Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs from around the World


I find profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and marvel at the way they can be so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and across cultures, and speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes like proverbs, can make us think more deeply about something.

Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking.  I hope you will too.lighthouse




“A day is lost if one has not laughed.” French Proverb


“A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy.”Aesop


Something to Ponder About.

Previous proverbs here




Are you ready for the reveal???

Originally posted on OIKOTIMES.COM:

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – Denmark is ready. With less than two weeks till it is “Good evening, Europe” live from the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in B&W Hallerne on Eurovision Island, Host City Copenhagen presents a comprehensive event programme for the city’s public celebrations. From 24 April to 11 May the Danish capital will switch to Eurovision mode with over 180 events, most of which are free.

Johnny Logan will perform an open air concert in Eurovision Village, the city’s harbour bath invites everyone to join their Eurovision Cool Pool Party, the AIDS Foundation will attempt to create the world’s biggest kiss chain down the Fan Mile, and the City of Copenhagen will marry lovers in a CO2-neutral canal boat. The event programme for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen offers approx. 180 events from 24 April to 11 May. Choose from guided tours, dance performances, parties, films, concerts, musicals…

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A Lingering Look at Architecture: April ~ Yellow Houses!


Yet another fun challenge. Yellow houses…. now this did attract my eye. Is there a ‘love’ button, as I could not just ‘like’ this post by  The Day After.

This is week three of the month’s theme : “Your Favorite Color Homes” in which we are encouraged to share some of the colorful homes captured on our travels or our neighborhood.

You won’t find many yellow houses in the Australian neighbourhood,


but in Denmark: this special yellow is known in some parts as “Skagen Yellow” and my family’s ancestral home “Faergebo” was – yellow!

Sønder FeldingIsn’t it a beautiful home?

and there’s more in the Dutch – Danish fishing town of Dragør:



and still more, in many villages from Christiansfeld to Odense:



But you will find some yellow architecture in old time Sweden too, like here:

Gamla Stan

Gamla Stan


More often, you find red houses in Norway, but then again if you look closely, you will find the Danes had a bit of an influence there too:


Join in here

Something Yellow to Ponder About

A Lingering Look at Windows – Week 16


Another new challenge to become involved in. And it suits me as I love taking photos of windows. Windows on our world…. This challenge is hosted by Dawn from ‘The Day After’ who invites participants to post pictures of any windows that  they find curious, inviting, photogenic, or in some way tell a story.

Each Thursday morning The Day After will post my A Lingering Look at Windows then sometime within the week you can leave your link on that post in the comment box or use the trackback/pingback method.


I’ll start with some windows from my time in Norway







Windows on our World: Somewhere to Ponder About Everything



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Snappy H’appy challenge


Week 9 of the Photo Challenge continues, and for me, getting my head around the apps and post processing has been a big learning curve. But that is why I participated in the Snappy H’appy Challenge from welivinaflat and firebonnet

Here is the first photo taken in a building from the last nineteenth century, with a very modern twenty – first century girl. I liked the juxtaposition.



Original Photo


Choosing the photo was the first challenge, then getting picsart to do what I wanted it to do another. In the end, I wasn’t satisfied and used picasa focal Black and White effect to streamline the process.


focal black & white



Second try:

Geraniums from my garden


Original of Geranium



focal b & w

Focal Black and White version


This is a great effect, useful to create mood in one’s photos, only I need more work through the phone app…. Something that needs work and I will ponder about some more over Easter.


macro: ranunculus bud


Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs from around the World


I find profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and marvel at the way they can be so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and across cultures, and speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes like proverbs, can make us think more deeply about something.

Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking.  I hope you will too.


“A coward has no scar.” Zimbabwean Proverb


“I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble.” Rudyard Kipling

Something to Ponder About.

A Word A Week Photograph Challenge – Round


A Word in Your Ear has whispered ‘ROUND’ in my ear, and I have responded with some ’rounded’ travels of mine:

in Denmark:


lots of round things:



Rundt tårnet



Jelling Molle


and more round things in Salzburg,


in Singapore,


and at home playing around with shutter speeds and light

Torch shutter speed

 even in Germany

Europe 2011second batch 183

and Hong Kong:

Hong Kong

Our world is definitely ROUND!!

Some-round to ponder about.

Join in with the challenge.

