Weekly Photo Challenge: Liquid

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While touring Ireland a year ago, we had ample opportunity to sample a variety of liquid refreshment! Local pubs are the heart and soul of the Emerald Isle. Our favorite “pub” experience was at a corner bar in Galway; not so much for the beer, but for the sweetest little old man we encountered there. He was in town that day for a doctor’s appointment and had stopped by his favorite pub for a pint of Guinness before heading home. He clearly enjoyed telling us all about himself and even circled a spot on our map to show us where he was from. You can get a drink anywhere, but the people you share one with make the memories special!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Liquid

Weekly Photo Challenge: Place in the World

My place in this world has changed many times over the years. Growing up, my place was in my room. It’s where I’d go when I wanted to be alone or to do my homework or where I was sent when I was in trouble! After the birth of my daughter, my place was by her side providing constant care and an abundance of love until I realized she needed her own place too, which was – at times –  without me. These days, my place in this world seems to be outdoors! I especially enjoy time by the creek on a sunny day when I can see the reflection of sky on water. Right now, my place is appropriately here–somewhere between heaven and earth!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Place in the World

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lines

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Lines are plentiful in this photo taken in The Long Room at Trinity College Library in Dublin, Ireland. At nearly 65 metres in length (213 feet), it is filled with 200,000 of the Library’s oldest books and is one of the most impressive libraries in the world. When it was built between 1712 and 1732, The Long Room had a flat ceiling, shelving for books on the lower level and an open gallery. In 1801 the Library was given the right to claim a free copy of every book published in Britain and Ireland, so by the 1850’s the shelves were completely full. In 1860 the roof was raised to allow for construction of the beautiful barrel-vaulted ceiling and upper gallery bookcases. The Library is also home to the famous Book of Kells.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lines

A Turn of the Crank

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Deep into ever-dimming light

where dampness dwells on the walls

of what seems a bottomless well,

sinks an old wooden bucket

attached by heavy rope

to a crank turned with ease

by his big strong hands.

Down, down in the murky shadows

the bucket magically fills

with water before he hauls it

out of the darkness and into the light.

The bucket arrives full of clean, clear water

glistening in the sun where the reflection

casts playful spots upon my face.

A ladle hangs, as it always does,

from a hook beside the crank

which he dutifully dips into the water.

Carefully, as though the contents were a prize,

he brings the tarnished ladle to my lips

for a sip of sparkling cold refreshment.

This is how I remember it… decades ago on Grandpa’s farm.

My response to today’s one-word prompt: Crank