The Changing Seasons, December 2021

Looking back at the month

Welcome to the December 2021 Edition of The Changing Seasons. Brian and I are so happy to have you join us.

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As I longingly gaze upon your winterscapes, dear Blog Friends, we have braved rain storms and humid sun-drenched days while attempting to get into the festive spirit in Singapore.

When I start to feel a little sorry for myself, I think about Younger Child:

Christmas is one of my favourite holidays. This year, it has been hard because I am missing family around the world. To think of traveling makes me miss London (note: we used to spend every other Christmas in London with family; we have not been for some time now).

This past year, memories made with family have been different: on Zoom, short visits, talking on the phone. If I look deep into my heart I can be thankful for the new ways we connect.

Younger Child’s post on our Family Blog, The Tan Times

Most of the outdoor photographs were taken in the Singapore Botanic Gardens (including the feature photo). Loving Husband & I with the Candy Canes are on Orchard Road.

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This month we wrapped up the Singapore Camino project Loving Husband & I began in January this year. As we reflected on the runs we’ve made to & around our Catholic churches in Singapore, we decided we would make another pass at the churches, this time according to their feast days; visiting them on their special days.

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About The Changing Seasons

The Changing Seasons is a monthly project where bloggers around the world share their thoughts and feelings about the month just gone. We all approach this slightly differently — though generally with an emphasis on the photos we’ve taken during the month.

For many of us, looking back over these photos provides the structure and narrative of our post, so each month is different. Some focus on documenting the changes in a particular project — such as a garden, an art or craft project, or a photographic diary of a familiar landscape.

But in the end, it is your changing season, and you should approach it however works for you.

There are no fixed rules around post length or photo number — just a request that you respect your readers’ time and engagement.

Tags and ping-backs

Tag your photos with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them

Create a ping-back to Brian at Bushboys World or this post, so that we can update it with links to all of yours.

Roundup

34 Comments

  1. Travelling to London for Christmas sounds like a delightful dream – and you would experience the full English festive spirit. With the new year we hope comes new possibilities. Your Singapore Camino was a fantastic way for us readers to see more of Singapore. Will there be a Camino Mk II?

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  2. Thank you for sharing Younger Child’s reflections, both yearning and wise. May we all look deep into our hearts and find the love and faith there.

    The Singapore Camino has been so inspiring. I look forward to the next Camino, by feast day. (Speaking of which, have you ever read Karen Cushman’s young adult book “Catherine, Called Birdy”? It’s presented as a diary by a European girl in the Middle Ages organized around Feast Days. If your library has it, you might enjoy it!)

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  3. I absolutely adore you for coming up with the Singapore Camino project. It is a true testament to your human spirit and ability to pivot and be grateful even when things do not go your way or as planned. I am thrilled to follow along with the 2022 version. The past two years have taught us all to redefine so many things but I think at our core remaining true to our values, our faith, our love and our selves has and will continue to carry us through. Much love in the New Year. I look forward to following along all of your adventures.

    The Changing Seasons – December 2021

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    1. Your generous words touch me very much, Natalie – thank you for your gift of affirmation!

      Credit must go to Loving Husband who propelled (and continues to do so) this Singapore Camino project. He is the optimist in our couplehood and spurs me constantly to try more & do better.

      Talk about indomitable spirit and I think of you; your journey with Tucker, and your joie de vivre really inspire me. We have such different adventures and I love being able to vicariously enjoy yours!

      Here’s to a new year filled with much love & new adventures!

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  4. A delightful way to celebrate the Christmas season Ju-Lyn. Thank you for the link and thank you to you and Brian keeping the tradition of “changing seasons” challenge going. Best wishes for the coming year.

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  5. My piece will be up tomorrow morning. I’ve been following this challenge now for a full decade. It’s amazing how much the world has changed since it began — and speaking of the changing seasons — how very MUCH they have changed and seem to be continuing to change. May something good come of it!

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  6. A yummy post Ju-Lyn. I am heading out for a few days so I’ll be ready to post when I get home. It will be interesting to see others Changing Seasons posts. Happy New Year 🍾🎆🎇

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    1. Appreciate your support & presence, Donna. We go on such different adventures – one of the joys of travelling vicariously through Blog Friends. May the new year bring us discovery!

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