Let's go to Geneva

Here we are in the city of Geneva
with a view of the well-known landmark of the Jet d'eau (water-jet)
which rises to 140 metres (460 ft).
Wonderful to see and to feel the energy.

Crossing the Rhone River which flows into the lake,
called Lac Léman, towards the old part of town.

We could sit down at an outside terrace and have lunch
Let's do it!

Then a stroll through the Jardin Anglais (English Gardens)
and sit awhile on a bench.
The long-legged cyclist got that idea at the same time as I did!

What about a bike ride?
There's even a basket for a bottle of water and a bar of the best Swiss chocolate!

A boat pulls in
proudly flying the Swiss flag

Strong ropes are attached so that travellers can climb aboard.

The queue of waiting passengers starts to move

which gives me an excuse to leave the hustle and bustle
and concentrate on that lovely big boat chimney
and the captain's cabin.
That water-jet gets in all the captures!

...and off they go.
Bon voyage!

I'll be taking a little trip of my own
but I'll be back sometime in July.
Be good while I'm gone...
See you soon!

The Last of the Violas

My balcony garden loves to be full of flowers
and the first ones I plant are always pansies and violas.

But at some point in time, they start to grow very leggy
and it's time for me to pick them in profusion
and fill my pots and tiny vases with these
delicate blooms.

I love the variety of their colours

and the watercolour reflection of these on the glass surface

Playing with reflections

and on the kitchen table
the tiniest yellow jug you could ever imagine!

These flowers make me happy...
I think it's those little pansy faces that seem to be looking at me
to say hello!

Aqua Reflections

The yellow rope

Soft tones of turquoise

Floating islands and lakes

A hint of pink
 more like a painting
 than water.

Red and orange seep into blue

creating intensity

Blue ink doodles


Flying flag reflections

This feels like summer

and this is spring

My favourite pond
Reflecting trees and blue sky
A sigh, contentment.

A simple muted puddle reflection can transform my mood
and heighten all my senses.

Gazing at water and the changing reflections
is one of life's deep-felt pleasures

I love that emotions and water are so intricately connected with one another.
Do you feel the connection too?

Peonies in the Month of May

The secrets hidden in the peony bud

come to light when petal after petal unfolds

such wondrous beauty to behold

a chorus of petals

that rise like flickering flames.

A crown of stamens reveal the inner treasure

A creamy white flower with hints of tender green

and petals tinged with the palest of pinks

I am without words

at so much intricate beauty

which flows as if captured by an invisible stream.

Burgudy red wakes us up with a pop of colour

and when the petals are ready to fall
the centre holds our fascination still...

as we admire a single fallen petal and a stamen
where they landed on my table.

Lavaux Vineyards

The two children walked along the wall above the vineyards
Younger brother went first and big sister in the rear
just to make sure his balance was right.
Through them, I lived that moment so completely:
Unforgettable childhood memories.

A wonderful walk through the vineyards
on a perfect day in May

Walking above villages and small towns
surrounded by the vines and their fresh new leaves
overlooking the incomparable beauty of the Lake Léman

Just look at those cut-out leaves in soft tones of brown and green.
See the little bunches where the grapes will form.

Steep roads leading down to the lake area

A well-known village called St. Saphorin on the edge of the lake.

The best walk of the year so far!

A perfect day for sailing boats with just the right amount of breeze

Like little toy boats gliding across the blue ripples of the water.

Beautiful tiled roofs against the blue of the lake

One last look at the end of the lake with two strips of  reflected
white sheen from the snow still on the mountain peaks.

As we get down into the village, there are beautiful decorated signs.
This one is for a restaurant called:
L'Auberge de l'Onde

This one tells us that there is wine tasting in the local wine cellar

A golden heart
How better to end this series of vineyards in this lovely area
not too far at all from where I live.