Thought for the day….”You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough” (Mae West)
“Ladies who play with fire must remember that smoke gets in their eyes” (Mae West)
Up to the top of Norway and the border with Russia for the photo today. Traders from Russia come across into Norway to trade and shop (despite the prices in Norway !). Some warm sunshine and good light helped to make a very colourful photo of a very typical Russian item, nesting dolls.
Nesting dolls (called Matryoshkas) were originally a Japanese idea, but are now a common souvenir from Russia. Sergei Maliutin is thought to have been the first Russian to produce the dolls, with the first sets representing a Russian peasant family of a mother and her 7 children. The world record is for a 51 piece set, with the largest doll being over 51 cm tall.
and another photo from the archives…Arrowtown on the South Island of New Zealand, a former gold mining town that is now a popular daytrip from nearby Queenstown.
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Thought for the day…” A life without ambition is like a journey without a destination”.
” A problem is just a solution waiting to happen.”
Central Otago, New Zealand, for today’s photo, and a typical hot, dry summer day. Central Otago is a big wine-growing region, with most of the vineyards at around 300m altitude and surrounded by mountains. Pinot Noir is the main wine from this area, characterised by the smaller grapes that are used to make this type of wine (one reason why a good Pinot Noir costs more). Wine making in this region took off in the 1990s, whereas in the 1800s, it was gold that was the big industry here. In summer, temperatures here can reach 35 degrees, but in winter, parts of Central Otago fall to -15 degrees.
And one from the archives……a steam train in Uppsala, Sweden.
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