I love the lazy days of Summer; sitting by the pool with friends, discussing nothing in particular, enjoying a glass of wine.
We've had visitors from all over the world this year. In the photo above he (D) is from Canada/Barbados, and she (S) is from Johannesburg. Others this year have been from California, Australia, and even Blighty. The world seems such a small place, yet our lives and aspirations are so similar.
The only thing that spoils such occasions is knowing that elsewhere in the more primitive world children are suffering, men are being tortured and executed, and women are being forced into slavery.
I know I tend to go on about this quite often, but it preys on my mind; night and day.
When I see pictures of middle-eastern towns that are no more than piles of rubble, or fanatics destroying precious ancient monuments, I wonder if the perpetrators can possibly be of the same species as myself.
How can one human being be so fond of peace, quiet, and order (me); yet others think of little other than hatred, killing, and destruction.
I suppose it all boils down to 'brainwashing'; or dare I say it, 'religion'. Actually, the two seem synonymous.