Archives for August 2013

Tokugawa Shogun – Nijo Castle – Ninomaru Palace -Kyoto

Arriving in Kyoto a new guide greeted us on the train platform and took us to our hotel, the Rihga Royal Hotel, our luggage already arrived and in situ. Our hotel room,very clean, comfortable, a good standard, staff very friendly and helpful, another really nice hotel. Great breakfasts with a choice of western or Japanese cuisine. Kyoto […]

Sunken Hearth – Traditional Japanese Fireplace

Thursday Challenge –  FIRE (Candle, Fireplace, Fireworks, Sparks,…)   Traditional sunken hearth and adjustable hanging hook known as a jizai-kagi. Irori -an open fireplace or traditional sunken hearth Toyama Farmhouse Visiting the ancient old farmhouse (now a Folk Museum) I loved the family room with the open fireplace or traditional sunken hearth made of iron, known […]

Ducks-ducks – Herds of Ducks | Favorite foto-Wednesday

Favorite foto for Wednesday Ducks, ducks and more ducks First sight from a distance I thought, with horror, this was a pack of black rats moving en masse along the road? Horror of horrors! (rats always make me think of the ‘bubonic plague’). On closer inspection I realized it was a herd of dark brown […]

Animal Herds-water buffalo|skinny white cows

Thursday Challenge – Animal (Pets,Wild,Herds,flocks,…) I felt quite excited when I saw this small herd of sleek grey water buffalo and skinny white cows grazing in the paddock. This is not a wild buffalo but a domesticated water buffalo, a beautiful animal,  family pet and provider. A sleek beautiful animal The water buffalo enjoys  wading and […]

Traditional Music – Gong Circle Chimes – Pich Nil Cambodia

Traditional Music Team At one end of the spirit houses at Pich Nil mountain pass, a  group of children sat playing traditional musical instruments, raising money for their Traditional Music Team. The music is pleasant to listen to. The instruments were equally interesting; having only ever seen a traditional xylophone or Roneat ek played at one of the temples, this is […]

Blue Sky

Thursday challenge – BLUE (Sky, Flowers, Hair, Water, Clothing, Vehicles, Houses,…) Blue sky, ocean water of incredible hues, barely a  cloud in an endless blue sky, this is Townsville, 365 day of the year. Houses upon houses in a growing populace. A triage of botanical gardens with lush green lawns, palms, tropical trees and  plants. The Strand Promenade and water […]

Favorite Foto – Wednesday – To Market to Market

My Favorite Foto for Wednesday – To Market to Market – Poultry The sight of these poor chooks (poultry) being carried to market ( or perhaps from a market) in this way, I’m sorry I had to laugh. To market to market! Poor chookies!  The poultry must have had a few ruffled feathers when they arrived […]

‘Spirit Houses’ Pich Nil Mountain Pass

Primary School visit Early morning start, our first stop is a visit  to a primary school. The classroom for the younger children is nicely decorated, the youngsters in the next grade using slates and chalk (which is not a bad thing, think of the paper they save?) The teacher had the young children sing a […]

Rain – rain-clouds-umbrella-splashing-water-dripping-flowing…

  Thursday Challenge – Rain (rain,clouds,umbrella,splashing,water,dripping,flowing…) Umbrella up in the rain, enjoying an unusual spectacle  of flowing water, and splashing colored fountains with classical music. The clouds darkened, the rain came down, and sent us scurrying for more cover. We ended up dripping wet!! This picture post  shared in the Thursday Photo Challenge – for fun and learning. […]

Favorite Foto – Wednesday – Dainty Khmer Horse

My favorite foto for Wednesday is from Cambodia This beautiful little horse is an Asian horse, native to Cambodia. Farm animals are an important part of  the Khmer family and offer a means to make a living, as well as family transport when needed. The Asian horses  is in decline, their numbers have dropped over the years,  however efforts […]

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