More blogs with worth seeing “round” objects


Sweden is my favourite place


I was recently invited to write a guest blog posting, for a travel blogger, about my favourite place that I had visited. That is easy and difficult. Easy because it is somewhere in Scandinavia, and those who know me, mumble an audible, “of course,” but I do find it hard to pick just one Scandinavian country. Each region of Scandinavia has its own beauty, personality and appeal. In today’s case, Sweden won out. Tomorrow I am sure it will be Denmark, and the next: Norway……

Sweden, or ‘Sverige’ (pronounced svair-ri-ah to my ear), is one of my all-time favourite places to visit because it is full of Scandinavian vitality, culture and unique sights. Don’t let the threat of a harsh winter put you off a vacation in Sweden in the off-peak times, for the jet stream ensures that the winter in Scandinavia is no worse, and even sometimes better, than the American or Canadian version.


I enjoyed “fika” ( Swedish coffee and cake ) in a traditional Swedish cafe

In southern Sweden, you’ll find the fast paced, modernity of most large, cosmopolitan cities, in places like Stockholm and Malmø, but one that is peppered with ‘old world’ charm. The central areas of the country is where you’ll find rural Sweden and the philosophy of  ‘Ikea’ at its best, with the rolling green hills dotted with ‘Falun’ red cottages, barns, medieval farms and quaint churches, some with amazing, intricately-painted ceilings.

You’ll also see age-old Swedish traditions alive and kicking, from one end of the country to the other:  from painted horses in Dalarna to wild summertime ‘surstromming, ’ or crayfish parties, held on the west coast where a tourist- driven, relaxed lifestyle predominates. A local beach on the Bohuslan coast might be a lump of bare sun-soaked rock, striking, attractive, yet extremely popular in both summer and winter.

And don’t forget the far north, where a Swedish winter adventure might include viewing the northern lights, going dog sledding, snowmobiling and experiencing a mix of arctic and Sami culture that transforms a cold, dark winter into a snow white wonderland one might associate more with Santa Claus and his elves.

Dalahest - Traditional horses

Traditional painted horses from Dalarna in Sweden

You might ask:What made this place so memorable?’

The Swedish people themselves have a proud and varied history, are gregarious, hard working and cannot go for more than a few hours without ‘fika’: coffee and cake. Just my kind of people! You will find cafes and bakery everywhere serving fika, and this experience coupled with a kanelbolle, or cinnamon bun, made my Swedish experience memorable.

So what are the top ten sights/activities for this destination?

1. Vasa Museum -Stockholm: See the ill- fated, triple- decked galleon that sank on its maiden voyage in the Stockholm harbour, replete with cannons, crew and gold encrusted decorations.   Nearby is the Nordic museum.    


Vasa Museum

Vasa Museum

Nordic Museum

Nordic Museum

IMG_02392. Skansen/Liseberg – Stockholm: an open air museum with vintage Swedish houses, barns, dancing demonstrations and delicious traditional food. Stockholm’s Zoo is also located there, so if you yearn to see a moose, reindeer, or a bear, you can do that when you visit Skansen.  Then, burn off the extra calories on the rides at neighbouring Liseberg, Stockholm’s oldest amusement park.


Skansen – open air museum – Stockholm


 3. Gamla StanStockholm’s Old Town: a mecca for foodies. Commencing at the Royal palace, the “Old Town” consists of narrow alleyways, cute cafes, oh- so photogenic painted terrace houses, and shops full of traditional souvenirs. Money exchanges/plenty of ATM’s are conveniently located here to help you on your mission!

Gamla Stan

Gamla Stan


  1. Radhuset- Stockholm’s Town Hall: like a ‘mentos sweet’: plain and dull on the outside, magnificent on the inside. The Town hall, built in the 30’s, is not only the venue for the Nobel Prize ceremonies, but also has a council chamber with a roof, that was inspired by an upturned and decorated hull of a Viking longboat, and a third reception room that is equivalent to an ancient Egyptian Pharoah’s temple. Surprising and a definite ‘must-see’. Guided tours daily. town hall stockholm city hall stockholm



  1. Stockholm archipaelego – A leisurely boat trip past idyllic islands, the occasional fortress and stunningly beautiful nature. A photographer’s dream on a good day. Departs from Stockholm or Stromstad. Alternatively, if you are not a water baby:  the sites mentioned in the Stieg Larsson’s ‘Millenium’ trilogy are a great way to see more of Stockholm. There is an easy D.I.Y. walking tour of Stockholm. Maps available at the tourist office.





  1. Malmø – Skane, Southern Sweden: see the impressive “Turning torso” building, a feat of modern engineering; and Malmohus, a renaissance castle; as well as historic buildings in the Malmø Town Square including the Town Hall from 1547, Hotel Kramer and the old pharmacy: Apoteket. If you still have breath or run out of things to do, take a 30 minute train ride and you are in Copenhagen, Denmark.






