Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs from around the World

I find profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and marvel at the way they are 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.PHOTO_20140323_124254

“A beard doesn’t make a philosopher.” - Russian Proverb

Shakespeare did have a way with words – he invented more than 500 including radiance, lacklustre, lonely, bump, and amazement – and coined phrases used so often they have become cliches such as “all’s well that ends well”, “what’s done is done” and “too much of a good thing”. – Daily Newspaper  (CourierMail.com.au)

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Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge – Week 54

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Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge: Black and White

Lens and Pens Phoneography – this week’s theme is Black and White.

I altered these images in Picsart using  colours and frames to achieve this result. A street festival’s display of vintage cars seemed perfect for black and white effects!

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Living in the Seventies – a visual chronicle of youth

I came across the following link to a visual list of images this morning, posted by a friend I grew up with and it sums up, incredibly well, life growing up in Australia in the Seventies. Some of it may seem totally alien, but surprisingly, almost all of the images are common to middle class kids, living in medium to large Australian cities, in the seventies.IMG_0220

You Know You’re a Child of the 1970s if ….

 

It is interesting that we all have this shared commonality, yet can be so individually different.

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Wordless Wednesday

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It’s Travel Tuesday – Rosekyrkja, Stordal Norway

traveltuesdayMost people have never heard of “Rosemaling” or Rose Painting, but if you ever go to Norway, you will see plenty of it in shops, museums, private homes and most especially, in older churches.

Before technology arrived, Norwegians spent long winters in darkness, so, in order to brighten up the interior of the homes and places of worship, they developed a form of traditional painting that was completely unique. “Rosemaling artists” or Rose painters earned their living traveling through the western fjords of Norway, often times painting in the styles that might have passed out of European fashion 100 years previously. (Such was the isolation of some of the valleys in Norway, decorating trends took this long to filter through). But this isolation is also the reason we still have them to appreciate today.

One of the best examples of Renaissance-Baroque style Rosemaling is found in the Rosekyrkja, or Rose Church, in a little village of Stordal, in the mountains of Møre og Romsdal fylke, Western Norway.

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If you drive south through spectacular snow dotted, vertical mountains from Andalsnes, you will find the village of Stordal, where an old stave church stood since the 11th century before it fell into disrepair. In 1789, the village farmers pitched in to build a new church, sourcing local timber to complement the columns and panels they salvaged from the original stave church created a typical 8-sided church. However, the plain white exterior so typical of the octagonal walled churches, belies the artistic feast that awaits you within.

Two artists: Vebjørn Halling and Andreas Reinholdt are responsible for the painting that is all original work and has not been restored since it was first painted in 1799. The ship, hat hooks and candelabra also date back to the medieval times and most probably were fixtures in the original stave church. The paintings themselves depict religious motifs such as the twelve apostles, Christ and the foolish virgins, as well as rosemaling scrolls and swirls, intertwined with renaissance and baroque motifs like grapes or pears. In addition, the church altarpiece dates from the 12th century.

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As the church has never been heated and sermons were often very long, the community constructed another church in 1908, and quite sensibly reserved this Norwegian art monument for use on special occasions and ceremonies, such as weddings.

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No less picturesque than the church, is the drive through the county itself, with Norwegian red barns and farming fields that are so green in spring and summer, they are almost surreal. Stordal is a pleasant drive from the larger town of Andalsnes, (rail network from Oslo). As I passed through spectacular fjords and valleys lined with mountainsides so steep, I felt more like an ant than a fully grown tourist. Stordal Rosekyrkja and its rich history is so unique, it has to be seen to be believed.

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A truly amazing piece of Norwegian art to ponder about.

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

Each Monday I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object on my blog. Leave a comment if you think you know where this is located. If you guess correctly, I will credit you the following week and post a link to your site/blog.

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Last week we were in Munich at the Propylean Gate, at the Konigsplatz correctly guessed by Margaret Rose at her MrsMrs blog.

This building was constructed in 1862 and evokes the monumental entrance of the Propylaea for the Athenian Acropolis. The gate was created as a memorial for the accession to the throne of Otto of Greece, a son of the principal King Ludwig I of Bavaria.

As early as 1816 it was already considered to build the Propylaea, but it took 30 years until the order was issued for this purpose.As King Ludwig I had resigned in 1848, the project was called into question because Munich at that time did not need a gate anymore. Finally Ludwig I financed the building from his private resources as a sign of the friendship between Greece and Bavaria as well as a monument to the Greek War of Independence.[1]

 

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Very Inspiring Blogs

Thank you to Scrapydodog for nominating me for this award. It is so lovely to think that someone has thought about who they deserve for an award like this.

Much appreciated.

The award carries the responsibility for nominating others. I would like to nominate the following blogs from my community, for the reasons that these blogs are some of the ones that sustain and inspire me, however, I place no expectation on them and it is entirely up to them if they pass on the award.

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vikingway.wordpress.com

decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com

hopethehappyhugger.wordpress.com

completelydisappear.wordpress.com/

artkorppi.com

ceenphotography.com

barbarapyett.wordpress.com/

bylinedmr.com/

lensandpensbysally.wordpress.com

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Be a Warrior Every Morning – Fight the Aging Process

I find as I we get older, our bodies begin to show signs of wear and tear. We can easily pull a muscle bending down to pick up something, especially first thing in the morning.

