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In the name of …..

Once upon a time, on a sun-kissed island in the Middle Sea the people worshipped different gods. In spite of their differences they lived and worked together, married and brought up families in an atmosphere of peace of goodwill.

One day, in one of the more remote villages, a group of people decided that their god, a newer one than the old god worshipped by most of the older people in particular, should be the one and only god and that everyone should henceforth worship that one.

They decided to build themselves a new place of worship. In the meantime, because they didn’t think the original place of worship was right any more, they decided to change and adapt it to their new way of thinking.


They also had radically differing views on suitable decoration. It was time to get rid of the angels, birds and animals that originally adorned the place. In future only geometric designs would be permitted. They tore the carved peacocks and angels off the wooden screen and disposed of the pulpit, removed the altar and seats and laid bare the floor. They dragged a set of steps into the gap in the screen. The (probably) beautiful windows were smashed. Little remained of its former glory. In the grounds they erected a small building to serve as a wash-room.





Work on the new building continued apace while they used the adapted building until the new one was completed. Then they abandoned it.


Today the walls and window embrasures are still there and it is home to the swallows, sparrows and pigeons.

The youngsters of the village have found a new use for it …..


Perhaps their games will re-unite them once more.

one word photo challenge: curtain

A few of my curtain photos


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curtains are used to protect the icons in chapels from the glare of the sun

See how other people interpreted this challenge from the links here

travel theme: letters

posting a letter in Angouleme, France

a shop sign in St Paul de Vence, France

just the right wine to accompany the phrase ‘in vino veritas’, maybe. (Translated, the French means ‘grains of wisdom’

read the text from the beginning to the end and then read it backwards ….

street art in Bristol

This Shaun the lamb (helter skelter) is one of many to be found around Bristol this summer. The vividly decorated lambs will be auctioned to raise funds for Bristol Childrens Hospital

I wanted to buy all of these – spotted in Bristol’s Southville market

sharing letters with Ailsa

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: churches or any religious building

interior of the ‘Sandals’ church at Goreme, Cappadocia

Guzelyurt, Cappadocia, a Christian church converted to a mosque

a hilltop church near Guzelyurt, Cappadocia

Esrefoglu mosque, Turkey

the cathedral in Famagusta has now been converted into a mosque


the interior – to our eyes, it looks bare. Gone are the stained glass windows replaced by plain glass with geometric designs and the pews have been replaced with carpets

ancient chapel in northern Cyprus

St Nicholas of the cats, Southern Cyprus. It has an unusual double roof.

What church or other religious building did you share with Cee?

Terrific Tuesday Trials: bedazzle

Terrific Tuesday Trials is a new photography challenge blog I’ve just discovered.

traditional Balinese dancer’s headdress

but of all the places I’ve visted, I think I’ve been most bedazzled in Thailand and, especially, in Bangkok’s Grand Palace. There’s colour and gold wherever you look.






out and about in Luang Prabang

Here is a miscellany of other photos I took in Luang Prabang


spirit houses


flower vendor

broom vendor

donut vendors


handicrafts market


snake oil is alive and well and being sold in the market

I want this bag

baskets and fabric on sale

ethnic clothing on sale
little girl in Hmong traditional costume


ethnic jewellry on sale

calligraphy brushes


two of the best French cafes

locals enjoying themselves on the riverbanks in the early evening

Artistic Bali

Evident from the lowliest shrine offering (see spiritual Bali) through batiks, ikat woven fabric, sarongs, paintings, masks, woodcarvings and temple decorations (even on cars).

a wooden carving of birds in a guava tree

this face was above the entrance door to a shop

Fabric-seller street in Denpasar (the capital)

batik fabric for sale

kebayas – the elaborate cutwork blouses, sold as fabric lengths which then need to be made up by a seamstress

lengths of sarong fabric

these two large shells are made out of onyx

a traditional style painting, filled with detail!

Even the shop fronts are decorated and there are regular competitions to see who has the best decorated shop

One weekend we went to stay at Ubud which is known as the artistic centre of the island; many different crafts are represented here and in the surrounding villages.

a master carver putting the finishing touches to the hind end of an iguana

a basket weaver on the outskirts of Ubud

she told me that this basket will take her about a week to make, working up to 10 hours a day.

and some of her baskets

these ones have been decorated with beads

baskets of a slightly different design for sale in the shop next door

Our visit coincided with the Bali Arts Festival. We went on the penultimate night and were among only half a dozen foreigners there. We were treated to dancing and a “competition” between two rival village gong and xylophone orchestras.

a selection of masks for sale at the festival

mask for a barong (lion) dance

I liked the way the Garuda figure matched the kebaya of this stand’s owner

dancers await their turn at the arts festival

members of one of the xylophone teams; long hair seems to be “de rigueur” and ladies lacking supplement their hairdo with big fluffy artificial chignons

One night in Ubud we watched local children perform traditional dances.

note the whitened skin on their faces. As in Thailand fair skins are much appreciated.

front of the shop called “theatre” in Seminyak with the tragic and comic masks decorated with the traditional red pennants

tribal necklaces for sell – not sure if these are traditional Balinese!

a traditional dancer’s head dress for sale

this bustier has to be a must for Le Enchanteur’s wardrobe – it’s all turquoise and mother of pearl – beautiful

My favourite eatery in Seminyak, Baku’s, started life as a traditional building housing an antiques business. When it changed hands its new owners decided to open it up as a cafe/restaurant retaining the antiques for sale and including a bookshop in the corner – now that’s my idea of heaven. The food was very good too.

It sells an eclectic mix of European-style stuff and local artefacts

These figures typically come in pairs

in a modern twist on the traditional, this Budhha head and the circles with holes in them appear to be made from some sort of recyled glass and resin