Friday letters

Wow… is it really Friday again? This week seems to have gone incredibly fast – although, bizarrely, March seems to be taking longer than January and February did. Not sure what that’s all about… I have also been a bit absent from the blogosphere this week because work has been CRAZY, so apologies for only getting round to responding to your comments today! Anyway… let’s do some letters…

letters

Dear mam. In case you’re reading… Happy Mother’s Day for Sunday!

Dear spell checker. Mam is a word, you silly thing!

Dear sleep. I haven’t had much of you this week and I miss you! I hope I can catch up with you next week (the weekend is going to be busy. *Sigh*).

Dear London. Such awful news coming from my home country this week. You are in my thoughts – we will never let terrorism win!

Dear daffodils. I’m so happy to see you all whenever I leave the house. You’re such happy looking flowers!

Dear office. I promise one day it will be your turn to get new furniture so I don’t have to close your door to hide the mess every time visitors come!

Dear boxes. How is it I have so many of you yet when it comes to sending something none of you are the right size?!

Right, that’s it for today. Happy weekend everyone!

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Travel theme: Time

I decided to link up with Ailsa at Where’s My Backback for her latest travel theme, Time.

Where better to start a post on Time than with the Royal Observatory in Greenwich – home of Greenwich Mean Time.
Here’s the top of the observatory peering out above the tree tops.

Greenwich1

And the same thing again without the trees:

Greenwich2

The red ball at the top is the Greenwich Time Ball. Every day, at 12:58, it is raised so that it can be dropped again at precisely 1 p.m. In the old days, this would be used to set world time. Now, of course, everything is digital. But the ball remains and continues to be dropped every day.

Staying in London, but moving on to a different kind of timing keeping device.
I give you Big Ben, as viewed from a cabin of the London Eye. Actually, Big Ben is only the name of the bell – the clock tower is now officially called the Elizabeth Tower, having been renamed to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee (previously it was just The Clock Tower – how imaginative!) and the clock itself doesn’t have a name, as far as I know.

London

Enough of London now. Let’s switch countries.
This colourful clock tower is in Lucerne, Switzerland:

time tower

It’s known as the Zytturm, which is Swiss German for “Time Tower”.

One more clock, I think, before I move on. Some of you may recognise the famous astronomical clock on Prague’s Old Town Hall:

astronomical clock

I apologise for the terrible photo!
And to finish with, my favourite time of all… Tea time!

Tea

To see how other people have interpreted the theme of Time, go here. If you want to join in yourself, you have until tomorrow to get your Time post up. On Friday, the next travel theme will be launched.

The wanderer returns…

I’m BAAAACK!

We only went on holiday for three weeks, but it seems like way longer than that. Looking at the photos from London, the first stop on our trip, I couldn’t believe they were taken less than a month ago. It could equally well have been a liftetime. But at the same time, the three weeks seem to have flown by. And yes, we enjoyed ourselves. It was great to spend so much time with Jan, with no worries, no responsibilities. No work! We got back late Saturday evening and spent yesterday doing nothing much, just unpacking and washing clothes. And Jan returned the car. Today was back to work, and immediately in at the deep end with three translations due tomorrow and another two for the next day. But everything seemed so much easier today than before my holiday. Getting up wasn’t difficult at all, despite the fact that it was still dark (waaah! When did it start being dark in the mornings? It’s not Autumn  yet…). I guess I really needed this break. I’m going to need a couple of days to get myself sorted out, but after that I shall (hopefully) be bac to blogging in full force. Watch this space…