Pedestrian

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Vipsol, Etruria, Phoenicians, Wine.

Pedestrian, Christa’s weekly photo challange.

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Layers of colour

Wandering through the narrow streets of the Altrarno last week, we came across one of many Florentine paper and book binding shops in the city. My friend makes leather notebooks and Coptic stitch journals and I even help sometimes, and of course I have a passion for stationery, as many of you also do. The shop was fabulous! Chatting to the young woman, we learnt that the shop had been there for more than thirty years, started by her grandfather, but the family tradition went back for around a hundred years. Every surface was piled with pre-stitched signatures of paper, and she was binding legal documents, as they’ve probably been done for century’s. Realising how interested we were, she stopped what she was doing and showed us her marbling process instead.
Layers of colours were poured, splashed, and flicked into a tray with mysterious liquids, we watched, entranced.

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We wanted to buy the sheet we watched her making, sadly it wouldn’t be dry for some time.
This is one she made earlier.

Here she is in her beautiful shop, needless to say we bought some nice things from her. If ever you’re in Florence, pay her a visit at Via Sant’Agostino, near the Ponte Santa Trinita, she’s such a charming lady.

This post is for Ben Huberman’s weekly photo challenge, Layered.

The Butterwalk

A row of former merchants houses and grade 1 listed buildings, the Butterwalk in Dartmouth has been standing since the early 17th century.

The structure features 11 eleven granite piers, originally 13. I’d guess the granite came from Dartmoor. There was some serious bomb damage in 1943, thankfully renovated a few years later.

It’s been ages since I’ve posted for the Weekly Photo Challenge!

Collage, mine not mine

I like collage, the possibilities are endless aren’t they? So when I saw that this weeks photo challenge is collage, it made me smile.

And when I saw this, I also smiled.

The next one, I’ve just created.

And this one is on my wall, I don’t often frame my work, but there was just the right space for it.

My haiku and mixed media that I had a play with.

A shady bunch

I can’t remember what’s going on in this photo. I think some of the figures at the back are shadows on the back of the cabinet they stood in, the weapons are. But they might not all be.

shadowWhat do you think?

To be honest I don’t mind either way, I just like the photo and it looks shadowy to me!

The weekly photo challenge has moved to Wednesdays, no doubt we’ll all get used to it.

Solitude

The theme for this weeks photo challenge is solitude. It can be interpreted in any way you choose, but I didn’t have any ideas. My  photos do show two people who couldn’t be more different though.

solitude-2This soldier was standing guard at the Ataturk Mausoleum, Istanbul. He was as still as a statue, even when I stood beside him. It must be a very strange thing to do, just standing all day without moving a muscle, a kind of internal solitude and yet remaining alert. He may still be there.

solitudeThis elderly lady, was probably glad of a place to sit and relax. It was a warm day, but she’d found her shady spot and seemed quite content in her solitude. There will be lots of photos of solitude at the Daily Post, pop over and visit or join in.

A pretty repurposing

Well I think so anyway.

Krista has found the sweetest little thing to repurpose, totally unique. I hope she stores it safely until next Christmas.

These two bracelets of mine are made from plastic carrier bags and bottles. I don’t know how they’re made, but wish I did, I’d have a try myself. I’ve seen plastics upcycled into many things but none as attractive as this.

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You can join Krista and the Weekly Photo Challenge here.

As Graceful as a spring flower

Ben over at the daily post has chosen ‘Graceful’ for this weeks photo challenge, this is what he said.

Gracefulness is a tricky quality — it manifests itself as an effortless, subtle harmony between a subject and its environment.

Personally, there are few things I find more graceful than spring flowers. During the dark months of winter, I long for little signs that they are beginning to emerge from the earth, or burst from seemingly dead twigs. It makes my heart sing when I spot new growth.

grace2Of course there are always the hellebores, generous and voluptuous as they parade in the shade.

grace3Some tilt their heads to any flash of sun they can, while others, more shy, make you bow down to greet them.

grace5A little later, the wonderfully graceful Acers arrive at the ball, stylishly clothed in tropical pink and lime green, effortlessly attracting attention.

grace4Tulips are so cheerful and bold, this one looks excited, like it’s waving it’s arms to the world, shouting ‘look at me, look at me, I’m doing my spring dance!’

grace1Anyone who knows me would guess that this last pic, of the first flower of the year isng flower my favourite. Faithfully, every January the snowdrops reappear like little virgins in tutus, surely the most graceful of all!

Are you posting something graceful this week?

 

 

Weekly photo Challenge: Names

I’d like to know the name of the hen that laid the eggs I eat, as Michelle does. She’s asked for names for this weeks challenge, not as easy as it would seem.

I’ve only managed to find one boat and it’s too cold to got out to photograph any more.

name2The much photographed Lively Lady has been fishing out of Beer for many years.

name1Now isn’t Drang an odd name for a street? It’s in Padstow, Cornwall and there’s a gallery with the same name.

name3The D’Oyly Carte’s were the family behind Gilbert and Sullivan, this Iolanthe poster is at Coleton Fishacre, a National Trust property that was once their home.

Join the weekly photo challenge here.

Weekly Photo Challenge, Anticipation

This week, share a photo that says anticipationA candid shot of your niece, eager to blow out the candles on her birthday cake. A photo from the trip you’d long dreamed of. An image of something you hope to have one day, or something that was worth the wait. For those who celebrate Christmas, how about a photo of the stockings hung by the chimney with care?

Right about know, Santa is getting ready for the busiest night of his year, a bit like year end in my office. I’m sure the elves are working their socks off and Mrs Claus is planning to make the biggest packed lunch ever, she doesn’t know how many mince pies her husband eats on his journey.

One of Santa’s very important helpers, Vixen, in anticipation of next Saturday, is getting as much rest as possible, snoozing in the barn.

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Michelle created this weeks challenge, see her cute cat anticipating mice for dinner.