  1. Ystad –Skane, Southern Sweden: trace Detective Kurt Wallander’s footsteps ( from Henning Mankell’s famous novels and TV series) There’s loads of half- timbered cottages with thatch roofs too.


  1. Stromstad –Bohuslan, a beach side town on the west coast – see the Town Hall with its quirky history, take in drop- dead gorgeous views out to the archipelago, (try the must-have Buffet lunch at Lalaholmen hotel.  You won’t want to miss the dessert. But you may want to skip the ‘surstromming’, (a fermented very smelly fish),and just party in the lively atmosphere and long hours of daylight hours in summer, or use Stromstad as a launch pad, for a high speed boat trip to spend a day in Norway. 









  1. Lappland: Skellefteaa – track and hunt wild reindeer in their native habitat, go sledding, skiing or snowmobiling, or see Sweden’s oldest wooden bridge, and an utterly impressive Domkirke Cathedral, ( a place of pilgrimage for centuries) and the pilgrim’s traditional cottages nearby.

 reindeer tracking



Skellefteå Domkirke

Skellefteaa Domkirke

 Catch a glimpse of the mysterious Northern lights, or ski from February to June at Riksgransen, where, if you are lucky you may see the testing of pre-production European model cars that occurs in spring on the, still frozen, Arctic lakes.

frozen lake sweden




If I could go again I would…

Spend more time relaxing on the Bohuslan coast, on a long summer night, visit Gotland to see the Viking relics and feast on Swedish delicacies such as: reindeer, cloudberries, salmon, ‘vasterbotten’ cheese and ‘filmjolk.’

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Is a Swedish holiday for you? Something for you to ponder about?

Monday Mystery Photo – Where in the World are we Today?


Monday Mystery 14AprWhere could you find this street scene?


Last week’s Monday Mystery found us  standing next to Tokyo Tower in the middle of Tokyo, at the Zojoji Temple (増上寺, Zōjōji), the head temple of the Jodo sect of Japanese Buddhism in the Kanto Region.

Here is another glimpse:


and you can see the tower behind another building in the temple complex here:

The temple was built in the year 1393 and moved to its present location in 1598 by Tokugawa Ieyasu who selected it as his family temple. A mausoleum of the Tokugawa family can be found on the temple grounds. Most of Zojoji’s buildings are recent reconstructions except for the main entrance gate, the Sangedatsumon, which has survived the many past fires, earthquakes and wars and dates from 1622.

Margaret Rose was absolutely correct in that it was a Japanese Buddhist temple.

Will this week’s mystery photo be identified?  Something to Ponder about on a Monday morning.




Go Jess. The eurovision world is about to discover Jess’ amazing voice!

Originally posted on OIKOTIMES.COM:

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – Australia will dedicate an entire week to Eurovision as the country sends its first representative to the contest, albeit as an interval act. Due to an eight hour time difference, the shows in Australia will not be aired live.

However, both semi finals and the grand final will be shown in full each night on Friday May 9, Saturday May 10 and the grand final on Sunday May 11 on SBS1. Over on SBS2, a Eurovision quiz show will be aired starting May 5 with celebrity guests quizzed on Eurovision’s most memorable costumes, songs and performances.

Australian singer Jessica Mauboy will perform as the interval act in the second semi final in Copenhagen. SBS and production partner Blink TV are producing a feature documentary following Jess’ Eurovision journey from Darwin to Denmark titled “Jess Mauboy’s Road to Eurovision” which will screen ahead of the second semi final.

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Vote for the Greatest Norwegian of All Time



Who would get your vote?
Something to Ponder About.

Originally posted on ThorNews:

Here you can vote for the greatest Norwegian of all time. Thor News has nominated ten people that in different areas have excelled and left historical footprints. An important criterion to get on the exclusive list is that the person’s efforts still have international relevance.


Niels Henrik Abel the Abel Prize in MathematicsNiels Henrik Abel (1802-1829). Mathematician. Abel still has a big name internationally and is best known for his work with fifth-degree equations.

The Abel Prize, often called the Nobel Prize in Mathematics, is awarded annually to international researchers who have distinguished themselves in the field. The prize winner (s) is voted by the Abel Committee consisting of internationally recognized mathematicians.


Roald Amundsen Norwegian Polar ExplorerRoald Amundsen (1872-1928). Polar hero and explorer. In December 1911 Amundsen was the first person to reach the South Pole, and most likely was the first to reach the North Pole. In 1903 he was the first to sail through the Northwest Passage…

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