So much green !

Hi !

Today is St.Patrick’s Day. I am not Irish. My ancestors are no Irish either. This morning I was thinking about  clover leaves and all the green photos I take all the time. So, I created a collage for you to enjoy.

Green is a wonderful colour for healing. We are now facing a stressful time  but we need to focus on all the beauty around us.

If you are following me on this blog, you have noticed that I am not posting very often. The reason is simple. I have another blog where you can read my most recent posts.

Have a look, SUBSCRIBE to my newest blog:  FUNandLIFE.2

https://francef55.wordpress.com

Here is my most recent  post: ( copy paste should work?)

https://francef55.wordpress.com/2020/03/17/honto-roncevalles-day-38-39/

Happy St.Patrick’s  Day to all of you!

Stay well and positive.

 

Christmas

Christmas time. Music , shopping, cooking, sharing…

A day is not enough to appreciate this special time when we connect with people we love and spend time with family and/or friends.

I wish  you all  a very Merry Christmas.  Just a few more days to reach 2020…

Let’s be thankful

Gratitude  is the topic of my post today.

Be thankful for everything you have even if you have little. Everything you are and who is part of your life. Everything you feel. Love, admiration, joy, compassion…

We must learn to say Thank you many times a day. I think this is the most important word of  all. Saying and showing appreciation for our life, our health, our family,  our friends, the food we have in the fridge, the light we get when we turn the switch on… When your start to think about it there are so many things to be thankful.

Fresh air when you go for a walk, beautiful trees and flowers, clean rivers and lakes. The rain , the snow, the wind…Grateful for different seasons although I prefer spring and summer and now it is fall.

In Canada , we celebrate THANKSGIVING on October 14.  It can be a good occasion to have a meal with family and spend some time together. Sometimes we like to go away and we need to schedule for another weekend.

I am so thankful for all the good memories I have. Many great trips in many different countries. I am grateful that I can walk, cycle , ski or swim. I am grateful to be me and to learn new things everyday.

When you start to be thankful , you feel different.  A few weeks ago,  every morning, I  started  to write  my blessings .  I don’t think there is a best way to start the day . Saying why I am grateful for those blessings also. It is so easy to incorporate gratitude in our life. I wonder why it is not taught starting  in pre-school.  I remember teaching a song , in French to my little 3 and 4 years old students.

“MERCI, MERCI , MERCI BEAUCOUP.  Merci pour les fleurs, merci pour les arbres et pour le soleil qui brille sur moi.”

It was an easy song saying thank you for flowers, trees and sun.

Learning to be grateful  should be something we teach our kids as soon as they can talk. Maybe thanksgiving is the best day to think about gratefulness and start the new habit to write your blessings.

Angeles Arrien says : “Gratitude is a feeling that spontaneously emerges from within. However, it is not simply an emotional response; it is also a choice we make. We can choose to be grateful, or we can choose to be ungrateful—to take our gifts and blessings for granted. As a choice, gratitude is an attitude or disposition.”

“Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy — because we will always want to have something else or something more.”~ Br. David Steindl-Rast

GRATITUDE eliminates fear, worry, grief, and depression. It brings happiness, clarity, patience, kindness, compassion, understanding, and peace of mind. Gratitude  brings solutions to problems and  increase the chance to make your  dreams  a reality.

Small, grateful acts, every day can uplift us, make a difference for others, and help change the world.

Let’s be grateful today and every day of our life.

THANKS for reading. And if you wish you can comment too.

September

As September is slowly crawling towards what will be autumn too soon, I have to believe that this month is precious in term of daylight and good weather.

I am so happy to be back to normal life after dealing with an injury. I am more positive than ever. Every day I say my gratitude for who I am, what I have and what I know. I know that I am learning every day and this learning process makes me happy. I feel I am entering a new phase of my life. It feels so so good.

What is ahead of me, I do not know but I am happy to where I am right now and who is around me. I learned a lot while walking the Camino in May/June. This adventure was an amazing challenge and every day it is still very much present in my mind.

I have started a blog that you can follow. Take time to read if you have time.

Join me on FUNandLIFE.2 There are already a few posts and every Tuesday there is more to read.

https://francef55.wordpress.com/2019/08/27/puy-en-velay/

I am doing a lot of writing that could become a book. We’ll see!

Thanks for your comment and reading.

Ending summer.

Summer pleasures. Getting up with the sun. Enjoying the fresh air on my deck as I just get up. Drinking my coffee outside. Hanging clothing on a line on sunny days.Walking in the forest. Admiring the flow of a river or a water fall. Spending time tending to the flowers of my garden. Smelling the lavender. Having dinner outside. Listening to the birds singing.Sitting outside to read. Enjoy the longest days of the year. See hummingbirds. Watch squirrels. Go up the mountain to say hello to grizzly bears (behind a fence). Picking up strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Eating fresh local fruits.

As August stretches toward September… we can feel a change in the air. Fall wants to let us know that once again it will come. Oh ! Too early for me. I already miss the warm evenings. There were a few, not enough and I would enjoyed more.

The end of August is here and each sunny day is a blessing. How nice this season is when you can go for a hike in t-shirt and shorts.

If you did not have the opportunity to read posts on my new blog. FUNandLIFE.2. Check it out. It is all about my adventure on the Chemin de Compostelle in France.

https://francef55.wordpress.com/2019/08/02/se-raconter/

Enjoy the rest of the month . Thanks for reading.

 

Camino

Hello readers !

I  took a long sabbatical from this blog.  I am here today to tell you that I am working on a new blog. Fun and Life. 2.  It will be a slow start but I think you will enjoy it. I  will share with you my experience on the GR65, which is one of the Chemin de Compostelle in France. It is also called Via Podiensis or Voie du Puy.

I don’t have one word to describe this challenge but I am really happy with  our achievement. Over 800 km in 39 days.

On the photo you can see where the pilgrims are leaving the Cathedral in Puy-en-Velay.

I hope that you will be interested in reading my story.

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Inversion over YVR

On January 15, 2019.

I was on my way up to Cypress Mountain , a mountain on the North Shore of Vancouver. I was able to capture those photos over down-town  Vancouver and the Straight of Georgia.

This is what we call  temperature  inversion.

On long stretches of lingering fog or days when the mountains are warmer and sunnier than down at sea level, a temperature inversion is often to blame. The fog may just let us see the Lions Gate Bridge and a few high rises.

It is a common occurrence here in Vancouver, and is a term many Vancouverites may know well. But  have you heard about it ?

Let me know if you like those photos. I could be my last post here on Fun and Life as I am running out of space. This blog started in 2014. It has 183 posts. I am thinking on starting another blog:  Fun and Life-2. Stay tuned !

Thanks for your comment or visit.