए फल होय ~ कबीर दास

A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world. ~ Paul Dudley White (American physician and cardiologist)

Six word Saturday

Weekend 131

A walk in fresh snow

Precipitate as weather, she appeared from somewhere, then evaporated, leaving only memory.~ Haruki Murakami

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. ~Socrates, a gas-station attendant in a book published in the 1980s by Dan Millman. 

To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold. ~Aristotle

The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surrounding~ Kakuzo Okakura (The Book Of Tea)

Jo’s Monday walk

Lens artists photo challenge: change

Weekend 130

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जाने अनजाने मैं  बदल गयी। 

हम सब बदलते हैं।  

कभी खुद की खातिर कभी औरों की। 

ये बदलाव एक पल में नहीं आता,

ये आता है धीरे धीरे।

बस कोशिश है की ये बदलाव 

बेहतरी के लिए हो। 

-रुपाली 

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Random 69: Emotional influence

Excessive emotions obscure the vision.

A calm mind helps you make better decisions.

आँखों में नमी हो या जज़्बात का बहाव,

कुछ पल ठहरो फिर सफर करना। 

-रुपाली 

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We have continuous snow fall from yesterday evening. It looks beautiful but walking is quite an exercise. Under the fresh snow there is a layer of hard ice. Taking pictures with a camera while holding an umbrella was difficult. I do not have plastic cover for the camera. Yes and I forgot to mention my mittens 🙂. Anyways I am happy with what I got. Hope you like them too.

Memorable Moments

The snow has almost disappeared from the roads and we were out for a hike. Though we were not able to hike up to our favourite 919m mark, we enjoyed our climb nonetheless.

People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle.~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Nothing is permanently perfect. But there are perfect moments and the will to choose what will bring about more perfect moments ~Mary Balogh

Do you remember the joyful music/tune of ice cream truck in the summertime. Just imagine in mid winter the ice cream truck was busy with routine visits. I think this can happen only in Norway 😁

I’ve always believed in savoring the moments. In the end, they are the only things we’ll have ~Anna Godbersen

There is an increase in the number of streams on mountain sides due to the rise in temperature. We met quite a number of hikers on our way, some even had their winter walking sticks.

For a mother every thing related to her children is an event. Not just an event but a memorable event. Along with all those uncountable events, their first day at a kindergarden, school, college, university or the last day at any of these places are special days. For one or the other reason I was never able to attend any of the graduation ceremonies for my son. It was his dad who accompanied him and even his grand parents were there once. This last photo is one such memorable day for us. This time I managed to be with him but couldn’t attend the ceremony. Credit goes to COVID restrictions. We watched the ceremony online.

He recently graduated as a medical doctor.

Jo’s Monday Walk

Lens artists photo challenge

Weekend 129

Random 66: Warmth

The warmth of flowing water,

love and affection,

melts the ice and unfriendly souls,

in due course.

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बहता पानी चाहे कितना ही ठंडा क्यों ना हो,

बर्फ को ही पिघला देता है। 

इंसान कितना ही कठोर, नीरस क्यों न हो,

प्रेम और अपनाइयत उसे वक्त रहते बदल देती हैं ।

-रुपाली 

Weekend 128: A winter walk (Pre covid)

Winter has settled in well and I do take a walk almost everyday but there is nothing new to exhibit. I checked my archives and decided to revive an old hike/walk. For a cold sunny day the weather was perfect for a long walk on the mountains. Come along folks…

Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it. ~ Plato

It is the beauty within us that makes it possible for us to recognize the beauty around us. The question is not what you look at but what you see ~ Henry David Thoreau

Walking gives time to reflect. Don’t rush.

The light and the hope of a life

All good things are wild and free.~ Henry David Thoreau

कुदरत की खूबसूरती पर मुस्कुराता हूं मैं 

दीवाना मैं अकेला तो नहीं।  

How to sit on the bench
To be continued…

I find weekly challenges interesting and enjoy participating in a couple of challenges every week. These challeges give opportunities to meet people, watch their work and learn about new things and places. My daily or weekly walks are linked to Jo’s Monday Walks. From last year I am also participating in Debbie’s Six Word Saturday challenge. Selecting a photo(s) and composing a six word caption for the same is a fun activity. Here I present one of my earlier entries (April 2021) to Six Word Saturday with the title “Fresh snow was served for breakfast

Lens artists photo challenge doesn’t need any introduction as we all wait for the theme every Saturday. My heartfelt thanks to the LAPC team for bringing us all together in this weekly activity.

Stay safe and be kind.

Sunday Trees 201

Joining Sunday Trees theme after a long gap.

So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness. ~  Herman Hesse

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This image reminds me of the autumn of yesteryear.