Beautiful Skies Overhead

(This is a submission for Skywatch Friday)

It's one of those days that flew by. I was going to do so many things but where did the time go? I'm having some issues with very hot and sore hands and feet and tired legs so I decided to stay home. Nonetheless the day went quickly. I will have to wait until tomorrow and hopefully get my mani-pedi as well as go to Chinatown. I've been wanting to go there for ages and I have to buy some herbs so now is a good time to go.

I finished the book,  Half a Yellow Sun, by the young author Chimamande Adichie.  I enjoyed it immensely. The book is about the fight of mainly the Igbo people in Nigeria for their own country, The Republic of Biafra.  Biafra existed from May 30, 1967 to January 15, 1970 and most of us know little about the struggle.  The book is a fictional account of the events as experienced through the lives of 5 main characters.

I'm now reading Birdsong by Sebastian Faulk. The book is about Stephen Wraysford at different stages of his life both before and during World War 1. This book is highly acclaimed but I didn't enjoy the first part of the book which deals with the protagonist's  illicit affair while lodging with a textile factory owner.  I'm enjoying the second part of the book more.  It deals with another phase of the same protagonist as he serves in WW1. The author does an incredible job of describing the grittiness and harshness of the conditions under which soldiers fought and worked in the trenches.

I've also started a fascinating book called The Paper Garden by Molly Peacock.  I think this book will surely inspire me as it deals with a woman called Mrs. Delany who lived in the 1700s. After her husband dies, she begins her life's work and accomplishment at the age of 72.  Mrs. Delany is the inventor of the art form, collage, and I'm looking forward to learning much more about her and her creative process.


Right now I'm making curry chicken with naan and basmati rice for dinner. The chicken is slowly simmering so I'd better get to making the naan. In the meantime, enjoy the wonderful sky photos and have a joyous weekend.






I never get tired of looking at clouds and the beauty in the skies.

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35 comments:

  1. I agree the sky pictures are very beautiful !

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  2. A great sky post!
    Happy SkyWatch to you!

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  3. Lovely captures of clouds and leaves!
    Enjoy the weekend. :)

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  4. Mrs. Delany sounds interesting - there's no such word as 'retirement' in my vocab - so perhaps I'll find my life's work too someday ...

    I hope that you find some relief for your troubling hands and feet Penny ...

    great skies ... the last one is a nice moody capture ...

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  5. A bit mysterious!

    My Sky Shot, have a great weekend.

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  6. Great sky and the chicken sounds wonderful!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  7. Beautiful shots of the sky! I know you have a very tasty dinner:) I love Indian food!

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  8. Wonderful sky photos! I think I can smell the curry chicken from here. How I love it with rice.

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  9. Oh, that clouds most beautiful, beautiful photos.

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  10. Have a wonderful week-end my friend.

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  11. Very beautiful sky shots. I like them very much.

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  12. Hallo Joyful
    Beautiful "celestial" images you show.
    Wishing you a good weekend.
    Hanne Bente ♥

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  13. Beautiful captures of the dramatic sky.

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  14. Hope you are feeling better soon Penny. Thank you for the book recomendations. Beautiful skies. x

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  15. Cloudy skys have so much charactor. Nice.

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  16. Wonderful shots with the sky.

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  17. Dear Friend,
    Your photos are beautiful, and you did such a great job with the framing of the pictures. good job!!
    I'm sorry that your hands and feet are sore and bloated. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    love me

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    1. Thanks for keeping me in your prayers, Brenda.

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  18. Wonderful pics of the sky... Take care!

    Cheers!

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  19. Beautiful skies, clouds are always so fascinating. Diane

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  20. I'm sure you'll enjoy reading The Paper Garden. The book is delightful. A while back I heard the author speak at the Toronto Botanical Garden.

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    1. How nice that you got to hear the author in person. that always adds a special dimension to a book.

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  21. Joyful,
    Love looking at the clouds and surrounding skies. Love your photos.
    I should read more. Enjoy your books.
    Have a good rest of your day.
    Pat

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    1. Thank you for your visit Pat. I encourage you to read more. It's good to make a bit of time for it.

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  22. That last photo is stunning.
    I love curried chicken. Why do you make both naan and rice?

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  23. Thanks Heidi. I make naan and rice because I like to eat "bread" with my meal. I don't really eat the rice myself. That is for the others in my family.

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  24. These are dramatic and beautiful skies. I always like silhouettes against the sky, such as the tree branches in your photos.

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  25. Thank you Pat and Denise. Your comments help fuel my blogging adventure :-)

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  26. Beautiful sky shots! The skies must have opened up soon after....

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