sâmbătă, 17 decembrie 2016

Echoes of the heart like a Christmas carol. Ecourile inimii ca un colind de Crăciun. Merry Christmas! Crăciun Fericit!

Till Christmas, carols as old echoes. Până la Crăciun, colinde ca vechi ecouri.
An orange sunset. And a sweet sponge cake with cocoa and nuts.
(December aspects, below).
Green willow tree in december, 10. (below) Salcie verde în decembrie.
And first snowflakes in december, 13. Prima ninsoare, în 13 decembrie.
Green willow tree in december, 10. Salcie verde în decembrie.
First snowflakes in december, 13.

"Hai să spunem că e totuși Crăciun
și să spunem că deja ninge,
și zăpada albă, peste tot, s-a așternut frumos...

Totul este bine, totul este luminos!

Hai să zicem că suntem aproape și unul lângă altul
și, încă, să spunem, că afară ninge...
și că tot ceea ce poate fi simțit este o tăcută fericire.

Totul este luminos, totul este bine!

Să presupunem că suntem departe de zgomotul orașului,
să spunem că este cald, în interior, și plin de bucurie,
și în jurul nostru, peste tot, auzim ecoul vechilor colinde.

Totul este luminos, totul este bine!


Hai să spunem că tot ce avem, de acum,
este acest vesel timp de dalb Crăciun,
un timp pentru inima noastră ca un elixir odihnitor.

Totul este bine, totul este luminos!

Salutările și sezonul cu voie bună
să rămână, aievea, în sufletele noastre răscolite,
să păstrăm sentimentul tăcut de binecuvântată fericire.

Totul este luminos, când totul este bine!"

Ecourile inimii ca un colind de Crăciun. De Alexa T

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"Let's say it's already Christmas
and let's say that it snows, already 
and the white snow is nicely spread all over...

All is well, all is bright!

Let's say, we're nearly and side by side
and, still, let's say, that it snows outside...
That all that can be felt is a silent bliss.

All is well, all is bright!

Let's say we're far from the city noise,
let's say is warm inside and full of joy,
and all around us, we're hearing the echo of old carols.

All is well, all is bright!


Let's say that all we have for now
it's this jolly White Christmas time,
a time like a soothing balm for our heart.

All is well, all is bright!

And Season's greetings with a good cheer
let's forever remain in our restless souls, 
keeping the silent feeling of lasting bliss.

All is bright when all is well!"

 Echoes of the heart like a Christmas carol. Poem by Alexa T
An imperfect translation of the poem, above. 

Sweet sponge cake filled with cocoa and nuts.
 

Arhiva foto privată/ Private photos archive.
Click to see enlarged views.

Series of photo instants, 
up-close & collages;
Edited in color, sepia and/or black & white. 
Visions. December
 2016. 

Private archive.
2016©AlexaT
GândCălător.blogspot.com
*****


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About Cake:

"Cake *is a form of sweet dessert that is typically baked. In its oldest forms, cakes were modifications of breads, but cakes now cover a wide range of preparations that can be simple or elaborate, and that share features with other desserts such as pastries, meringues, custards, and pies.
Typical cake ingredients are flour, sugar, eggs, butter or oil, a liquid, and leavening agents, such as baking soda and/or baking powder. Common additional ingredients and flavourings include dried, candied, or fresh fruit, nuts, cocoa, and extracts such as vanilla, with numerous substitutions for the primary ingredients. Cakes can also be filled with fruit preserves or dessert sauces (like pastry cream), iced with buttercream or other icings, and decorated with marzipan, piped borders, or candied fruit.

Cake is often served as a celebratory dish on ceremonial occasions..."
"There are countless cake recipes; some are bread-like, some are rich and elaborate, and many are centuries old. Cake making is no longer a complicated procedure; while at one time considerable labor went into cake making (particularly the whisking of egg foams), baking equipment and directions have been simplified so that even the most amateur cook may bake a cake.
History
The term "cake" has a long history. The word itself is of Viking origin, from the Old Norse word "kaka".
Ancient Greeks called the Cakes as “plakous” which was derived from the word “flat". It was baked using flour mixed with eggs, milk, nuts and honey. They also had a cake called “satura,” which was a flat heavy cake. During the Roman period, the name for cake became “placenta” which was derived from the Greek term. Placenta were baked on a pastry base or inside a pastry case
Although clear examples of the difference between cake and bread are easy to find, the precise classification has always been elusive. For example, banana bread may be properly considered either a quick bread or a cake.

