Hi everyone, Here in the Uk we are slowly returning back to normality, whatever that is, businesses are slowly beginning to open up once again, and resume their daily duties, you can sure tell that shops, pubs and hairdressers have started opening up again, as there are humungous queues coming from everywhere you look, customers have even started queuing as early as 3am in the morning, That’s dedication for you, I, like so many others, was nicely tucked up in bed.
Today’s post is about Laugh Out Loud Quotes, I thought that I would do them as we all need to let off steam and have our laugh out loud moments, as we all need to smile a little more and laugh as loud as we can, for as long as we can. To start to enjoy life, if this pandemic as taught us nothing else is to enjoy every second of every day and to cherish it with all our hearts.
We began laughing from an early age, as children, we would laugh a lot, and into our teenage years, but as we get older, we don’t seem to laugh as much, I don’t know whether its because we are too busy, and our lives have just got in the way or that we have forgotten to laugh and have fun like we did when were kids. but whatever the reason is, we have to laugh more, as it relieves tension and stress, and it plays a part in staying healthy and overall it makes you feel a whole lot happier. Laughter is the perfect tonic for a happier and healthier life.
“I don’t go crazy. I am crazy. I just go normal from time to time.” Boomsmo
“Sometimes when I close my eyes, I can’t see.” Anonymous
“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” A. A. Milne
” I’m not lazy, I’m just relaxed” Anonymous
“If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?” Abraham Lincoln
“People say you can’t live without love, but I think oxygen is more important” Anonymous
“He who laughs last didn’t get it.” Helen Giangregorio
“I just got off a flight that crossed five time zones, does that make me a time traveler” Anon
“If you’re hotter than me, then that means I’m cooler than you.” Anon
“My Wallet is like an onion, opening it makes me cry” Anonymous
“Sometimes I wish I was an octopus, so I could slap eight people at once.” Unknown
“If I’m silent it’s because there’s thunder inside me or I’m just chilling may the odds be in your favor” Unknown
“If you find it hard to laugh at yourself, I would be happy to do it for you.” Groucho Marx
“Your secrets are safe with me… I wasn’t even listening” Anon
“You know you’re getting old when you stoop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you’re down there.” George Burns
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, Keep laughing and I will see you all next week!
Hi everyone, I hope you are all having a good week so far… I think that the weather helps with everyone with what type of mood you are in, and the amount of energy you have, so I have been making the most of this time, while I can.
Today I thought that I would do about some beautiful caves. I know caves, right! You may think BORING!!! I always thought that caves were more like what you see in Indiana Jones, okay a lot are but there are some stunning caves out there in the world, so when I discovered that all caves are not like that, I thought that I would give you an insight into some remarkable caves from around the world.
Here are 10 caves that are bustling with colour, covered either in ice, or could be considered sacred places. underground caves and caverns. You wouldn’t believe that these underground caves exist as they seem almost too good to be true to exist in our world. Here are some incredible caves for you to see for yourself.
Skaftafell Ice Cave, Vatnajökull Glacier, Iceland
This beautiful cave is located on the frozen lagoon of the Svínafellsjökull glacier in Skaftafell, Iceland. You can best enjoy the vivid blue scene of this magnificent ice cave, either in the fall or during wintertime. It was constructed from centuries old ice from the slopes of Öræfajökull that as now transpired into what you now see before you, a pressurized glacier ice that contains hardly any air bubbles and making them become more transparent, except for the blue tinge. The ice as occurred over the last several years, and the holes in the Vatnajökull glacier have created amazing caves. The blue ice caves are a rare wonder to see.
