The Magic Fountains of Barcelona

The Magic Fountain is one of the attractions in Barcelona, and a nightly show is put on in the summer months for visitors.  The fountains are in Montjuic, near the Placa Espanya, just outside the city centre.   The fountains were designed in 1929 for the International Exposition, and were used for the closing ceremony.   The display starts at dusk, and the water jets are controlled to music, with lots of lights and colour, that get more intense as the evening gets darker.

Have you seen these fountains, or some others like them in different places?

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Color Your World : Cotton Candy

Sunset at Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Sunset at Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Just before the sun sets, and darkness falls,

The African skies have so many colours

Even a hint of Cotton Candy

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge : Vibrant Colours

Colourful Kinsale

Colourful Kinsale

Many towns in Ireland like to paint their houses and shops in vibrant colours, as you can see from this shop called ‘Stone Mad’ selling beautiful jewellery and knick knacks in Kinsale.  The pink window frames, rainbow colours and the hanging baskets add to the vibrancy and make people stop and have a look.

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This huge mural stands behind one of the altars at Chichester Cathedral, it is the Piper Tapestry which was woven in France in 1966, designed by John Piper who also made stained glass windows for several churches.

Chichester Cathedral

Chichester Cathedral

This magnificent stained glass window is also in Chichester Cathedral, and has been there since the 14th century, and the colours are so vibrant, considering that it has survived many centuries.

Check out Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge for more.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge : Contrasting Colours

The theme of the challenge from Cee this week is Contrasting Colours.    While looking through my many albums, I found that the photos taken in strong sunshine really stand out when there is a contrasting colour, and these photos taken in Italy really show this well.  I loved visiting Italy, and hope you enjoy these photos in the sunshine.

Head on over for some more contrasts

Wordless Wednesday : Colourful Temple Bar, Dublin

Bloom’s Hotel in Temple Bar

Knitting on the Go!

Right now I have two projects on the go….well with the bad weather outside, and a nice cosy fire inside, what’s a girl to do….

I bought some beautiful Sirdar Escape DK at Vibes & Scribes – what an amazing shop this is, go down into the basement, and I dare you to come out without being tempted to buy something!  They have wool, wool and more wool, knitting needles, patterns, ideas and help, and an arts and crafts shop on the ground floor.    Sorry, I got distracted there.     The wool is self striping, and mine is in shades of pink, purple, peach, tangerine, and I am making cardigans for my grandchildren.  The pattern is one from Ravelry (another favourite place) and is called Sweet and Simple Cardigan -it is knit in one piece to the armholes, and then divided, and the fronts and back worked separately.   There is a wide band in garter stitch and then stocking stitch for the rest,  and it looks lovely when you see the effect, though when I showed my granddaughter on Skype what I was doing, she wasn’t impressed and said ‘that doesn’t look like a cardigan’…just wait Caitlin, it’s growing every day!

Pretty in Pink

Growing slowly

My second project is a shrug for me.   I bought a lovely vintage dress on my last trip to Dublin, and as it is sleeveless, I thought it needed something for when I am out on a posh night out!    It’s another Ravelry pattern- Irish Moss Shrug, it has a 4 row pattern, and is a bit slower than the plain knitting.   I am almost finished the first ball now and am about half way through.   The wool is Aria Double Knitting, and has little black sequins on it so it will be nice for night time.  I tried to take a few photos but the black doesn’t photograph too well, I may have to wait till it’s finished and I am wearing it over my new dress.

Just Open the Door and Come on In!

On my travels around Cork City I came across some interesting doors, old ones, colourful ones, and ornate ones.   Some of these buildings have become restaurants and cafes, and it is nice to see that the good features have been preserved.

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