The Greeks invented beer as a leavener, frying fritters in olive oil, and cheesecakes using goat's milk. In ancient Rome, basic bread dough was sometimes enriched with butter, eggs, and honey, which produced a sweet and cake-like baked good. Latin poet Ovid refers his and his brother's birthday party and cake in his first book of exile, Tristia.
Early cakes in England were also essentially bread: the most obvious differences between a "cake" and "bread" were the round, flat shape of the cakes, and the cooking method, which turned cakes over once while cooking, while bread was left upright throughout the baking process.

Sponge cakes, leavened with beaten eggs, originated during the Renaissance, possibly in Spain."
*Click to read more info about Cake  on the Wikipedia.

"Sponge cake * is a cake based on flour (usually wheat flour), sugar, and eggs, and is sometimes leavened with baking powder. It has a firm, yet well aerated structure, similar to a sea sponge.
In the United Kingdom a sponge cake may be produced by the batter method or the foam method, while in the US cakes made using the batter method are known as a butter or pound cake. Two common British batter method sponge cakes are the layered Victoria sponge cake and Madeira cake.
Sponge cake made using the foam method is sometimes referred to as a whisked sponge in the UK. These cakes are common in Europe, especially in Italian patisseries. The cake was first invented by the Italian pastry chef Giovan Battista Cabona called Giobatta, at the court of Spain with his lord, the Genoese marquis Domenico Pallavicini, around the middle of the 16th century.

The sponge cake is thought to be one of the first of the non-yeasted cakes..."
"Variations on the theme of a cake lifted, partially or wholly, by trapped air in the batter exist in most places where European patisserie has spread...."
*Click to read more info about Sponge cake on the Wikipedia.

How to make a Sponge Cake | from JamilaCuisine*
*Source of video (below): YouTube/internet
(Sweet sponge cake filled with cocoa . Chec marmorat de cacao.)
*Source of painting/videos/ quotes/ poem below: 
 Power of Positivity.com;
Daily Vibes; 
You Tube/internet/media.


Source of video above: You Tube/internet.
Lyrics of the song: old folklor; Interpretation: Paula Seling.
*Source of videos/ quotes/ poem below
 Power of Positivity.com; Sun-gazing.com
Daily Vibes; 

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Motto: 
"Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.
Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.*"
*Source Internet: 
By Ralph Waldo Emerson in "Collected Poems and Translations".

Happiness starts with yourself.

Merry Christmas! Crăciun Fericit!

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Be joyful, amazing and never give up to smile! 
Stunning things are all over! 

Stay positive, today, tomorrow and always! 

Rămâi pozitiv, astăzi, mâine și întotdeauna!
So, very thankful, each and every day, to be inspired...
All is well...

vineri, 9 decembrie 2016

One picture or more. From time to time (15) *Only in lyrics and images: "It's snowing", but in a Snow globe. Postcards of December. * Numai în versuri şi imagini: "Ninge", dar într-un glob de zăpadă.

Arhiva foto privată/ Private photos archive.
Click to see enlarged views.

Series of photo instants, 
up-close & collages;
Edited in color, sepia and/or black & white. 
Visions. December
 2016. 

Private archive.
2016©AlexaT
GândCălător.blogspot.com
*****

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or
Share this idea.
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(December aspects in lyrics, classical poems and art, below).

"A snow globe*(also called a "waterglobe", "snowstorm", or "snowdome") is a transparent sphere, traditionally made of glass, enclosing a miniaturized scene of some sort, often together with a model of a landscape. The sphere also encloses the water in the globe; the water serves as the medium through which the "snow" falls. To activate the snow, the globe is shaken to churn up the white particles. The globe is then placed back in its position and the flakes fall down slowly through the water. Snow globes sometimes have a built-in music box that plays a song. Some snow globes have a design around the outerbase for decoration. 
History
When exactly the first snow globes became well-known remains uncertain, but the popularity seemingly dates to the early 19th century in France. They may have appeared for glass blowers as adjuncts to paperweight, which had become popular a few years earlier. Snow globes were exhibited at the Paris Universal Expo of 1878, and by 1879 at least five or more companies were producing and selling snow globes throughout Europe."
*Click to read mor info about Snow Globe on the Wikipedia.

