The stories of my life on a little island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea ... and my occasional adventures beyond these shores.

Friday, 26 March 2010

Shuttered Windows

There is something about shuttered windows … something secretive … something mysterious.
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There’s a hint of romance …
Paris - Lorna's Day 3 (77) 
… and more than a little whimsy.
But  best of all, shuttered windows take me back to my childhood days. I remember standing behind the shutters of my  great-grandmother’s house, on hot summer days, and looking down on the street below. My great-aunt used to tell me that it wasn’t good manners to hide behind the shutters and eavesdrop. But I was four years old and did not pay too much attention to etiquette.
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For me it was just a game. Hiding in the shadows and watching … listening. Did I learn any secrets? Perhaps. Will I share them with you? No …  that would be telling. Go listen at the windows … shhh … perhaps you’ll learn some secrets too.
Mdina (36)

Sunday, 14 March 2010

The Secrets of the Shell

Have you ever held a shell to you ear?
Study of a Seashell (11)
And listened to its secrets?
Study of a Seashell (8)
Have you ever heard the tale it has to tell?
Study of a Seashell (9)
Of deep blue seas and crashing waves?
Treasure chests and mermaids?
Have you ever been enthralled
By the mystery of its song?
Study of a Seashell (12)
By the whispers of its soul?
Study of a Seashell (13)
By the silence of its voice?
     Study of a Seashell (14)

Friday, 5 March 2010


A few thoughts provoked by some photos taken on vacation in charming Burano (June 2007).
I wandered slowly past colourful houses, Venice 2007 from Lorna's perspective (35)
the sun’s intense heat reflecting off the buildings and cobbled streets.Venice 2007 from Lorna's perspective (36)
I crossed a bridge Venice 2007 from Lorna's perspective (22)
and then another, Venice 2007 from Lorna's perspective (31)
sluggish canal water reflected the myriad colours.Venice 2007 from Lorna's perspective (30)
Each nook was a source of new wonder, a marriage of hues Venice -  June 2007 (98)
or a clash of colours, Venice -  June 2007 (103)
some vibrant, some muted.Venice -  June 2007 (94)
A house crowned with flowers.Venice 2007 from Lorna's perspective (25)
A street market.Venice 2007 from Lorna's perspective (24)
A church with a leaning tower.Venice 2007 from Lorna's perspective (26)
A breezy square.Venice 2007 from Lorna's perspective (32)
Reds and yellows.Venice -  June 2007 (80)
Browns and greens …Venice 2007 from Lorna's perspective (27)
A rainbow of colours providing cheer on all but the greyest of days.
(All photos marked D. Dykstra were taken by my husband. I had not yet converted to digital photography and all my photos were taken with a trusty Pentax using film.)

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

No Comments ???

It seems that a serious mishap has occurred on my blog. It appears that I have lost my comments on a number of my older posts. This makes me sad. Has anybody else noticed this or is it just me? Does anybody know if there is a way I can fix this? I so appreciate the time my friends take to stop by and comment on my posts. Losing these little messages is very upsetting. Please let me know if you have had the same problem. Thanks. I hope to have a post ready later on today. In the meantime, I will continue to hope that my comments will come back from the mysterious beyond that seems to have engulfed them :(


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