Phraya Nakhon Cave, Thailand
The Phraya Nakhon Cave can be found in the Sam Roi Yot National Park in Thailand, it is one of the most mystical and mysterious landmarks there is in Thailand, but there are only a few that get to see it. The reason behind that is, it’s hard to get to the gold and green pavilion, only dedicated travelers, and hikers will accomplish this by making the journey. Those that do get to see it are rewarded with a stunning vision. The light that comes shining through the ceiling makes it even more magical, as it illuminates the Kuha Karuhas temple. The pavilion was purposely built for when King Chulalongkorn visited in 1890, and historically was a popular place for local kings to come and visit
Golden Temple of Dambulla Sri Lanka
The Golden Temple of Dambulla is also known as The Dambulla Royal Cave Temple and Golden Temple, it is the best well-presented cave that Sri Lanka as to offer. The Golden Temple was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991. It is made up of five caves, that contain 157 statues of Buddha as well as many paintings on the walls and ceilings, which gives you an insight into the artistic talent of ancient times. The best time to go and visit this amazing temple is best late afternoon when it is somewhat cooler. This is one of the oldest temples going as it has been going for 22 centuries but it still looks remarkable for its age.
Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Batu Caves is one of Kuala Lumpur main and most favoured attraction, which comes alive every year attracting millions of tourists worldwide, they come to celebrate the Thaipusam festival that they hold in the caves, with several having been turned into temples. You are met by a grand entrance that can be reached by a staircase of 272 steps and is guarded by a golden statue of the god Murugan which towers at 40 metre’s (131 feet high). The limestone that forms around the Batu Cave dates back 400 million years ago, and the temple are only 100 years old and features the idols, and statues that are stood inside the main caves. This is the largest and most popular of the Batu Caves, At the foot of Batu Hill there are two other caves, one of them is the Art Gallery Cave and the other is a Museum Cave.
The Marble Caves, Patagonia, Chile
The Marble Caves can be found in the General Carrera Lake in Patagonia, and is over 6,000 years old, and was declared a national monument in 1994. The smooth intricate shapes that are etched on the walls of the cave was created by the formations that is made up of calcium carbonate, which is a result of the lakes current, that had carved itself through the rocks over the years. This is one of the world’s most stunning of places to visit. The caves are known for their beautiful and spectacular turquoise water cast of marble ceilings.
Reed Flute Cave, Guilin, China
The Reed Flute Cave can be found in Guangxi, China. The limestone cave has been visited by many tourists over its 1200 years, with its ink subscription that dates to the 8th century BCE. Its name comes from several reeds that grow at the mouth, which can be made into flutes. The colorful lights illuminate off the stunningly formed stalagmites and stalactite causing such a beautiful effect, that as you mesmerized by its many colors, which is just spectacular to see.
Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA
Antelope Canyon was carved out by millions of years of water erosion, but you would be forgiven for thinking that it has been sculpted by a professional, with its smooth beautiful lines, but that was not the case. Instead, it was formed out of the erosion of sandstones from flash flooding and rainwater. The stunning color of The Navajo sandstones flowing of the cave walls are awe-inspiring, attracting many visitors to the cave and even photographers come from all over the world to see it in all its splendour. The Navajo name for the upper Antelope Canyon is “Tse’ bighanilini,” which means in English “the place where water runs through rocks.” The Antelope is known for the light that shines directly down in to the opening of the canyon and wave like structure.
Han Son Doong Cave, Vietnam
The Han Son Doong cave can be found in Quang Binh Province, and is the largest known cave in the world, and it is utterly mesmerizing and is filled with many wonders. The stalactites measure 70 metre’s in height, with the pearls the size of basketballs. Every time tourists visits, they are stunned by the size of it, as they don’t expect it to be as big as it first appears, but it is a place of many wonders, and those who come, want to explore its many underground gems. There is plenty to see in the cave with parts of it illuminated by two sinkholes that flood the cave with its rays of sunlight beaming down, there is no place in the world like this…
Kyaut Sae Cave, Myanmar
Kyaut Sae Cave is known throughout the world, and is a magical and majestic cave that holds a Buddhist temple hidden within its cave. It does not diminish the fact of its natural beauty at all. There is a small opening in the ceiling that releases sunlight into the cave, illuminating it up giving it an orange or blue glow. This cave is only known to a small number of people that live in the area, as it is a relatively small and therefore not that interesting to researchers. The main visitors to the cave are pilgrims. The temple remains one of the most important places in the country. Trees and shrubs grow inside which gives it an even more stunning feature.
