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MY WISH AND MY PLEA

Welcome to my blog.
A New Year will start, what will it bring!?, no one knows , but we pray and hope for the best. Let's recall our past deeds, our mistakes, our faults, our success and our failures. Let's review our conscious, search our faults and appraise our goodness. Let's give a nice word, a smile and some compassion to one another. For life is too short and uncertain. Let's live it to the best we can. Thank you.

Lisa.

MY CORDIAL AND HEARTY THANKS.
Posted:Dec 30, 2017 1:05 am
Last Updated:Jan 17, 2018 10:55 pm
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My dear readers, I do apologise for being extremely busy during Christmas period. I couldn't respond on time to each of your wonderful comments posted on my recent blog for Christmas, Blog which was dedicated to all of you . Therefore, being less busy now, I have responded to each of you on there. Your warm hearted and enthusiastic comments have really delighted me. Thanks a million for your visits, for your likes and for your kind feelings. I hope you have enjoyed Christmas day and its celebrations, and for those who did not celebrate Christmas, I also hope you have enjoyed a wonderful holiday.

I wish you "A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018" . May this New Year be a Peaceful and Prosperous Year. May you remain in good health and/or get noticeable improvements in your health issues which is importantly my GREATEST WISH and may this new year bring you happiness, hope and success in all your deeds and plans.
Thank you again from the core of my heart.
Sincerely,
Lisa.






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TO ALL MY FRIENDS, AND FOR MY LATE HUBBY....
Posted:Dec 22, 2017 12:34 am
Last Updated:Jan 2, 2018 5:34 am
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Here comes a time when each of us feels and enjoys the special period of festivities. For those of us, who celebrate Christmas, New Year or just the particular Holidays. It's a joy, a special time to spend with families, friends and loved ones. For those who are poor, sick, homeless, dependent, dejected, miserable and lonely, whichever particular case one may be. I hereby sincerely send each and everyone ALL MY BEST WISHES: For the festivities and for the improvement of one's instance and situation. May each of us treasures the luck, the ability and the chance of celebrating these festivities in company of your loved ones, with family or friends, may you enjoy each of these precious moments. And for those in different situation, may you keep heart, have faith and hope for the improvement of your particular case. The invisible power and the merciful will help you unexpectedly.

I, for one, by tradition and custom and by practice, I've set everything accordingly for these festivities but....I have no fully heart at these, as I still feel the miss my lale spouse and the physical presence of my daughter who is actually in France for her studies. With both of them at home before, as a trio, we used to prepare happily the special celebrations. Halas!! How time has changed and Yes, the memories of my hubby, linger on and the absence of my daughter also weighs too. This is a different instance, but I try to bear it, to accept the predestination, and I try to be strong though deep in my heart, the love and the miss are anchored in there. There are others in similar cases, I know and this thought gives me strength and I keep my faith and live with.

Therefore, for these festivities, I wish each and everyone of all my readers, bloggers, chatters and members of SFF: " A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A PROSPEROUS, PEACEFUL, HEALTHY AND HOPEFUL NEW YEAR 2018". wherever you are or will be. Thank you for reading me.
With all my best thoughts.
Lisa.








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A MOMENT OF SOLITUDE...
Posted:Dec 12, 2017 7:53 am
Last Updated:Dec 22, 2017 1:10 am
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Solitude is a physical isolation, stillness and a total privacy from others. To be in solitude means to be alone and in silence, a sort of meditation.
You are physically alone and in isolation; psychologically in total privacy, detached and totally silent and absorbed. You may be passively pondering on the past and the present and/or on different issues. But at that time, your mind is not silent, it may be asking questions and finding answers; it's a type of mental speeches, words themselves spring up. Your mind records your sadness and your joy, your thoughts and resolutions.
.All of us have the natural ability to be in a state of solitude. How many of us have actually experienced this state?. In time of solitude, solutions to even complex problems occur to you almost effortlessly at this time. Be it good or not, your determinations crop up.

