Blogger's Block

It is a known fact that writers sometimes suffer from writer's block.
So it seems only natural that those of us who have blogs can experience a similar feeling.

After writing a recent entry entitled "Why Blog?". 
It did seem that I had lost my own enthusiasm - even though I know that I write here
for myself above all, but also for any others who care to come this way.

With the convenience and rapidity of computers, the art of letter-writing
has become a thing of the past.
It seemed to happen overnight if I judge by the stashes of beautiful writing paper  
I still have in my cupboard.

Last year, I took out that pretty stationery and started writing letters again.
They don't need to be long, but they do need to be thoughtful and caring.
I can imagine how nice it must feel to receive a pretty envelope containing a few personal words
in the post-box among the usual bills.

I certainly haven't experienced any blockages in taking photographs
and have been enjoying taking still-life images, 
like this tiny exotic perfume bottle, offered to me by my son many years ago.
A souvenir from Sharm El-Sheikh on the edge of the Red Sea in Egypt.

I've been playing with depth of field and colour and enjoying the effects.

Black and white photography can be really interesting 
and is especially suited to abstracts

or capturing light and shadows in my home in the morning sun.

During the whole of February, I've been taking daily self-portraits
as part of a gathering of other ladies.
This is a challenge as the years go by, but it's all part of our acceptance journey
of embracing the changes that inevitably take place.

So without waiting any longer to be inspired to make the best blog entry ever,
perhaps the everyday happenings are enough
and I'm just being hard on myself or too much of a perfectionist!

We've been going through a Siberian-like cold snap through this latter part of February,
but after a few snowfalls tomorrow, things will start warming up again.

March is definitely coming in like a lion! 
So I think we deserve some beautiful tulips - to remind us that spring is on its way!



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  1. Cor - you're not kidding about the cold snap mate. It was -4 on my drive to work this morning. I am wearing every single thing in my wardrobe! (Not really, but I would be warmer!)

    Thank you for your lovely pictures as usual - including one of yourself! Lovely to see you!

    Good idea to revisit the art of letter writing on beautiful paper.

    Sending wishes for days of warmer sunshine your way.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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    1. Always so lovely to see you drop in here, Sarn! You got the super cold snap and snow before us! We have been getting icy winds and the snow comes tomorrow! It should warm up next week. Whew!

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  2. Your blog posts are always lovely and inspiring! As you once said to me, sometimes the photos can say the words that we can't find. I can't remember your exact quote, but the thought stuck with me. It's wonderful that you haven't experienced a block in taking photos! Your little perfume bottle is exquisite resting among the gorgeous, sparkly fabric! And, of course, I love seeing you! Your eyes are warm and kind!

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    1. So lovely to see you here, Cathy. Thank you for your kind comments! I did get a blogger's block! The main thing is not to overthink things and just DO IT!

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  3. Thank heaven you do not suffer from blockage! Your pictures are as beautiful as ever and such a lovely self-portrait as well! Just a few more days of this awful cold weather, and things will finally get better... We are ready for spring, aren't we?

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    1. Thanks so much for your visit, Marjan! Yes, I heard that the cold-snap should start to diminish this weekend and that our temperatures will be rising again!

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  4. I think your pictures say a thousand words. They bring beauty and inspiration to all who visit you. I love the self-portrait; you look very relaxed with those blue eyes are so pretty. I think all of us will be more energized when Spring arrives. We've had a few pretty days but i know we will have a few more cold as well....

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    1. Thank you, Nancy! Spring still seems a long way off with this extra cold weather, but March will surely bring some warmer days too!

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  5. What a lovely self-portrait, it could be on the jacket of a book, you know - the author photo :) Boy do I understand blogger's block, even after six years I still get it, but thankfully it never lasts more than a week or two.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah and for your kind comment regarding the self portrait!! Some of them are easier to take than others!
      Blogger's block is a strange feeling, but I'm glad it didn't last any longer. You find that too!

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  6. I love your self portrait. So different from the 'selfies' of today. I feel that you have offered your spirit to us, something calm, deep and confident. Lovely.

    All your photos are beautiful. Fun to consider you trying different possibilities with your camera.

    Yes, letters!

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    1. It's always so nice to have you visit, Tammie! Thank you for your kind words! Yes, trying out different things with my camera is fun, especially when I can't get out so easily because of the weather! Glad you like letters too!

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  7. I think that it's the everyday little things that make life so special!
    I love your self-portrait, Sandra.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. Yes, it's true that the little everyday things that make our lives what they are!

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  8. I know what you mean about self-portraits becoming challenging as the years go by. But in yours, you look just as you come across in words—kind, thought-full, stylish, colorful. It’s a very nice portrait.

    I miss letter-writing too. I don’t mind email so much for really long, chatty letters—I type so much faster than I write, so I can actually do more catching up that way, and I like that. But for shorter heartfelt messages of sympathy, care, gratitude, I’m-thinking-of-you…nothing beats getting a hand-written letter through the mail.

    I wonder if it’s somewhat of a generational thing. When my mom died in December, I only received five actual cards in the mail, all from friends my own age. Everyone else emailed a quick line like, “I was sorry to hear about your mother,” and that was it. The tactile connection of putting a pen to paper doesn’t seem to be important to many people any longer. Oh, how much they miss!

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    1. Thank you, Susan! I am happy that the words I write seem to match the self-portrait!
      Yes, computers have taken over our lives in so many ways and allow us to do so many things and yet it would be a shame to let them totally rule our lives and forget the gentler, slower way of enjoying the simple things away from the screen.

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  9. Handwritten letters are a rarity these days! I love love your photos... keep them coming!

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  10. Thanks so much, Fi! I feel that it's really nice to keep letter-writing alive besides our rapid and practical computer exchanges!

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  11. I usually start my blog posts with a picture and then write with the picture in mind. Or sometimes I use quotes to get myself writing if I can't think of anything. Beautiful photos, especially the bottle and the black and white. I do love your self portrait too. :) Hand written letters are always wonderful to receive. Enjoy your weekend!

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  12. blogger's block happens to everyone so I think it's quite normal.

    your photos are always so beautiful, it almost makes me want to pick up photography again but I haven't the urge.

    & that is a lovely self-portrait.

    have a lovely day.

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  13. Thanks, Lissa. So nice to have you visit! Yes, I expect blogger's block does happen to us all from time to time!

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  14. You have a wonderful blog, and always with interesting and thoughtful words. I enjoy reading and visit you here to read and look at wonderful photos that goes along with the words. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Lasse, how lovely to see you! Thank you for your kind and thoughtful comment!

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