Nostalgic reflections

You know what’s coming, don’t you?  Earlier in the week a delicious sunset drew me into Sue’s Word a Week Photo Challenge.  Reflect was the subject, and as Sue seemed to be suggesting, time for a little nostalgia and a few reflections of my own.

It’s been a great year, from Barcelona in November all the way back to my daughter’s wedding in February.  If you click on a photo it will take you back to the original post.

Sagrada Familia, reflected in the lake in Gaudi Square

Sagrada Familia, reflected in the lake in Barcelona’s Gaudi Square

Crossing the pond to the Scottish Parliament building

The tip of Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh, reflected in the pond

Striking, isn't it?

Girona was one of my favourite cities this year

I love a novelty shot! Looking up, reflected down, in the harbour.

I love a novelty shot! Looking up, reflected down, in the harbour at Barcelona.
And the shadows lengthened as I crossed over the bridge.

One of Durham’s lovely bridges reflected in Autumn shadows

See what I mean?

Reflections of Newcastle’s bustling city centre

Whitby harbour, North Yorkshire

I spent some lovely days in Whitby, North Yorkshire, this Summer

The pond at the bottom of the garden

And with Aunt Lusia in Zawady- this is her garden pond.

You can get a better impression of size from here.

It was a little cloudy for reflections- can you see the Transporter Bridge?

Head in hands- he must have got it wrong! (best yet reflection of the Trinc?)

HMS Trincomalee, in the Georgian windows of Hartlepool Maritime Experience

My sea monster

A sparkling, clear day on Hartlepool beach- a “day in my life”

Not possible to leave out that bridge, is it?

Haven’t seen this bridge for a while, have you? I’m returning soon.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but recently WordPress has started to include links to “related posts” at the bottom of the page?  I presume it encourages people to stay with you and wander through your site in a way that the page layout often doesn’t.  I guess Be With Us found my Weekly Photo Challenge post A Day in my Life in this manner? However it happened, I was delighted to return with them to an April day this year and a stroll on my beach.  It prompted me to write this post.

One of my New Year’s resolutions must be to introduce some changes into this tired old Restlessjo site, or even be bold and start a new blog.  Hope you’ll stay with me for another year, good or bad.  Meanwhile, huge respect to Sue for her challenge, and all the other folks who mount challenges throughout the year. Thanks for reflecting on 2013 with me.


  1. Fabulous approach to the matter,dear Jo !!! Wonderful reflected reflections through your brilliant photos with a touch of sweet nostalgia … I did enjoy it !!! Warm Greetings, Doda xoxoxo

  2. ho amato moltissimo quei riflessi nella marina, ed anche tutte le foto grandiose di Barcellona, Giovanna, è stato bello vedere o rivedere, luoghi attraverso le tue emozioni
    I loved very much those reflected in the Navy, and also all the grandiose picture of Barcelona, Joan, it was nice to see or review, places through your emotions

  3. You have some cracking reflection in some outstanding locations – I really like the related post links they allow you to connect with a blog and I have definitely benefited from people wandering through my archive enjoy you holiday Jo

    1. I was playing around a little yesterday, Debra, but I don’t want to jump in and make a hash of it, so it may be a while yet. I’m in the Algarve 2nd to 14th January and technology free. Culture shock! 🙂 Very best wishes to you for 2014.

  4. Fabulous all, but especially the Sagrada Familia and the ‘looking up, looking down shot’! Look forward to more wonderful journeys with you Jo. Here’s wishing you a wonderful year ahead. And happy travels 🙂

      1. Can’t wait to see it through your eyes Jo. We are all so blessed and you’re welcome. Thank you as well. 😀
        Have a happy weekend as well hon. *hugs*

  5. Lovely bridge! I shall read your post properly once I return home – the connection here in the hotel (Surrey) is not so hot. Like you I am making changes in the new year to my blogs. All will be revealed shortly, but I will be merging a few to make it more cohesive. Whether that will be an improvement remains to be seen! Anyway just wanted to say I am very happy to have met you this year and I shall definitely be following your blog into the new year 🙂
    Jude xx

    1. Thanks, Jude. I appreciate your support and companionship too. Hope the hotel’s comfy apart from t’internet, and that you’re having a lovely family time 🙂 I may be coming to you for advice!

