We probably all romance about the carefree days of our youth, when we’d lie back in the grass, gazing out into the infinity of the sky, dreaming, or playing the imagine game with the shapes of drifting clouds. Storms brought … Continue reading →
On my last Farewell Sri Lanka trip I stopped to see a ‘rehabilitated’ ambalama not far from Negombo. Being a bit of an ‘authentic’ snob, I was bitterly disappointed by the modern flourishes that spoiled the simple, utilitarian building. Leaving, I turned back to take one last look at what they’d done and was blinded by the sun. Split by the roof’s peak, giant motes glowed like rainbow-hued pentagons as they drifted lazily in the rays of light.
Quite fitting, don’t you think, for Let There Be Light, this week’s WP Photo Challenge – though perhaps Let’s See the Light would be more precise?
PS Is anyone else using the Twenty Eleven Theme having trouble with their banner image? After a year or so, all of a sudden mine’s not working
I don’t remember the exact moment I realised I loved Sri Lanka, but I do remember the first breathtaking moment of wonderment that sparked the initial infatuation. We’d been on the island for a couple of days and were taking … Continue reading →
I used to be an apple a day girl, until I went to live in Sri Lanka the first time and fell in love with sweet little Ambul bananas. Ever since, my love affair with bananas in general has remained … Continue reading →
I’m so looking forward to settling down (eight boxes to go!) so I can write a couple of decent posts about some of the extraordinary things I saw on my farewell trips from Paradise. Prompted by Ailsa’s Stone challenge I … Continue reading →
Caught in traffic on the way to Kitulgala (back on my first Farewell Trip) I was struck by the posture and bearing of one of the women walking away from a temple. As we inched forward, I saw her a … Continue reading →
I’d been looking forward to seeing the fabled temples of Angkor for most of my life and was suitably thrilled by my first glimpse of Angkor Wat’s legendary towers, but it was the miles of friezes around the lower walls … Continue reading →
There’s a pretty mountain in the foothills on the way up to Kandy that the English called Bible Rock (I can’t see why, and much prefer its local name Batalegala). It’s not a tall mountain, not revered as a pilgrimage … Continue reading →
Sri Lanka is one of those places where looking upward pays. From majestic trees blocking out the sun to dagabas and statues perched at the edge of cliffs or on mountain tops, there’s always something singular to be seen from … Continue reading →
What could be more saturated than the colours of tropical flowers? Orange bananas, perhaps? Or gilded domes sweltering under a tropical sun? And while saffron robes might pale in comparison to a lovingly bedecked Ganesha shrine It’s Jayantha and his … Continue reading →
Back in my island paradise, before I left, the skies were alive with a seasonal invader – the bright swooping shapes of a myriad kites. I met a man on the way back from Kandy the other day, face intent, … Continue reading →
A couple of times in the past year or so I’ve written snippets about Galle, that fairytale walled city perched above the shallow reefs at the southwestern tip of the teardrop of Sri Lanka.
I wish today was the day for the definitive post on this magical city, but no: too stressed, too busy making lists and dashing about getting trying to get settled in Oz.
Yes! I’ve arrived at another paradise, and have found an apartment – just back from the Maroochy River as it begins to thread its way through the sandbars to the sea. I’ve set up a blog – Another Paradise – just to post daily photos from my walks as I explore my new home. I hope you’ll join me there sometimes?
I’ve dozens of unwritten posts overflowing my download file since my “farewell Sri Lanka” trips – what wonders I discovered in my last days in my island paradise! Today, it’s just a few teaser shots of Galle, in response to this week’s WP Photo Challenge - The Sea.
Though I move into the flat on Monday, I’ll be camping there till my ‘stuff’ arrives from Sri Lanka in six weeks or so. There’ll be electricity, and a sofa or something to sleep on, but I’m not sure how long it will take to get my head around telephony/internet plans here. Please forgive me in advance if I don’t get caught up with what you’ve been blogging about immediately … I suspect I’ll be visiting the Library quite a lot in the next couple of weeks, once this slow, slow, slow and hideously expensive holiday hotspot package runs out. :)
Driving along, traffic jam – policeman let us through and would you believe it – a perahera! Up ahead was a large red cloud. There was something familiar about it’s long tail and luxuriant bottlebrush hairs. (Leaning out the car … Continue reading →
Am I late? I worked on these last week, thinking they would be an interesting collection for Sonel’s Upward in Black and White Challenge, and then forgot I hadn’t posted them! There are so many photographs taken of strangler figs … Continue reading →
Drinking greedily of every eyeful – and capture – I can cram into these last few weeks here in Paradise, I was ravished ( ), as always, by the lushness of this tropical isle. Just three shots, taken gliding down … Continue reading →