Cuevas del Drach Caves, Spain
Cuevas del Drach Caves can be located at Porto Cristo on the island of Mallorca and are made up of four Dragon Caves (Cave of Luis, Salvador, Black Cave, White Cave, and Cave of the French) it is an unbelievable sight to see. The striking formation was staged over millions of years of non-stop drip-drip. The winding corridors connect to each individual cave, with stalagmites hanging from its enormous ceiling. Near to the entrance is where the “Baths of Diana” is, when entering it you are hit by a small illuminating turquoise blue lake that is just so mesmerizing and enchanting. There in the middle of the lake sits a small orchestra, ready to give you a short concert, you sit in the surrounding boats before the band strikes up and fills the cave with beautiful music. Millions of tourists would come in their droves to see the wonders of this cave and see the only cave that as an orchestra.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, enjoy the rest of your week and I will see you back here next week
Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing okay. This week as been a rollercoaster ride of emotions for everyone,some filled with excitement and some filled with dread as the ease up on restrictions begun this week. It doesn’t help being stuck in the house day after day, some of us it’s only been a few months, but there are some that have been confined to the house for the whole year as they have been crippled with fear of getting this horrible disease that spread so rapidly throughout the world with devastating consequences. Like everyone I hope it doesn’t last much longer, then we can start living again.
Anyway, on with my blog. I am doing the Lotus building, I thought it was different but spectacular and unique.
The Lotus Building
This is a flower that will never die and will forever live on and bloom all year round. The Lotus Building and people’s park sits upon on an artificial lake, it was designed to act as a cultural anchor and civic landmark.
The Lotus is in the heart of Wujin, in the eastern coastal province of Jiangsu. It was designed by an Australian architect and design studio, studio 505. China is renowned for its creativity and unique sense of style.
The idea for this beautiful building was taken from the aquatic plant, which is the idea behind the inspiration of its name and form from the blooming lotus flower, and it shows the three stages it goes through, from the young new bud all the way to the full ripe of the flower, through to bud being fully opened, with a seed pod within it.
This building is home to the city’s planning bureau, which makes it one of the prettiest institutions owned by the government. The Lotus is in fact an added addition to an already existing double storey that can be found beneath the artificial lake, and houses part of the bureau, the new exhibition halls, conference centre, and meeting rooms.
The visitors enter from beneath, where it will reveal a cathedral like style of space. The Lotus building illuminates both in colour and light, creating a bright and uplifting intramural atmosphere, whatever the weather.
The external petals are filled with colourful ribs that is applied to the sides, and continues throughout the exterior of the building, giving you a deep hue along the edges of the structure, creating a varied white, beige, and stainless-steel hexagon mosaic tile, which is further enhanced by its stunning illuminating beauty at night, as the florescent lighting shines bright into the night sky, It is just purely breath-taking.
This beautiful structure adds a stunning touch of manmade nature to Wujin’s District, it was designed to be more energy efficient, so it can minimalize its energy usage and provide a sustainable geothermal system that’s driven through the lake. The whole of the lake water and ground beneath is utilized to pre-cool during the summer months and is set to pre-warms during the winter months, it is properly ventilated with the air conditioning that lies just beneath the lake This is a naturally ventilated structure that has a thermal chimney within its main flower pod.
The Lotus Centre and people’s park has become one of the most popular landmarks in Wujin since it was completed back in 2013.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Take care and enjoy the rest of your and I will see you all next week.
This week’s blog is about the beautiful forests around the world, that look so peaceful and serene and most of all very inviting, a place to go to escape from all the stress. I don’t know about you, but it is sometimes good to get away from all the electronics, so you can switch off and focus on what is important to you, not only for yourself, but to re-connect with your family, as well as nature. We have all had it hard for the past year, and taking time out for loved ones, is more crucial than ever.
