This Spring…

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The better part of this spring is already behind us and much as I would have liked to, I didn’t manage to write even one real post this season. I can’t say I don’t miss it… It wasn’t for lack of ideas, but for lack of time and energy. One must prioritize and real life comes first, together with its everyday challenges. So the best I could do – as far as blogging is concerned – was keep up with the Wordless Wednesday photo challenge.

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Maybe it’s just me, but it seems that the less writing time one has, the more writing ideas one gets. We’ll just have to save those stories for another time. Anyway… I was mentioning real life. Among other things, I’m trying to make up for last year when we were in lockdown, and take in as much spring as I can, reminding myself not to take it for granted… to do my best to find time to smell those proverbial flowers, both literally and figuratively. While managing to also write about it might prove tricky, I’d like to share a few more photos that tell the story of this spring, at least in part… one of those nicer parts, which recharge and motivate a person.

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I hope you’ll find them enjoyable. But more than anything, I hope you are all well, managing to cope with this ongoing pandemic; and if you didn’t have the chance to get vaccinated yet, fingers crossed that it’ll happen soon.

Stay safe, everyone!

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Final Week of Magpies

 

No matter what plans we might have had for this spring, they have certainly gone awry. Lockdown as means of protection against the quickly spreading pandemic was not only unexpected and unplanned, but also something with which we had no experience. So we tried to make the best of it… or at least cope with it and preserve our physical, as well as our mental health. Perhaps we got some much needed rest… perhaps we learnt some new skills or improved the ones we had… perhaps we caught up on whatever we needed to catch up on.

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It’s Still Spring… Even at Home #20

A spring so many of us felt we’ve been robbed of is coming to an end… A most unusual spring… A spring of fear, loss and uncertainty… A spring of unexpected, sometimes unwanted realizations… Perhaps a spring of gratitude too – gratitude for what we do have… Perhaps also a spring of generosity and self-sacrifice, so others could be safe, alive… A spring of learning, even if the truths learnt may have been painful ones… A spring like no other. Continue reading “It’s Still Spring… Even at Home #20”

It’s Still Spring… Even at Home #9

Two months later… After two months of living by the sea without actually seeing the sea, it’s almost shocking how nothing’s chaged, nature is still the same. Then you look away from the water and notice people… protective masks, gloves… and fear mixed with joy in their eyes. No matter how much we try to pretend, so many things are not the same, are they? Continue reading “It’s Still Spring… Even at Home #9”

It’s Still Spring… Even at Home #6

It’s time I resorted to those photos taken at the beginning of March, right before lockdown. I was so sure I’d have the chance to shoot many more blossoms and spring flowers, but as we all know, life went in a different direction.

Little did I know when taking this shot that we’d be confined to our homes only days later. I didn’t get to see the trees in full bloom in my favourite park this spring, but I take solace in the fact that at least I had a chance to enjoy the more precocious ones. Of course, at the time I took the sight for granted and spent too much time distracted by the chill in the air and the wind which made it difficult to get decent shots. I’m sure there’s a lesson in there, somewhere….

Stay safe, everyone!