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Friendly Friday: Whereabouts

Whereabouts – I like that word.

What are your whereabouts? Or what were they in the past?

This picture is from an autumn day a few weeks ago, in downtown Helsinki, my current wherabouts.

Treasured moment of sunlight, Oct 13th, 2019

Close enough, anyway: I’m typing this from another spot downtown, indoors. Today, the sun is shining but the colorful leaves are long gone.

My whereabouts are right here, right now, somewhere between autumn and winter. If you look at the weather, it’s winter, but people who like observing dates in the calendar will say it’s still autumn.

Autumn greets winter

Proof of this is an email I received at work this week, sent by a young girl in Communications. In response to an earlier email of mine, she told me in a dry, matter-of-fact tone that “Autumn months are September, October, and November.”

There you go, now I know. Silly me for thinking sleet, frosty mornings of zero degrees, leafless trees, and switching our clocks to winter time were any indicators of winter.

We crossed over to standard time from daylight saving time last weekend. Apparently its timing varies slightly from country to country: I only learned this last spring whilst browsing American blogs here on WordPress! You learn something new every day – if you are open to it.

The sun rises when I walk to work and sets when I walk home – winter darkness is falling upon us

But this post isn’t really about seasons changing. The theme for Friendly Friday this week is Whereabouts.

Whenever I hear that word, I think of someone lounging on a yacht somewhere beautiful, unsure of their exact whereabouts and not minding at all. Mischievous and fleeing reality, not answering the phone when people try to get in touch.

My whereabouts one day a decade ago when I worked as cabin crew

That’s a perfect little dream for the start of winter for someone like me who grew up in the subtropics and misses time spent outdoors, the colors and scents of flowers, birds singing in the trees, and seeing the sky… With the leaves gone, this city is becoming grey again, and new colors won’t emerge until next May.

So, join in and share some pictures of your current whereabouts, wherever you are, and let’s travel in our minds. And let’s be friendly to one another.

Also, Friendly Friday welcomes Manja, who is joining me as host for the month of November, while Amanda concentrates on moving into her beautiful new seaside home. Be sure to follow Manja’s blog so you don’t miss next week’s prompt!

Please join in:

  • Create a post responding to the theme
  • Link that post to this one
  • Add a comment at the end of this post, introducing your take on the theme โ€“ this makes it more tempting for others to click on your link!
  • Check out some of the other entries
  • There is no deadline

77 replies on “Friendly Friday: Whereabouts”

Aah, what beautiful photos – those colours ๐Ÿ™‚ I agree, winter is definitely here now, it’s cold, damp and dark – can’t wait for spring!!
I’ve had a bit of a blogging break, but am really happy to be back and taking part in this challenge again. It was one of my first stops ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is my entry, it’s not my current whereabouts, but of somewhere that I visited around this time of year a long time ago! It bought back lots of memories.
http://mydustyflipflops.com/2019/11/07/whereabouts-maya-bay-thailand/

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Luckily Xmas is coming… but after that, I’m ready for spring! ๐Ÿ˜€ Yes, Snow is the name I go by on the blog – and I’m not sure I ever did catch your name? Though I remember our chats – you had a similar childhood growing up somewhere warm, didn’t you?

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Haha, I’m the same, I like Christmas and all the build up, but then Jan-Mar just kill me! Thankfully we’ve escaped in Feb/Mar the past few years which has broken that period up nicely and made it a lot easier. I’m going by the name of Dusty on here – nice to meet you Snow ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, I grew up in Bahrain, MUCH warmer than the UK will ever be! Whereabouts were you? Was it Australia or am I misremembering that?

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