Monday Window 25 May • Le Magicien des Étoffes

Le Magicien des Étoffes is my entry in Ludwig Keck’s challenge Monday Window, 25 May.

Le Magicien des Étoffes
The Wizard of Fabrics

Spotted this window in Marrakesh, Morocco in 2004.

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Delicate Colours • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #98

Delicate colourful pickles • Lens-Artists

For the ins &outs, head over to Ann-Christine’s blog who is our host of Delicate Colours • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #98.

My first port of call was to look up what delicate actually means other than subtle or pleasing because of fineness or mildness.

Definition of delicate: pleasing to the senses

Merriam Webster Dictionary

So this week’s prompt can very well mean a colourful assault on the senses, as long as it is pleasing. Now this is something I can work with: the place that sprang to mind immediately is Marrakesh, Morocco.

A pickle anyone?

Delicate colourful pickles • Lens-Artists
Delicate colourful pickles
More Delicate colourful pickles • Lens-Artists
More delicate colourful pickles

Or some flower buds?

But even some houses were a pleasant onslaught on the senses being painted in delicate colours.

A ceiling adorned with delicate colours
A ceiling adorned with delicate colours

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Fandango’s Friday Flashback 22 May

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Fandango’s Friday Flashback • 22 May. Not having blogged that long, I’m re-posting this post from 22 December that I put up for Silent Sunday. To see the ‘rules’ click here.

Silent Sunday • 22 12 19

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Silent Sunday
Later that Silent Sunday

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Thursday Doors 21 May • Making Sense For The Postman

4 Letterboxes in the door

Thursday Doors 21 May • Making Sense For The Postman

In one of my previous posts I had focused on the number of doorbells per door, as an indication of the number of singles, couples or families living behind that door. But how does the postman make any sense of that?

Letterbox to the side
Letterbox to the side
Another letterbox to the side
Another letterbox to the side

One door, one name, one doorbell and one letterbox. Not much can go wrong here… so you think. Unless you’ve got an illiterate postman, or one one who doesn’t give a s***. Every year I receive dozens of letters that are clearly addressed to someone else. With a different address and a different zip-code. I stopped my mailman twice to confront him about it, quite nicely that is. At first. The grumpy bastard just didn’t give me any indication he gave a flying f***! Or maybe he was just masking his illiteracy. Or maybe both.

Another vertical letterbox beside the door
Another vertical letterbox beside the door
Letterboxes to the side and in the doors
Letterboxes to the side and in the doors

One thing I grant him, things can become a bit confusing, like in the above case. Which letterbox to use for #82? Or does it even matter?

Letterboxes to the side and in the doors 2
Another case of letterboxes to the side and in the doors
3 Letterboxes to the side
3 Letterboxes to the side
4 Letterboxes to the side
4 Letterboxes to the side
4 Letterboxes in the door
4 Letterboxes in the door

My postman isn’t the only one struggling. Delivery guys (girls) of door-to-door advertising folders and door-to-door weeklies have a hard time knowing what to deliver where. Hence the stickers you see

NO door-to-door advertising folders. NO door-to-door weeklies.

NO door-to-door advertising folders. YES to door-to-door weeklies.

Making Sense For The Postman for Norm‘s Thursday Doors 21 May.

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One-Liner Wednesday 20 May • Andy Warhol’s Magic of Pop

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One-Liner Wednesday 20 May • Andy Warhol’s Magic of Pop

‘Once you ‘got’ Pop, you could never see a sign again the same way again. And once you thought Pop, you could never see America the same way again.’

Andy Warhol
andy-warhol-screenprint-dollar-sign
Andy Warhol Dollar Sign

For Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt, 20 May, 2020.

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WARNING I’m Bored • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #97

WARNING I’m Bored • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #97. For the ins &outs, head over to Sue’s blog The Nature Of Things who is our host of this edition, with the theme pastime.

Boredom: the desire for desires

Leo Tolstoi

I’m so so glad this quarantine is not deemed so strictly necessary anymore. Cinema’s and museums are open again since yesterday (two of my favorite pastimes that I so dearly missed). And restaurants, terraces will follow on June 1. And hopefully the beach clubs will open the day after tomorrow, since I live approx. a 20 minute walk from the beach. So yes, this being more or less cooped up in my or my girlfriend’s apartment has made me bored to the point that I’m contemplating buying this mouse pad…or worse. Just to spruce things up a bit.

Another favorite pastime of mine was city trips with my girlfriend. Both in the Netherlands as elsewhere in Europe. Just roaming the streets of an unknown city, having a drink and a meal on a terrace and photographing anything interesting that comes in front of my camera.

Berlin Central Station
Berlin Central Station

But these will not be on the cards again anytime soon because of the Covid-19 lockdown and my worsened physical condition due to my Parkinson’s Disease. But both things will get better in due course I’m convinced.

I’m bored

So how did the past few months just dawdle past? By spending time catching up on reading…

My To-Read Pile
My To-Read Pile

My mentor when I started out in advertising taught me an invaluable lesson: Read weird shit’. So I still do. And for the first time I’m interested in history. A sign of old age?

Passion goes, only boredom remains

Coco Chanel

And then there was Netflix… I have been watching a wide array of series and movies. From La Casa de Papel to the history of the Vietnam War to The Last Dance to Peaky Blinders to Le Mans 66. But, finally, I got bored of watching TV.

Did I tell you I’m bored…

So there is only so much even I can take before boredom sets in. I miss going for walks in unfamiliar places, learning about their history, savoring the best the local cuisine has to offer and taking my Leica with me. Being outside, where the action is.

Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination; both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other.

Susan Sonntag

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