#SundayWalks Last Day of #February #Haiku ‘7 things that happened in February 2021’

Spring is in the air,

Last day of February,

Reasons to rejoice! 

Seven things that happened in February 

Lots of things happened in February, but here are seven I’d like to share with you!  

  1. My mother, 92, and my daughter, who is a teacher, were vaccinated to prevent covid-19. 
  2. My youngest daughter married in Munich. We couldn’t be there, so we’ll have to leave the celebrations for later.

3. I’ve followed the morning routine I designed in January and it’s worked well for me. 

4. I’ve followed the blogging schedule I planned and I’ve posted every day.  

5. I’ve completed my second edit for Blood Moon and the second edit of the edition of All Hallows at Eyre Hall. 

6. I’ve walked 125 kilometers in 30 hours which amounts to 8000 calories (I think that’s equivalent to almost a kilo!), which is an average of almost an hour, five kilometers a day.  

7. I had a much needed hair trim!

And one more for February, just because it’s been a very productive month!

8. I’ve signed a contract to self-publish my novel with a Spanish author platform/publisher who is endorsed by/affiliate to Penguin-Random House Spain. (I may not have told you, but I also write in Spanish with another pen name, but I’ll tell you about that in another post).

These photos were taken this morning in ‘Las Jaras’ a reservoir in the mountains a few kilometers from my house in Cordoba, Spain. 

How was your February?

 

 

#FridayPhoto ‘Walls’ #Photooftheday ‘Home Sweet Home’

Within city walls
Streets are calm,
Houses safe,
Home sweet home.

Cruel worlds lie beyond,
Banish pain,
Exile joy,
Home sweet home.

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Within These Walls Home Sweet Home.

As I was walking by the ancient walls of the city of Cordoba, first built by the Roman founders of the city, around the second century, and later reinforced by subsequent conquerors from central Europe, the Visigoths,  later Muslims from North Africa, and finally the Spanish Monarchs from the north of the country, I was wondering about our need to conquer and feel safe from subsequent conquerors.

We have been building walls around our houses and cities for centuries and and now, two thousand years on, we still need to feel safe. Now the enemy is a virus, not an army, but we still retreat back within our walls, because the safety we perceive in the prison of our own making, is more important than the  happiness we give up by not venturing outside.
Home sweet home.
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#ThursdayDoors Basilica of San Pedro, #Cordoba #Spain

I meant to post these pictures of the Basilica of Saint Pedro in Cordoba, on Thursday, 29th June, Saint Peter’s Day, but it was my last day at school before the summer holidays, a bit hectic! Then I went away for a much needed break and had to put it off again. It’s live at last!

Pedro, or Peter was my father’s middle name and 29th June was also his birthday, so, although he died eleven years ago, it’s a day I remember well.

We never had a big celebration because we lived in different countries, and almost different continents, from an early age, but I’d always make sure to phone him and catch up on his birthday.

Front door

Side door

Back door which leads onto a square.

I walk past the church of San Pedro every day on my way to school. Its construction began in the late 13th century and was completed in the early 14th century.

It amazes me how such an ancient building is still an active part of our 21st century cities. People admire it, walk around it, meet there, sit and chat in the square outside its doors, and pray, marry and say their final goodbye to their loved ones within its doors and walls. If they could speak…

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#ThursdayDoors ‘Calle Alfonso XII’ #Cordoba #Spain

I took these photos this morning on my way to work, walking along the Street Alfonso XII in Cordoba, Old Town.

This first building has an open archway, which must have once had a large wooden door, but now it has only a cast iron door leading to the central patio and a building which has been converted into small flats. It used to be a grand house.

The second doors below belong to a primary school. There is an outer wooden door and an inner cast iron one leading into the patio and classrooms.   

 

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#ThursdayDoors ‘San Rafael Cemetery’ #Cordoba #Spain

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I visited the cemetery recently for the burial of a friend’s mother. We arrived early, which gave me time to wander around, admire the beautiful building and surroundings and take some photos.

I love the (real) Roman columns adorning the doors. The first and last photos are of the front door, the second photo is the door to the chapel, to the right as you walk inside, and the third door is the door leading into the burial ground, which is just beyond the chapel.

I rarely visit cemeteries, but when I do they inspire peace and reflection. I don’t feel sad, just human. A physical reminder that we must all die, so we had better use our time wisely.

There are some beautiful gardens, plants and statues inside. Have a look. I posted some more pictures of this cemetery yesterday in #WordlessWednesday

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#ThursdayDoors Temporary Doors May Fair #Cordoba, #Spain

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then  linking up on Norm’s blog here.

May is a very festive and merry month in Cordoba, Andalusia, where I live. At the moment the city is celebrating the Annual May Fair.

All of the doors are temporary, mostly plywood doors, highly decorated, although others, at least look like real doors, but next Monday, they’ll all be dismantled until next year.

The main door into the Fair Ground is a reproduction of the Mosque-Cathedral, an emblematic, historic moment in Cordoba.

These three doors lead to three of the temporary bars built for the occasion.

The fairgoers walk along the makeshift streets, some wear typical gipsy dresses and dance ‘Sevillanas’, most people pop into the temporary bars to eat tapas, drink white wine and dance to whatever lively music is playing.

There are some more photos in my previous post.

More information about the May Fair in Cordoba here.

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#SundayWalks ‘Flowers and Patios’ #Tanka #Poems

 

In ancient gardens

Dismembered, Roman statues

Watch pruned, potted plants

Bursting with fragrance, glowing

In lush, flourishing patios.

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I went for a walk to visit the World Heritage Patios Festival in Cordoba, Spain, this morning with my friend Gabriela. What a stunning place to stimulate all my senses!

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I hope you were able to take an inspiring walk this Sunday❤