Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

Ben at the Daily Post says

In this week’s challenge, show us your take on a monument (broadly defined). It could be a fresh angle on a well-known tourist site, or a place nobody knows outside your community. It doesn’t even have to be an official monument. A legendary coffeehouse, a churchyard cemetery, the remains of a treehouse you’d built as a kid — anything can be monumental as long as it’s imbued with a shared sense of importance.

I visited Gallipoli and Anzac Cove a few years ago as part of a tour of Turkey. To be honest I wasn’t interested and could easily had a snooze while the  others went off to see the battlefields and memorials. I’m glad I did go, it was one of the most moving days I have ever experienced. I’ve written about it before, including a poem and if you’re interested click the Turkey tag in my tag cloud.

For the challenge I’m showing you the monument commemorating the men of the Turkish 57th Infantry Regiment lost in the battle of Gallipoli. The then Lieutenant-Colonel Mustafa Kemal made a famous order to his Ottoman troops.

I am not ordering you to attack. I am ordering you to die. During the time before we die other forces and commanders will take our place.

And die they did, at least 1800 of them. Kemal went on to become a revolutionary statesman, President Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, but I digress, here is the monument.

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Join in this week at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/monument/

 

 

Cotehele, views in the grounds

Cotehele has beautiful grounds, with broad vistas of the river Tamar – which forms the border between Devon and Cornwall, off in the distance. cote2

The house is built from grey granite, lovely in sunshine but perhaps a little foreboding on a grey winter day.

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But there are always fresh sights opening up.
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They have a large variety of daffodils, some very old with wonderful fragrance.
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Plenty more spring flowers.
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And I don’t know how many favourite flowers a girl is allowed, but these are some of mine.
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I only had time to see a small part of the beautiful gardens at Cotehele, so I must go back later in the year. Perhaps then I’ll take a woodland walk to the river bank.
Click on any photo for a clearer view.

100 Word Challenge For Grown Ups Week # 127

Because we put our clocks forward last weekend Julia’s prompt is ‘time marches on’. Here is my entry.

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Past Times

She slithered under the metal bedstead. The object of her desire waited in the dark, dusty space in all its splendour. It had a picture of a dog, and a large winding tube, like a Sally Army trumpet, that she could fit her head into. What could it be she wondered?

‘Get out of there now you naughty girl, I told you not to touch that.’ Surprised, she banged her head on the diamond shaped mesh under the mattress.

That was sixty years ago, now she could plug a tiny gadget into her ears and listen to a thousand different songs. Time marches on.

 

If you’re really quick you can join in at http://jfb57.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/100-word-challenge-for-grown-ups-week127/

 

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold and Bastets Pixelventures

Krista at the Daily Post has picked the theme of THRESHOLD for the weekly photo challenge this week. She says,

A threshold is a point of entering; that point just before a new beginning — that split-second moment in time, full of anticipation. All the hard work is over; relief is palpable.

I find thresholds exciting, that strange space or feeling when things could be vastly different depending on a choice, so it inspired a poem.

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Threshold

the threshold of disintegration

crumbling shattered overgrown

with vine tendrils both living and lost

where Capulet fingers perhaps lingered

 

flakes of rust eating into metal that

rests precariously no support for any arm

that dares to lean to stretch towards

the golden light still dawning

 

balcony of decay and neglect

standing on pillars of sustenance

destined to fall or rise from

the threshold of disintegration

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/photo-challenge-threshold/

Bastets pixelventures challenge is looking for pictures that inspire a poem so I’d like to add this post, I think it fits

http://wedrinkbecausewerepoets.com/2014/03/31/bastets-pixelventures-april-1-2014/

Come away with the raggle taggle gypsy-o

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