Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Seeing Double


Thanks to Tina for this week’s Double challenge.

MB caught these two doing steward duty at the Redbull Soapbox Race he recently attended in Amman, Jordan. Wonder what they are seeing?!

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Layered


Thanks to Amy for this week’s layered challenge.

MB’s It’s the Weekend post of a few days back featured a shot of an old train that MB took some years back in Sri Lanka; 2013 to be exact. MB was on an overnight train journey from capital city Colombo to a hilltop village called Haputale in search of Lipton’s Seat; the seat that owner and founder Sir Thomas Lipton had installed at the top of the highest peak on his Lipton’s Tea Plantation, where he would come of an evening to relax and reflect on life and tea-growing. MB managed to find the seat and sat in it and gazed for a long time out over the hills and tea plants that stretched as far as the eye could see one beautiful Sri Lankan August evening. The icing-on-the-cake was drinking top quality Orange Pekoe black Sri Lankan tea from the little tea hut that lies close to the seat, for the benefit of travelers who make the journey. MB wrote a post about that trip to Haputale entitled Time for Tea if followers care to read.

MB had paid some extra shekels for a sleeper carriage on the overnight trip to Haputale, the journey being some ten hours or more. However, the term ‘sleeper carriage’ seems to have a different meaning in Sri Lanka than elsewhere; a wafer-thin foam mattress of no more than 3 or 4cm not affording much sleeper softness from the bone-hard plywood underneath. So upon sight of some sunlight in the very early morning hours, a very tired MB alighted from his bed-coffin, not having had a wink of sleep since boarding the train many hours previously, and meandered out to the train corridor to view the surrounding countryside from the corridor window.

And what a multi-layered early-morning sight to behold:

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Time for Tea – next to Lipton’s Seat some 30 to 40 minutes drive by Tuktuk from Haputale:
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It’s the weekend


Take a train ride!

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It’s the weekend


Get those bicycles out!

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Lens Artist’s Photo Challenge – Filling the frame


Thanks to Patti for this week’s Filling the Frame challenge. 

You may have thought that there is no alcohol production in the Middle East. But if you did, you’re wrong!

MB was in Jordan a few weeks back, primarily to attend the wedding of a work colleague. Whilst the wedding was a ‘dry’ wedding, involving as it did two Muslim families, beer and alcohol generally are freely available in Jordan. On the day after the wedding, MB killed some time with a local friend visiting two great pubs. Both sold a Jordanian brewed craft beer called Carakale, after the local brewery that makes it.

And a damned fine tipple it is.

Sláinte!

To check out the Carkale brewery, click HERE.

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Sofia’s got a sister. Welcome baby Maria!


Sofia’s got a sister! Read More

It’s the weekend


How about a dance?

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Writing For Change


MB opines that being Cuban is about as close as it gets to being Irish! Read More