Tuesdays of Texture : Week 20

The craftmanship in this walkway is a very effective design,made with the smooth light and dark stones.   Lots of texture under your bare feet when you walk in the sun in sunny Marbella in Spain, and there’s even a leaf or two in the photo!   This was in a beautiful plaza, and look at the amazing tiled bench, just made for sitting on to watch the world go by!

Tiled craftwork

And on to another Spanish village, this time Mijas, a traditional white village on the Costa del Sol, where we spotted this ceramic map of the world – such a clever idea!

Map of the world, made up of ceramic pieces, in Mijas, Spain

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Wordless Wednesday : Window Dressing

Plaza de los Naranjos, Marbella

Norm’s Thursday Doors :

My doors this week come from the fabulous Muckross House in Killarney, Co. Kerry.  This is a 19th century house built on the shores of the Lakes of Killarney, with magnificent gardens and old trees.   The house was built in 1839, and extensive work was done on the house and gardens in preparation for the visit of Queen Victoria in 1861 .

Muckross House, Killarney

This is the main entrance to the house, which is open to the public, and furnished in the original style – a very grand mansion, but probably not so grand for those living ‘downstairs’ and having to carry everything up two or three flights of stairs from the kitchens in the basement.

 

Muckross House, Killarney

And these are some of the doors from the back of the house – probably a storeroom.

Servant’s Entrance?

Wordless Wednesday : A Steep Descent

A long way down

Tuesdays of Texture : May 2, 2017

 

Abandoned

On a recent walk around the Lakes of Killarney, we came across this old abandoned ruin, of what was once a fairly imposing stone buiilding, maybe it once was a hunting or fishing lodge for the gentry, on the shores of the lake, with a very scenic outlook.  Now the bushes and ivy have taken up residence there.

Even the doorway is a bit of a challenge, not even suitable for Norm’s Thursday Doors, but check out more textures over at Narami’s blog.

Wordless Wednesday : Rest Awhile!

Galtee mountains

Taking a break from the steep climb

Scatterlings of Africa

Memories of Africa from a post I wrote two years ago, hope you enjoy.

Retirement and beyond

This  song was written by a South African singer, Johnny Clegg, and tells about the many people who were born in Africa, or  who, like me,  lived there for a considerable time, and are now scattered all over the world.

I was born in Ireland, but moved to Zimbabwe (then known as Rhodesia) in the 70s when I was newly wed and looking for adventure and a new life.    My four children were born there, and I stayed in Zimbabwe until 2002, almost 30 years.  We lived in a peaceful country with a great climate, in a country with lots of natural beauty, and with lots of wildlife and amazing scenery, sunrises and  sunsets like no other.   Life was good, we watched our children take their first steps, starting their own big adventures, learning to walk, learning to run, but always within the comfort of home and within…

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