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My special walk

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I heard from Steffi that WordPress is doing this special walk wwwp5k .

A 5k run/walk is approximately 3.1 miles long. That is roughly equal to:

  • Twelve laps around a track.

  • Approximately 6,000-7,500 steps.

  • Approximately 50-60 minutes of brisk walking.

It was any time between Monday, September 19th to Sunday, September 25th, lace up your running/walking/hiking/hopping shoes and join us for the 5k blogged about around the world!

 I participated and here is my post

I made it a mindful walk on my own.

My impressions from my walk:

a beautiful church

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a cat on the windowsill

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lovely coloured flowery bushes

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more sweet flowers

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and now for the count:

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That was a lovely mindful walk,

Why not try a mindful walk yourself,

being fully present,

notice the beauty around you,

enjoy every step you do,

… and you don’t even notice how far you go!

 

 

Holiday time

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In August I went on holiday to different places for short periods.

( Mallorca- Spain and Germany)

In Mallorca the palm trees were my favourite, ( see here)

In Germany the lakes for swimming were super.

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This is the dress I bought in Mallorca.

With Spanish temperatures in Bavaria I could wear it again.

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Here is the proof….. I went into this lake too….

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yes, I did go deeper and swam, it was so refreshing.

What a view of the blue sky …… under the shade of a tree.

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The flowers with all the different vibrant colours always bring a spectacular show.

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I also have learnt how to make the best latte or cappuccino, with frothy milk.

Yummy.

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Goes really well with a slice of Black Forest Gateau.sst

 

Life is good!

Enjoy every moment!

I do!

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Hello March – Nature focus

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March sounds almost like Spring already…

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I have heard the most beautiful bird

singing this morning, to introduce March.

Daffodils are out.

So let’s

Notice the flowers start blooming.

Listen to the birds song

Enjoy the sunshine

Appreciate the lighter longer evenings,

Bring colour into your life in March…

 Buy flowers for someone,

 Put the red skirt/ trousers on,

Walk more, be conscious of the trees.

Enjoy the fresh air and smile.

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Wishing you all a wonderful March !

 

 

Patience

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Patience is a virtue as they say.

“The hardest test in life is having the patience to wait for the right moment.”

I am known for my patience and I was tested last week.

I have tomato plants for the first time and I am watering like crazy and care for them.

They had flowers and the first little tomatoes came out.

I was so proud.

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For a long time they have stayed green.

– All through August and have not changed.

– Mind you we had not so much sun nor heat.

“Be Patient. Good things come to those who wait!”

I asked my sister if I should pick it green and let it ripen indoors.

She advised me to wait a bit longer….

… and guess what … the week after ….

I am so happy to say they are getting colour.

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Thanks to my sister, she will read it here too – ‘Thank you’ –  I waited and was patient.

I will enjoy this tomato more than any other one before.

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So don’t rush things…. everything will be there when ready!

Be patient!

 

More amazing nature!

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Iceland has many different views …here are more…. amazing waterfalls…

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Seljalandsfoss a 60m waterfall in a lovely location,surrounded by cliffs and green slopes.

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A footpath leads behind the waterfall… little bit wet….

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such beautiful green….

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This is Eyjafjallajokull, the volcano which broke out in April 2010 and had me and mum stranded in Germany for a week because of the ash in the air so the planes couldn’t fly. We now saw it dormant with snow. (1660m high) I never thought I would see this volcano.

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Then we went to a crashed plane wreck on the coast on black sand. It was a US Navy DC3 and it crashed 1973 because it ran out of fuel. All survived and it turned out later that the pilot switched to the wrong fuel tank.

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I went even inside….

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It feels it is in the middle of nowhere but in the back you can see the glacier.

Black sand just everywhere.

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Very little growth…

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I loved the sand and the sea, it was sunny too, see I tanned a bit!

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This is the Solheimajokull glacier.

It says that with the global warming it can disappear within 100 to 200 years.

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The last stop was the huge Skogafoss Waterfall.

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We got very wet, but as the sun was shining the rainbow went all the way round.

So beautiful!

We walked all the way to the top.

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We had a busy day and chilled out with an original Icelandic yogurt – Skyr

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We enjoyed the whole experience as well as the Icelandic food!

I can only recommend Iceland for its nature, wonderful people, clean air, amazing drinking water ( ph 8.8- tastes fantastic) and its food.

I hope you enjoyed my day trip as much as I did!

 

No words needed….

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Yes we have been to Iceland, a most beautiful country with an amazing scenery.

See for yourself.

Just enjoy the tranquility,

the warmth of the hot tub and springs and natural beauty!

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Hafnarfordur, Iceland

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The rift,

The Continental  rift, Thingvellir

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Stone Lava

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Bubbling away….

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Fontana Hot spring in Laugarvatn

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Strukkur Geysir

 

 

3 Years -Thank You

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3 years and my blog is still running with the help and support of

YOU

my lovely people whom I love and  cherish.

I couldn’t do it without you.

A heartfelt and emotional thank you to all of you from the very first followers 3 years ago to the very new ones.

Everyone is welcome to a little oasis of calm and reflection, beauty, positivity  and music.

This blog gives me all that and more with your comments and your love I feel.

 

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So today I let you take in the beauty with photos I took last week in Germany (big thank you to my wonderful sister and her beautiful garden)

Enjoy

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“Schalbenschwanz”

 

 Wishing you a wonderful day and many hugs to all my cyber friends!

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from Ute  ♥♥♥

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Sky Garden

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Over Easter, I visited the Sky Garden, the highest garden in the UK. It is on the 35th floor of a building called ” the Walkie Talkie” in London.

Security is high , just like on an airport.

It was amazing to walk around this exotic garden!

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It is free for the public but still needs to be booked and only open during working time, so I was happy to get tickets in the holidays.

Well worth going when you are in London!

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It was wonderful to add this day to treasured memories.

Enjoy your day and see the beauty along the road!

The ABC of genuine happiness – W

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The ABC of Genuine Happiness

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W – Walk. Write. Watch the sunset

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Walk more today, think clearer tomorrow

Look for outside motivation

Walking is still one of the best exercises you can do.

Walk to better brain health

In a recent study from Maryland University, researchers asked two groups of volunteers age 60 to 88 (half with cognitive impairment, half without) to take a daily walk on a treadmill at moderate intensity.

After 12 weeks of walking activity, the volunteers underwent tests and scans to check cognition. Amazingly, the group with cognitive impairment showed improvements in memory, learning and recall tasks, and better efficiency in areas of the brain linked with Alzheimer’s.

To better the effects, try taking your walk in a green area – in one 2012 study published in Environmental Science & Technology , researchers found that just five minutes of exercise in a green space was enough to benefit mental health and improve self-esteem.

Let’s not forget that getting outside for a stroll does more for your mental well-being than boost your memory. Exercise boosts your happy factor, reduces stress, improves productivity and can reduce symptoms of depression.

And if you think there’s just not enough time in your working day, consider this; in a study of office workers led by Bristol University, those who exercised during their lunch break reported better mood, improvements in time management, better concentration levels and mental performance.

They also felt more able to deal with stress and experienced higher levels of motivation. Sounds like a good excuse for a lunchtime walk!

 

 

WRITE

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Most of you are fantastic writers… I am more of a reader and enjoy written word!

So keep on writing your good stories!

Watch the Sunset

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What better way is there but to watch a sunset!

Every sunset brings you the promise of a new dawn.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

… to be continued ….

Wishing you  a wonderful and warm day!