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Letters from a Stoic

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As it is with a play, so it is with life - what matters is not how long the acting lasts, but how good it is. (…) What really ruins our characters is the fact that none of us looks back over his life. We think about what we are going to do, and only rarely of that, and fail to think about what we have done, yet any plans for the future are dependant on the past.


Seneca, "Letters from a Stoic". Translated by Robin Campbell. 

Lucius Annaeus Seneca (ca. 4 BC - 65 AD) was a Roman Stoic philosopher, stateman and dramatist of the Silver Age of Latin literature.


The photo is taken at Millesgården. This head is what it remains of a Roman statue, copy of a Greek one, included in the Mille's antique collection.


Carl Milles (1875 – 1955) was a Swedish sculptor. Millesgården, that he designed and was his home, is now a museum with Milles' antique collection, sculpture garden, and art gallery. 



The Encounter

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Hello, cutie! Unfortunately I had the wrong lens on so I couldn't get closer than this - but decided to pusblish the photo - the little fellow is so cute!


Photo of the Month: February

Frosted Hip



Haiku Tuesday

Summer Dream


morning glories - 

awakened

in the middle of a dream


by Fukuda Chiyo-ni (1703-1775). Chiyo-ni was a Japanese poet of the Edo period and one of the greatest female haiku poets.




Day 59 of 365

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Day 59 of my "365 Days" project. Safari style.


As I have mentioned in an earlier post, I have decorated my home office safari style. The low bookshelf contains travel and exploration books, and various artefacts I collected during my trips. The're nice mementoes of my trips and make working there a real pleasure.


So, what do we see here? Let's see, from left to right, top shelf to bottom shelf:


* A hyppo from Johannesburg, South Africa

* A seal with a baby from Seattle, WA, USA

* A framed picture from Prague, Czech Republic

* A leopard and a rhyno from Johannesburg, South Africa

* A mule from Casablanca, Morocco

* Shells from Bondi Beach, Australia

* A framed Ganash picture from New Delhi, India


Day 58 of 365

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Day 58 of my "365 Days" project. It looks like spring!




Day 57 of 365

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Day 57 of my "365 Days" project. Zzzzzzz...



Day 56 of 365

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Day 56 of my "365 Days" project. Stairs, Millesgården.


Carl Milles (1875 – 1955) was a Swedish sculptor. Millesgården, that he designed and was his home, is now a museum with Milles' antique collection, sculpture garden, and art gallery. We have an annual card and go there very often, both to enjoy the beautiful garden and to take photos. Today was a quick visit as the weather turned bad with rain and snow, and a chilly wind.

For more info about Millesgården, click here.


Little Song

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I have been silent since morning

About what the dream sang to me.

For the red rose and the moonbeam

And for me - a single destiny.

The snows creep down the mountains slope,

And I'm whiter than snow,

But sweetly the banks

Of the murky, overflowing river break off.

The cool rustling of spruce groves

Is more restful than waking thoughts.


by Anna Akhmatova, translated by Judith Hemschemeyer.

Anna Akhmatova (1889 - 1966) is recognized as one of the greatest twentieth-century Russian poets.



Day 55 of 365

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Day 55 of my "365 Days" project. Could this be spring?



Day 54 of 365

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Day 54 of my "365 Days" project. Ivy climbing in a tree.



Echo

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The paths to the past have long been closed,

And what good is the past to me now?

What is there? - bloodied flagstones,

Or a bricked-up door,

Or an echo that still can't be

Still, no matter how I plead…

It's the same story with the echo

And the echo that I carry in my heart.


by Anna Akhmatova, translated by Judith Hemschemeyer.

Anna Akhmatova (1889 - 1966) is recognized as one of the greatest twentieth-century Russian poets.




Day 53 of 365

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Day 53 of my "365 Days" project. Amaryllis.


My amaryllis suprised me by blooming one more time after Christmas. 



Haiku Tuesday

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on moor and mountain

nothing stirs

this morn of snow


by Fukuda Chiyo-ni (1703-1775). Chiyo-ni was a Japanese poet of the Edo period and one of the greatest female haiku poets.



Day 52 of 365

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Day 52 of my "365 Days" project. Lidingö shipyard.


I'm sorry I cannot write as much as I used to, but I am very busy at the moment. While I still take pictures every day, I don't have time to process them or write more right now. 


Day 51 of 365

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Blackbird.



Day 50 of 365

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Solitude.



Day 49 of 365

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Man and Pegasus by Carl Milles.


Carl Milles (1875 – 1955) was a Swedish sculptor. Millesgården, that he designed and was his home, is now a museum with Milles' antique collection, sculpture garden, and art gallery. Man and Pegasus was created in 1949 in USA  for Des Moines in Iowa.



