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One of the sites that I really wanted to visit when we went to Sri Lanka was Sigiyria, home of the famous cloud maiden frescoes.

Appropriately enough, this is the home of the Cloud Maidens

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The approach is innocent enough
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but then you have to climb the cliff
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don’t look down
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better still, don’t look up either because this is what you are climbing up
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so far so good, here are the cloud maidens but you haven’t reached the summit yet
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a rare photo of the two of us

you have to go down a section of rickety-looking staircase to get to the next section
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past the mirror wall
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with the rock face towering above you
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then out on to the plateau of the lions paws
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before the final ascent
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with spectacular views, albeit a bit misty, from the top
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it’s hard to imagine that people actually lived at the top and had to carry all their supplies up
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I have to say that the climb was daunting – not for the faint-hearted or the infirm and my husband declined to accompany me all the way to the top. However, I’m glad I made it.

What form did your achievement take?

Friday Finds 14 November 2014

In November in south western Turkey these white flowers cover the hillsides after the first autumn rains. The flowers are daisies and what look like miniature narcissi. The narcissi, if that’s what they are, are only about 4 inches high

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a Buddha head on sale in a high class interior decoration store near us. I used Kim’s Simple texture and reduced the opacity.

sharing with Kim and others

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Sapphire is one of my favourite colours and I have always associated it with the colour blue. My engagement ring (for which I waited 18 years until we found the right one) is made of diamonds and sapphires. They are really dark blue, so dark they almost look black in some lights. However, sapphires come in many other shades varying from light to dark blue and, in addition, they occur as pink, green, yellow and shades of orange and brown.

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I shot these blue agapanthus flowers in the gardens of Hadspen House, near Bruton in Somerset, UK. At the time the garden was oval-shaped enclosed within walls of mellowed ageing red brick. It was a beautiful place. It seems that the house has changed ownership, the garden is no longer open to the public and I’m not even sure it exists any more. Such a pity.

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sharing with Sunday Stills

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sharing with Word a Week

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dinner table in Kalkan, Turkey

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Mudam, Museum of Modern Art, Luxembourg

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glass sculpture in the forecourt of the European Parliament, Strasbourg

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glass ball sculpture

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glass window panel in the Peranakan mansion, Penang

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