Everyday Moments


Everyday Moments
(Photo challenge from blogger Debbie at The World is a Book blog site)

The Islamic feast of Eid al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) takes place next week. In the week leading up, Muslim families will travel to the animal markets to select their particular sheep or goat (normally). So maybe not an ‘everyday moment’ throughout the entire year, but the buying and selling of animals is an everyday moment for that particular week in the Middle East and throughout the Islamic world, for many hundreds of years past.

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It’s the weekend


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One Word Sunday – Selfie


MB’s shot for Debbie’s Sunday challenge.

From the recent trip to Turkey. No further comment!

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It’s the weekend


Lough Derg, Ireland.

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It’s the weekend


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It’s the weekend


Geneva Waterfront. July 2017.

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Action


MBs submission for Debbies One Word Sunday challenge – Action

From MBs recent trip to Canakkale, Turkey:

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It’s the weekend


A street performer plays on a street in Nyon, a small town just outside Geneva, Switzerland. July 2017.SONY DSC

And if you want to hear a short clip of what she was playing………..

It’s the weekend


Another shot from MBs recent trip to Canakkale on the Dardanelles Straits in western Turkey.

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It’s the weekend


Canakkale, Turkey.

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It’s the weekend


Lough Derg, Ireland

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One Word Sunday – Stark


Stark.

MB’s response to this weeks challenge – a shot from mid-December 2017 from Lough Gur lake back home.

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Troy


For most of history, the city of Troy was considered a mythical place of ancient Greek legend. It’s existence, mythical or not, was founded on its mention a number of times in the poem ‘The Illiad’ by Homer (ancient Greece, not modern Springfield!). It was referred to by different names in the poem, Troia being one of them, after King Tros.  Read More

One-Word Sunday (on Monday!) – Circle


Circle.

The Suvla Bay area of western Turkey on the Dardanelles Straits is infamous as one of the venues of appalling human butchery of WW1. The battles at Suvla formed part of the Gallipoli Campaign, where approximately 200,000 British/French/Anzac troops died, along with some 60,000 Ottoman Turks. Another 250,00 soldiers from both sides were injured. It is said that the sea was brown in colour for three days following one of the major battles, as the blood of the fallen mixed with the salt water.

Brutal stuff indeed.

One hundred and three years later, only a few days back, MB landed at Suvla. It is an altogether more pleasant place today. War monuments and memories abound and MB may return to that subject matter at another time. For the moment, MB will focus on the Suvla vineyard where some mighty fine Suvla wine can be procured.

On the lawn outside the main building sits an old stone press which was used for pressing the grapes. Inside, the vineyard shop sells a host of Suvla wines and foods.

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One Word Sunday – Music


Music.

This week’s One Word challenge is MUSIC. Big thanks to D of Travel with Intent blog for her challenging efforts.

If it’s music you want, then there’s a fair amount of it any day you wish back in MB’s Irish homeland. The Irish music scene is of course famous, from Thin Lizzy back in the day to Van Morrison to Enya to various Boy Bands to The Corrs to U2, and numerous others. That’s not to mention the Irish folk music scene which continues to thrive, and where many of the international groups started their young apprenticeships and have their roots. And who wouldn’t like to wander into a quaint Irish pub of an evening, after a day’s hard toil and unwind to the sound of some local musicians playing a few Irish gentle (or rousing) folk tunes or singing an Irish ballad, whilst sipping a tasty Irish brew?

Yes indeed guys, if you’re looking for a music fest, just head on over to MB’s homeland and you are likely to find music under any blade of grass you care to lift. In the kitchen. The living room. The street. The pub. The local hall. The Stone Circle. Etc.

“Stone Circle MB?”

Yes, guys. The Irish play music in Stone Circles. And why not?!

It’s fast approaching the 21 June Summer Solstice, and back in MB’s HX homeland, you are likely to find a musician or two in the pre-dawn twilight welcoming in the early-morning solstice sunshine with some music in the middle of the Grange Stone Circle.

The following shot was taken by MB in June 2014. Annoyingly (for MB) the shot is of 2 musicians who are accompanying another musician/singer out of shot,  as evidenced by the directing in which the people are looking. However, it does invoke a certain sense of mystery – who is that musician? male/female? more than one? What’s he/she singing/playing? etc?

“Bullshit MB, it’s just a dodgy shot”.

Ok lads, maybe you got a point!

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