Between Life – Weekly Photo Challenge

I think we can easily spend a lot of time ‘between’ life i.e. between decisions, between flights, between the passing of time.  It can be intentional or a situation where we have no choice.

This week’s photo challenge required us to share a photo that said ‘between’ and after a little ‘between thoughts’ here are my submissions.

I visited the city of Beijing in China two weeks ago.  My itinerary of almost 20 hours to and another 20 hours from this place where we find the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City (another post), took me from Barbados to London to Amsterdam to Beijing and back.  Between connecting flights, I came across this beautifully unique cafe at the airport in Amsterdam – truly a novel way to dine and have ‘tea’.

Cafe at the Amsterdam airport
Cafe at the Amsterdam airport
Tea in a teacup with kettle nearby
Tea in a teacup with kettle nearby

Sometimes we have to sit it out between life, whether we like it or not.  Here are two photos of my son who is a national athlete, representing Barbados in the sport of judo (and he is very very good – also another post).  I took these pictures as he waited between matches during a recent international competition.

Waiting and watching beween matches
Waiting and watching beween matches
Still existing in the realm of 'between' ... but can't wait to get started!
Still existing in the realm of ‘between’ … but can’t wait to get started!

Last but not least, the photo below highlights the most important thought of all i.e. between family.  This is a picture of my beloved aunt who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, taken as we shared in the celebration of her birthday earlier this year.  We were between feeling sad for her and the pain she is in, and feeling happy that she is still with us.

Between family: my mummy's sister aka my aunt on her birthday :-)
Between family: my mummy’s sister aka my aunt on her birthday ūüôā

So how did I do?  Was I able to successfully illustrate ‘between’?  Leave a comment and tell me ūüôā

 

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: On The Top -> “Creativity at its best!”

earrings and umbrellas
Earring Umbrella |Spain| Photo by Gale

I just had to take this photo while on a visit to Barcelona, Spain in 2013.¬† What a novel way of showcasing your earrings to visitors … by securing them attractively on top of an umbrella!¬† Notice the thought that must have gone into the set up which includes a tripod and a stability mechanism aka towel or sheet or shirt – it was hard to tell.

But more importantly, when the authorities happen by (because you really should not be selling earrings here in the first place) isn’t it super easy to just quickly close up your brolly¬†and run for the hills with all of your inventory safe¬†in one place?¬†Loved the creativity even¬†though I didn’t take advantage of the special pricing and¬†purchase any earrings this time around ūüôā

My fun take on this week’s photo challenge re: perspectives on¬†“on the¬†top” (with an added¬†smile).

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

This is my first time participating in a photo challenge but I immediately knew what I wanted to write after reading the guidelines.  Here is the post:

This week, in a post created specifically for this challenge, show us an image that says REFLECTION.

It could be a person who helps you see things clearly, a place you go to collect your thoughts, or an object that reminds you of your achievements. You could also go for something more literal, like a reflection in water. Or something that demonstrates both interpretations of the word, as I’ve done in this shot.¬† Ben

The photos below were taken on the grounds of Codrington College, an Anglican theological college located in St. John, Barbados.

The entrance to Codrington College
The entrance to Codrington College

The main highlight is a beautiful lily covered pond complete with lots of fish, which you are allowed to feed.  There are benches dotted strategically about the grounds where you can enjoy the ducks, the fish and a magnificent view out to the ocean.

The massive lily pond
The massive lily pond

The college has been a tourist attraction for many years but I only appreciated its natural beauty in April 2009 when my mum died.¬†¬†My young¬†son, his dad and I needed to¬†rest a bit after¬†her funeral, and decided to take a drive out into the country.¬† We randomly turned into the college off of the main road and ended up spending most of the day enjoying the stately grandeur¬†of¬† tall palm trees, flowering trees and¬†still mirror-like water¬†with¬†large colourful fish swimming just beneath its surface.¬† It was amazing how our minds and bodies were healed as we slowly walked around the grounds¬†while remembering my mum’s full but too short life.

Now, whenever¬†I need to get away from it all or take some time to reflect¬†on where I’m going in my own life, it has become the perfect place for a time-out;¬†I’m sure you’ll see why.

Palm trees reaching for the sky
Palm trees reaching for the sky
The trees were in full bloom
The trees were in full bloom
Pretty in pink perfection
Pretty in pink perfection
Can you see the orange and black fish just beneath the surface?
Can you see the orange and black fish just beneath the surface?
Ducks in a row admiring their reflection in the pond below (minus one)
Ducks in a row admiring their reflection in the pond below (minus one)
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Even the birds took time to rest and enjoy the tranquility
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Tree standing sentinel
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Lily pad up close
ripples
R&R: Ripples and Reflections
a pond of lilies
Lilies and more lilies sitting on top of the palm trees reflected on the pond’s surface
Standing watch over everything
Standing watch over everything
Another bench, another resting place, another opportunity to think on life
Another bench, another resting place, another opportunity to think on life
Sit with me for a while ...
Sit with me for a while …
The best view of all - looking out into the unknown, where the ocean meets the sky
The best view of all – looking out into the unknown, where the ocean meets the sky
Saying goodbye and taking the long driveway out ... until the next time
Saying goodbye and taking the long driveway out … until the next time