  6. Not only will I be staying with you, I look forward to all that you will be sharing with us in the upcoming year. I know it will be a good one. As for this post, it was absolutely wonderful. I knew exactly which photo I was going to say was my favorite until I had too many favorites to mention. 🙂

  7. A great set of shots from a fantastic year! Look forward to reading about where 2014 will take you, I’ll definitely follow along (and if you do go for a new look and need any WP help let me know!).

    1. I’m instantly ready, Paula! 🙂 Quite enjoying the lull when I don’t have much that HAS to be done. You’re back at work? Hope you enjoyed Christmas, and very best wishes for 2014!

    1. Thanks, Marianne 🙂 I got in early this year, but Sue gave me a nudge.
      It’s gone from clear and frosty yesterday to quite ferocious so I’ll be enjoying today mostly from my armchair, I think. No excuse not to experiment.
      Thanks for your company and very best wishes to you and Michael for 2014.

  8. Amazing reflection you captured. I am very impressed by what I saw. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Have a wonderful day! Ştefania. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Stefania 🙂 It’s a day to snuggle up and keep warm- the weather is ferocious! Quite blissful because I don’t have anything that I HAVE to do! Hope you have a lovely day too 🙂

  9. Jo, I look forward to reading your blog like I do sharing a glass of wine with a good friend. And I agree with Naomi…wherever you go I will follow! Happy New Year and best wishes to you and your family.

    1. Bless you for that lovely thought, Elisa 🙂 I couldn’t have a better group of friends and am amazed at how you enrich my life. Thank you for being such an inspiration. Raising that glass of wine to you and your family- hope 2014 is kind to you!

    1. I love that shot, Lynne! It’s one of those where I surprised myself 🙂 And on a bright, sunny day, walking on that beach hand-in-hand is still a good place to be. Happy 2014 to you and Ron!

  10. Reflections are my favorite images. The Sagrada Familia is unmistakable even in reflection, which, by the way is the most creative shot of her I’ve ever seen. It’s lovely. And the reflection of the building in Newcastle Centre is perfectly composed. I loved these, Jo. Have a great New Year! 🙂

    1. The weakest shot is my Tavira bridge, Suze, but I couldn’t find a post from this year to link a better one back to. I must have been blogging too long (but I do like it- and all my lovely blogging friends 🙂 ) Happy 2014 to you! I’ll be following your travels 🙂

  11. I did notice those “related” links at the end of my posts and I do like it! I had wanted to do that sort of thing for a while now. so now I don’t have to think about it 😉 actually forgot all about it until I noticed that change a few days ago. he he. fabulous reflection photos!! of course I will stay with you into the new year and beyond. happy new year to you! and here’s to another great year of blogging.

  12. Dear Jo,
    What a beautiful series to reflect upon! I particularly love the old building reflected in the glass windows of the new one.
    Whether you spiff up the old blog or go with a new one, I will follow you anywhere!
    Best wishes for the New Year!

  13. What a great set of reflections, Jo! I know it was a great, and eventful, year for you. I especially love the Zawady picture and Newcastle city center; I know you must be missing your dear Tavira. Happy new year!!

    1. I looked for a reflective photo with you in it, Cathy, because you were a lovely part of my 2013, but I didn’t have anything suitable. But you know I still love you 🙂 Happy 2014!

      1. Ah, I’m sorry you couldn’t find a reflections photo with both of us in it, Jo. Meeting you was a lovely part of my 2013 too. I’ll be writing a wrap-up post of my year soon! It’s actually becoming quite time-consuming! Love you too, Jo! And happy 2014 to you!

  14. you are right Jo, time for reflections before we hurtle into another year … yours are just beautiful, the one of Sagrada Familia is lovely, a view I have not seen before … thank you! Hope you have fun introducing something new into your blog, creativity is enthralling isn’t it?

    1. I keep meaning to do it, Christine, but then I start another post… and another! I thought the lull between Christmas and New Year would be the perfect time, but the clock is ticking already 😦 Never mind! Hope 2014 is kind to you 🙂

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