Last week when I took my friends to the flower and fabric market it was teaming with rain, so I went back today to take photos for them.
No words today, just visual beauty.
Suddenly the rains came down with force. It was torrential and keeping track of 19 people was challenging. We all ended up absolutely soaked to the skin despite our of our brollies.
The water poured off awnings and umbrellas and then began to rise from the ground so we splashed our way back to the train station.
We held an impromptu show and tell at the boat station to the amusements of the passers by. However, they are unaware of our passion for fabric, bargains, jewelry and clothes.
We designed on the spot. Discussing at length how the patterns and colors would be suitable for the fabric chosen. Roll upon roll of beautiful fabric was displayed in the low tables and the colors took your breath away.
15 little kids in pink shirts all sitting in the back of a pickup on a school outing…made me think. It wasn't the only pickup… there were about 10 of them. An entire family on a motorbike…. made me think. The politeness of the average person in the street… made me think. The devotion to religion exhbitited at the temples …made me think. The love of flowers, specially the lotus….made me think. The beauty and the art even if its a bit quirky…. made me think. This is an amazing place.
Darn it… Yesterday I downloaded my photos, and Iphoto crashed… I have all the photos on Ipad with the exception of yesterday but…its frustrating… Apple says I have to ring them… but that's a bit hard from Thailand.!!! Oh well, I guess I'll work something out. I've managed to get these photos done. My poor camera… it hates the humidity. It was Loi Krathong yesterday and it takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. In the western calendar this usually falls in November.Loi means 'to float', while krathong refers to a usually lotus-shaped container which floats on the water. The traditional krathong are made of the layers of the trunk of a banana tree or a spider lily plant. Modern krathongs are more often made of bread or styrofoam. A bread krathong will disintegrate after a few days and can be eaten by fish. Banana stalk krathong are also biodegradable, but styrofoam krathongs are sometimes banned, as they pollute the rivers and may …
The majority of people who read my blog are quilters, or at least people interested in color, design and creativity. So this blog is for you today. Images are in a separate album A few months ago I shared photos of a building in Sydney that had the most wonderful tiles on the floor. But today I'm going to feature the amazing tiles of the Grand Palace Bangkok. Well, today was sensory overload for even the most creative person. Its years since I've been to the grand Palace here in Bangkok, and let me explain, Keith and I have been here over 20 times. So today was the day to rekindle our knowledge and it's fun just getting there…. We had to catch the shuttle boat from our hotel, then a fast boat along with 100's of other travelers down to the Palace, and then walk through the market to the gates of the Palace. There is so much to see. Hawkers line either side of the pavement. Some just had a small cloth …
Goodness, I was so tired last night… I fell asleep on the computer… XXXXXXXXXX Lucky I didn't get Key rash… I've added a visual journal page to my web page…. It's not compulsory of course but I know some of my friends like to 'see what I see.' Its really hot today…but it will rain later on… so we are off to the Palace and Wat Pho
I left Bangkok yesterday. Excited at the prospect of going home. I collected yet another pair of pyjamas from Mr Qantas. He gives them to you to sleep in on the plane… this time I kept them in plastic and gave them to Callie. It's worth the trip to get the jamas. As I write this, it's almost 1.45 am. Friday morning. I arrived home in Adelaide at 8.50 am and fell asleep after I got home till almost 3.00 this afternoon. A progression of children and grandchilden have kept me entertained since then and then Keith and I went to our Quilt Guild meeting this evening, it was lovely to be back amongst familiar faces. Illicit coffee and pizza finished the evening and now sleep eludes me. What an amazing trip. How many people did I meet? 8000+ photos, lots of film, lots of illustrations, ideas swimming and the realization that I have to get down to work TOMORROW….
OOOh, the bags are packed again. I don't leave here until evening, but I need to get an early start photographing tomorrow… I left it too late today to go to the flower market, too much procrastinating. I was happy with the trip on the river though…. I used my BIG lens, and it's heavy specially when the boat is rocking. I usually use a mono pod with it, but it's a bit hard in a boat…! I was taken to a zoo, which was unexpected. It was sad. But I've a plan to go back to some of the temples I passed today on the trip in December. Keith is a good camera carrier. I love Bangkok. You know, when we first came here to adopt Joshua, we were so young and so naive, I was quite scared out on the street. The Adoption agency put us in an interesting hotel, it was cheap, and we found out later it was a brothel…. I was fascinated and they were embarrassed. I'll never …