Thursday, 3 June 2010

T is for Tabby, Tennis, Tulip and Time, abc Wednesday, Round 6 "T" / Alphabe-Thursday, "T"

All photos on this post are taken by me, Christina Wigren

Once again it is time to take a trip through the world of words, thanks to Mrs. Denise Nesbitt for abc Wednesday and Mrs. Jenny Matlock for Alphabe-Thursday. I started working on my Ts before I was finished with my esses. But my off-line-life has made it impossible for me to post this until this late date and hour. My T-words are TABBY (TOM), TENNIS, TULIP and TIME. Here goes:

This is a photo of Sigurd ("Sigge" for short), a thirteen year old TABBY TOM cat whom I met on my way to my daughter, Elisabet's pre-school. When I first set eyes on him,
I knew he was a cat-friend for me! Would you please give me a snuggle?

Yes please! I let him come to me before I patted him. Now he comes to me whenever I walk by!

One afternoon, I happened to meet his owner and learned his name, age and the fact that he has his own cat-door and is allowed to come and go as he chooses. She knows that he has friends and aquaintances outside the family. Talking with her was a little like going home to meet the parents of your date. May I continue to see Sigge?

Sigge was kind enough to be my photo-model for this week's T-word TABBY. Thank you Sigge! You are such a wonderful TABBY TOM!

TENNIS is my next word. This part of my post could actually be a post for my own mini-series "Tourist in my own Town #2". Here in Norrkoping, there is an indoor tennis-court built 1929, which is now protected as a local historical treasure. This is what we see from our garden:

And here are a couple of close-ups of its sign and the plaque that tells of its special status for historic preservation:


This next photo seems to be an S-word that has lost its way into this T-post! But no, it is a T-word. I bought this little Dutch boy in an antique shop outside of Chicago! Not a bad introduction for the next T-word? TULIP!

The TULIPS are beginning to whilt now. But I had the foresight to take some pictures of our own and our neighbours' garden TULIPS. I managed to find red, yellow and patterned pink TULIPS in the neighbourhood.


Which brings us to my last T-word, TIME (or even "TRANSLATION" is a T-word).
Working toward a deadline makes us all aware of having a lack of time. Photography gives us documents that show us what happens with the passage of time. But for this last T-word I would like to leave you with a translation of a poem by the Swedish Nobel laureate Harry Martinson (1904-1978). Maybe there is an official English translation of this poem by a "real" translator somewhere. But why not let me give it a go? The original Swedish poem rhymes, something that I have not been able to do here. This is what a summer night is like here in the north:

"Night in June"
by Harry Martinson
translated by Christina Wigren

In June, the sun just barely sets,
only slightly dimming its glow,
Twilight-line turns quickly into dawn,
being neither early or late.

The pond holds the evening light,
letting it glide upon a watery mirror,
or riding on a rimple,
that lasts long before they darken,
and reflects the flames of the morning sun.

Night in June never really falls,
resembles more a misty morn.
In veils it lifts away the twilight,
upon shimmering seas.

From Svalans Svenska Klassiker Harry Martinson Bonniers Stockholm1974, page 54.
(Read more about Harry Martinson in English here.)
(Would you like to read the original poem in Swedish? Click here.
Vill Du läsa det svenska originalet? Klicka här.)
Best wishes,


First Commenter:
Jay of The Depp Effect

Jenny    Matlock

For more T-words at Mrs. Nesbitt's abcWednesday please click here.
For more T-words at Mrs. Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday please click here.


jay said...

Oh, Sigge is very handsome, isn't he? The first picture of him is very lovely, but I also LOVE the one of him yawning! Sweet!

On behalf of the team, thanks for taking part in ABC Wednesday this week! :)

Alesa Warcan said...

That terrific tab. And a tremendously good T post. : j
Cheers Anna!

Ann said...

That's one good looking Tabby. Your shots are so good of him.
That yellow tulip is very unique looking. Very pretty
The poem is just lovely

Anonymous said...

Love the Tabby! I have a Tabby...her name is Miss PennyKat and she is spoiled rotten :)

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Riet said...

What a great T post. I love the cat and the tulips

storybeader said...

I think I liked the tulips best! The are my new favorite flower, and I must plant some around my house!

Jo said...

I love tulips, they are one of my fave flowers! and the tabby is darn cute!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love how you said meeting the cat's owner was like meeting your dates parents. What a great line!

Viki said...

