Nothing quite like night time

A friend told me she hadn’t had time to check out my blog lately, and I had to confess that I haven’t seen much of my blog lately either! Where does the time go? Thought I should take a minute to post a night time photo for the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge. The first photo shows a web I spotted on the front of our house a few days ago. The rest are some fireworks from the International Fireworks competition in Montreal in 2009. Fireworks are one of my favourite things that you only see at night.spider webfireworks fireworks fireworks

Adventure of a lifetime

Here’s my response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge. Since my oldest daughter was recently married, I can’t think of a bigger adventure.wedding ceremony newly married coupleI wish them all the love and happiness their hearts can hold!

The wedding took place in the gorgeous Floralies Gardens in Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal. The reception was held in La Toundra, a stunning venue that was built as the Canadian Pavillion for Expo 67. It was absolutely beautiful. My daughters orchestrated the entire event, and the family helped with various tasks the week before the wedding. (Note colorful paper flowers which were in abundance throughout the venue.) I can’t think of a better way to celebrate. Here are a couple of shots of the park, and a favourite shot of the wedding party. (all part of the adventure)garden flowers park view wedding party

Containers

Thought I’d share assorted containers from Turkey for this week’s photo challenge. First photo shows a gigantic urn in the Hagia Sophia that was originally used for oil storage. ancient urn for oil storageHere we have a heater from the Harem in Topkapi Palace. I imagine it would have contained hot coals to heat the sitting area.heater in Topkapi PalaceI spotted this plastic jar on the Galata Bridge. This container provided temporary and cramped quarters for the poor fish.fish in a jarThis shop display from the Grand Bazaar showcases a variety of containers. I did not bring any home with me, but maybe next time…
assorted containersI’m afraid a photo challenge on containers would not be complete without my lovely Kush the cat. Here she was testing the fit of a flower-pot. Seems it was just right.Kush in a flower pot

relics abound

It’s easy to find interesting relics when you travel – especially when visiting other parts of the world. Sometimes it’s because there are truly old things to see, and sometimes I think it’s because you have the time to look around and explore. I haven’t been travelling lately – too busy printing fabrics for the summer, but I do have photos for this week’s challenge.

I’ve selected various views in Ani, Turkey. The deserted city, located on the Turkey/Armenia border, is a relic of the past. Ani was the capital of the Kingdom of Armenia, an independent state established in 884. The population was over 100,000. All that remains in this deserted ghost town are the remnants of Armenian built churches, a ruined Seljuk palace, a couple of mosques and caravanserais and a cathedral. Some are complete enough to be recognizable but others are collections of rubble. It is something to see.Ani

cathedral interior

painted archway Ani church remains church ruins Ani Ani dome view decorated column missing dome ceiling old building parts