Art, Creativity, Photography, Travel, Writing

Traditional costumes worn during winter festivals in Romania:

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You can read more about Romanian winter traditions in an earlier post here.

Sharing these traditions with Skinnywench and other bloggers

Sunflowers are such beautiful flowers and the sight of them always brightens the dreariest day. Last week I was staying close to a field where you can pick your own and made sure I had my camera with me.

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I used Kim’s cool grunge texture on this photo and reduced the opacity.

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I found these in a shopping mall near Tarsus in Turkey

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the Royal Pavilion at Chiang Mai

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Venetian masks on sale at the Christmas market in Strasbourg

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Christmas decorations in Strasbourg

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Deruta, city of ceramics, Italy

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wall art in London’s Portobello Road

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graffiti – decoration or desecration? this is a climbing wall in Hamburg

Ailsa’s travel theme

Richard Of York Gained Battle In Vain – so went the phrase I used to remember the colours of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.

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Chiang Mai’s Royal Flora festival

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one of panels in the large stained glass window in the Gellert Hotel, Budapest

Jennifer Nichols’ weekly challenge

The word relic comes from the Latin reliquiae, meaning “remains” or “something left behind” (the same root as relinquish). It has come to mean many things to different people. Relics can be religious, as in the veneration of sacred objects in several religion. Relic is also the term for something that has survived the passage of time, especially an object or custom whose original culture has disappeared, but also an object cherished for historical or memorial value (such as a keepsake or heirloom).

“Cultural relic” is a common translation for “Wenwu” (文物), a common Chinese word that usually means “antique” but can be extended to anything, including object and monument, that is of historical and cultural value.

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mosaic at Paphos, southern Cyprus

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relics of a bygone era – ancient figures of horses and riders in the museum of Nicosia, Cyprus

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ruined temple at Aphrodisias, Turkey

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temple of the sacred tooth relic, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Did you unearth any interesting relics this week?

Daily Post Photo Challenge

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/relic/

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barracuda (weighed in at 7kgs and provided food for 20 people!)

 

and birds, butterflies, brushes, blue, bulls, bulbs and so many more words beginning with B. Which ones did you choose to share with Ed’s Sunday Stills?

Welcome to Where Bloggers Create 2014, hosted by Karen Valentine, a blog event encouraging us to visit each other’s creative spaces around the world.

My creative space hasn’t changed much since I participated in WBC a couple of years ago except that it seems to have accumulated more clutter! I can never bear to throw anything away just in case it might come in useful.

My creative space in 2012

However, the view from my window has changed since we did some major re-working in the garden. What was a lawn where no grass grew, because the soil was less than 10 inches deep, has been replaced with hip-high raised beds made out of the local travertine marble. These have been planted with roses, bougainvillaea and geraniums.

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gifts made by my talented sister displayed on the shelf above my desk

Some of my recent creations:

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In the autumn I will be getting a new studio. This is what it looks like at the moment. Although the built-in cupboards will be very handy for storing (squirrelling away) my stash, it’s very ugly. I would welcome any suggestions as to what I could do to make it more attractive. At this stage I don’t think I’ll rip it out, I would prefer to live with it for a while before doing anything drastic.

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