Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs and Sayings from around the World

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

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

 

 

 

One falsehood spoils a thousand truths.    -Ashanti Proverb

 

“I like the dreams of the future, better than the history of the past”

           – Thomas Jefferson

 

It you are reading history, the above quote and proverb is something to ponder about

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Monday Mystery Photo – Where in the World are We?

Each Monday, I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object on my blog. I encourage you to leave a comment, if you think you might know where this week’s mystery photo, was taken. If you guess correctly, I will credit you the following week and post a link to your site/blog. Guest contributions are always welcome.

This week’s guest contribution comes from the knowledgeable and well-traveled Drake from Le Drake Noir – Where would you find the following vista? If you know, please leave a comment below.

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The last Monday Mystery photo was located in the Dutch village of Hindeloopen, in the north of The Netherlands. Famed for its unique style of painting and folk costumes, this village even has a dialect more akin to the Scandinavian languages than Dutch due to the fact that for many centuries, this village was isolated from much of the Netherlands by the sea. After many devastating floods and tidal inundation to their town, a dyke enclosed part of the sea and created what is now known as the ‘Zuiderdee’. Prior to the construction of the dyke, it was easier to travel by boat to other Hanseatic ports than to take the long trip around to Amsterdam. Even today, the train journey from Schiphol to Hindeloopen takes several hours through the scenic Dutch countryside, and thus, the culture of this small town is preserved.

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Some of the painting peculiar to the town of Hindeloopen.

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Monday MysterySomething to ponder about this Monday.

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Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs and Sayings from around the World

Proverbial smlI find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs, 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.

Idleness breeds lust – Chinese proverb

[From Tidious Ted ..    http://retrorambling.wordpress.com ]

 

Mired in self-doubt, he was embarrassed by the praise he received but was gladdened to see his labor of love make a lasting imprint on culture. Hamblyn captures the root of this ambivalence:

“Most pioneers are at the mercy of doubt at the beginning, whether of their worth, of their theories, or of the whole enigmatic field in which they labour.”

http://www.brainpickings.org/2015/07/07/the-invention-of-clouds-luke-howard-hamblyn/

Something proverbial to ponder about

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Around the World in Doors – WPC

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Door.”Photo101

Executioners Door Melbourne Prison

Switzerland

Switzerland

Zurich

Zurich

Europe

Europe

Australia

Copenhagen

Copenhagen

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Austria

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A different type of door – The Netherlands

To Akaroa.... a hidden diamond

New Zealand

Christchurch before the Quake....

Christchurch before the Quake….

Something to Ponder About

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Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs Quotes and Sayings from Around the World

Proverbial thursdfly sml 3932I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures.

They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs, 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.

If you want to go quickly go alone, if you want to go far go together.
African proverb

Janet from This that and the other thing  posted a wonderful quote which she has given me permission to reproduce this week:

The pale stars were sliding into their places. The whispering of the leaves was almost hushed. All about them it was still and shadowy and sweet. It was that wonderful moment when, for lack of a visible horizon, the not yet darkened world seems infinitely greater—a moment when anything can happen, anything be believed in Olivia Howard Dunbar, The Shell of Sense

Something to Ponder About

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Spotlight on Traffic Lights – Traditional Art – July

This month the ‘ Traditional Art’ feature depicts a contemporary phenomenon that has quickly turned to an established tradition in modern, suburban Australia:

Decorated Traffic Signal Control Boxes

A boring, metal-grey ‘signal box’ that controls the traffic lights is just that – boring and sterile. Add a little imagination and a group of unemployed art students and a phenomenon  of community art is born.

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What is more, tenders for this community art project are called annually, by the municipal council authority. This has evolved to become a fantastic way for struggling artists to earn extra income, or, alternatively, for the councils to engage enthusiastic volunteers in the community.

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The variety of designs and local artistic ‘input’ is admirable.  A brightly coloured signal box, of course, is better visually and aesthetically, than the cold, grey metal box. One could even develop a collection of  photos documenting each box  to form a themed picture story of one’s travels!

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It might be a little distracting to drivers, when waiting for the traffic lights to change at an intersection, however, it chases away the boredom and keeps one from the temptation of checking the mobile phone!

Some  traffic box murals even tell a story pertinent to the street/area.

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Rosemaling traditional art

Traditional Art Forms – the diversity of themes of the new traditions is –

Something to Ponder About.

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Nature

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Tooway Creek, Moffat Beach

A serene spot on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast – on a winter’s day! Cool, but not in the sun. Swimmers on surfboard and sea-kayaks were keen to exploit the sunshine and good waves on this June day.

My contribution to Lens and Pens Weekly Mobile Photography Challenge – Nature

Themes rotate weekly each month.

