Sky Blue

According to Wikipedia, “Sky blue is the name of a colour that resembles the colour of the sky at noon”. Don’t we all enjoy looking up into a beautiful blue sky? I couldn’t help thinking of a verse from an old song that goes “Blue skies, smiling at me; Nothing but blue skies, do I see”.  We talk about “blue sky thinking”, an approach to brainstorming or creative thinking without constraints…

a few thoughts I wanted to share before you read the following reblog – Liz

The Big Sky — Lucky Me, Lucky You


The Big Sky. That’s what I call my view from my backyard. Every time I see this beauty of nature I remember meeting a brilliant and kind woman from Beijing. She had just been hired by the company my husband worked for when they opened a field office in Beijing. She’d had a long flight here from China.

I met her that evening, after her flight. She was telling everyone about what she saw when she woke up in the morning – a brilliant blue sky and white clouds. She had never seen that in her entire life. Beijing is so polluted that the sky is always gray.

She told the story like a child describing seeing snow or the ocean for the first time.

Count your blessings. They’re right under your nose, or right above your eyes.


I found this post after visiting Jennie’s blog at the suggestion of Ellen (“Gem”)

From:  The Big Sky – Lucky Me, Lucky You   |   July 15, 2018

Blog:    A Teacher’s Reflections  :  Thirty Years of Wonder

It made me feel really grateful for the blue sky I see any time we have fine weather

Reblogged by Liz; Exploring Colour (2018)

19 thoughts on “Sky Blue

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  1. Benjamin and I have been enjoying the blue skies and perfect “adventuring” weather these past two days. Our backpack of depleted snacks becomes the perfect place to stash all of the “treasures” that he collects as we amble along. Once the humidity returns, this Gem prefers an air conditioned setting or I lose my sparkle! I am falling a day behind in reading what has come into my inbox. I was delighted to see this reblog of Jennie’s post. I hope that you are enjoying her blog…I just love the quilt story! Thank-you!

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      1. No. The name for Saskatchewan comes from the Saskatchewan River, that was named by the indigenous Cree people, who called it Kisiskatchewani Sipi,which means “the swiftly flowing river.” Saskatchewan’s called land of the living skies because the sky sights change so often, and so quickly. A storm can gather in a matter of an hour, and in winter we see the northern lights. These are just a couple of ways the skies seem to be alive.

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  2. I completely get this, my first trip to China for work, in Shanghai, and I couldn’t understand what had happened to the sky and what the hell all the smoke was. The locals called it the Dragon’s breath, that lingering misty smokey polluted fog that bays over the bridges and buildings. Since then I have always tried to embrace the spirit of the dragon instead of accepting the reality of the smog.

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    1. This really opened my eyes! Wow! In landscape architecture Nigel talks about “re-framing” and I immediately made that connection. To re-frame horrid polluted fog into “the Dragon’s breath” is startling… such a transformational shift! There’s something really beautiful in being able to do that!


    1. The clouds sure add a lot of colour, drama and interest don’t they? Having grown up in the north of the North Island the sky was very rarely a flawless blue, usually lots of clouds, so I’m always captivated when I do see a really clear blue sky. Initially when travelling in the UK I was really taken with the blue skies but once we shifted down the South Island I got to see a lot more lovely blue skies 🙂

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  3. There’s a lot of blue sky here, Liz. Nothing but blue sky is right. It’s beautiful but we could do with some clouds bringing good rain, as there is a serious drought with farmers running out of feed for their stock. It’s also bringing out the good in local people who, by various means are raising money to buy hay to donate to the farmers.

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    1. Its heartwarming to hear that local people are being so kind-hearted and supportive. While we’ve lived down the south here we’ve experienced the area being hit by drought, and we’ve experienced it being hit by way too much rain which was also dreadful for the farmers. I sure hope that rain-laden clouds come your way soon Jane!


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