When you are in solitude, you may think about your dear ones, near or far, about the great times you've spent with them and about the occurrences. You feel the miss, an emptiness, a void, you realize their influence in your life, which you may have disregarded. You tend to reevaluate your closeness with one or others. All these revolve in your mind. You think of words untold and things that you've also missed telling, your misjudgements and most of all, the love you denied and tried to repudiate. You naturally want to give her/him or them, back the concern they have shown earlier. Many people say, in their solitude they re-evaluate their feelings, their wishes, and consider their love. And have often found out how they do love their dear one(s). New ideas, new resolutions, new perspectives etc. are easy when you are in deep solitude. Your mind and heart work together, helping you to get an insight of everything and you find the solutions. Joy or regrets as well as a reaction of interest and excitement. Unspoken words kept either by hesitation or by pride, perturb your mind. You are unable to control your emotions. A good heart doesn't retain and nourish hate forever. In solitude, your mind becomes more transparent and your heart reacts, helping you to find reasons for past failures and success, as well as proving your deep feelings.

Solitude can be on Rainy days or sunny ones, in cold or hot temp, Solitude is required when your mind is affected by sorrow, by heartaches, by confusion and by incertitude. It will ameliorate your state of mind and you'll find the answers. So, let Solitude do the best for you. I wish my above descriptive text would help you in a way or another.
Thank you for your read.
Lisa.








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" TOO BEAUTIFUL TO LAST "
Posted:Dec 4, 2017 9:07 am
Last Updated:Dec 12, 2017 2:21 am
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Just for a change,
I have hereby posted for you the lyrics of a beautiful song, sung my Engelbert humperdinck. The man who was nicknamed " The king of Romance". with such a beautiful voice, The song is called " TOO BEAUTIFUL TO LAST". A Fantastic, Emotional and Romantic song. So sweet that it lingers resoundly in the ears. It brings good memories and revives those emotional feelings and moments of the past for those who have really loved, who have been truly in love and who have been heartily loved by his/her significant one. The melancholic melody brings such a nostalgia in one's mind. A solemn background and fondest remembrance of the past in one's life...a pensive moment.

The lyrics:

The days of Autumn splendor,
The moments warm and tender,
Was it too beautiful to last?
The love we shared together
The dreams we dared together,
Was it too beautiful to last?

Walking hand in hand, the dawn discloses
We were dreaming of a land where love reposes,
But castle made of sand, like winter roses are fated to die,
My darling, like you and I.

Where are those sweet Septembers?
The joy my heart remembers,
Lost in the shadows of the past.
The rainbow arched above you,
The secret words, " I love you",
Why did that dream go by so fast?

Walking hand in hand, the dawn discloses,
We were dreaming of a land where love reposes,
But castles made of sand, like winter roses are fated to die,
My darling, like you and I.

Where are the sweet Septembers?,
The joy my heart remembers,
Lost in the shadow of the past.
The rainbow arched above you.
The secret words " I love you"
Why did that dream go by so fast?.
Was it too beautiful?
Was it too beautiful to.....last?.
**************

I hope this song will please you and remind you souvenirs of the past. You can view and listen to it on U-tube. The same title and by the same singer. Enjoy it if you've never heard it before. It's very romantic and touchy as well. Your mind will float above the clouds and trip you down memory lane. Thanks for your read.
Happy viewing to one and all.
Lisa.








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"THE HAPPIEST BIRD IN THE WORLD".
Posted:Nov 30, 2017 7:25 am
Last Updated:Jan 12, 2018 10:38 am
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Once upon a time, an inquisitive crow in the nature saw a beautiful white swan, and families taking pictures of it. The crow thought that the swan must be the happiest bird in the world. He flew over to the swan and said: "You're so white and beautiful and am so dark, unpleasant and disliked, you must be the happiest bird in the world. How does it feel for being so?". The swan replied: "I used to think I am the happiest bird in the world until I saw a parrot. The parrot has two colors while I have only one", you should go and ask the parrot. So the crow flew to the parrot and asked the same question. The parrot replies: "I thought I was, until I saw the peacock. The peacock has many colors while I have two. You should ask the peacock. The last time I saw it, was at the zoo". So the crow flew over to the zoo and saw lots of people taking pictures of the peacock and admiring it. He waited until everybody had left and asked the peacock: " Dear peacock, you are so beautiful, everyday lots of people come to visit you, they admire you so much, but when they see me they chase me away. You must be so happy. How does it feel to be the happiest bird in the world?". And the peacock replied: "I thought I was the happiest bird in the world but because of my beauty and appearance, I am trapped here in this cage. All this time by myself, I notice that the bird that is not placed in a cage is a Crow. So, the past few years, I've been thinking that you "The Crow" must be the happiest bird in the world, you roam around freely wherever you want, get all the food you like, build your own nest and enjoy your freedom. So, consider yourself to be the happiest bird in the world".