Join in the visual feast of excellent Phoneography. Sally’s blog is inspiring and full of tips to aid one’s mobile photography.

Something visually pleasing to Ponder About

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Monday Mystery Photo – Brienz and Morocco

Each Monday, I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object on my blog. I encourage you to leave a comment, if you think you might know where this week’s mystery photo, was taken. If you guess correctly, I will credit you the following week and post a link to your site/blog. Guest contributions are always welcome.

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 Where in the world would you see the photo above?

Several people attempted a guess and they were all pretty close zeroing in on the western European areas, but it was Tara, from After the rain who was the first to correctly identify last week’s photo, to be somewhere in Switzerland.

Indeed it was the Swiss town of Brienz, and the lake by the same name, located in the Bernese Oberland, or northern-easterly region of Switzerland.  Brienz, which is well-known as the “village of carving” has a long tradition in wood processing and to this day has a school for carving and violin-making. Read more  about Brienz here Continue reading

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Money for Jam – How to Make Rosella Jam

Ever heard of Rosella Jam?

Possibly not, unless you are Australian? So what is it, you say?

Only the best preserve known to man! Known more to our grandparent’s generation as Rosella, the Queensland Jam Plant is a native of Africa and Asia, yet has become such an iconic part of Aussie folklore, Rosella Jam is considered quintessentially Australian.

If you want to make some yourself and have loads to share with family and friends, this is my Grandmother’s family recipe, along with some general tips for successful preserve making.  Once you’ve tasted freshly made jam, you’ll be forever spoiled for eating the supermarket brand jam varieties again.

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Tart, tasty and packed full of vitamin C, hands down, this is the best jam! Making the jam is not the arduous operation you think it might be; in fact, picking/sourcing the Rosellas is the most time consuming part of the process.

Growing ‘Rosellas’ in the Garden

The Rosella is a medium shrub that is related to the Hibiscus family and needs a growing season of at least 6 months of warm weather to mature, so is best suited to tropical or sub-tropical areas. The fleshy red calyx can be used in salads, jellies, cranberry-like sauces, jam and cordial, syrups and wine. Furthermore, you could plant the hardy Rosella as a hedge, a fast growing windbreak or privacy screen in the summer garden.

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According to Green Harvest: Dried the red calyx is used for tea and it is an important ingredient in the commercial Red Zinger, Hibiscus and Fruit teas. The tea is very similar in flavour to rose-hips and also high in vitamin C. Seeds can be roasted and ground into flour. Young leaves can even be steamed or stir-fried and are known as Red Sorrel in the Pacific.

Tips for Jam/Preserve Making

For Rosella or any other jam, the addition of a good knob of butter when adding the sugar will prevent most scum from rising to the top.

Any that does rise, can be stirred in on completion of cooking.

Other points to watch are:

  • Warm sugar for jam making.
  • Use a wooden spoon for stirring and never over boil, as this darkens the colour.

  • If you must add extra water, add it to the seeds when boiling. If you add water when cooking the leaves, you will need to purchase ‘Jamsetta’ (available from supermarkets), in order to make the jam set, as the seeds are the parts from which the pectin is sourced. It is the pectin that makes the jam set.

* To Prepare Jars for any Jam Preserves:

  1. * Wash jars well with a bottle brush, detergent and warm water.
  2. * Dry and warm the jars by placing on a tray in a low oven, heated to around 120 degrees Celsius, for 10 minutes.
  3. * Pour boiling water over the lids and drain.
  4. * Fill the jars with jam whilst they are still warm.

 The Recipe

To Prepare Rosella Jam:

  1. Moldiv_1435922052883* Separate red flower petals and seeds
  2. * Wash and drain.
  3. * Cover seeds with cold water. Tip: (Add a little extra water to the seeds, at this stage, if necessary, rather than adding extra later)
  4. *Bring to boil and boil covered, for 30 minutes.
  5. * Strain and reserve this juice.
  6. * To this juice, add the Rosella petals which have been thoroughly washed and drained. The leaves may not be completely covered with juice, but they will boil down very quickly.
  7. *Boil for 20 minutes.
  8. * Measure cooked pulp and return to pan.
  9. Add one only good teaspoon of butter, and the juice of one lemon.
  10. Add  1 cup of sugar, (which has been warmed on a heat proof tray, in a oven on low heat), to each cup of pulp, stirring well till all the sugar is completely dissolved.
  11. Boil quickly uncovered for 20 minutes or until jam falls thickly from a spoon when tested.

