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Can I start 2016 with the Lunar New Year next week?

After feeling like I was about to loose it last week, I took a hiatus last week and part of this week from blogging. January and burnt out!

It has been a few months in the making with last week feeling somewhat teary eyed, tired and a bit helpless. I won’t go into it, but as much as I’d like to blog every day (Mon to Fri), I have to accept that’s not gonna happen. It gets frustrating having ideas, epic night naps and nothing gets done. I still don’t know where the days go and it gets/got frustrating not being able to everything and still sleep. Don’t even ask about my sleep schedule. It’s all over the place, black bags rather padded black bags have to sort them before they become permeant are en vogue. And realising you haven’t seen season 3 and 4 of Luther and then watching the first 2 episodes of season 3 on your own in the dark will really mess it up. I hid behind the blanket peeking out when the suspense got too much. There’s a reason aside from dust balls I don’t like beds with legs!

Anywho, still running, cycling, training, playing cat mama, getting excited in Miin and Sephora, forever dreaming of longer days when the sun plays until 10pm. And taking photos of …..

Bike rides aka my transport finds:

SunsetsWinter Sunset Barcelona

Turbulent skies cycling back one eveningTurbulent skies

Angry Bird BombAngry bird bomb graffiti Barcelona Toxic air
Toxic air stencil/graffiti, Barcelona

Cycling through El Borne El Borne, Barcelona

Views from the W hotelW hotel Barcelona W hotel BarcelonaW hotel Barcelona Escaping to the Zoo!Pigeons, Barcelona ZooLove these guys mohawks! Zebra, Barcelona Zoo

And these guys eyelashes!
Impala Barcelona ZooStumbling across the start of the 2016 Historic Barcelona to Monte Carlo Rally. I think it’s early this year as in previous years I stumbled across it when it’s light. Please excuse the quality of the photos. I was pushing my bike, lots of people pushing and shoving with my camera in my rucksack. I did get a shot of a VW Beetle (Herbie!) but it’s too bad quality it show. Lots of Porches, Minis and old school Fiats. I bet it’s a great race to participate in! Start 2016 Barcelona to Monte Carlo Rally2016 Barcelona to Monte Carlo Rally2016 Barcelona to Monte Carlo Rally

Run views

Beach runs during the week. It doesn’t help my pace, but I always pause for few moments to take in the sea. And any shells that might catch my eye, insert see no evil emoji monkey. Run View

2 Cormorants diving running last Friday. My mood was a grey as the sky. Seeing these guys cheered me up (and their spirit animal meaning). Cormorants Switching up long runs with an equally long bike ride. 40km if including racing to the zoo. All out both directions! Long bike ride! Trying out my new lightweight skipping rope! I definitely noticed the difference to my gyms old rope one. Taking my own means I don’t have to wait if it’s in use. Skipping is one of my favourite cardio choices. I’m always surprised by how many people have trouble initially getting coordination skipping. If you master the basic boxer step, it’s a great total body workout. The types of steps are endless!Decathlon skipping ropeSadly I haven’t been doing as much yoga as I’d have liked. The knock on effect is poor posture and tight calves. Not good! The times, I have done some yoga with Yogaglo, the mats been busy with yoga cats.Yoga catsSorting out a few cupboards the KonMari Method with helpHelping Mama sort out

Cat snugglesCat snuggles with Mr DDay dreaming of Spring and SummerPalm trees, Barcelona ZooDay dreaming palm treesHow you do deal or know when things get out of balance? Carry on, throw your hands in the air, bury hands in face, cry for a few days, get snappy at people, angry for no reason, tired yet can’t sleep and the worst, padded black eye bags?!

Weekly Photo Challenge Grid

This weeks challenge is a little tricky for me. While I try to balance out my photos, proportion them, use the rule of 3 etc, I haven’t many photos of straight lines, right angles, grids. Sharp angles are man made, many of my photos are of nature, so here’s my spin on grids! Enjoy!

Parthenon, Athens.
Pantheon Athens

Stoa of Attalos, Athens
Stoa of Attalos, Athens

Drain cover, AthensDrain cover Athens

Contrails, Barcelona
Contrails

Lemur, Barcelona Zoo reaching for fallen leaves on the roof of their enclosure!Lemur, Barcelona ZooFestive Amazon, Barcelona Zoo. This is one of a few enclosure I’d wish they’d improve. I always feel sorry of for the parakeets and parrots in this aviary. This guy, I chat with. They can mimic a few sounds and he can say Hola! When I say hola, he walks across the branches and down the fencing to to ‘chat’. There’s another bird, a Hill Myna who does exactly the same in another enclosure when I say hello, expect he flies over and we wolf whistle, the usual ‘dog calling’ whistle, say ¡Hola Guapo! at each other! I’m teaching him/her hello, but he just says adieu. When I leaving saying adieu, he mimics me perfectly!

Festive Amazon Barcelona Zoo

Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona. The focus was on the rainclouds, however Catalan architects love lines!

Stormy skies, Barcelona

Grid Weekly Photo Challenge Grid

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid

It’s been threatening to rain since Monday afternoon. Whispy clouds that strike late afternoon, blocking the sun, making beach siestas a little chilly. Today, the weather meant business. The wind changed direction, the temperature dropped, long story short, I got caught out cycling in a down pour while the sun still shined (no rainbows, that I could find!). This time of year, late spring and all summer long, it’s happy rain, warm and the wind warm too, so if you get caught out, you dry off pretty quickly.

Happy rain or cold winter rain, rain makes everything grey, so bright colours are always welcome. This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge, Vivid. Enjoy!

Yes, my camaras back and while I can’t upload from iPhoto library to WordPress or drag across due to restore problems, photo stream’s working!

Flamingos Barcelona Zoo. June 2015. Ugly ducklings aren’t just limited to swans. Flamingo chicks bless ’em suffer the same fate though they’ll never believe you. It’s nesting season at the zoo at the moment.Flamingos, Barcelona ZooFlamingos, Barcelona Zoo€1 June flowers on my balconyJune FlowersShadow play, La Maquinista Centre Commercial Barcelona, June 2015Shadow play, La Maquinista, BarcelonaBlue sky, the moon and seagulls, Barcelona, June 2015Boating lake and a seagull, Parc Ciutadella, Barcelona, June 2015Peacock, Barcelona Zoo, June 2015Peacock, Barcelona Zoo Vivid Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid