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Koycegiz lake in Turkey

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Uchisar, Cappadocia in Turkey

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Goreme, Cappadocia

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hot-air ballooning in Cappadocia

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I don’t usually read The Economist but yesterday I happened to be leafing through a recent copy and came across an obituary of Nek Chand, who died on June 12th, aged 90. Now unless you are Indian or have been to India you probably don’t know who Nek Chand was.
Nek Chand, originally from Pakistan, was responsible for the creation of a rock garden in Chandigarh, which city is more famous for having been designed by Le Corbusier. Initially, in 1958, he started creating his ‘kingdom of gods and goddesses’ in a forest clearing but this was closed down as illegal. However, city officials decided to encourage him and in 1975 the project was given official blessing and took off from there. Today it draws many visitors, apparently it’s second only in India to the Taj Mahal.
“The earliest constructions in his garden in the forest were modelled on both the village life he remembered and the divine haunts he imagined: winding paths, walls and rivers, terraces and waterfalls, temples and alleyways and fairground formations of dancers, musicians, water-carriers, snake-charmers, revellers, horses, buffaloes and birds”. They were constructed from blocks of stone, concrete, and cement to which he added bits of crockery, broken tiles, electrical fittings, glass beads and bracelets, etc.
We visited his wonderful garden a few years ago (more posts of our Indian trip to follow) and it was indeed a magical place.

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travel theme: toys

In keeping with Ailsa’s recent posts “if you go down to the woods today” and her current challenge theme of “toys”, I’ve decided to stick with the bear theme.

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a teddy bear shrine in Thailand – the Thais love soft toys and the larger, the better

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soft toys for prizes in a shooting gallery at the annual Red Cross food fair in Koh Samui, Thailand

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bears made by a friend of mine for another friend who was an avid shopper and the second one for a friend who is a keen patchwork quilter

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thanks to google for this one

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photos taken in Singapore’s Jurong bird park for Ed’s Sunday Stills challenge

Last year I gave up the space in which I’d been creating on and off over the last 5 years and recently acquired a new space. As we’ve had the builders in over the last month I haven’t been able to make my space into exactly how I envisage it. It needs a new coat of paint on the walls and pine cupboards, and maybe a change of curtains wouldn’t go amiss but there’s plenty of time for that. Many of my books and supplies are still packed up in boxes in the garage as are most of my treasured ornaments so think of it as a work-in-progress.

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At least my treasured curved glass fronted cupboard survived the move from one foreign country to another as did the wonderful chest of drawers which belonged to my father. I can’t find the key to the small triangular corner cupboard although I was sure I put it in a safe place …. and the beautiful glass picture based on a painting by Klimt fell over and cracked in several places.

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But I’m happy here. Two large windows mean that plenty of light comes into the room but from a Feng Shui point of view the west-facing window is bad news if you are using the room to work in so I might have to do something about that. I’ve chosen to place my desk under the north-facing window. The door is in the wrong place and I’m short on wall space so the books will have go somewhere else.

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From the windows to the north I can just see the sea. There is a row of vines at the bottom of the garden and 2 fig trees, a pomegranate, an apricot, a persimmon, an almond, a lemon and 2 tangerine trees in the garden. The garden, or rather the large patch of bare earth, is a canvas still to be planted but for the time being we watch what each new season will bring us. And yes, oh bliss, there is a pool for those long hot lazy days of summer.

Behind me,to the south west lies a ridge of mountains.

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Being away for 3 months at the beginning of the year it’s been hard to do much creating but here are a few pieces.

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My Desert Cottage

Angoulême in western France is France’s most open-minded city when it comes to street art and cartoon comic art. It has a museum dedicated to this art form and there is a special itinerary designed to allow you to visit the best examples of wall art in the old part of the city, murals which have been created by “La Cité de la Création”, an association of artists. In addition, since 1997, over one thousand street-name signs have been redesigned in “speech bubble” format. Even the flower beds had speech bubbles in them!

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an electricity fuse box cover

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last part of the “reality and the emergency exit” series

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enigmatic black metal silhouette

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memoires du XXe ciel (memories of 20th century heaven/sky)

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Nathacha et le p’tit bout d’chique

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a letter box

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probably the most famous mural – la fille des remparts (girl on the ramparts)

Angouleme cathedral:
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a very ornate organ

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one half of the front door

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cathedral facade

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We had an all-too brief stop there earlier this week – a tantalising glimpse into this world.

Does modern art rock your boat or are you something of a traditionalist at heart? what does “modern art” mean to you?

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if you look very carefully you’ll see that this stained glass window is made up from x-rays of the human body

On our recent trip to Zeeland, Holland, we visited some galleries featuring in the Hamstede Kunst art exhibition. These are some of the pieces which caught my attention.

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viking ship fragment

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a gorgeous piece of glass art by Marjo Wiltingh

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