Moldiv_1435922545283Tip – How to tell if the jam is set:

Monitor the jam stirring occasionally to ensure it does not burn on the bottom. … to see if the jam has reached setting point pour a teaspoon of jam onto a cold saucer, which has been sitting in the freezer. Leave the jam on the saucer for 1 minute then lightly push from one side with your finger – if the jam crinkles and is gluggy then it is set so turn the heat off. If the jam stays like a syrup then continue simmering and check again every 10 minutes until setting point is reached.[http://www.selfsufficientme.com]
  1. Fill jars with jam while the jars and jam are still warm. Allow to cool a little and then seal.

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Trust me, you will have the family begging for more…

Delicious on toast, scones or pancakes, or even as chutneys, Rosella jam is worth ‘Pondering About ‘

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Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs and Sayings from around the World

Proverbial smlI find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs, 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.

(Mentiras tem pernas curtas) Lies have short legs – Unknown (If you know the origin, please tell me)

At this very moment, you may be saying to yourself that you have any number of admirable qualities. You are a loyal friend, a caring person, someone who is smart, dependable, fun to be around. That’s wonderful, and I’m happy for you, but let me ask you this: are you being any of those things to yourself?
Phillip C. McGraw

Something to ponder about

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Monday Mystery Photo – Where in the World are We?

Each Monday, I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object on my blog. I encourage you to leave a comment, if you think you might know where this week’s mystery photo, was taken. If you guess correctly, I will credit you the following week and post a link to your site/blog. Guest contributions are always welcome.

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[Photo Credit:S. Humm]

Where in the world would you find this place?

Regular contributor Drake  kindly contributed last week’s mystery photograph. Thanks so much, LeDrakeNoir!  It may have puzzled followers this week, so it will reappear on a Monday Mystery photo slot in the future!!

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M M Photo 22nd June

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Monday Mystery Photo – Something to Ponder About

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One Four Photo Challenge – June

Week 4 of the Challenge from Robyn at Captivate me.

This week I went back to the original photo, cropped and adjusted the tones and then set about creating a different mood

Week 4 – Final

2015-06-16 09.12.41~2~2~2I went for a monochrome and then a retrolux effect in Picasa.

My favourite was the Week 3 edits.

Here is the weekly progression:

Week 1

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Week 2

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Week 3

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Which one do you prefer?

Something to Ponder About

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D.I.Y Essential Oils Toilet Freshener

Why buy it? When it is better and cheaper to make your own.

No Harsh chemicals, and a lovely fragrance from essential oils, easily purchased in bulk.

Toilet Freshener

10 Homemade Recipes for Beauty Products: DIY Poo-Pourri Toilet Spray 2

 INGREDIENTS:

15 drops bergamot essential oil

10 drops lavender essential oil

10 drops lemongrass essential oil

2 Tbsp. rubbing alcohol ( Isocol is fine)

4 oz. distilled water

1 tsp. vegetable based glycerine
Spray bottle

DIRECTIONS:

1. Fill a small spray bottle with water and rubbing alcohol.

 2. Add essential oils and glycerine then replace top and swirl gently to combine.

To use: Before you go, give the bottle a shake then spritz the water 3 or 4 times. That’s it!

[Source and photo credit: http://www.freebiefindingmom.com/10-homemade-recipes-for-beauty-products-diy-poo-pourri-toilet-spray/]

Something we don’t often ponder about

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Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs and Sayings from around the World

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

The bird flies high, but always returns to the earth.
-Nigerian Proverb

“I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.”
Rita Mae Brown

Something proverbial to ponder about today

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Thursday’s Special: Traces of the Past. Norway – Værnes Church c 1085

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Værnes Kirke

Where can you find a church that has a building purpose-built to house one’s weapons when attending church?  Where can you find Viking architecture still in regular use and see frescoes from the end of the first millenium? – By making a detour from Værnes Lufthavn,to Stordal, in Norway and here it what awaits you:

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Frescoes on the walls of the church in Stordal

Vaernes Church tour at Stjørdal dates back to 1085 AD and is the oldest church in Norway. The residents were not allowed to bring their weapons ( axes etc) into the church when they attended, so a purpose build house was constructed just for their weapons which they would collect on their way home.

Weapon house

Weapon house

Inside the church you will find a fantastic carved wooden altar and “chair” There were faces carved in to the interior of the chair – some think it was Von Schultz the general who had the chair built, but one is not sure. In the pulpit there was red colours mixed with ochre and painted into the carving.  The wall mural  pre-dates the carved pulpit.

Værnes kirke, Stordal, Norway

Værnes kirke, Stordal, Norway

Threatened by the nazis, Værnes Church has survived and is still used for services, so popular in fact that it is booked, for weddings, out many months/years in advance.

Værnes Kirke is a trace of the past and something to ponder about.

This is part of a Thursday Special challenge at Lost in Translation

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