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  • Drinking: ginger beer
 

Good morning on National Blueberry Pancake Day. I bet you didn't know that. On this day in 1547 King Henry VIII died and in 1968 Sarah McLachlan was born. Sadly, in 1986 Space Shuttle "Challenger" exploded losing the crew of seven. The people of the world cried as they witnessed the disaster. Astronauts have my utmost respect for pushing the boundaries of the human experience. They have always worked on the very edge of human technology and many have been lost throughout the progress of their journey. The ultimate explorers maybe. I have always been excited and inspired by them anyway wherever they are from. 

When I wrote my last journal it was just before Christmas and I was about to have a short break from work. This was very enjoyable and relaxing though I did put on a few pounds which I am now trying to lose again :lol: The New Year came and went and I came into 2018 with the realization that I had no real plans for the year. I had a couple of vague ideas in my head but nothing had been booked which left me feeling a little unsettled. You know I like to have trips coming up or I get itchy feet. Well they were getting really itchy I can tell you so I have concentrated my mind and I have decided where I am going to visit this year. It may surprise you to know that I will not be visiting Skye this year. I don't think I will have time but we shall see. You never know what will happen. On my list for 2018 are Glen Coe and that area of the Scottish Highlands, The Orkney Islands which are just north of Scotland, A longer trip to Iceland and a trip back to Northumberland. All these trips are booked so I now have plans which does make me feel better. I don't know why that seems to matter to me so much. I love the excitement of an upcoming adventure. There are times when I think I enjoy the anticipation most of all........then I get there and find myself wide eyed and catching my breath at nature's work before me and I know that the excitement and buzz will never fade away. My senses are all turned up to 11 and my sense of inner peace fills me. It is only two months since I was among the mountains of Skye and yet I long to be somewhere other than here, where I live. It's a difficult thing to explain. I have tried before. I like my home and I like being at home and I like coming back home but I always live for my next adventure. I do see the beauty in small things and I take a lot of pleasure from my garden and I love to cook and read and watch movies and all kinds of stuff. I like all of that. But.....nothing gives me a thrill like an adventure. Getting away. I think maybe it is because I pretty much know what is going to happen at home. As long as I wake up in the morning (which is always a positive start to any day ;) ) I know what is going to happen. Especially on a work day. When I go away I have no idea what each day will bring. I don't know what I am going to do from day to day or what I am going to see or what pictures I will take. I love the uncertainty of being on a trip. I like that edge. So, anyway, you find me at a very exciting time just because I have some trips planned :eager: I'm easy to please ;)

After my Christmas memories last time a couple of people wrote to me with some of their memories which triggered another couple of mine. I'm not sure if I have shared these with you before so please bear with me if I have. I don't remember everything I have written before and I do ramble :lol:  In the house I grew up in as a child we only had a gas fire in the living room. There was no heating anywhere else in the house apart from the bath room (more about that in a minute). In the kitchen we had a paraffin heater on wheels. You would pour the liquid paraffin (made by a company called Pink Elephant) into it and light it with a match. It would then give off heat but also paraffin fumes. I used to sit in the kitchen on winter evenings listening to the radio with my younger brother as it was the chart show. We used to sit there with eyes streaming from the fumes from the heater. The rest of the family would be in the living room watching the TV and when we had finished with the radio we used to rejoin them somewhat light headed and crying. Ah the memories. The heater in the bathroom was an electric one on the ceiling. It was round like a flying saucer from a 1950s sci-fi films and was turned on with a pull cord. It used to glow red round the outside as it warmed the roof as hot air rises :lol: a fairly pointless heater but I wish I still had it. It was a pretty design though utterly useless. 

Now it is time to share what you have been creating since my last feature. I am so happy to come here each day to see your submissions. I see landscapes from places I have not been, portraits of people I will never know, abstracts from really creative minds......paintings made with skills I will never possess but which fill me with awe. You all just inspire me so much and make me want to take better pictures and find more beautiful places. To have that inner thing that you have that drives you to create such beauty in this crazy world is a gift. I treasure this gift that you all have. You are hopers, dreamers, makers, doers and creators.
I love all that you do. In my own small way this is my way of spreading your magic to a wider world. I hope that is what I do anyway. I believe your magic deserves to be seen and admired. On that note, if you do see something you think has that magic or touches you in some way please drop a fave and if you have time, a comment which is always welcome. Thank you for everything you do. 