What a wonderful friend to meet while going to your daughter's preschool. How fun that you got to meet the owner too. Loved your other T words and especially the poem. Great T post.

BeadedTail said...

Sigge is so handsome! We'd love to give him a snuggle!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Cute cat... I thought that you were going to say that he became part of your family :o)

Wonderful translation of the poem... I lover your tulips too! I have never seen ones like the yellow ones.

Have you played tennis at that indoor tennis court?

Blessings & Aloha!

WillOaks Studio said...

What a wonderful post full of so many goodies!! I love your kitty friend--he's so handsome! And those red tulips knocked my eyes out, wow!! Lovely flower photos. Finally, I relate to your poem because our Alaska summers were just the same...lucky me I CAN sleep with the lights on, lol!! And it was just great for camping, too.

Split Rock Ranch said...

Sigge is such a gorgeous Tabby and what a lover boy he is!

kim said...

What a great T post. Love your photography. I use to have a tabby tom cat just like that one. He was very sweet. Love your tulips. Tulips came and went here long time ago.

Debbie said...

What a gorgeous cat you have...I can see a little mischief in his face:) Wonderful photos shots of those tulips, I love the red.

Maggie B said...

Hi Christina,
Thanks for coming over to Normandy and visiting me, I have certainly enjoyed my visit here with you. The shadow shots of Sigge are fab, you should join Hey Harriets Shadow Shot Sunday with great captures like these.
a bientot

A 2 Z said...

Hi Christina,

I'm happy you enjoyed yourself at my Tea Party. I love your garden. I'm off to comment on your new post. Thanks for the visit.


A 2 Z said...

Woops! I thought the tabby cat was part of another post. How sweet and wise looking is this cat? I'm thinking of getting one. My oldest daughter that is allergic to them just moved out so now the coast is clear. My husband says that he does not want any more animals but I need to mommy something or someone until I become a grandmother LOL

RACHELLE said...

great Photos!

i love those yellow flowers...they look so exotic!

fun blog!

great jewelry!


Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Sigge was the star of your "T" post! He is a cat with charm and character. :-)

Jenny said...

While I adore your pictures of Sigge I have to say that the Angelique tulips are my favorite part of my little stop here on our journey through Alphabe-Thursday's Letter "T"!

This was such a fun post! I love all the pictures and the descriptions.

I'm smiling and thinking...

Gee, you are terrific!

Thanks for helping make this meme so varied and interesting!


Sue said...

Masterfully done, Anna! I especially loved the tulips and the translation. Rhyming or no, that poem was lovely.



Theresa said...

Especially love your Tulips and that fabu dutch boy! Thanks for following my blog Anna :)

Cheryl said...

What a wonderful T post. So much to savor all in one place.

Glenn Paolo A. Goopio said...

LOVE THE CAT!! Hahahaha! XD Followed you. :)

mrs. c said...

What great tabby photos! YOur cat has such personality. Thanks for stopping by my post.

Roger Owen Green said...

Terrific tabby shots - others good, too.

On behalf of the ABC Wednesday team, thank you!

Melinda Cornish said...

the cat looks like a real character......

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

You took some wonderful pictures. That cat is beautiful and I enjoyed the story regarding him and his owner.

Reader Wil said...

What a beautiful post, Anna! I love cats and Sigge is adorable and has a beautiful colour! The poem of Harry Martinson is very beautiful and a great translation.
"In June, the sun just barely sets,..."this can only be in a country in North Europe, Siberia or in Alaska. Here in Holland the sun sets at 22:15 now.
The tulips are excellent.Thanks for sharing.
Have a great Sunday!

Amanda said...

Thank you for the lovely walk through your neighborhood to meet Sigge and see the historic tennis building and the tulips! The translated poem about summer nights was just beautiful.

RNSANE said...

Your "T" posts were just wonderful, Anna, from the Tabby to the tulips and, most especially, to the translation of that beautiful poem. Having done a Scandinavian cruise one summer, I can remember those very long days with only a touch of a darkening sky that was night.

Beautifully done.

At 65, I've done it! My poetry book - Life's Journey by Carmen Henesy - is out on Amazon!
( Poems about the things that have been important to me in my journey through life, some humorous, some sad, some that may have meaning to you as well )

Rajesh said...

Fantastic shots. Those tulips are very beautiful.

jealousydesign said...

Sigge är jätte gullig :) Så härligt med katter som är såna. Massa vackra bilder!

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