So, we, from the human race, should ponder on how to be and feel happy in this world. The cycle of comparing ourselves to others, is a never ending cycle. It's a game that we can never win. The person who is satisfied with what he has, will be one among the happiest people in the world. Strive to improve ourselves and our way in life. Appreciate and be grateful for what we have and own. If we strive and value what we've already got, it will be absolutely fine and we shall feel like "The Happiest Birds in the World". We should also think about what we may have overlooked: The beauty within ourselves; The love given to us; Our freedom; Our health, however it is; Our little or great possession and Our family and friends, . We must not be envious and compare our chapter 1 to somebody's chapter 5 or 10 . We're running in a race where we must not focus on the people running beside us or ahead of us, we may lose motivation. We may slip and fall just by watching them. So, the best thing is to just focus on ourselves and run our race at our own space, because our finishing time is not the same as everybody else.

It's a message to each and everyone of us. I hope the moral of this story may help us in a way or another. Just be ourselves, don't compare and envy others for whom they are, . Each of us, has a different destiny.
Thank you for your read and views.
Lisa.










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"UNDER THE SAME SKY"
Posted:Nov 11, 2017 3:17 am
Last Updated:Dec 2, 2017 3:44 am
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Reflection of a mindfulness of circumstances.

The wide blue yonder.
The above outer space, a vast expanse seen above the earth, is called and known as the Sky. It's an azure of an infinite dome where planets and stars twinkle for the pleasure of our eyes. A firmament in the midst of the waters, which also divides waters from waters, a celestial realm. The apparent dome-shaped expanse extending upwards from the horizon, that is characteristically blue or grey and can turn a multitude of colors, especially at sunset or sunrise, when the light passes through a much longer path in the atmosphere.

Is there another Sky? certainly NOT, it's the same Sky, the celestial sphere above the world over, but... our locations differ. WE ARE ALL BORN, LIVE AND DIE UNDER THE SAME SKY wherever we may be. We sometimes leave our geographic location to another, due to circumstances, choice, concepts, beliefs, deception and/or by trials and errors. There are reasons for everything and every event happens for a reason. Be it good or bad, thoughtful or crazy, right or wrong, successful or deceptive, prudent or adventurous. It all depends on one's state of mind, as a consequence of occurrences, of circumstantial feelings and views or of perception.. At times, one has no choice other than acting accordingly.

" Under the same Sky, we open and close our eyes, many a thing we survive,
Lots of thoughts cross the mind, doing them right or wrong, so is life.
Under the same Sky, blue or grey or dark at times, reflecting one's mood and feelings,
Happy or sad, cheerful or gloomy, frivolous or serious, is the state of our being.

Leaving somewhere to elsewhere, has always a reason or another,
Be it good or bad, fair or dareful, easy, reticent, enthusiastic or whatever,
Uncertainty and a pinch at heart are always felt, undeniably in our inner.
Thoughts vary, decisions be hard to utter, be it for the better or just a failure.
One knows not if it'll be a disaster, a misadventure or a success in the future..

Souvenirs kept or left behind, are reminders, remembrance as life goes-by.
But Here or There or... Anywhere, we shall always and certainly be,
" Under The Same Sky".


A Context entirely from my own rumination. Just to remind ourselves of a phase in life. Thanks for your read and views.
Lisa.










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"LET'S BE PROUD OF OUR SCARS"
Posted:Sep 15, 2017 7:12 am
Last Updated:Nov 11, 2017 3:46 am
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When something is broken, it's put back together with the cracks being filled with gold, creating a beautiful lining.
This is to emphasize the beauty in what was once broken.
It's believed when it has suffered damage and had a story,
it makes it more beautiful and same goes for everything and for human beings.