My Africa



Yay - I have processed the first photos from my recent safari in Pilanesberg (South Africa), have a look! 



Day 48 of 365

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Day 48 of my "365 Days" project. Blackbirds.


The days grow longer and longer, and the birds are drunk with it, the whole sky vibrates with their chirps. 



Haiku Thursday

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Come, let's go

Snow-viewing

Till we're buried.


by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694). Basho is the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan.



Day 47 of 365

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Day 47 of my "365 Days" project. Winter morning.


The winter is finally here, even if it did take some time. The temperature dropped to -11°C (12°F) this morning, but a glorious sun came out. The birds are drunk with the light and sing all day long. One would think the spring is not far away, but fact is that in Sweden it will take until April to speak of spring.



Day 46 of 365

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Day 46 of my "365 Days" project. Winter Wonderland.



Day 45 of 365

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Day 45 of my "365 Days" project. Happy Valentine's Day!



Day 44 of 365

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The sun setting over Pilanesberg Game Reserve.



Day 43 of 365

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Pilanesberg Game Reserve - Giraffe.

The giraffe popped up out of nowhere in front of our car, and went slowly into the bush to eat. Paid no attention to us. 



Day 42 of 365

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Pilanesberg Game Reserve - White Rhynocero



Day 41 of 365

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Short trip to Pilanesberg for a quick safari while in South Africa. We were having drinks on the veranda when this elephant just went by, heading for a water hole.



Day 40 of 365

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The swimming pool at The Palazzo - set in a lovely garden in Italian style.



Day 39 of 365

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The Palazzo lobby - very nice indeed.



Day 38 of 365

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Montecasino - an artificial world made up in Italian style.



Day 37 of 365

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The lamp on my balcony - quick shot from my balcony. 



Day 36 of 365

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Short trip to Johannesburg, staying at the Palazzo Hotel - nicely done in Italian style. Walls are covered in fine murals.



Day 35 of 365

Snow Fence


Day 35 of my "365 Days" project.


Day 34 of 365

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Day 34 of my "365 Days" project.


snowflakes

dancing

in the lonely sky


by Mihaela Limberea


I wrote this short poem this morning, inspired by the silently falling snow.



Day 33 of 365

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Day 33 of my "365 Days" project. Frozen rose hip.


The "real" winter is here, -13°C (8°F) this morning, and it seems this is only the beginning. The temperature is expected to drop even more during the weekend.  I just hope it won't go from extremely warm to extremely cold!



Black Picture-Postcards

Frozen Sea


I

The diary written full, future unknown.

The cable hums the folk-song with no home.

Snow-fall on the lead-still sea. Shadows

                            wrestle on the pier.


II

In the middle of life it happens that death comes

and takes man's measurements. The visit

is forgotten and life goes on. But the suit

                           is sewn on the quiet.



By Tomas Tranströmer, from the volume The Wild Market-Place (1983)

Translation by Robin Fulton


Tomas Tranströmer is one of the most important Swedish poets, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 2011. For those of you who can read Swedish I have included this poem in original. 


Svarta Vykort


I

Almanackan fullskriven, framtid okänd.

Kabeln nynnar folkvisan utan hemland.

Snöfall i det blystilla havet. Skuggor

                        brottas på kajen.


II

Mitt i livet händer att döden kommer

och tar mått på människan. Det besöket

glöms och livet fortsätter. Men kostymen

                         sys i det tysta.



Memories Look At Me

Summer Memories


A June morning, too soon to wake,

too late to fall asleep again.


I must go out - the greenery is dense

with memories, they follow me with their gaze.


They can't be seen, they merge completely 

with the background, true chameleons.


They are so close that I can hear them breathe

although the birdsong here is deafening.


By Tomas Tranströmer, from the volume The Wild Market-Place (1983)

Translation by Robin Fulton


Tomas Tranströmer is one of the most important Swedish poets, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 2011. For those of you who can read Swedish I have included this poem in original. 


Minnena Ser Mig


En junimorgon då det är för tidigt

att vakna men för sent att sömna om.


Jag måste ut i grönskan som är fullsatt

av minnen, och de följer mig med blicken.


De syns inte, de smälter helt ihop

med bakgrunden, perfekta kameleonter.


De är så nära att jag hör dem andas

fast fågelsången är bedövande. 



Day 32 of 365

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Day 32 of my "365 Days" project. Frost in the Garden.


The temperature has dropped to -7°C (19°F) and it seems winter is on the way now. Lower temperatures are forecasted for the week-end. 

Many of the plants in my garden had started to grow thanks to the mild weather we had earlier. You can see the clematis buds in the photo above -  I guess they'll die now. The crocuses and the forsythia were on their way too.



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