Friday, 30 December 2011

Friday My Town: 2011 – The (Tail) End

tail end, n.

1. The hindmost part.
2. The very end; the conclusion.

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You are facing the end of an old year and the beginning of a new one.
What do you do?


A. Look back


B. I don’t know. I really don’t.


C. Dive right in!


D. Just plod on!


Please leave your answer in the Comment Box. Thank you!


”Now this is not the end.
It is not even the beginning of the end.
But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
~ Winston Churchill ~


Happy New Year, Everyone!




Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Watery Whatever


Actually, this was Watery Tuesday (27.12), with a glimpse of sun between the rainstorms… Today is Watery Wednesday with the water pouring down from above (again), and the wind rattling the windows (again); all in all a weather for just staying in!

Linking to Watery Wednesday # 167

Monday, 26 December 2011

Ruby Tuesday: Birdfeeders



I wonder what the real birds think of these?


See more RED at Ruby Tuesday

An Award and 7 Random Things


Back in the beginning of December, Suzy at Someday, Somewhere  passed on this award to me. Of course it came with a To Do-list:
Pass it on to 15 other people. (15!!!) And tell 7 things about yourself.

All right then… I hereby pass it on generously to all the blogs already listed at the bottom of this blog. Who’s counting? If you like it, pick it up. (Thanks Pauline for the idea of a shortcut…)

Then to the 7 things. As a bonus I’ll tell you that I ‘hate’ unspecified assignments like this, because they tend to make my brain go blank!

Since this is a Picture Book, and not a Story Book, I picked 7 photos from 2011 and made a collage. All that these photos have in common is that they were taken during the last week in the month (different months), and some kind of thought popped into my head as they flashed by on my screen.

Seven Things dec 2011

1. I’ve never been to a circus (and never really had any longing to).

2. I like ice cream better than having to dress like an Eskimo.

3. I’m fascinated by dreams and dream interpretation.
(That’s a ‘dream catcher’ in the photo.)

4. My first Bible (from my early teens) has a lot of notes in it.

5. I like walking along a beach.

6. It’s been over a decade since I last drove a car.

7. I like fresh pineapple but opening a tin is easier.


This post will be linked to Mosaic Monday at Little Red House.


Sunday, 25 December 2011

25 December 2011 - Christmas Day


“Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.”
~ Theodore Roethke ~

The traditional Advent Calendar runs from 1-24 December,
and so did mine, here in the Picture Book. But since we are still in Christmas, I thought I’d throw in an extra greeting today.

In Sweden, we open our presents on Christmas Eve.
In many other countries, you open yours on Christmas Day.
Where ever you happen to be on the Earth and in your
Christmas traditions, I wish all you Bloglings out there:

>>> Merry Christmas ! <<<


This post will be linked to Shadow Shot Sunday (2).

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Advent Calendar – Saturday 24th December 2011

24_CIMG5988-4 silent night

♫ Silent Night, Holy Night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from Heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour is born.

* * * Merry Christmas to you all! * * *


1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.

4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
   and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Gospel of Luke, chapter 2 (New International Version)

Friday, 23 December 2011

Advent Calendar – Friday 23rd December 2011

23_CIMG5646-2 lights FMTSO

“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt ~


Friday My Town Shoot Out  theme of the week is “Lights”.



Thursday, 22 December 2011

Advent Calendar – Thursday 22nd December 2011

22_CIMG5981-1 squeeze

“When you squeeze an orange, orange juice comes out -
because that’s what’s inside. When you are squeezed,
what comes out is what is on the inside.”

~ Wayne Dyer ~

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Advent Calendar – Wednesday 21st December 2011

21_CIMG5958-1a peace

“On your feet wear the Good News of Peace,
to help you stand strong.”

