Travel theme: Doorways

Doorways Photo Challenge

Thank you to Where’s My Backpack for the invitation to join in the doorways travel theme

Detail of Zanzibar door

Detail of Zanzibar door

The doors of Zanzibar are special.  The design and intricate, stylised carvings, tell stories of the slave trade, of the Swahili culture, of people who earned their living on the sea, of influences from India, Oman and Persia.  Many were removed and sold to canny collectors before their real value as national heritage was recognised, and now an effort is being made to conserve those that remain.  Zanzibar’s doors are one of the reasons I will never tire of walking the winding, narrow streets of Stonetown.  I especially like it when an open door gives a glimpse of a cool, dark interior, where ordinary life continues behind a most extraordinary entrance.

Give me a hand…

“Give me a hand”: some applause please.  Or “give me a hand”: I need some help. Actually, I’d like both; this is an invitation to give me a helping hand so we can all share some applause. Today is the launch of the Hands Project.  It is something that has been bubbling away on the back-burner for several years and its time has finally arrived.

In Novedevichy Cemetery, Moscow

In Novedevichy Cemetery, Moscow

The Hands Project (or Give me a hand…) is a new weekly feature event for which I am inviting collaboration.  We are all familiar with the saying, “The eyes are the window of the soul”, and most of us would probably agree that a searching gaze into a person’s eyes provides insight beyond words. But how many of us have considered a person’s hands as an equally strong indication of their character?  Of hands as narrators?  Of hands as evidence of a life, and a way of life? I have a million ideas about how hands are used (and misused) but believe the result will be richer if a group of us pool our individual vision.  There is so much creativity out there that nobody needs to be led by the nose. Contributers would retain copyright over their submissions, and somehow share in either the glory or the profit (or both) of a published collection of our best works.  I envisage a coffee-table style hard-cover book, because despite the incredible capability of the internet and the hours I spend at the computer, I still really love books.  High quality glossy paper with beautiful pictures and words… Well, it doesn’t hurt to dream 🙂 Here are the rules for “Give me a hand”

  1. Every Tuesday I will publish a HANDS image.
  2. In the comments section, please write a caption for my image and add a link to your site.
  3. On your site, post your own HANDs image, with or without a caption and link it back to me at https://paypackandfollow.wordpress.com
  4. Encourage your readers to write their own captions to your image in the comments section of your post.
  5. Don’t forget to make a category for Give me a hand  and tag your post Hands Project.

I hope you share my excitement about the Hands Project.  I am really looking forward to seeing your interpretations of this theme. (Also, if you have any advice about how to improve the style of this feature, please let me know in Comments or Contact.  I am still very much a Babe in the Blogging Woods). Sandy

Another Liebster – WOW!

Thank you to https://memoirsofawanderingmind.wordpress.com for also nominating me for a Liebster Award.  The rules are the same:

liebster-award1. Thank and link the person who nominated you.

2. Answer the questions given by the nominator.

3. Nominate 11 other bloggers, who have less than 200 followers and link them.

4. Create 11 new questions for the nominees to answer.

5. Notify all nominees via social media/blogs.

 

Kite over Lake Victoria

Kite over Lake Victoria

 

But the questions are new…

1. What was your favorite class in school?

Spanish.  Our teacher was fun.

2. What is your favorite season and why?

Spring: It smells of new beginnings.

3. Do you have pets?

No, sadly, no.

4. What is your favorite childhood memory?

Skinning an eel, – with me on one end and my dad on the other.

5. What is your favorite dessert?

Cheesecake.

6. What’s the must-visit spot around your hometown? If you could, name a place better known by local people.

The fish and chip shop.

7. What are your goals for 2015, if any?

To successfully resettle my family in Australia.

8. What are you most grateful for in your life?

Love.

9. What is your favorite place in this world?

Right here, right now.

10. What would you do if you won the lottery?

I’d be extremely surprised and would start believing in miracles – I don’t buy lottery tickets 🙂

11. If money was not a concern, what would you most like to buy?

A boat.

 

My Nominees:

https://suzettastone15.wordpress.com – Reader and philosopher, mother and all-round brave person; reflective comment and beautiful photos

https://theweekendsightseer.wordpress.com – travel, photography, the fabulous Philippines

http://jamilamimi.com – Life after 50 (and a cheesecake challenge!)

https://nelkumi.wordpress.com – Loss, jungle, dogs, philosophy and beautiful photos (with a dual-culture perspective)

https://anothervoiceintheincessantsound.wordpress.com – reflective writing

https://lachicaquevinoalavida.wordpress.com – random musings, poetry, music and photos

https://issheright.wordpress.com – Writing with an Aussie flavour

https://touchofinsanity.wordpress.com – Reflective writings and photographs

https://justanotherdayintheworld.wordpress.com – expat life

https://playingwithmyfirstdslrcamera.wordpress.com – photography

https://drawingthestreet.wordpress.com – exactly what it says.  Amazing!

 

And my questions: 

(I apologise if your blog already contains the answers to some of these).

