Retrospective Top Posts 2016

January 2016 – Snow this morning


What a beautiful day! I woke up this morning to this pure and bright snowy day. Him Indoors had to shovel the snow in our garden path, as well as the front of our house, between the garages. He didn’t mind at all, it’s like his morning exercise. And I have to take lots of photos. I love taking photos, especially of the different seasons. Just like Thursday morning, we came back from our morning swim and the sky was brilliant. Sunny morning, clear sky, we can see the Alps from our place. Simply wonderful!

February 2016 – Carpe Diem 908


chasing waterfall
sound of the fountain of life
ever so faithful

ever so faithful
stridently trickling down
splashing like pearls

splashing like pearls
cleanses the soul and spirit
refreshingly good

March 2016 – Listen to that thunder


Listen to that thunder
Full of rage and fury
Bursting with anger
The sky breaks loose
And I want to flee

Transforming the sky
Objecting to the silence
Upheaval seems to amplify
Like it’s time for a vengeance
And I ask, why me?

The ease of water rolling
Wind blustering like mad
To the flood it’s adding
Going out I’m forbade
Save I want to be drenched

Words failed to come
I want to be somewhere
I was silent and glum
Find a place with no blare
That’s where I want to be

Where flowers blossom
The sun shines bright
The day so awesome
Not giving me a fright
I promise to be good

Presenting me with hope
And other dreams
A day I can cope
So bright it gleams
I’ll take that anytime

April 2016 – Finding Peace – #writephoto

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

Is it wrong to search my soul?

So I know what indeed is my role

When I wonder deep down its meaning

And forgiveness I am begging

When I pushed the cobwebs of lies

And each one has his lows and highs

Is it wrong to find atonement?

When there was a creepy silent?

For all who I’ve offended

Out with the truth blurted

For all who are suffering

And the tension it brings

For all who are in pain

Like being in chains

What’s clear is I want peace

All misgivings to decrease

May 2016 – Cycling, Breakfast and Teriyaki – Echoes of my Neighbourhood

*three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy*

Hello everyone! Lovely weather here and we’ve been cycling a lot!

I met my friend today and we had some cool breakfast, complete with Proseco!


I went to town the other day and I had teriyaki prawns and salad for lunch


June 2016 – Seasons – London Calling

Hello everyone! I went to London with Him Indoors, my sister and her husband. There we met our friends from Munich. We stayed near Trafalgar Square so we could walk everywhere. And boy, we walked! We walked to the Big Ben, 10 Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden. We met our friends in Soho to have our Chinese meal.

We walked through Green Park to reach Buckingham Palace. There was a cavalry parade.

We took our time looking at some painting at the National Gallery Museum.

We went to Imperial War Museum and saw the story of those whose lives have been shaped by war from the First World War to the present day.

We took a barge from Embankment to Greenwich. We saw the Tower of London, the Shard, Parliament, Millennium Bridge and other places of interest.

We went to the National Maritime Museum – the world’s largest maritime museum with 10 free galleries and a vast collection that spans artworks, maps and charts, memorabilia and thousands of other objects. The uniform of General Nelson with a bullethole was there.

July 2016 – Details – Photo Challenge


This is a model boat HMS Bounty that Him Indoors made. It took him a couple of years to build it, but his patience and creativity paid off. He worked on it meticulously, thought about ways to bend the wood, sewed the sails and all the other details. I admired him for it. It kept him busy, especially when the weather wasn’t good so he could work in the cellar. Well done, Him Indoors!

Two years ago, we gave him this kit for HMS Victory and he loved it. He started working on it. It’s a bigger project than the HMS Bounty but I’m sure he loves the challenge. He’s halfway there. Good luck, Him Indoors!

Other photos of details:

August 2016 – I am who I am, but tomorrow, who knows?


Ladylee’s my name
Manila used to be my home
Married to Him Indoors
30 years this year
Mum to HRH the son
Now married to his beautiful K
I’m happy with my life
Swimming, cycling, travelling
Reading, blogging, taking photos
Life is wonderful indeed!

September 2016 – Doors from India

October 2016 – Quadrille #18 – Cloud


Love is being on cloud nine
Butterflies and bees in sunshine
You were gone and my world fell apart
My heart was shattered on your depart
From cotton clouds, days are cloudy
From waiting, I become angry
I deserve better
You’re not worth it

November 2016 – Thursday photo prompt – Anomaly #writephoto


A faint rainbow up the sky
Sky from light blue to greyish blue

Blue I feel when you’re not with me
Me and you, I say with a plea

Plea that we will endure this isolation
Isolation from the rest of the world
World in this flat horizon, not one soul
Soul, heart and spirit, they are one

One tower, some houses by the cliff
Cliff high, I cover my head with a kerchief

Kerchief over my head tied under my chin
Chin moves when I see you and grin

Grin we will and make the most of it
It will only get better, let’s hope
Hope for a better and brighter future
Future beckons, now is the time to deliver

Deliver us from the nightmares of ennui
Ennui, perhaps not when I’m with thee

Thee or thou, hopefully love will last
Last longer and everything is a blast

December 2016 – Haibun Monday: And to all a goodnight

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Maria with Doodles and Scribbles. Thank you Maria!

Last Saturday was my birthday. We drove to the mountains a day before so we could celebrate my birthday for the weekend. The hotel was the only one on top of a mountain, the view was amazing! We walked along the frozen lake, Riesersee, so refreshing with a view of the Zugspitze. In the morning of my birthday, I was greeted by the staff with a table full of greetings, two glasses of sparkling wine and we had a sumptuous breakfast. They even delivered a birthday cake when we were back in our room, so sweet!

We walked from our hotel down to town, Garmisch Partenkirchen, about an hour’s walk, through a private path from the hotel. There was some Christmas market, with stalls of Christmas decorations, leathers, antique pins and jewellery, and a carousel for the children. The things were from the local artists and the food from the local farmers. We drank some warm mulled wine and ate grilled sausages.

In the evening, we dressed up to go the restaurant across the hotel. The manager remembered that it was my birthday and gave us the best place in the restaurant and two glasses of sparkling wine. A luxurious meal – antipasti, pork medallion with mushrooms and cream and crème brûlée with a nice bottle of Riesling. It was a romantic evening with some fire burning at the fireplace and a man playing the piano. We walked by the lake under the moonlight. I couldn’t ask for more! And to all, a goodnight.

A winter birthday
Walked by the moonlight with him
Couldn’t ask for more

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