Everything that each of us had gone through, doesn't make our life uglier,
although it may seem that way when we're going through it.
We mustn't give way to negativity, but embrace the positivity.
It's up to us to choose, to paint with gold or struggle and make it beautiful.
We are not broken beyond repair, we can pick ourselves up and learn from what's happened and make it better and a better person from it, because of the struggle we have been through. Let all troubles and things we've been through, be behind, be examples and be lessons for us.

Let us wear our scars proudly as a badge of struggle, as if to say...
"Look what we've been through, it's made us better and who we are today, now we can get through anything life puts in front of us henceforth".

Nobody has had a perfect life and Nobody will ever do. It's only up to us if we choose to paint the broken pieces with gold and make it beautiful. Don't be ashamed of what happened to all of us, everything that happened to us, has happened for a reason. We should admit it.
A reason beyond our understanding, a reason for what and how it's been. An unexplainable reason which is "A reason for... another reason".
So, the more we deny, the more we complain and don't accept what has happened, then it doesn't become useful or worthy. But...the moment that we accept and find what's useful in the struggle, that's like the broken cracks being painted with gold. Turning something that could be ugly into something beautiful and inspiring, it's all worth it. Then, don't get stuck on how things went on or had been. Don't always swirl around them. Let them be gone.

I've learned a quote that said:
"Every next level of our life, will demand a new us. And sometimes it takes being broken in order to become that new version of ourselves".
So, going through hard times in life, in whatever it is, let this quote be helpful, worth of attention, significant and understandable to each of us and to someone that we love.

I wish my above explanatory text would be an inspirational motivation for you and for those who need it. Thanks for your read and views.
Kind regards.
Lisa.

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LUCUMA, SO MUCH FROM THE INCAS........
Posted:Jul 17, 2017 9:28 am
Last Updated:Sep 22, 2017 7:34 am
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Beloved by the Incas, lucuma is a super nutritious Peruvian fruit that contains beta carotene, iron, zinc, vitamin B3, calcium, and protein. Its maple-like taste makes it a sweet addition to smoothies, baked goods, and even ice cream. Viewed as a symbol of fertility and creation, lucuma was called the “Gold of the Incas” and was used for a variety of applications. Recent research shows that lucuma is helpful for supporting skin health, blood sugar, cardiovascular health and diabetes. Native to Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia and Costa Rica.

Lucuma in its whole form looks similar to an avocado, with a green exterior covering the sweet, soft fruit. The flesh is yellow and has a texture that is slightly reminiscent to that of a boiled egg yolk. Many people say the taste of lucuma reminds them of a cross between caramel and a sweet potato. While it does contain a mellow sweetness, it’s low on the glycemic scale and typically suitable for diabetics.

Often, lucuma is sold in a powdered form, perfect for adding to smoothies or baking recipes. Its soft taste and gentle aroma enhances most foods without directly influencing or impairing the overall taste of the recipe. Lucuma is grown sustainably in this region without the use of pesticides and is intercropped with other plants to provide a wider benefit for farmers.

Health Benefits
In ancient records, lucuma fruit was said to be used to support skin health and digestion. Recent studies have shown that lucuma oil may be helpful for supporting wound healing by encouraging the activation of healing factors within the skin.

Lucuma was also used throughout the centuries to support cardiovascular health, and research seems to agree. Studies show that lucuma has potent ACE inhibitory activities in vitro, possibly decreasing the effects associated with hypertension. Lucuma may also support normal blood sugar, giving researchers hope for finding additional nutritional support for those with type II diabetes. These results point to the excellent potential of Peruvian fruits as food-based strategies for blood sugar and blood pressure issues.

One Final Thought
Lucuma powder can be added to your morning smoothies or juices and can also be added to your dessert recipes as a natural sweetener. Many natural herbal supplements contain lucuma combined with other important herbs. Lucuma has been introduced to many other countries of the world, providing there is enough sun, rain or humidity. Mostly in tropical countries and we do have it in my country.
Thank you so much for your read, I hope these info would help you know more about Lucuma fruits.
Wishing you all my best,
Lisa,






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"BOUGAINVILLEA OF DIF COLORED FLOWERS"
Posted:Jul 13, 2017 12:06 pm
Last Updated:Aug 19, 2017 12:34 am
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BOUGAINVILLEA plants are originally native of South America from Brazil west to Ecuador and south to southern Argentina, but in later years, spread to many other parts of the world. These genus plants are evergreen where rainfall occurs all year and deciduous if there is a dry season.

