Sunday Post : From a Distance

How did Jakesprinter know that this was to be my 100th post, and that I hoped it would be a bit special?  I’m not at all sure, but he’s right on target with this week’s Sunday Post theme, From a Distance.

I’m starting with the words of Bette Midler :

From a distance
There is harmony
And it echoes through the land
Its the voice of hope
Its the voice of peace
Its the voice of every man.

The Ria Formosa from Cacela Velha

This photo speaks to me of harmony and peace.

In writing this, I’m far distant from the Eastern Algarve shoreline that I love so much. Of course, Jake is talking about distance as in perspective and long range photography, and I will try to select my photos accordingly.  Still I can’t help but yearn for faraway things.  It’s part of my “restlessjo” nature.  I sometimes wonder if the Algarve would be so dearly loved if it were everyday and familiar.  Someday I hope to retire there, and then I’ll find out.

One of those irresistible Algarve beaches, wandering off into the distance

Looking out from the town walls of Elvas on the endless plains of the Alentejo

The far distant Silver Coast, seen from Sintra’s Pena Palace

Nearer to home, but still a view from afar, I spent a great few days in the company of my lady friends, in riot torn London in August 2011.  Looking at this peaceful shot, who’d have thought it?

The Royal Naval College at Greenwich with Canary Wharf on the horizon

The peace and serenity that accompanies me when I’m out walking is precious.  My restlessness is soothed in wide open spaces.

Ambling downhill towards Robin Hood’s Bay

Distinctive landscape and a far off lake in Upper Teesdale

The pier at Whitby and a group of walkers, from a distance

I’ll finish with Bette :

From a distance
You look like my friend
Even though we are at war
From a distance
I just cannot comprehend
What all this fightings for
From a distance
There is harmony
And it echoes through the land
And its the hope of hopes
Its the love of loves
Its the heart of every man

It’s one of those songs that leaves a lump in my throat, so I hope that Jake doesn’t mind me sharing it in this post today.  Jake and Sundays.  They’re a winning combination.

To join in with Jake’s challenge and see what everybody else has made of it, click on the flying dragon logo or any of the links.  I’ve enjoyed post 100, and all of those that went before.  I’m hoping that you have too.  Thank you for reading.

Enjoying all the other posts reminded me that distance always seems to play a part in my relationship with my daughter, Lisa.  I love her dearly.  Many thanks to Gemma at First and Fabulous for this.

102 comments

    1. No worries, Paula. I very much appreciate you taking the time to visit. I struggle to make the rounds some days and you know I’m a leisure lady. Call when you can. Take care.

  1. What a wonderful offering for a 100th post!
    The Sintra shot brought back memories, but my favourite is that gorgeous upper Teesdale landscape! Congratulations Jo and here’s to the next 100 🙂

    1. Thanks Madhu. I worked so hard the day I took that shot! It was a really steep climb over mossy terrain to get there, but those are some of the wildest, loveliest spaces in England.

  2. Just dropping by . I forgot to mention that this is one of my favorite songs. “From a distance
    There is harmony
    And it echoes through the land
    Its the voice of hope
    Its the voice of peace
    Its the voice of every man.”

  3. Great post Jo! I can’t get that song out of my head since seeing Jake’s post. It looks like you certainly have traveled a great distance, looking forward to reading more of your stories.

  4. Jo, I adore your sixth photo, a real beauty. I can understand why you find serenity there.
    Thanks for breaching the distances between us all and welcoming us to your favorite places. Congrats on your 100th post!

      1. I just returned today and trying to catch up on post, comments and emails. Have tons to do. Leaving for Arizona Thursday. Still trying to work out second day in Grand Canyon.

  5. This is great entry and amazing post… I loved it dear Johanna, you are so creative. Thank you, and also Thanks for this beautiful song, it was so nice to remember. have a nice week, love, nia

  6. The Algarve beach truly does look irresistible, though I can only imagine standing there.
    The Robin Hoods Bay and Whitby pics, I didn’t even have to read the titles, I knew exactly where you were standing, so I immediately became transported there. 🙂
    How lovely when photos can do this.

  7. Some gorgeous pictures – it was great to see the Greenwich picture, transformed from the marvellous arena it made for the Olympic equestrian events. And I wanted to paint the Robin Hood Bay scene.

    1. That arena had me transfixed when I was watching the Olympics, Viv. Many thanks. I remembered last night that I put the wrong year in for my visit. It was 2011 so back I go and change it.

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