several silhouettes

Here’s my submission for the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo challenge. I’m desperately trying to put together some photos to order a book. I purchased it about a year ago and of course the offer will expire soon. Apparently I don’t always work better with a deadline! I’ve decided to print a book with photos from my most recent visit to Turkey, so that’s where I looked for the challenge photos.

Galata Tower from the water


tiny skylights

window grill

cat behind grill

inside the harem


Okay – I’m throwing in my 2 cents worth. I tried the new editor and so far am not impressed. I don’t have time to play with this and learn the nuances necessary to use a new system now! WordPress – why don’t you ask first?




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 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

weekly photo challenge : extra, extra

Here’s what I found for the weekly photo challenge. I was not able to contain myself to one or two photos so here are a few of my favourites. First photo shows an extra delicate flower, then an extra lovely view of the harbour from the castle in Bodrum, Turkey.delicate flower harbour sceneHere’s an extra delicious looking pan of baklava.pan of baklava

I loved this extra tranquil view from our hotel window in Bodrum. We spent one day out on a boat where brave souls were able to swim in the extra beautiful blue Mediterranean.tranquil view in Bodrum beautiful water of the Mediterraneanbrave diverOn a Bosphorus excursion from Istanbul, we saw an extra-large Turkish flag – one of many on display. The end of our boat trip was extra windy, as you can see from the horizontal position of the giant soccer flag hanging under a bridge.large Turkish flag soccer flag blowing under a bridgeTruthfully our entire trip was extra special, but I really should get some work done now. Hope you’ve enjoyed my sampling of “extras”.