Sunday Post : Wonderful

Jake’s back, and how wonderful that is!  In case you’re “wonder”-ing, yes, I did go to the fireworks last night.  The tide was coming in as I walked along the promenade, and there was a delicious whoosh as the sea met the shore.  The white caps in the darkness were beautiful- just one of the many wonderful sights that make up this world of ours.

I’ve never witnessed any of the spectacular world-renowned sights that fill our world with wonder- the Grand Canyon, the Great Wall of China, Macchu Pichu…  I’m going to start small, with the things that are wonderful to me.

Lisa, on the beach at Scarborough

My wonderful firstborn child.  I make no apologies for the quality of the photo, which is 38 years old.  What you can’t see from this shot is the absolute fear which gripped me that day, as I thought I’d lost her, there on the beach.  Or the relief when she was returned to me, wailing, as I frantically combed the beach.  Or the wonder that she is now a fullgrown and beautiful woman.

James, by the lakeshore at Fuschl, in Austria

Nineteen years behind his sister, James brought his own wonder.  Here, I think he’s wondering which piece to move next?

When it comes to family, it doesn’t get more wonderful than the reunion that brought my Dad together with his brothers and sisters in Poland, after 64 years of separation.

Together, at last, in Poland

So that’s the sentimental part.  For me, it’s always wonderful to wake to the sun, rising in the sky.  The sky and the cloud formations are endlessly fascinating as the sun climbs up through them. 

An Algarve sky has a different quality.  The view from my Tavira rooftop is wonderful to me.

And the sky so often ends up purest blue, reflected in the sparkling sea.

Just now and then, I can capture some clouds.

Often they build towards the end of the day, then it’s over, as wonderfully as it began.

What do you find wonderful in the world?  There is so much to celebrate, and Jakesprinter works hard every week to share with us his talent.  He would love you to share your world too.  Don’t worry- he’s always kind.  Follow the flying dragon or the links to join us.

No song this week?  My friend Madhu says “What a wonderful World”, but I was singing that old Jimmy Ruffin song.


  1. You do have a wonderful world. A loving, supportive, happy and beautiful family, an inspiring surrounding blessed with nature’s abundance and radiant sunshine, a day just full of surprises. Truly wonderful!

  2. The most wonderous of all are our family and friends. Your photo of your little girl with the accompanying story of how she was lost almost made me cry.. I really enjoyed this today, it’s a great reminder of how much wonder is in the world.. right at our fingertips:) xx

  3. What a great post Jo. I loved how you wove your family through it all…they really are the most wonderful part of our lives, and your images [including the first one] are stunners !!!

  4. Happy Birthday!!

    I can’t even imagine the fear you must have felt when your daughter went missing. I do love the 70’s look of photos, I have many of my daughters from that era too.

    I guess the family reunion was truly amazing, 64 years a lifetime literally. Was it war related?

    The sky and sunset pics are beautiful.

    1. After the lovely (UK) sunrise this morning I looked at my emails and the wonderful son has charged an XBox game to my account. Happy birthday, mum? You just have to smile…

  5. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful, lovely post! I was thinking of doing one on my family too or just a collage of the things that are wonderful to me in life. I ended up with the ski theme as we were just at the store getting the kids fitted with their ski equipment for the year and it was gray today. It made me think how wonderful it will be to be back on the slopes! 🙂 Beautiful family!

  6. There really is so much to be grateful for isn’t there? Beautiful post Jo. Appreciate the shout out….couldn’t get that song out of my head 🙂

  7. Yes,I agree with you. Family is a wonderful thing. Love your sunrises and sunsets. The clouds are always a wonder to me, especially when I’m in a plane. Awesome sight! Your evening sounds wonderful too. 🙂

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