Travel theme: Bark

Sometimes when I’m trying to teach my 2 year old daughter different vocabulary, I’m a little stumped on how to teach her homonyms – those words that sound/are spelled the same but have completely different meanings! Ugh! Isn’t that kind of confusing for non-native English speakers? It’s something that I take for granted so when I’m called on to explain weird English quirks I just throw up my hands – that’s just how it is!

Bark is one of those words – are we talking about trees or dogs here?! Ah, the English language and all its weird foibles.

dsc04068Here’s the sweetest little farm dog that came up to me as I was sitting, heavily pregnant, waiting for my husband to come back from a corn maze with my daughter. She kept me company and gave me the most adorable smiles and let me pet and cuddle her. She also had the most quaint name – Dora Mae!

dsc05644Perhaps this is actually the absence of bark? I love look of wood after it has been worn down by the elements, it has a wonderfully sculptural quality to it, doesn’t it?

dsc06702Here’s my friend’s dog Millie! She’s so patient, even when she has a bunch of little kids crawling all over her! Big dogs are my favorite!

dsc08559I love how the light strikes the bark of this tree and really highlights all the grooves and patterns that make each tree unique!

dsc08616This adorable dog Cream is always mistaken as a girl because of his innate cuteness! He can’t help it if he’s so damn good looking! And if we’re talking about barks, this one has a huge one!

dsc09927Lastly, I love how this fairy door seems to be inset into the bark of the tree somewhat naturally! Maybe it leads to a secret fairy world to discover? Love Trust and Pixie Dust! (sorry that’s a Tinker Bell references lol).

Weekly Photo Challenge: A Good Match

“A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread — and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness —
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!”
– the Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam

A good companion always makes everything better – the worst of times become more bearable and the best of times become dazzling memories that stay with you forever. Companions can come in many forms – a significant other, a group of great friends, or an ever-loving pet, just to name a few! Here’s to all those buddies and loved ones who make a good match with you!

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Maybe you have a furry feline companion like this one who you like to cuddle up with?

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Another good match are friends who are willing to jump into the sunset with you!

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A true test of friendship and “good matchiness” is if you can go on a 6 week trip with someone and still be friends when you come back! I’ll always remember our epic trip to Asia!

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A match made in heaven = my sweetest baby daughter holding my finger….

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A classic example of a not-so-good match – socks and sandals! Hilariously modeled by my own father at a (get this) beach wedding. AIYA!

Travel theme: Turquoise

Turquoise is one of my favorite colors, as well as its close cousin aqua. In fact, it was one of my wedding colors! So I had a great time going through my photos and finding different shades of turquoise to share!

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I loved my friend’s turquoise nails as she made her french press coffee! Yes, I am that annoying person at brunch who is always taking pictures…!

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Just looking at these clear turquoise waters brings me back to vacation! Check out my matching toenails also!

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This very cool street art in Brick Lane in London really caught my eye. Her turquoise skin an piercing eyes are so striking!

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It’s tea time at the Orangery at the Kensingon Palace in London. These lovely, floral-festooned turquoise teacups were almost too pretty to drink tea out of!

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One of my favorite parks near us has a beautiful turquoise lake- in fact, it’s famous for these vibrantly colored waters. The lake is meromictic, meaning the layers of the lake don’t mix and therefore it retains this amazing color!