Just quickly, before the power goes off – the prettiest sign announcing a chicken shop I’ve ever seen:
Painted on the road, as we drove upward into a misty forest
I was with Mo, and we were lost – in the sense that we didn’t know where we were on the map, so I can’t tell you where this was – but this sign loomed up in front of us on the road and, there being not a soul about, we stopped and climbed up onto the roof of the car to get as much of it in the frame as we could. The DEO of Kaikawa, Matale District (that’s just north of Kandy, beside the Knuckles) was an a bit of an innovator – this shot was taken, dunno, 15-20 years ago.
And “Now you can relax”
I had to walk back down the road a way to read it – when my legs could carry me that is. I’d reached a little plateau after driving up one of those roads that’re so steep you can’t see what’s over the steering wheel – I don’t remember doing much breathing, either, till I pulled up at the ambalama (this is a modern version of an ancient Sri Lankan structure erected beside pathways where people could rest a while in the shade, have a wash, even stretch out for a nap – how civilised – before proceeding on one’s journey) – “now you can relax” indeed. And, as it happened, it was Wesak, the festival of lights, and the village had installed this year’s prize-winning Wesak Lantern in the ambalama – here it is.
I’ll try to put together a more measured response to Ailsa’s “Signs” challenge till my battery runs out …
Sorry I haven’t been reading your posts, or answering your lovely comments – thank you so much, I do appreciate them, I can’t tell you how much.