In brief, during his voyage of circumnavigation of the Earth, Admiral Louis de Bougainville, a French navigator and explorer, discovered this lovely plant in 1768, in South America, the bougainvillea's native region. Ornamental and woody vines of Bougainvillea are hardy in the warmer climates, They naturally climbs, making it well suited for growing near walls or on a trellis. They can also be trained to grow as a hedge or shrubby potted plant.

Bougainvillea Facts
The colorful blooms of bougainvillea aren't flowers at all. Rather, they are the plant's bracts, a type of modified leaf that's typically small and located just below a plant's flower. Bougainvillea flowers are the tiny, creamy-white structures located in the middle of the bract. Each cluster of three flowers is surrounded by three or six bracts with the bright colours associated with the plant, including pink, magenta, purple, red, orange, white, or yellow.
Bougainvillea glabra is sometimes referred to as "paper flower" because the bracts are thin and papery. These tropical and subtropical evergreens grow sturdy, woody, thorny vines that typically require support from a nearby wall or trellis.

Bougainvillea bloom in a rainbow of colors,
Ranging from brilliant white to deep magenta. Bougainvillea "Barbara Karst adds vibrant fuchsia to the garden, while Cherry Blossom Bougainvillea blooms with delicate light pink and rose-colored bracts. Both are hardy too. Attractive foliage adorns some cultivars, including Delta Dawn (Bougainvillea "Delta Dawn"), hardy everywhere as well. In addition to its variegated green and white foliage, this drought-tolerant cultivar also has sunny gold-colored blooms. Similarly, the bright purple bracts that bloom on Golden Jackpot (Bougainvillea "MonSam"), hardy, contrast vividly with its bright green-yellow and green leaves.

Growing Tips
Gardeners can easily propagate bougainvillea from 4- to 6-inch cuttings potted in soilless potting mix. Although the plants can grow and become full and leafy in shady spots, planting bougainvillea in a spot that receives more than five hours of full sunlight per day yields the nicest blooms. Maintain even moisture, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Bougainvillea generally grows in nearly any type of soil, as long as it's well-drained. With a balanced slow-release fertilizer, in spring and fall for the plant's first three growing seasons, followed by one annual application thereafter to avoid over fertilizing the plants which results in many leaves and few blooms.

Pruning and Pest Management
Bougainvillea resists most pests and diseases, although gardeners should keep an eye out for any spots on the leaves, which may indicate a fungal or bacterial disease. Aphids, tiny pests with long antennae and pear-shaped torsos, occasionally attack bougainvillea's foliage. A strong spray of water or application of pesticide can treat the problem. Prune the plant after it finishes blooming to avoid inadvertently diminishing its blooms, which occur on the plant's new growth. Remove any dead or damaged limbs in spring or anytime during the growing season.

Training:
Bougainvilleas don’t cling or attach themselves so you need to train them. As I noted above in “planting”, angle them towards whatever they’ll be growing on. They’re not hard to train but it does take a little effort. Without support, they just flop down & can become a sprawling low blob. On a wall – If you have a chain link fence, after a little initial guidance, it will attach itself. Otherwise, you’ll need to provide some guidance in the form of eye hooks & wire or something like that. On a trellis or arbor – Attach it with tie & train & prune it as it grows. The new growth is easy to bend. Hedge – just keep on pinching & pruning out all that soft growth. Not as much flowering though. As a tree gradually started taking out the other stems to get it to 1 main truck. I did this with my Bougainvillea Barbara Karst.

Uses In The Landscape:
Bougainvilleas are very tough & very versatile. Use them as a vine, ground cover, hedge or tree. On arbors, trellis’, fences, buildings & walls or in containers & hanging baskets. You can add topiary or bonsai, if pruned into the shapes of a large basket & swan, using good garden scissors clipped at it’s finest into ornamental shapes. they scream “look at me!” when in full bloom. . Bougainvilleas are not difficult to grow but lovely to admire when well trained.