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Hunan, China
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, as one of the most beautifullest of settings, I think that was why it became the inspiration for the movie Avatar, with its deep ravines, subtropical forest and along with its towering sandstone buttes. This gives you the impression of a magical place that can hypnotise you into forgetting about everything outside of its bubble. This peaceful and mesmerizing place is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site in the Wulingyuan District of South-Central China’s Hunan Province, which is home to some rare species like the ginkgo biloba tree that is also known by ginkgo or gingko, along with some unusual primates and birds. This park offers some beautiful and thrilling ways to explore its landscape, including its glass walkway and cable cars that gets you up close and personal too the beauty of its forest offering you a bird’s eye view. This is an absolute must for an avid photographer with its out of this world scenery.
Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia
The majestic Daintree Rainforest is thought to be one of the oldest rainforests in the world by being around 135 million years old. It is protected by UNESCO and it is home to a vast amount of rare and threatened plants and animal species, which includes these types of plants that are rare, endangered, and exotic the blue tassel fern, Coopers Creek Walnut, the Rare Russell River Lime. The animals included are the Spotted Tiger Quoll, Musky Rat-Kangaroo, and Southern Cassowary. A prehistoric predator, called the saltwater crocodile can also be found lurking in the rivers and creeks. If you go up to, he forests Discovery Centre’s walkway it allows you to get high up in the trees, after dark a guided walk is a great time to see the forest come alive at night. Daintree is the world’s most stunning of rainforest and is worth a visit.
Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont, USA
Green Mountain National Park as a stunningly picturesque setting, with its beautiful mountain backdrop, and below it is surrounded by its native sugar maple trees to add to its effect. The forest is scenic all through the year, but especially around autumn time which brings out an array of colours, red, orange and gold, making it look so majestic, it gives you a perfect place to go, no matter what time of year. The Green Mountain’s in central and southwest of Vermont, which is good for its many hiking trails, perfect for getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city and gives you a panoramic view at the top of the mountain.
Otzarreta Forest, Spain
The Otzarreta Forest can be found in the northern part of Spain’s Gorbea Natural Park and is well-known to its Basque mountaineers. The forest is surrounded by beechwood trees, and its settings offer many stories in Basque mythology, making it quite romantic. Gorbea Natural Park is in the Basque Country and is known for its tenuous forests, such as Hayedo de Otzarreta. It is said to be especially charming in autumn and is an absolute must place to stop at, for any thrill seeker that loves an exciting adventure.
The Amazon Rainforest, Brazil
The Amazon Rainforest spans over eight South American countries Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana, making it undoubtedly the most famous rainforest that contains a small part of the planet’s known species that spans its 1.4 billion acres of tropical forest and winding river that covers over 4,100 miles. The Amazon contains several million species of different insects, birds, plants, with many still unrecorded. The main wildlife includes animals such as jaguars, tapirs, capybaras, manatees, and other rodents, and several types of monkeys. The Amazon Rainforest looks so serene, but it is at risk, not only with the climate changes but also with it being destroyed, as the forest as over the years decreased in size to what it once was.
Tha Pom Khlong Song Nam, Thailand
The Pom Khlong Song Nam means “two-water canal” and is a wondrous of wonders. It as spectacular mangrove trees with luminous fluorescent blue water, a colour that only happens when the seawater comes together with freshwater at certain points of the cycle of the tide. The Umbra Forest green area is Gargano, which is home to trees like oaks, holm oak, and beech. This is a place for you to study and learn about all the plants growing both in and out of water and soil, and the stream is as clear as glass. Its visitors can take a nature walk and take in all its beauty. It is an enchanting and mythical place to visit for the adventurous wonderer.
Tongass National Forest, Alaska, USA
Alaska’s Tongass National Forest is approximately 17 million acres making it the largest national forest in America, encompassing the majority of the Alaska Panhandle in southeast Alaska. and is home to some of the country’s picturesque natural beauty with a selection of diverse and unique wildlife, Tongass consists of some of the largest bears’, wolves, mountain goats, black tailed deer, bald eagles’, beavers, fish, humpback whale. orca whales, and otters, and it as one of the best coastal towns in America. This National Forest is both big and beautiful and worth a visit.
