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weekly photo challenge: descent

Even if we didn’t manage to descend to the bottom of St Patrick’s well in Orvieto, Italy my glasses did. I leaned out to take a photo looking down the well and my camera jogged against my glasses knocking them off. I watched, horrified, as they bounced off the window ledge and then down into the void over 100 metres below…. We were at the beginning of our day’s outing and still had places to go. To make matters worse on our return to the hotel, when I put my spare pair of glasses on one of the lenses fell out of its frame. It was a public holiday just before a weekend and it was 3 days before I could get them repaired. Of such joys is life made!

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the cascate delle marmore at nearby Terni

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the chairlift down to Gubbio

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Cappadocia

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descent from Schafberg, Austria

When I was looking for suitable images for this challenge, although I found lots looking up various staircases, I had none looking down. I wonder why that is. Note to self – must take the occasional shot looking down a staircase

How did you interpret this week’s challenge?

word a week: spray

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Autumn spray in Turkey

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cascate delle marmore, near Terni, Italy

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the magic garden, Koh Samui, Thailand

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Khang-Si waterfall, Laos

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the water cannon at Lynmouth

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coffee barista in Thailand

A word a Week

Travel theme: decoration

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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

travel theme: statues

Ailsa’s travel theme

“A statue is a sculpture representing one or more people or animals (including abstract concepts allegorically represented as people or animals), normally full-length, as opposed to a bust, and at least close to life-size, or larger.” (Wikipedia)

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horse and rider, Bristol, UK

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snail-headed man/horse statue, Luxembourg

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St Francis of Assisi, Assisi, Italy

travel theme: gardens

This week Ailsa led us up the garden path.

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the gazebo (*) at Sissinghurst, Kent

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Montacute

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gazebo in the grounds of Holcombe House near Lynton, Devon

The Parc de Wesserling in Alsace, France, holds a garden festival each year. It’s situated in an old industrial complex that used to be a fabric mill. Its displays therefore are linked to fabric in some way. There are always a couple of “follies” (**) hidden away:

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fabric hut based on a dream catcher

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inside the garden shed of my dreams …

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entrance to the grass house

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The whole complex of La Scarzuola could be described as one large folly. See more of my pictures of this extraordinary place here.

Inspired by the idea of having a retreat of my own, In a corner of our garden I maintained an area that I called the wild patch and in it I constructed my ‘folly’, complete with an old iron grate in which I planted geraniums. Unfortunately our next door neighbours cut down some of the trees forming the boundary between our two properties thereby removing much of my privacy.

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the basic construction

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inside looking out

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I added a candelabra

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and decided to create a little magic….

(*) A gazebo is a pavilion structure, sometimes octagonal or turret-shaped, often built in a park, garden or spacious public area.
Gazebos are freestanding or attached to a garden wall, roofed, and open on all sides; they provide shade, shelter, ornamental features in a landscape, and a place to rest. Some gazebos in public parks are large enough to serve as bandstands or rain shelters.
Gazebos include pavilions, kiosks, alhambras, belvederes, follies, pergolas, and rotundas. Such structures are popular in warm and sunny climates. They are in the literature of China, Persia, and many other classical civilizations, going back to several millennia. Examples of such structures are the garden houses at Montacute House in Somerset, England.

(**) In architecture, a folly is a building constructed primarily for decoration, but either suggesting by its appearance some other purpose, or merely so extravagant that it transcends the normal range of garden ornaments or other class of building to which it belongs. In the original use of the word, these buildings had no other use, but from the 19th to 20th centuries the term was also applied to highly decorative buildings which had secondary practical functions such as housing, sheltering or business use.

18th century English gardens and French landscape gardening often featured Roman temples, which symbolized classical virtues or ideals. Other 18th-century garden follies represented Chinese temples, Egyptian pyramids, ruined abbeys, or Tatar tents, to represent different continents or historical eras. Sometimes they represented rustic villages, mills and cottages, to symbolize rural virtues. Many follies, particularly during famine, such as the Irish potato famine, were built as a form of poor relief, to provide employment for peasants and unemployed artisans. (Wikipedia).

I make no apologies for borrowing Ailsa’s wonderful garden quotes:

Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you. – Richard Brinsley Sheridan

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. – Marcus Tullius Cicero

Sunday stills: graffiti-murals

I can never resist the lure of photographing street art/murals/graffiti, however you like to call it.

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mural in Bristol docks

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this is one of my favourite pieces, in Siena, Italy

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Salvador Dali

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Pushkar, India

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Bangkok, Thailand

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Banksy

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Portobello Road, London

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Portobello Road

I’m sharing these with Sunday Stills

travel theme: illuminated

Illuminated music books in the museum in Pisa:

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The Royal Floria festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand, illuminated at night:

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even the monks have mobile phone cameras these days

Kuala Lumpur at night:

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Singapore’s aquarium, the lights change colour as you watch the dance of the jelly fish

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Let Ailsa’s Where’s my backpack‘s latest post light up your day.