~ Ephesians  6:15 ~

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Advent Calendar – Tuesday 20th December 2011

20_CIMG5957-1 gift

“Every good and perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of heavenly lights,
who does not change like shifting shadows.”
~James 1:17 ~

Monday, 19 December 2011

Advent Calendar – Monday 19th December 2011

19_CIMG5724 a-1 jolly

Deck the halls with boughs of holly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la la.
‘Tis the season to be jolly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la la.

Sing along at YouTube!

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Advent Calendar – Sunday 18th December 2011

18_CIMG5980-1 four

“It is only the modern that ever becomes old-fashioned.”

~ Oscar Wilde  ~


♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Today is the 4th Advent Sunday.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be
hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.
Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the
house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they
may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:14-16  (Sermon on the Mount)

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Advent Calendar – Saturday 17th December 2011


“I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.”

~ George Bernhard Shaw ~

Friday, 16 December 2011

Advent Calendar – Friday 16th December 2011

16_CIMG5945-1a friendship

 ”A friend is someone who understands your past,
believes in your future, and accepts you
just the way you are.”

(source unknown)


Friday My Town Shoot Out theme this week is “Layers”.
[I’m thinking layers of clothes and  layers of photo editing…]

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Advent Calendar – Thursday 15th December 2011

15_CIMG5947-1 clever

“I’m so clever that sometimes I don’t understand
a single word of what I’m saying.”

~ Oscar Wilde ~

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Advent Calendar – Wednesday 14 December 2011

14_CIMG5966-1 blind

“Hatred is blind, as well as love.”

~ Oscar Wilde ~

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Advent Calendar – Tuesday 13th December

13_CIMG5975-2 Lucia


Watch a Swedish Lucia Morning at YouTube.

Read about the tradition in a blog post of mine from 2010.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Advent Calendar – Monday 12th December 2011

12_CIMG5949-1 visit

“Santa Claus has the right idea - visit people only once a year!”

~ Victor Borge ~

[Not familiar with Victor Borge? Get to know him at YouTube]

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Advent Calendar – Sunday 11th December 2011

11_CIMG5948-1 three

“Better three hours too soon than one minute too late.”
~ William Shakespeare ~


Today is the 3rd Advent Sunday.

And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.”
~ 2 Peter 1:19 ~

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Advent Calendar – Saturday 10th December 2011 - Time


“The only reason for time is so that
everything doesn’t happen at once.”
~Albert Einstein ~

Friday, 9 December 2011

Advent Calendar – Friday 9th December 2011

9_CIMG5506a-1 wheel of fortune FMTSO

“The wheel of fortune turns around incessantly,
and who can say to himself, I shall today be uppermost.”
~ Confucius ~



 This post will be linked to Friday My Town Shoot Out.
The theme of the week is ‘Wheels’.

 The old engine wheel is an all-year-round decoration at the entrance of a restaurant recently opened in the premises of an exhibition hall which once upon a time was an engine shed.

There is also an old engine kept inside the exhibition hall :


Thursday, 8 December 2011

Advent Calendar – Thursday 8th December 2011

8_CIMG5942-1 Rest

“Sometimes the most urgent thing you
can possibly do is take a complete rest.”
~ Ashleigh Brilliant ~

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Advent Calendar – Wednesday 7th December 2011

10_CIMG5979-1 bear

“Bear with the faults of others as you
would have them bear with yours.”

~ Phillips Brooks ~


(Yes, you are allowed to laugh!)

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Advent Calendar – Tuesday 6th December 2011

6_CIMG5946-1 wisdom

“Wisdom is not a product of schooling,
but of the life-long attempt to acquire it.”

