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Two weeks ago, my best friend and I, after an evening of chat, a bit of gossip, a lot of laughs and few moans, had put our world’s to right for the evening.
Hugging our goodbyes on the doorstep, a date to repeat the same a month ahead, once I returned from my latest travels, we parted
Now we have parted forever. Continue reading
A glorious April sunset over the Bristol Channel, UK.
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A little layer of cloud over the Alps, 30/3/17…
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During my tour of the history of Pune city, a visit was made to Shinde Chatri, a memorial to 18th-century military leader Mahadji Shinde.
The Anglo-Rajasthani style of construction has exquisite and detailed carvings and an imposing three-storey facade. Within the building is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Photographs inside are forbidden, but I did snap one before I was advised of the rule and kindly admonished. Continue reading
It’s spring and I’m away from the desert now, so it IS very easy being green, green is everywhere…
Fresh and clear blue beach walking days with fluffy, scudding clouds in Cyprus, during March.
Can you feel that breeze in your face on the beach-side walk?
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Last year I decided to follow a very angsty, amusing and opinionated lady from the USA, latching on to her blog via the WordPress reader and ended up being highly amused by her life and wit, I followed Lydia’s life on my WordPress journey.
And I enjoyed every post I came across. Continue reading
Its a short little door post this week. My (not-so) trusty computer is still in rehab.
In my Cyprus village I pass a lovely little door most days, one of the old iron-work doors that were so popular on the island, probably during the 1950’s to 60’s.
I’m so noticing doors now, since I joined this weekly event. Previously I flashed past it on my way to somewhere, but this morning I stopped, shot and admired.
I received some sideways glances, but smiles all around when I indicated that I was admiring. It’s nicely kept too…
Linking with Thursday Doors, a weekly event hosted by Norm Frampton. Pop on over, hit the blue button and check out some more of today’s doors…
This little aside is to apologise for those who have liked and commented on my recent posts and are possibly now thinking, well, hmm, why there has been no response when I took the time to make a nice comment….
I do try to interact with people who have been kind enough to comment, but sadly, one morning this week, my left (hand) Macbook Air fried and died. Continue reading
Only birds in this sunset sky….
Shot at Al Aqla, Oman, February 2017.
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During my January sojourn to Uk, visiting the darling daughter (DD) in Bristol, a trip to Bath was inevitable, it’s a place we always enjoy, part of Britain’s heritage and not too far down the road to visit.
It’s a beautiful city with such elegant houses, carefully restored and maintained and every street has a unique feel. The houses, built in Bath stone, are carefully preserved and the doors and windows fit so perfectly with the Georgian architecture. Continue reading
Dubai’s spice souk is famous for selling saffron. Walking towards the souk in Deira, several shops specialising in saffron, line the pavement. Some are wholly for saffron, others sell all sorts of different spice and honey items. Continue reading
The small village of Qurun on Oman’s east coast, lies just below Al Ashkharah, which is a town in the Ash Sharqiyah region.
Qurun is a sleepy little settlement on the edge of a salt flat area, and the bay beyond is where the local fishermen bring in their catch. If we head up this coastal road on visits to Oman, we always have a quick stop at Qurun. The beach often turns up some shell surprises and it’s a lovely place to take a break and stretch your legs walking down its long shoreline. Continue reading
Is prayer a wish? Such intense devotion seems to be asking for something, be it a blessing, a hope, a wish for something, someone, somewhere…
Shot in a temple in Saigon/Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam…
You don’t expect to find a window on a lonely beach, but in Oman, there is always the unexpected sight.
A derelict mosque sits on a sand dune above the beach, the elements are sweeping it away, storm by storm.
Taken on the long beach north of Al Ashkharah, Google maps GPS 21.941609, 59.648001.
Al Ashkharah (Arabic: الأشخرة) (named after a poisonous desert plant) is a town in the Ash Sharqiyah Region of Oman.
Shaniwarwada (Śanivāravāḍā) is a historical fortification in the city of Pune in Maharashtra, India. Built in 1732, it was the seat of the Peshwas of the Maratha Empire until 1818, when the Peshwas lost control to the British East India Company after the Third Anglo-Maratha War. Following the rise of the Maratha Empire, the palace became the center of Indian politics in the 18th century.
The fort itself was largely destroyed in 1828 by an unexplained fire, but the surviving structures are now maintained as a tourist site.
As part of my walking tours in Pune, we visited this huge site within the city. Magnificent spiked doors command the entrance, the spikes were to repel elephants.As the sight is a big attraction in the city, it’s impossible to get a shot without people in it, however, the people give a great size comparison to these magnificent doors. Continue reading
On a long road journey through remote parts of Southern Oman, where endless roads and hours of driving are the only access to the small towns and villages that sporadically pop up along the coast, this sign broke the monotony and led to a fair amount of feeble jokes to while away just a little bit of time.
I’m sure, if you have Facebook, you are subjected to all sorts of links that Facebook algorithms insert into your feed. I just whizz past all the wrinkle resolvers ( too late I think), most of the Foodie porn things ( I really can’t afford weight wise to drizzle chocolate, cheese and fat, I’m trying to lose that fat).
Anything related to work is wasted on me as I’m not working now. Gadgets just wash over my head, but just on occasions, I do read the health sites.
I started to see multiple posts about turmeric and inflammation. Continue reading
I have been lucky to have had a window with spectacular views whilst in Dubai. Sadly it isn’t often pristine and there’s not much I can do about that being very high up in the sky. Few shots are taken directly outwards, reflection and sand streaks stop you getting a good photo.
So I often take photos through the little gap to the left and the right. The window opens outwards at an angle for 8 inches. That’s enough to get my lens through to get shots of whatever may be interesting. I will say I do have the camera strap securely around my neck whilst leaning out, I would not want to have any dropping accidents from this height!
Some window shots over the last year… Continue reading
There has been NO sky in the UAE to snap this week. The country has been covered in low hanging, sand-filled clouds, no chance to take anything interesting, it’s been a cover of haze all week, so a throwback shot of a Cyprus sunset from January 2017.
Taken from a mountain village down towards the coast, the intense colors of the setting sun are magnified over the sea.
Walking around the city streets of Pune, so many interesting doors to frame in my shots.
Streetside catches with some cheerful people happy to smile for my camera.
Much disrepair surrounding the streets, the buildings a throwback from the much earlier days of the city construction, but colorful, chaotic and teeming with life. Continue reading