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July 11, 2013 / viewsfromasmallisland

Sunshine in a flower

African Marigold

Another bright, sunny, glorious day today so I though I would choose something to reflect the mood.  This African Marigold does it beautifully.  Apologies to anyone not enjoying sunshine at the moment but it’s so rare here to have so many sunny days in a row we tend to get a bit carried away with it when it happens.



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  1. kiwiskan / Jul 11 2013 11:09 pm

    The weather here has suddenly remembered that it’s winter, and turned on us viciously!

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Jul 12 2013 7:58 am

      Sorry to hear that. I feel a little guilty going on a about hot, sunny days when others are in the middle of winter.

      • kiwiskan / Jul 12 2013 8:29 am

        Difficult not to, when we are scattered around the world 🙂

  2. Reinhardt / Jul 11 2013 11:50 pm

    Lovely picture, and you chose the perfect title for this post! Where I live it’s mid-winter, but since it’s the Gold Coast it’s nice and sunny regardless, with a forecast of 20 degrees. Now that’s a winter I can live with! 🙂

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Jul 12 2013 8:00 am

      Thank you. Your winter sounds like our summer. I could live with that anytime. We just had the worst winter for fifty years and it was miserable, which is why we’re all so glad about a bit of sun.

  3. Gallivanta / Jul 11 2013 11:56 pm

    Make the most of it!

  4. weggieboy / Jul 12 2013 1:22 am

    One of my favorite flowers!

  5. rubytheblacklabrador / Jul 12 2013 5:42 am

    Good to get carried away! It’s sunny here but only 18 degrees so we are in boots, jumpers and coats. Sunny marigolds are the perfect antedote 🙂

  6. A New Path / Jul 12 2013 5:53 am

    I understand getting carried away about a string of sunny days. Here in the pacific northwest, sunshine is a big deal, too!

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Jul 12 2013 8:31 am

      I’m not clear what kind of climate you have there. I always imagined anything with the word ‘Pacific’ in to be warm and exotic but I hadn’t thought about the northwest, which must be quite cool and wet.

      • A New Path / Jul 12 2013 6:07 pm

        Yes, we are in the Pacific Northwwest USA- it’s a temperate rain forest where we live under nine months of clouds, and the most common winter forecast is 40 degrees and rain. We don’t get many days of sunshine.

      • viewsfromasmallisland / Jul 12 2013 8:45 pm

        That sounds very familiar. Hope you see some sun this summer.

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