~ Albert Einstein ~


This post will be linked to Ruby Tuesday at Work of the Poet.


~~~ ♥ ♥ ♥ ~~~


In some European  countries (not in Sweden though), 6th December  is celebrated as St Nicholas Day.

Saint Nicholas , also called Nikolaus the Wonderworker, was a historic 4th-century Greek Bishop of Myra (=Demre in modern-day Turkey). He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa Claus.  (Read more in Wikipedia) 

Monday, 5 December 2011

Advent Calendar – Monday 5th December 2011

5_2011-11-29 Angel Collage

“Never run faster than your guardian angels can fly.”
(source unknown)


♥ This post will be linked to Mosaic Monday at Little Red House. ♥

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Advent Calendar - Sunday 4th December 2011

4_CIMG5954-1 two

“There are two ways to live:
you can live as if nothing is a miracle; or
you can live as if everything is a miracle.”
~ Albert Einstein ~


Today is the 2nd Advent Sunday

[Jesus] told them still another parable:
“The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.”
- Matthew 13:33 -

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Advent Calendar - Saturday 3rd December 2011

3_CIMG5983-1a time

“Lost time is never found again.”

~ Benjamin Franklin ~


(… But are you sure you really lost it? ...)

Friday, 2 December 2011

Advent Calendar – Friday 2nd December 2011

2_CIMG5956-1 imbalance FMTSO

“An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest
and most fatal ailment of all republics.”


♥ This post will be linked to Friday My Town Shoot Out. ♥
Theme of the week: ‘Imbalance’

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Advent Calendar – Thursday 1st December 2011

1_CIMG5952-2 gift

Gift: Anything given; anything voluntarily transferred
by one person to another without compensation;
a present; an offering.”

(definition from Brainy Quote)


Thank you for visiting the first post in my Advent Calendar.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Watery Wednesday: Frozen Puddle


Some of the last autumn leaves blown off the trees in the storm that passed by here on Sunday… Followed by colder weather with a bit of frost here and there on the morning after.

Watery Wednesday

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Ruby Tuesday: Frosty Red


I think these are Hylotelephium telephium. Swedish name ‘kärleksört’ which means ‘love herb’. I saw them in a garden I passed a couple of weeks ago on a frosty morning. (So the white on them is frost.)


The plant is said to have been used to heal wounds, especially burns. The roots can be eaten, preferably cooked for about 15 minutes first. The fresh leaves can be be eaten raw, and are rich in vitamin C. (And of course I had no idea about any of this until I just looked it up… Blogging is very educational!)

See more RED at Ruby Tuesday


Monday, 28 November 2011

Mosaic Monday: Frosty

2011-10-21 frost, nature, close-to-home

Had to go back to October in my photo archives to find some photos with frosty colour. The past weekend has been all storm and rain.

See more Monday Mosaics at Mary’s Little Red House.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Friday My Town: Lawn Tools

Lawn tools?!?? In November? This must have been suggested by somone living in a different climate than here in the North! I was going to skip even thinking of entering something for this week... But then suddenly 'out of the blue' I happened to remember this picture... The garden shed at my parents' old place last spring. (Some of the things in there even go back to the days of my grandparents...) It's been published before on this blog back in May (for Ruby Tuesday) but never mind.

I'll be curious to see what others have found at
My Town - Mr Linky

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Watery Wednesday: Goldeneye


The most common birds in the river where I live are mallards; but I also keep seeing one Goldeneye, sometimes hanging out with the mallards, but often on his own. Back in the spring he had a mate, but now he appears to be single. Looks a little sad somehow, but perhaps I’m letting my imagination run away with me…

Watery Wednesday

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Ruby Tuesday: Autumn’s Last Rose


It’s been a mild autumn so far. I found this rose growing on a bush this past weekend, in the cemetery close to where I live.

For Ruby Tuesday

Monday, 21 November 2011

Mosaic Monday: Reflection Patchwork

2011-11-15 reflections

I’m still fascinated by those window reflections of water reflections
of trees and sky… (compare last week’s Watery Wednesday).
I kept playing with them in Picasa: cropping, turning
upside-down, putting together again…

♥ ♥ ♥

See more Monday Mosaics at Mary’s Little Red House

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday: By Night


More shadow than light, on a November night…


… until the town unitedly says: “Let there be light!”







Linked to Shadow Shot Sunday

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