I have been caught up in a flurry of activity recently and a little bit of time off is long overdue. Much as I wish some rest and relaxation were on the cards for the near future, I suspect it will be quite some time before I can put my feet up and take a break. In the meantime, I am stealing moments in between the frenzy to breathe and still my mind by relaxing vicariously through my photos. I spotted this cat luxuriating on a porch in Seattle not too long ago.
On my way to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival earlier this year, I did a double take when passing some horses snoozing happily in a nearby meadow.
One of the things I find most relaxing is the sound of water – and waterfalls in particular. Here is one of my favourites – a rather splendid and surprisingly unnamed waterfall along the Boulder River Trail in the North Cascades.
So lean back, put your feet up and think about what relaxing means to you, and when you’re ready, create your own post for this week’s theme. If you would like to join in the weekly travel theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:
- Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Relaxing
- Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
- Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
- Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date on the latest weekly travel themes. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS – I’m in the process of changing over to a new website host but will give you all a heads up when the changeover happens. If you’re following via email there won’t be a change but if you’re following via WordPress you will need to sign up for email or RSS.
“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.” – Etty Hillesum
“The man who doesn’t relax and hoot a few hoots voluntarily, now and then, is in great danger of hooting hoots and standing on his head for the edification of the pathologist and trained nurse, a little later on.” – Elbert Hubbard
That’s a fantastic shot of the cat on the steps!
Thanks Trish, he looked so perfectly idle. I also love the blue paint showing through underneath the pink/purple – it brings out some smoky blue in the cat’s fur.
I’m first!……and I don’t know what to say, I’m so relaxed!
That’s what I like to hear! While you were busy relaxing, Trish pipped you at the post and got her comment in first, but you were a close second! 🙂
Ailsa I love your photos for this theme. I’m living with 6 cats at the moment and they are masters at relaxation. I could do a whole post on them but I will go through, slowly… to find some other lazy, relaxed moments
Oh yes, pommepal, we could learn an awful lot from our feline companions about the art of taking it easy!
Love all the shots.beautiful entries !!!!
Thanks Praveena, choosing photos for this theme was an awful lot of fun, and pretty relaxing too! Mission accomplished. 🙂
🙂 And I enjoyed visiting the library too.What a beautiful place !!Thanks for the tour 🙂
Oh I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Seattle’s library is a whole lot of fun to explore. xxx
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I don’t know that I’ve ever seen horses actually laying down in person, despite working on an island where they are the major transportation source. Still, your first one is a great capture.
I immediately thought of this old one I had of a hilarious squirrel. Bad quality, but funny.
Oh that’s hilarious, Ben, at first glance it looks like he’s being roasted on a spit. Fantastic capture! 🙂
I love the waterfall photo… brilliant…
Gorgeous shots Ailsa, thanks
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Hmmmm… Off to see what I have for ‘relaxing’… got me thinking 🙂
Must have been a warm day just right for relaxing for the horses. Rare catch.
Waterfalls are a winner for me
Cat on steps is a wonderful capture, now they really are the experts in relaxation – just the way they stretch so slo..w..ly.. now off to see what I can find 🙂
I like the horses sleeping pic the best!
That cat has nothing to do! Must be nice. 😉 Super shots. Hoping to be back with one f two myself. Thanks for hosting, Ailsa.
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I’d always heard horses sleep standing up, so I’d be shocked to come across one lying down; I might assume it was dead!
Mine also features an animal, or rather a facsimile of one. . .
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Well, here’s mine, someone’s idea of relaxation (not mine!!): http://suejudd.com/2013/09/27/weekly-travel-theme-relaxing/
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Here’s our version of relaxing: http://windagainstcurrent.com/2013/09/27/travel-theme-relaxing/
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I just loved the horses relaxing.On a recent walk in the mountains, there were loads of cows. All just down from the upper alms, and they were all relaxing in the sun, it won’t be long before they go into the barns for the winter. Check out the pictures of those who had over indulged!
oops forgot link http://annarashbrook.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/travel-theme-relaxing/
Aaah I’m all relaxed looking @your photos Ailsa 🙂
Lovely sleepy togetherness of that pair of horses …
Hope you get some down time soon x
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Oh, that cat…and the horses! Few creatures can relax like four legged ones…That cascade is beautiful too – few things make people relax like the sound of water. Excellent choices for an interesting theme! I’ll see what I can come up with…
A relaxing post for a relaxing weekend!
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Fun shots this week! Thank you! Here’s mine http://laavventura.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/travel-theme-relaxing-in-sardinia/
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That cat! I want to curl up next to her and snooze 😀 Such a nice challenge, thanks, Ailsa.
Here’s my take on ‘Relaxing’: http://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/travel-theme-relaxing/
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Lovely photos and very timely theme! I hope everybody gets some time to relax this weekend. Here’s a relaxing moment I caught on camera: http://shootngo.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/travel-theme-relaxing/
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The waterfall is absolutely gorgeous!
My entry this week: https://wheresmybackpack.com/2013/09/27/travel-theme-relaxing/
Love your blog. 🙂 Here is my relaxing entry. http://holley4734.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/travel-theme-relaxing/
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Nice photos. Here is my entry : http://publictransituser.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/travel-theme-relaxing/
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What lovely photos. I agree with you about remembering to relax – life is going by at such a crazy rush these days. Here’s my contribution to the theme http://artifactsandfictions.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/relaxing/
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