Category Archives: architecture

decorating construction 2…

Beautiful BEAUTIFUL decoration of an old, abandoned house on Burela, Galicia in Spain, kind of outsider art i guess or just someone with a creative soul…

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Beautiful, stormy and romantic Cantabrian Sea, Burela

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Burela tiny houses

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Ghosts

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sobrado dos monxes…

Been wanting to post about this place for years. In the small village of Sobrado dos Monxes, in rural Galicia resides the magnificent, decaying yet stoic stone pile of MAGNIFICENCE known as St Mary’s of Sobrado, a still functioning Cistercian monastery.

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It’s always freezing cold inside no matter the season or temperature outside, and invasive plants and moss cover the farther reaches of the internal buildings. The few remaining monks look after it the best they can but there is neither the money nor the manpower to maintain the building against the elements and the inevitable reclaiming encroachment of nature. Really, it’s exquisite, full of intricate stone detail. It costs almost nothing to enter and you can even stay the night in their hostel. My photos can’t do justice to the scale and atmosphere of the place but if you are ever in Galicia, you should go there!

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immaculate tiny house with colour tv…

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Back in Andhra Pradesh…no school today because tomorrow is Diwali (major Hindu holiday) so i decide to walk the 4 or so km to Gannavaram, the nearest sizeable village. I notice new things from last year, like this tiny and immaculate house. These kinds of structures made from mud with leaf thatched roofs have the advantage of being relatively cool, unlike the now more usual concrete boxes of similar sizes, but apparently these roofs tend to attract snakes and rats…

IMG_0094…inside there is minimal furniture like a stretcher bed, lain on its side not to occupy space. Pride of space goes to the ubiquitous colour TV.

IMG_0080I really like how they decorated the outside, i think this woman really loves and cares for this house.

cribs…

The effort that goes into making the Chritsmas cribs at both orphanages is impressive, but the boys at Butterfly Hill always make a really special effort, here is some of their work:

P1280261Star shaped crib…my favourite, but am biased as they are my students…but it is brilliant!!

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the advantages of hanging around doctors…

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The advantages of hanging around doctors here in India are many other than the obvious handy medical advice…. for example I go to Vijayawada with a visiting pediatrician to see her presentation at a high-school/ hostal and on the way we have to buy some medical supplies which takes me to this FANTASTIC place i would never have otherwise gone to, Vijaya Scientific Equipments:

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..houses seem to decay really fast here, don’t know if it’s the materials or the climate or that they are badly built…anyway this kind of Indian/Gothic beauty “Ram Mahal” was built in 1928, guess it was someone’s fancy town house at one point…now it’s a medical supply store…

P1250876P1250879A cabinet full of preserved specimens and they are for sale…am gutted i…want to buy them for my cabinet of curiosities…but no way to get these home in one piece…

P1250867P1250884that’s a baby shark in the middle by the way…