Smile ~ when the sun is out

The sun was out for two days last week after several days continuous rain during Easter break. Even only two days, the sunshine made everything in the garden smile!

and me.

I made the most of it.  Besides  work,  I think I should have taken the two days off ,  I tidied up the front and back gardens,  pruned and cut back hydrangeas and fuchsia, managed to mow the lawn for the first time this year and then took photos of flowers at different time of a day(morning before work, lunch break and after work) and from different angles.

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smile together

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looking towards the sun
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fully open at noon

Does the sunshine make people happy? I think so.

Silence in a Village

Last week Weekly Photo Challenge:  Silence

Turvey  is a small village located  on the River Great Ouse in Bedfordshire, England. We visited it because of  one friend’s recommendation, she learned iconography in Turvey Abbey.

We got there around 1 pm in a sunny  Saturday afternoon. Most of houses were  beautiful  stone cottages in the village. But surprisingly streets were quiet,  just a few  people were at outsides, occasionally some cars passed through a main road. When we walked around, felt like intruders,  I even felt that I had to hold my breathe, otherwise we would break the silence .

We found the Abbey and the Monastery, but  didn’t enter,   didn’t want to disturb them.

Took as many photos as I could, then left. When I looked at  them again, I can still feel the stillness.

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cute bus stop
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quiet
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All Saints Church
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church yard
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pub- another visitor?
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Who are you, strangers?
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Peeking

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the Monastery – a lady is on retreat – silence
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Observing silently