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Weekly Photo Challenge … Future

March 26, 2013

This holiday in Brazil is the climax of a year marked with joys, hopes and fears documented ‘religiously’ and daily on my blog

When I came to Brazil last year I was only posting to my blog weekly.  So when I returned home I had a wealth of photographs and diary notes for the next few months and then I began to post daily. That,  with a Creative Writing Evening Class to improve my writing skills; my year spanned hopefully ahead.

This year I have used images and text daily for a fresh and spontaneous new look holiday blog!!

Although has proved successful,  it means that I do not have any material for later use.

Here in the Real Gabinete Portugues de Leitura, the royal reading room, a library dedicated to Portugal and Portuguese literature.  It is one of the most beautiful buildings in Rio . It was built in 1887 and has a magnificent ornate facade in the style of 15th century Portuguese architecture.  The interior is lit by a red, blue and white stained glass skylight and contains 350,000 leather bound volumes.  Among them is the 1572 edition of Os Lusiades, the Portuguese national epic poem by Camoes based on Vasco da Gama’s voyage of exploration.  Many of the other texts relate to the independence years, when the new library encouraged the spread knowledge among the young.

I am a librarian in a familiar environment although the language is strange to me.  It is in the home of my daughter and her dreams.

Which leaves me thinking here in this darkened place, the books in the precious surroundings. Yet it is though the window I should look.

Away from the empty nest.


Where are my dreams, my hopes, my future? … only an empty book.  


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Laura Bloomsbury permalink
    March 26, 2013 9:34 am

    beautifully poignant – how about looking inward instead -much is writen there to be read?

  2. March 26, 2013 5:50 pm

    Yes there is a time for both in the future _/\_ xx

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