Kooka-Kookaburra Blue

Thursday Challenge: BLUE (Sky, Jewels, Birds, Balloons,…)  The handsome blue-winged kookaburra flies into my garden regularly during the year. They bird sits very patiently on the rotary clothesline, with beady eyes watching the garden bed for any movement. Quick as a flash they dive down to the garden, fly back up in seconds to perch, with […]

Golden Pavilion – Kinkaku-ju – Kyoto

  Golden Pavilion a Zen Buddhist temple  I was really looking forward to see the Golden Pavilion. I had read about it before coming to Japan, hard to imagine a building covered in gold leaf. I was not disappointed when I saw this graceful pavilion. Our tour group followed a tree-lined pathway leading  into a […]

Kosho-ji Temple Nagoya

Kosho-ji is a Shingon Buddhist Temple in Yagoto, Nagoya, Central Japan This temple complex set in woodlands on Yogota Hill felt very peaceful and serene. A wonderful old, rustic, five tiered wooden pagoda, ageing gracefully, stands serenely among the other wooden buildings of the complex outlined against a perfect blue sky.  The complex dates from […]

Fav Foto for Wednesday – Golden Buddha

 The ancient and the modern On our Wendy Wu group tour through Cambodia we visited the ancient Hindu temple of  Phnom Chisor. We enjoyed the magnificent view over the countryside from Chisor Mountain, and exploring the temples ruins of Phnom Chisor. A short walk up the hill from the ancient temple ruins brought us to a modern […]

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 […]

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