One way to combat the aging process is to maintain a regular stretching regime.  Our bodies LOVE to stretch and it is the best and most natural activity to do when we first get up in the mornings.

Stretching warms up and activates our muscles getting us ready for the day.  A muscle that is regularly stretched will be less likely to strain or “pull.”

A sun salutation practice is a group of Yoga exercises that incorporates a stretch of every  muscle in the body.

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One of the exercises I do in my “sun salutation, is the Warrior Pose. It not only strengthens the arms and hips, but also stretches the groin and legs and can help reduce backache.

  1. From a standing position, inhale and exhale as you step your feet 3 feet apart or further if comfortable. You know your body best and what is comfortable for you. Do not overstretch!!!
  2. Inhale and float your arms out to the side at shoulder height. Turn your right foot out to point ahead and your back foot in at a 45 degree angle. Turn your head to look out over your fingertips and front foot.

3.Exhale and bend your right knee until your thigh runs horizontal to the floor (or as near to horizontal as it can get and don’t be too ambitious at first). Turn your head to look out over your fingertips and front foot. Extend out through your arms and slide your shoulders down to create space between your head and neck area.

Alignment is important. (See photo) Shoulders over hips, front knee over second toe and ankle, arms at shoulder height, heels in line.

N.B. If find it hard to balance, practise against a wall, This will also assist you in maintaining the correct alignment.

4.  Lift your torso up to open your chest and improve respiratory capacity. Inhale and exhale slowly for 5 breaths.

  1. Exhale completely before inhaling and straightening the bent leg. Keeping your knees soft, turn both feet back to centre.
  • Repeat on the other side.

  • A great way to start the day. I have been starting my day this way for 30 years now!

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    How to Choose a Movie?

    Would you choose a movie that bore the title “The Woman in the Cage?

    Or, “The Men Who Hate Women“?Watch The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo (2009) online

    No, not likely?

    Yet, It IS likely that you have seen at least one of these movies. They are both Scandinavian movies,  (successful at the box office), and  had their titles changed for releases in  English speaking parts of the world.

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo had the original title in Swedish: “The Men Who Hate Women

     

    Another recent Scandinavian movie, “The Keeper of Lost Causes,” was originally called: http://static.vioozhd.com/posters/2438644.jpg“The Woman in the Cage!
    Why do you think it was changed? Is it integral for the movie’s success?

    Would you investigate further by watching the trailer, or would the violent title put you off completely?

    What do you think?

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    Zurich – Travel Odyssey in Europe

    Forestwoodfolkart:

    Re- blogging for Travel Tuesday.
    I thought I would join in, but have to use a post written in retrospect to start with.
    Want to join in too?
    You will find details at Bonnie Rose’s blog here:
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    Originally posted on Something to Ponder About:

    Crossing the Swiss border and heading for Zürich where my sightseeing included the imposing Grossmünster, elegant Fraumünster, and winding alleys of the old town alongside the river Limmat.

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     After visiting so many Christmas markets in Germany and Austria, Zurich’s ‘Christkindlmarkt’ touted as the biggest indoor Christmas extravaganza in Europe at the main railway station, was off the mark. It did have 160 wooden chalets and a three story Christmas tree, dripping with Swarovski crystals, but I could find nothing that interested me enough to purchase, and the smell of roasted chestnuts was

    overpowering. ( That can be good or bad, depending on your preference). The atmosphere was friendly and festive, and that alone, made the trip into the city, from our hotel, Movenpick, worthwhile. *The good thing about the Movenpick, ( besides giving us a free upgrade on our room),  is that it is directly near the…

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    Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs from around the World

    I find profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and marvel at the way they are 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.

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    Better to light a candle than complain about the dusk and darkness – Norwegian Proverb

    Betre aa tenne et ljos, enn klage over myrkret.

    “A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing” – Oscar Wilde

    Something to Ponder About

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    Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge: week 53

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    Not my pet, but some of us do keep Joeys as pets, but strictly speaking, you need a special permit as they are a protected species.

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    Phoneography Challenge – Macro

    Lens and Pens Phoneography challenge is ALWAYS fun.  Your phone is a great photographic friend… most of the time, and if it is not: there is always the delete  or enhancement button on the various camera apps to improve things and change things around.

    No time for playing around with edits this week: time is a constant and unforgiving slave, but I am pretty happy with the way this photo turned out anyways. The humble fairy floss looks quite cosmic in this photo.

    You have until next Monday to join in with Sally’s weekly challenge at the following link:

    http://lensandpensbysally.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-photo-challenge-macro-a-single-oak-leaf/

    More here:

    http://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/phoneography-challenge-macro-amarylls/

    http://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/itsy-bitsy-spider/

     

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

    Each Monday I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object on my blog. Leave a comment if you think you know where this is located. If you guess correctly, I will credit you the following week and post a link to your site/blog.

    Last week we were in Taipei, Capital city of Taiwan

    MondaymysteryphotoTaipei has been the capital of Taiwan (or Republic of China) since 1949. This huge megapolis is located in the northern part of the island. It’s the largest city of the country and one of the most densely populated urban area in the world. Tainan, in the south, also used to be Taiwan’s capital

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