Friday, 26 April 2013

She thinks she's a tour guide...

It's a week since we got home.  I'm missing being on holiday, I really am. I can't think of a better way to cheer myself up than by boring you with some more snaps.  I know, but you tolerate it so well!
All of these were taken in Cartagena.  I couldn't work out from the guide whether this was looted from the sea bed or a ship...anyway, as you can see from the scuffed earth around it, this is clearly used as a public bench.  Which is probably why his eyes are shut.  We like to refer to him as 'bored of Catagena'.  There were a lot of random pieces of stone art dotted around, I guess in a sea faring port that probably isn't uncommon what with all the goings and returnings of ships.  What adventures.

I seem to be developing a 'thing' about doors.  Spanish doors mainly, it has to be said.  Speaks to the power of a natural resource like wood huh - however cracked and dry from the sun, they continue to fill the hole!  This door I managed to catch being opened...it actually opens as a regular sized door which is really charming, huh...it hides a courtyard too, but of course I was too polite (scared) to rush over with my camera.



 And here's another.  The back door, if you will, to the church in the centre of town.  I'm guessing that the right hand leaf is used more often..no weeds growing there.  Although generally the town was closed on this bright Monday, we could hear music...which was probably a treat we'd have missed if the town had been busy.  Yup, silver linings indeed.
 Now me and Mr Dunnit make a living out of wood.  He's incredibly experienced and could definitely win a competition of 'guess the tree from the leaf'.  But not this one.  But who cares..look at their magnificent limbs and of course, the root structure is fascinating. As are the 'modern' benches...piles of terracotta bricks, banded together like goods on a pallet.  Interesting.  Not entirely comfortable on the back of a pair of fat legs, I can tell you.
Bless him - I wanted him to hug the tree just like the tree roots are hugging it.  But actually, he said a better sense of proportion would be achieved if he just stood there. And so he did.  Dignity intact too, I think Mr D...you thought faster than me this time!
Have a lovely weekend y'all.  

19 comments:

Helen said...

I love the doors...and the trees.

mamapez5 said...

I really must visit Cartagena soon. I have to agree that the doorways out here are something special. I also have a whole folder of tree-trunk photos. I wish I could identify these for you, but I can't, not yet anyway.
Kate x

Annie said...

Looks like someone has been buried in the first pic :-)
Hugs,
A x

Angie said...

Wow ...those old trees are wonderful ...I love the roots ...as you described them 'hugging the earth'.Thank you for sharing. xx

CoventryAnn said...

I've really enjoyed looking back through your holiday posts :) Esp like the ampitheatre photos!! And the thought they might end up on a scrapbook page.

Redanne said...

Fantastic pics Julia, love those wonderful trees with the fabulous roots on show! Hugs, Anne x

JoZart said...

Wonderful pics Julia, I enjoyed the trip but missed the sunshine somehow.
Have a great weekend....
Jo x

Anne said...

Love seeing photographs of the area. Anne x

Kim said...

I have to say; I too have a thing for doors...and the secret courtyard and gardens behind them.
Thanks for sharing your pics!!

Elizabeth said...

Hi Julia, should I ever venture over to Spain it will be down to you and your photographs - it looks well worth a visit. It is one of the few European countries I have never visited - a terrible oversight! Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth xx

okienurse said...

I love all the pictures and commentary you have been sharing from Sunny Spain! I love Spain and would move there in a NY minute given the opportunity! Friendly people, no cold weather, good wine, good food...ideal! I took some pictures of trees similar to the one you have there. I think the tree is part of the Ficus Macro family...we grown them in pots and drag them in and out of the house as the weather changes here in my part of the US> I have seen them growing in the wild in extreme southern US, gulf area and down in Mexico. Love the trees. Thanks for sharing. Vickie

Darnell J Knauss said...

TFS, Julia! They certainly are fascinating trees!

Nan G said...

Holy smokes! And I thought our living oak trees were big...those are awesome trees! Cool door pics will be saving em for inspiration!

sandra de said...

The trees are definitely from the Ficus group. In Sydney we call them Moreton Bay Ficus. The root system become amazing hiding spots for kids playing in the parks. Love the door pics.
Sandra

~Sue C said...

Beautiful pictures Julia. Love the trees. Doors are very interesting to me too. lol! Thanks for sharing your trip.
SueC

fairy thoughts said...

the four trees are beautiful, I would want to hug them too. There is definately something special about wood. thanks for sharing
janet

Charlene said...

You are quite the photographer. TFS!!

Paula Gale said...

I actually recon you are better than a tour guide. I think you should have a column somewhere. You write in such a way that you could make the most boring of subjects interesting... Also, you always manage to inject that good old Julia wit and humour into any subject - I love it!

I love Spain and could meander(sp?) for ever where ever we go - alas, not so the boys - but yippee... they've grown up now and probably won't want to come with us so I just have to convince my own Mr. to come with me - the promise of foriegn lager normally does the trick!

Hope you have some more left!

big hugs

Paula x x x

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