I hope these info will help you grow Bougainvilleas of any color and in any shape you like. I have posted below some photos of several plain and mixed colors of Bougainvilleas. I have a few of them in my garden: the White, red, yellow, the fuchsia, and also mixed colors which I had grafted myself. Thank you for your read and views.
Sincerely,
Lisa,










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" A FEELING, HARD TO DEAL WITH....."
Posted:Jul 10, 2017 10:56 am
Last Updated:Aug 19, 2017 12:37 am
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Today, I feel an eagerness to express a sentiment, an emotion, call it a nostalgia, a stress, an apprehension or something blurred that causes a melancholia in my mind and it reminds me of an unfeigned song and its lyrics passing each time through my mind. A song which I've always listened with deep emotional feelings. You may know and have heard this song before. It is sung by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli , it is called: " TIME TO SAY GOODBYE ". I'll post firstly the english version of Sarah Brightman and consecutively, the one by both Bocelli and S. Brightman, in Italian, called: " CON TE PARTIRO ", with its english translation. It's a very heartfelt song, lyrics and soft, cool melody, which I am unable to post here, as it is not accepted by the site. It would be wonderful to watch it. But, you'll find them on U...Tub......Just copy and paste the tilles.

The lyrics By Sarah Brightman in english:
TIME TO SAY GOODBYE,
When alone, I sit and I dream and whenever I dream, the words are missing.
Yes, I know that in a room so full of light, that all the light is missing.
But I don't see you with me, with me closing up the windows,
Bring the sun to my room, through the doors you've opened.
Close inside of me the light you see, that you met in the darkness.

~~Time to say goodbye, Horizons are never far.
Would I have to find them alone without true light of my own with you.
I will go on ships over seas that I now know.
No, they don't exist any more, it's time to say Goodbye.

When you were so far away, I sit alone and ream of the horizon,
then I know that you are here with me, with me.
Building bridges over land and sea,
Shine a blinding light for you and me, to see for us to be.

~ Time to say Goodbye, horizons are never far ,
would I have to find them alone, Without true light of my own with you.
I will go on ships over seas that I now know.
No, they don't exist any more, it's time to say Goodbye.
So, I will go on ships over seas that I now know.
No, they don't exist any more, it's time to say Goodbye.
So with you I will go... I will goooooooooooo.
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Italian version By Sarah and Andrea,
TIME TO SAY GOODBYE.
[Sarah:]
Quando sono sola
sogno all'orizzonte
e mancan le parole,
si lo so che non c'è luce
in una stanza quando manca il sole,
se non ci sei tu con me, con me.
Su le finestre
mostra a tutti il mio cuore
che hai accesso,
chiudi dentro me
la luce che
hai incontrato per strada.

Time to say goodbye.
Paesi che non ho mai
veduto e vissuto con te,
adesso si li vivrò.
Con te partirò
su navi per mari
che, io lo so,
no, no, non esistono più,
it's time to say goodbye.

[Andrea:]
Quando sei lontana
sogno all'orizzonte
e mancan le parole,
e io si lo so
che sei con me con me,
tu mia luna tu sei qui con me,
mio sole tu sei qui, con me,
con me, con me, con me.

Time to say goodbye.
Paesi che non ho mai
veduto e vissuto con te,
adesso sì li vivrò.
Con te partirò
su navi per mari
che, io lo so,
no, no, non esistono più,

[Both:]
con te io li rivivrò.
Con te partirò
su navi per mari
che, io lo so,
no, no, non esistono più,
con te io li rivivrò.
Con te partirò.
Io con te.

In brief, ANDREA's mother refused to abort him on Drs advice, as he was detected to be a handicap foetus. Soon after his birth in 1958, Andrea Bocelli, of Italian origin, was diagnosed with congenital glaucoma, which made him partially blind. He then lost his vision completely at the age 12. It's his fate we may say but God or Nature, have compensated him with a golden voice as his asset, which made him so famous singer/ Tenor all over the world.

I do like very much his above song as it means and expresses so much for me. I hope you may like it too, if watch the whole show as I've mentioned above. Thanks for your read and views. Kind regards.
Lisa.











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