Cadillac by Metal-Bender    Crystal Blue Persuasion by gigi50    Der Nebelweber webt im Wald by only1second    Drink to Me 2.0.... with added Window by richardcgreen     Winter Solitude by aw-landscapes

Evening Grove by AnnMarieBone   Structures. by OliviaMichalski   Postcard by Yuukon   Vintage beauty by SilverMixx   Today is in the past by MWeiss-Art

Winter In Owl Mountains by DominikaAniola   Lighthouse by Jules49442   The magic of Sunset by dashakern   A road to Myslowice by sanderus

WWW : World Wet Web by Omoidenoki   The Minutia Of It All by Trippy4U   Light Breaks Where No Sun Shines by dashakern  It Would Be So Nice by Mouselemur  wrapped inside November rain by Rona-Keller

white alley by 4ajka   Mother Nature by Sophia-Eowyn   How icy are the Times 4 by pillendrehr   Snowy Hills by tracybutlerart  Requiem of ice ... by ansdesign  Jan 2018 3 by bindii

Winter landscape in the style of Afremov by Alena-48  no, I won't open my eyes! by Ingelore   Iceland by Annabelle-Chabert   Sir Olive Tree by Annabelle-Chabert    A place to enjoy by VesnaRa014

A Night Hunting by sanderus       Horizon by EyeOfTheKat    ~ by Woman-of-DarkDesires

twilight in Hallstatt by LunaFeles  Giving me the eye by gigi50  Hello everyone...........with :love: and :hug:'sss by jennystokes  a room with a view by ivtaya  House of Vice by LidiaVives   Paradise Inn at Mt. Rainier January 2018 by videodude1961 

Mazama Ridge 2 by MaciejKarcz   Between the rain by streamweb  mirror. by LunaFeles   Stockholm by GrimDreamArt   Daisies by vanndra

Coco Chaotic by richardcgreen    RAGE by nehab16   Don't worry, be happy by Maria-Schreuders   Me and my guitar ... by ansdesign  That Was Then by Trippy4U 
Soon The Sun Will Rise 2 by CitizenFresh  Magic forest and the rabbit by m-eralp   Morning Melodies by dashakern  For Maryellen by LidiaRossana  Handmade Coptic bound Isle of Skye Book 02 by snazzie-designz 

shining bright by IreneHorvath  my paths by JoannaRzeznikowska  Silent Beautiful Graceful Motion by 33M  Two by lewest 

manyuruak by styvop  Playful by LiliaLaurent     The Figure by EmMelody  All I can say by MEP4Photography 

Grow With The Flow by TeaPhotography   Fiery by aw-landscapes  Asian small clawed otter by Maria-Schreuders   Silent Odyssey by aw-landscapes 

Laden by Nikki-vdp  105 - Dead and Gone by ElyneNoir  A Beautiful Mind by WhimsicalBlue  Some Winter Scene by Cyan707   Autumn Birches by Cyan707 

Starlight at Christmas Eve by flaviobolla   Royal by RawPoetry  Fairy Tale by Mocris   Landscape sketch by csillabold  Tony's kitchen by Juanilla 

A Toast... by Scooby777  I'll catch you by Konakira   when winter was cold by Ingelore   Across by Annabelle-Chabert  Winter Brook by Pajunen 

City of Denver by 1001G  The Emperor by eegariM  Moody Days by BaxiaArt   Wald #123 by HeikoGerlicher

# Red by Mishkina   The rock arch in the sea by LinsenSchuss    The Jeweler by 000Fesbra000    The Lady of Wildfell by SpokeninRed     Winter Serenity by da-phil

Coquihalla Canyon by dashakern  de la couleur des opiaces by Annabelle-Chabert    Snowland X by Aenea-Jones  Klondike Valley Panorama by eegariM 

Trees by Yuukon   Forgotten Land by Tindomiel-Heriroquen   Untitled by huhahohi  Cloud Walker by TheFoxAndTheRaven 

fox by hannes-flo   Alta1 by ajonsaas   Dark Winter by DameTenebra  Soothing Melodies by ObscureLilium 

Rapid Town Square by BWilliamWest   HAPPY NEW YEAR by IME54-ART   Ancient city by rougealizarine   Happy New Year 2018 by annewipf   the winterdays II by Bodhisattvacary 

Snow Jumping by Nikki-vdp   Heaven or Hell? by eegariM   snow is falling. by LunaFeles   Hallstatt by LunaFeles

That's all for now folks :) I hope you have found something you like. Thank you so much for reading this far and for looking through the pictures. I am constantly amazed by you all. Thank you all for being part of my life. I hope this year will be good to you, each and every one of you. 
Spread the love. Keep creating the magic that you do. You are all totally amazing. My love and best wishes to you all :heart: :hug:


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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the feature, Lawrence! :heart:
Absolutely great collection of amazing work here :aww:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
It's my great pleasure :)
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LiliaLaurent Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for including my Shadow I love cats 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You are very welcome Lilia :hug:
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ajonsaas Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Oops, forgot to thank you :O

Thank you for including my photo! Awesome collection :D
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
No worries :) 
It is my pleasure :)
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Omoidenoki Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2018
Always beautiful choices :heart: and thank you :heart: 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
you are more than welcome of course. My pleasure :hug:
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MaciejKarcz Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the feature :wave:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome :D
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1001G Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
what a fab journal sir lawerence and thrilled to be part of it
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome Edie :)
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snazzie-designz Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2018   General Artist
I remember watching the Challenger mission live on television. It was terribly sad.