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 Decorations for a festive table or how to simply create an impressive Snow Globe Cake:

A funny and tasty recipe... "Snow Globe Cake"! Lots of talent and creativity, for sure! 

Source of video: You Tube
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Decembre *
poem de George Bacovia (1881 - 1957)

"Te uită cum ninge decembre...
Spre geamuri, iubito, priveşte -
Mai spune s-aducă jăratec
Şi focul s-aud cum trosneşte.
Şi mână fotoliul spre sobă,
La horn să ascult vijelia,
Sau zilele mele - totuna -
Aş vrea să le-nvăţ simfonia.
Mai spune s-aducă şi ceaiul,
Şi vino şi tu mai aproape, -
Citeşte-mi ceva de la poluri,
Şi ningă... zăpada ne-ngroape.
Ce cald e aicea la tine,
Şi toate din casă mi-s sfinte, -
Te uită cum ninge decembre...
Nu râde... citeşte nainte.
E ziuă şi ce întuneric...
Mai spune s-aducă şi lampa -
Te uită, zăpada-i cât gardul,
Şi-a prins promoroacă şi clampa.
Eu nu mă mai duc azi acasă...
Potop e-napoi şi nainte,
Te uită cum ninge decembre...
Nu râde... citeşte nainte."

Decembre/December
Interpretare/interpretation: Nicu Alifantis.
(Lyrics: from the poem Decembre by George Bacovia
 - for the lyrics of the song, please read the poem, below) *

December  by George Bacovia (1881 - 1957)

"See how December snows ...
Look there by the window, my dear -
Tell them to bring in more embers,
Then we can hear the fire roar.
Push the armchair up the stove
And then we'll hear, by the chimney,
The storm, or my days - it's the same -
I must learn their symphony.
Tell them also to bring in the tea,
And come closer yourself too, please, -
Read me something about the poles,
Let it snow ... let the snow bury us.
How warm it is here in your home,
Which to me is totally sacred, -
See how December snows ...
Don't laugh ... go on reading alaud.
It's day and what darkness there is ...
We need a lamp fetched, would you ask -
Look, the snow is as high as the fence,
And the door-handle's caught by the frost.
I'm not going home now today ...
In front and behind there's a flood,
See how December snows ...
Don't laugh ... go on reading aloud."
"George Bacovia *(Romanian pronunciation: [ˈd͡ʒe̯ord͡ʒe baˈkovi.a]; the pen name of George Vasiliu; 17 September [O.S. 4 September] 1881 – 22 May 1957) was a Romanian symbolist poet. While he initially belonged to the local Symbolist movement, his poetry came to be seen as a precursor of Romanian Modernism and eventually established him in critical esteem alongside Tudor Arghezi, Lucian Blaga and Ion Barbu as one of the most important interwar Romanian poets."
"George Bacovia *(n. 4/16 septembrie 1881, Bacău, România – d. 22 mai 1957, București, România) a fost un scriitor român format la școala simbolismului literar francez. Este autorul unor volume de versuri și proză scrise în baza unei tehnici unice în literatura română, cu vădite influențe din marii lirici moderni francezi pe care-i admira. La început văzut ca poet minor de critica literară, va cunoaște treptat o receptare favorabilă, mergând până la recunoașterea sa drept cel mai important poet simbolist român și unul dintre cei mai importanți poeți din poezia română modernă."
*Source of painting/videos/ quotes/ poems above/below: 
 Power of Positivity.com;
Daily Vibes; 
You Tube/internet/media.
Artist: Pieter Brueghel the Younger (1564–1638)  Title Winter landscape with a bird trap Painting Date 1620s;Artist  Pieter Brueghel the Younger (1564–1638)  Title  Deutsch: Winterlandschaft mit Vogelfalle Date 1620  Öl auf Eichenholz
Artist: Pieter Brueghel the Younger (1564–1638) 
Painting Date 1620s

*Source of painting/video/ quotes/ poems above/below
 Power of Positivity.com; Sun-gazing.com
Daily Vibes; 
You Tube/internet.
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"Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.
Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.*"
*Source Internet: 
By Ralph Waldo Emerson in "Collected Poems and Translations".

Happiness starts with yourself.

Gladly shared with:

Be joyful, amazing and never give up to smile! 
Stunning things are all over! 

Stay positive, today, tomorrow and always! 

Rămâi pozitiv, astăzi, mâine și întotdeauna!
So, very thankful, each and every day, to be inspired...
All is well...

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