Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate

Here’s my contribution to this week’s photo challenge – Delicate.

del’icate a. exquisite; not robust, fragile; sensitive; requiring tact; deft

DSC_0420All my photos, including the eggbox, are available on fotolia and bigstock. Just search for Sas Ryan.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

This post is my contribution to this week’s photo challenge: Changing Seasons. Click here to see more entries.

For almost six years I worked seasons overseas. I’m fortunate enough to say that I have worked in Austria, Greece, America and Canada, and through my work I also got to visit other amazing countries such as Switzerland, Turkey, Germany and Italy. During my time abroad I got to add many jobs to my CV including holiday rep, resort manager, waitress, barmaid, housekeeper, ski guide and videographer. I met many other season workers whilst I was travelling. Some of them were working an ‘endless summer’, chasing the sun around the globe, and others chose the ‘endless winter’ route instead, working alternate ski seasons in the northern and southern hemispheres. Many people, like me, chose to go from one extreme to the other. I would spend six months of the year, from May to October, in a hot, sunny climate and then in November I would head off to a winter resort and live in the snow until April. The changing of the seasons was something that was very evident to me. Here are a few of my favourite photos from my ‘extreme seasons’.

From chilling out on the party boat in Rhodes
From chilling out on the party boat in Rhodes…
...to another meaning of 'chilled' in the Alps on the border between Austria and Germany
…to another meaning of ‘chilled’ in the Alps on the border between Austria and Germany
Working hard behind the bar in Greece...
Working hard behind the bar in Greece…

 

...and one of my 'colleagues' in Seefeld. Every week we would take our guests llama trekking from Austria over the border into Germany.
…and one of my ‘colleagues’ in Seefeld. Every week we would take our guests llama trekking from Austria over the border into Germany.

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

This post is part of the Weekly Photo Challenge. Please click here to see more entries.

I am thankful for being an aunty.

I resigned myself to the fact that I wouldn’t be an aunty at an early age. My only brother was always adamant that he didn’t want children, and the church will not allow me to be an official godmother because my parents chose to not have me traditionally baptised. I am really lucky to have grown up with an aunty who has loved me unconditionally and supported me from the day I was born. I was gutted that I wouldn’t have the opportunity to experience the same role.

Twenty years on, and how things have changed. My brother took a u-turn on the reproducing front four years ago (to the day – it’s my nephew’s birthday today) and he and his wife now have three beautiful children. And although the church will still not allow me to be part of the actual ceremony, a few of my friends have asked me to take on the role of godmother in their children’s lives. There are now ten children who call me Aunty Sas, and I’m sure there will be more in the future.

My nephew’s flower garden

I’m thankful for helping them to learn new things.

My nephew holding a ladybug

I’m thankful for making new discoveries with them.

My godson’s Halloween pumpkin
My nephew made this artwork from a postcard of the Leaning Tower of Pisa that I sent him

I’m thankful that, like me, they love to explore their creative side.

My godson’s first time ice-skating

I’m thankful that they let me enjoy new experiences with them.

My goddaughter trying to drown out the noise of a fire engine
My godson disguised as a chipmunk

I’m thankful when they make me laugh.

My godson on a camping trip to Whitesands

And I’m thankful for all the great adventures I have with them.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates it! Thank you for allowing us all to be part of your celebration. I would like to dedicate this post to my Aunty Jackie, the best role model I could have wished for in how to be a great aunty.

Shop Windows – HHH Challenge

Hitch-Hikers’ Handbook’s photo challenge has provided a fun diversion for me tonight – Interesting shop windows from around the world. Below is my contribution, click here to see more.

Ithaca Shop Front

I took this photo of a shop front on the Greek island of Ithaca. Initially, it was the bright colours that attracted me to this shot. As with everything in Ithaca, it was painted in bright tones that matched the natural hues of the island. When I looked closer, though, I was intrigued by the contents in the window. They reminded me of jars that my science teacher used to keep in a cupboard in the school lab. I certainly didn’t want to try eating them!

Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration

People are always telling me what I can’t do. Like when I was told (by lots of friends, family and virtual strangers) that I couldn’t spend my 30th birthday travelling in the USA on my own. This photo of me stood on the edge of the Grand Canyon proves that not only could I do it, but I did and I had an amazing time.

My inspiration in writing this blog is that I get to tell people to ignore the naysayers. Aim to achieve your dreams.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

This week’s photo challenge threw me for a minute. We’re well into autumn/winter here in Wales, and there’s not much greenery around. When I started to look around me, though, I found lots of things that are green. Estate agents’ signs, a crane, cars, shop fronts, doors, even the outdoor gym in the park is painted green. I’d never realised that we use the colour green so much in Wales. And then I realised. Of course, green is one of the national colours here!

Green is one of the three colours of the Welsh flag
Green also features heavily on St David’s day – daffodil stems, leeks – more green!

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

The word renewal conjures up many images. The rebirth of flowers in spring, snakes shedding their skin, the regeneration of a town centre, renewing your library books to avoid a fine (which I have a terrible habit of forgetting), the list goes on.

For this week’s photo challenge, I’ve decided to document my personal renewal. Four years ago, I consciously made a lot of big changes in my life. At 28 years old, after six years working abroad, I moved back to the UK.

I made a base in Cardiff, the place that has felt most like home to me out of all the places I’ve lived.

I learnt to speak Welsh.

After years of partying and abusing my body, I promised myself that I would look after myself in my thirties. This has led to me converting to a plant-based lifestyle, eating fresh, seasonal whole food …

…cooking my food from scratch…

…improving my fitness levels…

…and taking up lots of new sports.

To celebrate my 30th birthday I took a trip of a lifetime to the USA and visited the Grand Canyon, a long-held ambition of mine.

I’ve continued to travel and experience as many adventures as possible.

My renewal is still taking place. Maybe it will never end. I hope not, because I’m loving life and I’m happier than ever.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign

As I can’t read Italian, all the words in this photo are foreign to me. No matter where you are in the world, though, signs and symbols will tell you all you need to know. The green man lets me know it’s safe(r than average to cross the road – in Italy the green man doesn’t necessarily mean that the traffic has to stop) and the pictures on the signs direct me to the tourist attractions.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Colours

Nicole at thirdeyemom has come up with a great photo challenge – colours!

Hundertwasser House, Vienna
Hundertwasser House, Vienna, Austria

The Hundertwasser House in Vienna is one of the wierdest museums I have ever been to. Not only did Friedensreich Hundertwasser like colour, he also disliked straight lines. Even the floors aren’t flat! It’s also a residential apartment block, how cool must it be to live here?

Piste 15, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Ski Piste 15, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Colours are very important in one of my favourite sports – skiing. Green or blue means easy for everyone, red is a little trickier and sometimes you want to avoid the black runs.