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Good Day Sunshine!

When life is feeling a little flat, and you are in need of something colourful to lift your mood, yellow is the colour to do it, I’d say. Flowers and sunshine. The freshest pineapple and mango fruit salad.  The impossible cuteness of a fluffy duckling.  The beyond comical expression on a tiny yellow spotted boxfish?

What more can I say? Yellow is just a happy colour.  Or perhaps I am just in a happy mood, having just done a very yellow post previous to this one?  If colour can lead to infectious happiness, I am very happy with that!

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The flowers (and the sunshine!) are long gone, as these are snaps from a glorious English summer, but I find them uplifting nonetheless.

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And then of course the lyrical mastery of The Beatles springs to mind.  The jolly, happy sing-a-long that is unavoidable with ‘Yellow Submarine’, naturally!  But even better than that, ‘Good Day Sunshine’.  It is my ultimate feel good song, and a welcome soundtrack to my Friday evening. Colourful in essence, even if not name:

Good day sunshine
Good day sunshine
Good day sunshine

I need to laugh, and when the sun is out
I’ve got something I can laugh about
I feel good, in a special way
I’m in love and it’s a sunny day

Good day sunshine
Good day sunshine
Good day sunshine

We take a walk, the sun is shining down
Burns my feet as they touch the ground

Good day sunshine
Good day sunshine
Good day sunshine

Then we lie beneath a shady tree
I love her and she’s loving me
She feels good, she know she’s looking fine
I’m so proud to know that she is mine

Good day sunshine
Good day sunshine
Good day sunshine

Good day sunshine
Good day sunshine
Good day sunshine

Good day sunshine
(Good day sunshine)
Good day sunshine
(Good day sunshine).

(Good Day Sunshine, Revolver album, written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney).

I’ll leave you with those happy, colourful, sunshiny thoughts.  HAPPY FRIDAY!

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Sunshine for the soul. And butterflies!

Back home now, and settled in the perma-humidity and sunshine of the tropics, I am grateful to avoid experiencing that old familiar sinking feeling that comes with the dawning realisation that summer is well and truly on its way out. I love experiencing the different seasons, but I do like daylight, warmth and dry days!

I think our holidays finished just in time, as we left England whilst they were still revelling in long sunny days and balmy summer nights.  It meant we could leave with nostalgia in our hearts for the changing seasons, and rose tinted glasses firmly in place! Already family and friends are despairingly commenting on the shortening days and the cooler weather creeping back in.

I know there is an old Scandinavian phrase about there being ‘no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing’.  And I’m with them on that.  After all, if they can say that in the face of winter temperatures hitting as low as -30 or even -40°C, then they must know what they are talking about!  Even so, it’s hard not to succumb to stereotypical British grumbling about the weather.  We really can’t help it you know.  It’s practically hard-wired into our DNA after generations of constant practice.

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The travel theme this week on wheresmybackpack.com is like a call to arms; an ‘orange’ themed post to bring back our vim and vigour in spite of – as Ailsa so eloquently puts it – ‘the overhasty exodus of summer’.  I’m always up for prolonging the summer vibe, so an orange themed post seemed an easy enough ask.  Summer and sunshine makes me happy; why wouldn’t I want to keep that feeling alive?!

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So here is a little tropical orange sunshine and sizzle, all the way from…Stratford upon Avon.  Erm…England.  Yeah, okay, not technically tropical.  At all.  But a birthday trip to the Stratford butterfly farm for our little girl’s first birthday gave us all a lot of pleasure.  And a good few photos of tropical butterflies and plants besides.

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Looking back at the photos from the day, a surprisingly high proportion of them were ablaze with orange. So perhaps those clever colour consultants who tell you about the mood altering effects of colour are on to something.  It really is a strikingly effective colour to give you that far-flung warm, sunny holiday feel-good factor!

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