Jiuzhaigou Valley, Sichuan, China
Jiuzhaigou Valley is a very enticing and alluring place that is tucked against the edges of the Tibetan Plateau and is both a UNESCO World Heritage site and world biosphere reserve. There is no mistaking that it is undeniably beautiful with its magnificent blue and green lakes, spectacular waterfalls, snow covered peaks, unique wildlife, and forests, it can be found in the Min Shan mountain, making it a perfect excursion break to enjoy, as well as getting to know its nature and wildlife. it is also home to both endangered plants and animal species which includes the giant panda, the Sichuan takin, Sichuan golden monkey, and 220 bird species, along with numerous orchids and rhododendrons. This place is so much more than its Jiuzhaigou Valley, it is also home to nine Tibetan Villages.
Nuuksio National Park, Espoo, Finland
Nuuksio Natural Park is just outside of Helsinki the capital of Finland, but it’s not to near that it takes away the very essence of the place that captures its beauty, a place where you can go to and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and escape into its wild settings and enjoy the beautiful Finnish scenery, with its rugged crags, green forests, and blue lakes. Pack your backpack for a picnic or campout to create a memorable experience for you, your friends and family, giving you a memorable day, so you can explore its heartlands, and enjoy discovering its wildlife. Nearby is Haltia The Finnish Nature Centre shows you the best of Finland’s natural treasures from across the country. There is a selection of trails you can take that are signposted throughout. This National Park offers a wide range of animals such as the herbivore moose, lynx, Siberian flying squirrel, nocturnal mammals and so much more.
Glen Affric, Scotland
Glen Affric is a somewhere, that offers a place for you go to retreat and reflect, a place that is both peaceful, and calm, and it is there you can find your inner peace and be able to start to heal from the inside out. It as a stunningly majestic forest, that can be easily forgotten that it is in Scotland and not in Canada. With its glistening lochs, snow-topped mountains, and dense forests with its native pinewoods. There will be times you may come across otters basking in its lake, red squirrels scurrying around their natural habitat as they leap between the trees, and you may even get a treat as the golden eagle comes soaring above as well as other wildlife animals like the roe deer, the midge, pine marten, pearl bordered fritillary, scotch argus, crested tit, black grouse, Scottish crossbill. Glen Affric is not short on hiking trails and inviting waterfalls, along with its jagged canyons one of many great examples of Scotland’s majestic wilderness and it is a great way to connect with nature.
Foresta Umbra, Italy
Foresta Umbra the “Forest of Shadows” it is an exquisite and enchanting place, that as a designated picnic area, and thickets of tall, epic trees. This is the last essence of Puglia’s ancient forests that is home to yews, beech, oaks, and Aleppo Pines trees, that is hidden in its hilly terrain, there are more than 65 million different types of orchids that have been discovered here, and the wildlife includes the likes of foxes, wild boar, the roe deer, mouflons, squirrels, woodpeckers, goshawk, the peregrine falcon, and an increasingly rare wild cat, and fallow deer. You will also find that walkers and mountain bikers will find exceptionally well-marked trails within the forest. The Umbra Forest has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2017 and is situated in the heart of Gargano, which is in the province of Foggia, which makes it a perfect place for an exciting autumn break.
Mont Blanc Forest, France
Mount Blanc is Europe’s highest peak and is one of the most known destination for its winter and ski sports. But before we get to the summit, there is a lot of wonderful sites to see, from its captivating forest to its mountainous snow-covered peaks, that gives you an alluring backdrop. The forest is worth visiting and seeing its natural landscape at its best. When hikers come to Mont Blanc Forest, they like to know what kind of wildlife they might run into along the way, as wildlife is always so exciting to see, here is some of the animal species you will get to meet along the way are, an Ibex that is on a mountain cliff, Red foxes, Wild boars, European badger, weasels Alpine, Chamois, Red deer, Roe deer, Alpine marmots, and red squirrels. There are numerous plant species that are among the rare which is the beautiful Slipper Orchid, Aquilegia Alpina, and the Martagon Lily, this just gives you a mere insight into what the forest as to offer.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, enjoy the rest of your day and I will see you back here next week!