  1. How do you fit blogging into your life?
  2. Do you spend more time posting on your own blog or looking at other blogger’s material?
  3. Vegemite, Promite, or Marmite? (Careful, – this could be a trick question!) 🙂
  4. How have your friends and family reacted to your interest in blogging?
  5. If you had to spend a whole day inside a building, which one would it be?
  6. What gives you the most pleasure, – the journey or the destination?
  7. Where are you right now?
  8. Who are your heroes?
  9. Why do you blog?
  10. If you had to lose one of your senses, which would it be?
  11. Would you rather be a whale or a shark? (Definitely a trick question!) 🙂

Happy Blogging!   I’m looking forward to reading your next post. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vladimir recycles soup bones

Yesterday Vladimir finished a skull ring for Masha.  He carved it out of marrow-bone (goat), – after he’d made soup.

He also made a pendant for me.

Soup bone pendant

The Liebster Award Nomination

I could equally well have titled this post “Encouragement”.  Thank you so much https://hogriderdookes.wordpress.com for the nomination.  It has given me the push I need to power on through this still-fresh, often confusing new world of blogging.

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I love awards!  These are the rules that go with this one:

1. Display the Liebster award on your blog.

2. Thank and link back to your nominator.

3. Answer the nominator’s 11 questions.

4. Nominate 11 other bloggers with about 200 or fewer followers and link to them.

5. Draft 11 new questions for your nominees.

6. Notify your nominees via their blogs or social media.

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1. How do you feel about getting nominated for the Liebster Award?

Totally chuffed!  And it’s a great idea, giving new bloggers encouragement and promoting our blogs to a wider readership.

2. What made you start blogging?

My friend Sarah at http://www.sarahsemyanik.com/diaryinvisible/ was my inspiration.

There’s a bit more to the story but I find I’ve explained it fairly well at another site that didn’t get off the ground: https://sandydunne.wordpress.com

3. Where is your favourite place in the world?

In bed beside my husband,

and…

Wherever the air is fresh and unpolluted, where the sounds are of nature or beautiful music, where there is something to read and something to write on, with people I love, and clean, swimmable water nearby.

4. Bungee jump or surfing?

Surfing.  But I don’t really need the fear of either.

5. If you could go back in time and do something different in your life, what would that be?

Accept that offer to crew on Glide, from Florida through the Panama Canal to California.  Damn!

6. Where will your next holiday/vacation destination be?

I plan to go to Rwanda next month.

7. Dogs or Cats?

I love them both.  But if there are birds around, a dog is better.

8. Tell us about your favourite food!

The humble egg is my Prince of Foods.  Versatile, nutritious and totally delicious.  Poached, fried, soft-boiled with soldiers, scrambled, omeletted, quiched and French toasted.  Nothing beats a hard-boiled egg or two when you’re travelling, – it comes in its own hygienic, biodegradable wrapping (as do bananas which run a close second) and can be eaten on bumpy buses and wild seas.  But only from happy hens, not the poor caged birds who are victims of an industrial farming practice that should be outlawed everywhere.

9. What is your perfect day?

One where I am kind to someone, don’t offend anyone, feel I have achieved something and still have time to ponder.

10. Who would be your dream dinner companion?

Whew, that’s a hard one.  There are so many people I would like to have dinner with, – for the conversation.  For example: Martha Gellhorn, war journalist (also Ernest Hemingway’s fourth wife – she survived that too!).   Anais Nin.  Or Doris Lessing. I seem to be leaning towards great female writers, and I’m assuming their conversation would in some way reflect their writing.  Doris Lessing may be an exception, judging from her candid reception of the Nobel Prize for Literature. http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/on-doris-lessing-and-not-saying-thank-you

I hope she would accept my admiration and share her wisdom with me.

11. Do these questions all seem very random to you too?

Yes!  And now I have to think of 11 more! 🙂

Here are my nominations for the Liebster Award:

https://gurkykowsky.wordpress.com – Sculpture – everywhere and Anytime: Art (especially sculpture) and its conservation. Incredibly informative and well-researched.  Beautifully presented, together with some quirky photography and thoughts.

http://thismelbournelife.com – A travel writer and photographer looks with fresh eyes at her hometown Melbourne

http://0htheplacesyoullgo.wordpress.com – A young, fresh travel blog by an international school teacher

http://60while60.wordpress.com – Accomplishing 60 things while 60.  Gutsy and funny.

https://acoffeebreakwithmike.wordpress.com – a beautifully crafted blog with stunning photography and insightful comment, regular postings and clear presentation

http://evantart.com – inspiring paintings and photography

https://craftcrazygran.wordpress.com – beautiful photography, craft, nature, animals and family life

https://neomanu.wordpress.com – Margaret Miller showcases exquisite photos and textile work

https://talesofatravelingaggie.wordpress.com – Travel and life abroad, through a Peace Corp teacher’s eyes

http://thetjblog.com – young and bright, lovely photos and random thoughts, we share an African connection

https://minor6th.wordpress.com – beautiful photography and inspirational musings

New Questions (I apologise if your blog already contains the answers to some of these).

  1. How do you fit blogging into your life?
  2. Do you spend more time posting on your own blog or looking at other blogger’s material?
  3. Vegemite, Promite, or Marmite? (Careful, – this could be a trick question!) 🙂
  4. How have your friends and family reacted to your interest in blogging?
  5. If you had to spend a whole day inside a building, which one would it be?
  6. What gives you the most pleasure, – the journey or the destination?
  7. Where are you right now?
  8. Who are your heroes?
  9. Why do you blog?
  10. If you had to lose one of your senses, which would it be?
  11. Would you rather be a whale or a shark? (Definitely a trick question!) 🙂

Your blogs are awesome; I enjoy visiting and watching them develop.  Happy blogging and keep in touch!