Reflections from Happier Times

Blogging challenges, Spain

Because almost the entire world is in the grip of one single event that is beginning to dominate every day life, I am using Reflections, this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge for a spot of escapism.

These photos encapsulate memories of moments in Spain: in Alicante; on the river Guadalquivir in Córdoba and Seville, and l’Albufera near Valencia.

Even if you can’t share these particular memories, I hope they may help you reflect on similar joyous moments in your own life.

 

Lens Artists Photo Challenge #87: Reflections

70 thoughts on “Reflections from Happier Times

      1. Sadly, I agree. My father, 87, has just decided he will be staying in his flat and not going out at all for the next few weeks. Visits from me only plus a weekly delivery of food from the supermarket. Gloves, washing hands and 2 metre gap between him and other humans. Fingers crossed.

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  1. I love the l’Albufera reflections too. I can imagine that as a textiles pattern.

    On a more serious note, the idea of aiming for herd immunity horrifies me. The WHO are saying loud and clear we can (and have to) stop this virus by testing, tracing, isolating and reporting, and the experience of other countries reinforces that.

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    1. Honestly, I feel completely in turmoil about this. For instance, given that children are low risk, I think that the current decision to keep schools open is the right one, as there is a limit to how much you can coop children up, and parents stressing about missed earnings aren’t likely to be the best carers at the moment. It would be good to see countries working together on this and developing best practice quickly. At the moment, everyone’s doing their own thing, and in some countries, not very well. It feels that chaos is descending hour by hour.

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      1. You put it best when you said ‘It would be good to see countries working together on this and developing best practice quickly.’

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  2. I had much happier times earlier this week, Margaret, and hope to return with a few cheery images on Monday. Thanks for the good example 🙂 🙂

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  3. Thanks for these lovely photos of reflections Margaret. Distractions however temporary do help relieve the pressure and anxiety. It still seems so unbelievable and yet it is horribly here and horribly real. Not everyone can realistically self isolate – in fact most can’t, and in any case self isolation can be awful when in miserable circumstances too. We are starting to get community transmission here in SA, though our govt moved fairly quickly to contain and to isolate those who are or might be infected as well as announcing more sweeping measures such as travel bans, stopping gatherings of over 100 people, closing schools, cancelling sporting events
    etc. I am trying to take one day at a time and focus on what we can do to contribute to reducing transmission. Hoping that you and yours keep safe.

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    1. My head can’t really comprehend what’s going on, or understand how we, or the children in our family, whose lives have become so limited, can sustain this. My daughter in Spain can’t even leave their flat for a walk. Horrible. I hope your garden provides much needed solace.

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      1. It is horrible. We are very privileged having a garden. It is bad enough for adults (who are able to be independent) to be holed up in apartments, but for children it is just about intolerable. It must really test the ingenuity of parents to find ways of enabling them to be active in a confined space. Sending very best wishes in these anxious times.

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      2. Thank you. My daughter-in-law has escaped to her parents in the country taking the two little ones. Luckily her parents are younger than us, resilient and very fit. But poor son remains in London, alone ….. My elder daughter has two fourteen year olds at home … and we can do nothing to help. Younger daughter and partner in Barcelona have forgotten what a street looks like, much less a garden. Like you, we are so lucky with our outside space. All best wishes to you.

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      3. I feel for all your children and their families. May they stay strong and safe. It must be difficult to be unable to help them, but it must be a relief to them to know that you are able to self isolate where you are and yet still have access to outside space. It also helpful that these days we can all stay in touch even when far apart. Take care and very best wishes to you too. Thank you.

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      1. I can’t help but feel awful for the people in the area we just visited. They’re suffering mentally from being surrounded by fires, they’ve lost their pastures, they’ve reached the point where the shock hits them. Now this. The tourists will now be a long time coming to inject cash into much needed businesses. Then of course there’s the fear.

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