Finding fond memories

I’m looking through some old boxes my folks brought me from Portugal, when they drove over a couple years back. Yeah, they moved there and it’s just been an absolute blessing. Anyways, I find this book I haven’t read since 2000… it’s called Wild Swans by Jung Chang. It’s a stunning story, full of history…

Tiny vegetation close-ups

Photos taken in Viseu, Portugal, and Luxembourg, during February and March 2020. The flowers, petals and leaves are tiny, the drops reflecting the Samsum S8 phone I’m using to take the shots. Just lovely, wild, beautiful, gorgeous, amazing nature! 🍁πŸ₯³πŸŒˆπŸ₯°β˜”πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸ’ŽπŸŒΌπŸŒ»πŸ΅

ode to Jessica

I first met Jessica in a church while singing in the choir… she was a quiet and timid girl, with a wealth of sunlight shining from her. Pause 1, 2, 3… Okay, well the latter part is true at least! πŸ˜‰ We were kind of in a church – it was a Sunday for a…

The Parting, by Michael Drayton

Since there’s no help, come let us kiss and part Nay, I have done, you get no more of me; And I am glad, yea, glad with all my heart, That this so cleanly I myself can free. Shake hands for ever, cancel all our vows, And when we meet at any time again, Be…


β€œLuck Is What Happens When Preparation Meets Opportunity”   I was having a conversation over the weekend at a friend’s birthday gathering. We were discussing housing in Luxembourg, and the fact that a lot of first-time buyers can’t actually afford the housing in the city.Β  I mentioned my own housing situation and the fact that…

lessons from a tree

if you feel like you’re losing everything, just remember that trees lose their leaves every year, and they stand tall, content, waiting for better days to come. JojoBean xx Written and photographic content is Β© All rights are reserved.

the best is yet to come!

If you are reading this right now, please know there is more, and perhaps even the best, still to come. Something wonderful is going to happen in your life soon because you are making the effort. …and it will bear fruit!   Keeping the faith! JojoBean x

the irony of Q

the word queue is ironic: it’s just a Q with a bunch of silent letters waiting in line.

quote: Dr Seuss

Today you are YOU, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.

only one arc

That one thunderbolt last night shook the entire building, and from my dream I jumped – believing a bomb had gone off – the alarms outside ringing through the night streets. The air was so still, yet so electric, the negative ions making the air dense and heavy, and at the same time, static, looking…