The paraffin heater sounded dangerous on ALL levels!!! They just don't make 'em like they used to do they? :giggle:

I'm so honoured to have my humble contribution included in such a truly spectacular collection. I've gone and favourited so many of them I've lost track. :nod:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome Snazzie. I'm a big fan 
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snazzie-designz Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018   General Artist
:)
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VesnaRa014 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 9, 2018
Thank You!! by LOVEMAYU         Untitled by VesnaRa014    
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome dear Vesna :hug:
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Juanilla Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2018
Thanks so much, dear LordJCornell Lawrence, I'm always late! I have to thank you for sharing your kind thoughts and wonderful pieces of art! There are  so many stunning artworks that I wish to fave all of them. Thanks for including one of my pieces, I'm so proud!!!
I wish you fantastic trips and exciting journeys... Have fun!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome dear Juanilla :)
Im glad you like the pictures too :)
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MEP4Photography Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, Lawrence, for including me in this wonderful feature. :hug: Good luck on those trips of yours. I think everyone loves going away and getting out of the routine of the life they lead, no matter how much they love home. It's great you can get away so often....have fun! :heart:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
It's my pleasure Maryellen :hug:
I'm very lucky so I will push my luck as far and as long as I can :hug:
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MEP4Photography Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Sounds like a great plan. Take advantage while you can. I've learned too late that you cannot put things off. :hug:
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SECRET-NINJA-SUPER-M Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart::hug:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug: :heart:
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IME54-ART Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2018   General Artist
Thank you for share all this beautiful pictures and collages dear Lawrence ❤️
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure dear Ilona :hug:
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IME54-ART Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2018   General Artist
❤️❤️❤️👍🏼
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Ingelore Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2018
Thank you so much for the feature dear Lawrence! :heart: I hope that all your plans for 2018 will come true!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome Ingelore :hug:
You'll be able to see how the year is going from my pictures :lol:
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Ingelore Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2018
I'm looking forward to them! :D
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Crannogphotographic Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2018   Photographer
Have a good one Lawrence and am looking forward to  seeing the photos from your forthcoming travels, albeit without the most beautiful island on Earth....Skye !!!  Love Hug 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Syvia. :hug:
Well, Skye is just getting too  busy even in the winter months these days. I'm sure it will calm down again. I will give it a miss this year and go back next year I expect. 
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Crannogphotographic Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2018   Photographer
Don't bet on it, from news reports here in Scotlandshire, tourist numbers to Skye are getting out of control which is resulting in problems with tourist infrastructure, roads, parking etc. Increased tourism may be good for the many businesses on the island but not so good if you just want to find a quiet space far away from the masses. Hug 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
It's certainly out of control in the main April to October months. 
I was disappointed to see how busy it was in November too this year. 
Nothing like as bad as in the summer months but you can see it 
getting worse year on year which is very sad but what can you do?
You can't stop people going there. Just hope there will come a time when 
it is not quite so popular. 
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Crannogphotographic Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2018   Photographer
Can only hope that they manage to achieve a balance which will keep all sides happy. Hug 
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BWilliamWest Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, Lawrence. This is a wonderful journal.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome William :)
Thank you :)
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018  Professional General Artist
Hi William and thanks so much for including me.....................oh those awful smelly gas fires!  Can't have done us much good!!!!
I think 'change' is what has kept me going and travelling.  Always a good idea to move when 'home' gets like you don't want to be there?
I think we will be moving again......no idea where BUT will go. :sprint:

:love: and :hug:'sssss
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
There's a lot that probably didn't do us much good ;)
I like having my home to "come home" to but I have to get away from it too :)
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018  Professional General Artist
Yes I think so.   Yes until one doesn't want to go home anymore:D (Big Grin) 
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eegariM Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018
I feel the same. Home is nice but I need some adventure, a new experience. I think it's the contrast that works well. Going out for an adventure, experiencing new things, having the thrill, and then go back to the save haven which is home, relax, reflect on the gathered impression, share etc. :)

Also, thanks again for the lovely feature and for including pictures of mine. I'm humbled as always. :hug:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
It's always my very great pleasure :hug:  :)
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eegariM Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018
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bindii Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much dear Lawrence! :heart:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
It's entirely my pleasure dear Carol :hug: :)
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bindii Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
;huggle:
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Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2018   Photographer
Thank you so much for including my work in your wonderful feature Lawrence! Your travel plans sound awesome!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You're always very welcome Peggy :D
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Mocris Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart: :love:
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