lens-artists photo challenge #115 -inspiration

Tina, how will I get my head around this one????!!

Inspiration I get from people around me or that I meet in person, through article or media or TV.  I get from art, ballet and MUSIC!!!

How do I translate that into this challenge???? Have to go and get my thinking cap.

My mum, Millan Rubina Evelina, is my biggest inspiration. She left me 3 Jun 2013 … nearly 91 years old.

What a woman … what a human. She said that she loved animals more than people.

She was fierce, fair, strong and independent. She wasn’t afraid of going against authority.

She had a big heart, big soul and feet. She was an enormous personality.

With my mum, you got what you saw. No hidden agendas.

“I love you every day. And now I will miss you every day.”
Mitch Albom

In my professional life, I have met a lot of inspiration – both through eating what others have put their passion into or people behind the food. And also amongst colleagues and bosses.

Rudi Hoffman, born in Germany … worked in both Netherlands and Canada.

“Don’t make friends who are comfortable to be with.
Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.”
Thomas J. Watson

He was the one that took over my responsibility in Canada when I returned back to Sweden in 1990. We only had a couple of days together at work before I handed over the keys to all the storage areas and the responsibility for the galleys.

Man with knowledge like no one when it came to products, food, cooking and leadership. We meet again in the UK and there we became colleagues and very good friends.

The staff called us Mr & Mrs Hofmann because of the so many times that we didn’t see eye to eye. Take about arguments!!

We both had a good/bad temper and he could get really angry, but his clear blue eyes were always smiling.

He taught me how to deliver the best “Fish & Chips” in the UK!!!!

One of the funniest people I ever worked with. We had the same sense of humour.

Unfortunately, Rudi died 12 hours before he was returning for good to his beloved Canada after 6 fun and hectic years in the UK.

Now we come to the arts!

“Art enables us to find ourselves and
lose ourselves at the same time.”
Thomas Merton

Finally the music! A very important part of my life and always been. I listen to all kind of music today, but modern jazz and I don’t agree.

The classical music came into my life through my mum in the late 1960s and this magnificent piece of music. Me standing on a car park and she turned up the sound on the radio and through our open kitchen window classical music and I met for the first time.

“A man like Verdi must write like Verdi.”
Giuseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi – Nabucco – Hebrew Slaves Chorus

“Va, pensiero”, also known as the “Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves”, is a chorus from the opera Nabucco (1842) by Giuseppe Verdi.
The libretto is by Temistocle Solera, inspired by Psalm 137. The opera with its powerful chorus established Verdi as a major composer in 19th-century Italy. The full incipit is “Va, pensiero, sull’ali dorate”, meaning “Go, thought, on wings of gold”.


29 thoughts on “lens-artists photo challenge #115 -inspiration

    • My pleasure … I really had to get my head around this post, but I’m pleased with the result. *smile – Yes, the music … I still get goosebumps like a did there on car park over 50 years ago. So glad you enjoyed my post, means a lot to me .. because it’s very personal.

    • Janet, thank you so much … yes, it became very personal, but I forgot the section about travel, but … it had been too much. So glad you enjoyed it, means a lot me, even more, when it’s so personal.

    • Girlfriend, thank you so much … the secret behind the fish & chips is that we use rice flour instead of flour, so the batter gets so crisp and light. We had people from all over the UK writing to us about our Fish & Chips praising it. This image is the restaurant version, a little posher but also more expensive. MInty mushy peas … but everyone got homemade tartar. Yes, I couldn’t live without music … it’s like water to me. Thanks for the lovely comment.

  1. Wivi, what a wonderful response! So generous of you to share your life with us. I loved your story about your mom. I have a very good friend that you described personally. Many people don’t like her and she truly doesn’t care. She is who she is, like it or not! I bet your mother was the same. Loved your arts and music (which I’d not heard before) as well. Beautifully done.

    • Tina, lovely your comment. Yes, that is exactly what my mum was all about. She cared less about what people thought about her … but everybody respected her highly. She went up against lawyers and local politicians. I’m a bit stunned that you haven’t heard this piece of music before (though it’s pretty hard to avoid) … you make me smile, but there is always a first time for everything. So glad you like it. A hearty thank you.

  2. Thank you Vivi ! This brought joy from the very first notes of ‘Va pensionero’ inwards as you knew it would. Love tour photo collection more across the spectrum than some may realize . . . above all, Vivi, I like Tom Watson’s words whereby I try to live . . . I speak to so many who are capable of knowing and do know so much more than I . . . yes, at times I feel like a small and not-very-bright child, but I learn and I am grateful they extend the hand of a friend . . .

    • Vivi – tust having gone thru’ all the posts on which I was active today . . . I am SO clapping you putting Jonas Kaufman and Michael Buble catty-corner . . . because they DO fit !!!

      • I got a chance to see Michael Buble live in NYC …. years before he took on the world scene. In 2014 was I able to see him again at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, what a fantastic artist he has become. Big fan of him.
        Jonas, I fell in love with watching a BBC documentary with him on TV. Had seen his picture when I travelled in Europe, but thought he was a pianist. I fell deeply in love with him – and 6 hours later I had booked flight, hotel and tickets for his concert in Berlin at Waldbühne. Magical July evening, that started off with a heavy downfall – outdoor arena – but that was before the concert .. and the rest of the evening was pleasantly warm and with a stary sky. Worth every €!!! He didn’t come cheap. *laughing

    • Eha, thanks for sharing Tom Watson’s words with me … what a comforting start on my day. Beautiful!!! I’m on going to the hospital this afternoon, so I need comfort just now. Nothing seriously (I hope). Once again … thank you!

  3. Your post reminded me of the joy and delight of friendship, food, music, the arts. Your mom sounds like a remarkable woman. I am sure she lives on in you and your love for her.

    • Patti, thank you so much for your lovely and kind comment. Yes, my mum were very special … first of all she was my mum, but she were very special to many people. She are with me all the time. Once she said to me … when I die don’t let my leave be hard on your eye … let me keep your heart warm instead.

  4. Oh this is a wonderful post – again, Viveka. Nobody writes such vivid, alive and warm posts that you do. Always. A fantastic mum you had – and you have got so much from her, I am sure. ♥

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