Friday, December 3, 2010

Thankful

The theme for December 3rd is, in general, what people are most thankful for in their towns.

I did try to be creative for this post.  I rang the council offices and asked the question but, to be honest,  thought the lady lacked imagination even more than I do.  OK, it's good to have a nice Civic Centre but really, is that all she sees to be thankful for?  Shouldn't any town with an urban population of 48,000 expect to have decent civic facilities?   So I decided to go with what I'm thankful for. 

I'm thankful for miles and miles of mostly deserted, beautiful beaches:


For the many places where there is space for kids to be kids:


and private place where grannies can be grannies:


For our beautiful mountains:



For this, my local village, tucked in under the mountains:


Cool mountain streams:


I'm thankful that I can live on a farm, surrounded by all this beauty and still be not be too far from the amenities of town. 

Mind you, that's just me.

To see what other FSO members are proud of about their towns, just click here.

16 comments:

  1. Those are such wonderful things for which to be thankful. Sometimes we forget to be thankful for the most obvious and simple of the things around us.

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  2. Heaven on Earth.... we are so lucky to have a wonderful place to live.
    I would really like to have that "private place where Grannies can be Grannies." That pond is where I would be at peace and wear my bathing suit again.
    Your town is beautiful.....

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  3. Pauline, your photos are absolutely beautiful... filled with color and life, as are the actual surroundings... for which anyone would be thankful, to be sure. Thank you for sharing this lovely slice of your life.

    Nevine

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  4. Beautiful photos and beautiful thoughts. If only all children could be children and grannies be grannies!

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  5. Pauline these are beautiful photos. I could not even get pictures it rained or snowed all week. Had to come up with something different.
    QMM

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  6. Oh how I would love to live in your town! How beautiful and peaceful it seems. The photos are wonderful especially the one with you and grandchild in the stream... takes me back to my childhood in rural Alabama.

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  7. Decent civic facilities?!!!! Thanks for sharing your experience with creativity in town government! LOL. And for wonderful pictures.

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  8. Oh Pauline I loved your comment. That is how I felt when in Bermuda. How wonderful to visit and hear about each other countries.
    QMM

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  9. If NZ is anything like Sweden, I suppose council offices are much more used to receiving complaints than expressions of thankfulness. I doubt I've ever made a phone call to any official kind of place just to say thankyou; and I doubt anyone would know how to handle it if I did! ;) Your photos are beautiful. Myself I can't imagine living in a "remote" place like that... but that's me! As for my own town, I went with my own "likes" as well, and just assume that there's probably one or two others who agree with me at least about some of the things...

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  10. You have done NZ proud. That grandma, tell her to take off the hat, and duck into the water. It will be more fun that way. LOL

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  11. Your town have gorgeous view of the mountains! here we only have high rise buildings!

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  12. beautiful shots of a lovely area!

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  13. perfect sentiments Pauline and I agree with you. I am a country gal at heart.

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  14. I haven't done a shootout for weeks. Just not feeling creative and definitely not taking the time to take new photos I left my archives in Rio. I return home next Saturday, which I am thankful for, and maybe the whole town of Houston is thankful too! Although I think I have single handedly helped the economy recover from its slump, I have done my part of pumping
    money into the national averages.
    nice photos all.

    word verification - Grati, is this plural for giving thanks?

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  15. I just love your photography-hope you plan to put it all in a book! cheers teri

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