To be honest I can’t remember much about the second half of April. My excuse, my photo stream stopped loading to my mac from my phone. It did save photos from Instagram stories and nothing else. Looking back on my phone I didn’t compared to normal take as many photos. I did however on my Fujifilm XT20.
The second half of April wasn’t as sunny, however the flowers made up for it. I saw my first ducklings of the season and Firea de Abril was held for the first time in 2 years so I knew most covid19 restrictions were lifted. Wearing masks inside stopped after Easter Monday. Aside from wearing them in health centres, pharmacies and on public transport, life has returned to how it was pre covid. I think most people have forgotten it ever happened. Scars are still there, I get random flashbacks every now and then of should I be wearing a mask leaving the house, in the lift?, Is the park open past 20.00? It’s amazing how humans adapt.
Most of these were taken on the same day in mid January 2022. I think I missed the zoo and didn’t want to go back until it got dark. The light was good, the ducks and parakeets were on the snack hunt and it was warm in the sunshine huddled in layers. Christmas lights while not on were still up looking like spider webs. The light was great for for seeing architecture detail too!
Don’t let the sunny light deceive you, it was cold!
While the geese rule the park, everybody as in the water fowl gets out the way for the white ducks. They’re not afraid to go after any duck, seagull or goose that annoys them.
Black headed gulls winter in Barcelona and can be found in Parc de la Ciutadella. As they can take off almost like helicopters they compete for the pan or bread quicker than the ducks. You can see the ducks and geese flinch when they dive around them to get the pan/bread, but will happily if lunge and nip at them if they can. Otherwise they just swim off leaving the humans to feed the seagulls. Black headed gulls are also amazing at catching bread in mid air! I think it’s mostly teenage guys that winter here.
Welcome back to another Weekend Friday Favourites, where I share what’s caught my eye or made me smile this week! There’s lots to share, so keep on reading to find out!
How to Help Ukraine Animal Shelters
The current situation in Ukraine isn’t anything to smile about. Videos of Ukrainans asking stranded Russian tanks if they want a tow back to Russia, farmers towing away tanks with tractors yes, almost everything else no.
Many animal shelters are still operating the best they can in Ukraine, however food is running out for the animals. Thanks to Instagram and shared stories I came across Plant Based Treaty which listed the main Ukrainan shelters to donate to:
Shelter Ugolyok rescue and rehabilitates not only cats and dogs, ‘livestock’ too. She did share in one post if people didn’t mind some money donated went to a local orphanage for food. Nobody would mind! Happy Paws work as an umbrella foundation for many shelters throughout Ukraine and are directing funds to the shelters. Uanimals is an animal’s rights organisation again helping shelters and zoos (they’re not for ‘contact zoos’ as per one Instagram post however in war saving animal lives comes first so are helping zoos at the moment). Sirius Shelter is the largest shelter in Ukraine with about 3165 dogs and 218 cats to feed. I found Shelter Ugolyok the easier to donate to via linktr.ee/Ugolyok as it was at the time the only page in English. At the time of posting most now have Linktr in English for easier donations.
I’m not a bird photographer! I can’t post zoo photos as the zoo owns the image so to speak (that’s if you make money from the photos). Birds however are free and I can take photos of birds! Magpies have a mischievous nothing to see air about them that always makes me laugh.
This channel’s taking me all over the globe visiting traditional arts and crafts recently. From Vietnam to Indonesia to South America to North Africa from printing to weaving to pottery to soap making to incense to perfume. Three recent videos that have stuck with me:
Why is rattan so expensive. I never knew that wicker is a type of weaving not the material.
The first have of January was so sunny! That’s what I like about January. Within a week of the winter solstice you can notice the days being longer and the light changing. The promise of spring’s coming from the first week of winter! So much and so little can change within a week.
For New Year I got out the city! A little outing up to the Costa Brava for the night before heading to Monestir de Sant Pere de Casserres, an 11th century Benedictine monastery along the Riu Ter/Ter River. We didn’t go to the monastery, just the look out point, Mirador del Ter. Sadly the lookout point’s filled with rubbish from an abandoned restaurant. The path to the look out point’s a little confusing at first with overgrown pavements. Why an overgrown pavement so far away from the road along a dirt track? It all made sense at the now abandoned restaurant.
Back in the city where magpies, pigeons, ducks, wagtails, sparrows, seagulls. geese and parakeets/parrots rule the skies. Well maybe not the ducks and geese, but they rule the ponds in Parc de la Ciutadella.
How’s your weekend? Welcome back to another Weekend Friday Favourites! Perhaps my favourite post to write as it justifies me buying things to share. Only joking! It’s about things that have caught my eye or made me smile recently.
I seem to be turning into sucker for abandoned plants in shops. This dude I found randomly placed in the fruit and veg department in my local superstore Christmas. He (I think it’s a he the flowers have longer thingies) dressed a plastic pot, another red metallic plastic wrapping and fake berries. It was about €2 so I was okay, you’re coming back with me. I did think initially it was just stem of holly. A repot and a few weeks later he’s flowered! My only concern is how big it’ll grow 😕.
Minisu is a Japanese lifestyle shop that’s more filled with cute things which is now my cheer me up shop. I don’t have to buy anything, just walking around lifts my mood. Most of it is unnecessary plastic things although I have purchased a few things. I think the bright colours make me happy. It’s very similar to a Korean lifestyle shape Minsu that closed down in 2020, although it was actually a Chinese brand shop posing as Korean according to the girls at Miin Cosmetics a Korean beauty shop here in Barcelona.
All Of Us Are Dead
My thing for Kdrama just keeps growing. Over the holidays and most of January there wasn’t anything on Netflix that I could get into. A random Netflix YouTube recommendation of All Of Us Are Dead caught my attention and I couldn’t wait until 28th January when it was released. Nobody does zombie dramas like Korea. Kingdom is one of my favourite dramas however All Of US Are Dead might top it. There are some great fight scenes, suspense and giggles, shouting at the screen and the camera man survives everything.