Life is full of choices


Windows, or doors?


Old, or new?


Real, or imagined?


But the hardest choice of all?  Which challenge to enter!  And I’m spoilt for choice this week, because Klara Bach has given me choices in Thursday’s Special.  I’ve promised Dawn I’ll linger by a few more windows, and then there’s Norm’s Doors!  I ask you- what’s a girl to do?  Enjoy the challenge, I guess.  I hope you do, too.  Every picture tells a story!  Do you have a favourite?


      1. Good…most days. Just not feeling the blogging urge too much at the moment. We have had such beautiful weather here lately…sometimes too beautiful [hot] for too long, but walking with Chev, and feeling the sun has become my hobby almost.

  1. Multi-challenge entries don’t usually appeal to me, but you have a wonderful gallery here, Jo. On a completely different topic, does the “.me” after your name mean you’re from Maine? 🙂


    1. Thanks a lot, Janet. 🙂 A bit like buses this week- they all came along at once. 🙂
      I have yet to discover what the ‘me’ stands for! I upgraded to a Premium site just before Christmas and it was one of the options. Not that I would mind being from Maine. 🙂 I’m sure Dad could find Polish family there if he tried hard enough.

  2. I think those pirates are onto you Jo he is giving you a smile. I like the first photo, would love to know the story behind that dilapidated chest of drawers and are the flowers growing on top of it or has some one put them there??? Lovely evocative gallery makes the imagination go into overdrive.

    1. They were a lot of laughs, Pauline, but I never did get a good shot of them. In the parade one of them was attached to an oversized puppet skeleton, and try as I might I didn’t get the photo I wanted. But a smile or two- yes 🙂 🙂 Loved that first door! Those flowers were literally growing through the walls. It was home to somebody once 😦

  3. I love those balconies with the pots of bougainvillea, but what I’d like to know is are those pirates real or imagined

    1. Real pretend, if you know what I mean, Nicki. 🙂 I couldn’t resist putting them in this post, though they don’t fit so well. I was wandering through the art gallery cloisters while Carnival was on and they were ‘killing time’ before their appearance in the parade. 🙂

  4. How lucky are you to be spoiled with so many challenge choices and how lucky are we to enjoy the result. I especially love the doors and windows with the street art…and especially the one with the mother and child.

    1. There was a lot of street art about, Lisa, but these were in a quiet little inland town so rather surprising. I loved the mother and child too 🙂 Thanks, darlin! The pirates send their best wishes 🙂

  5. Lots to love there, I think my favourite is the wooden one with streaks of yellow. But what’s Johnny doing there, he didn’t tell me he was planning that trip! Oh and the one with the blue frame is gorgeous

    1. Thanks, Gilly 🙂 I had a little fun with the pirates. They were in the cloisters of a former convent, would you believe? In Loule, during Carnaval. I was just moseying through and spotted them 🙂

  6. You are the queen of cunning. And we’ve been told multi-tasking isn’t really feasible! Lovely shots – windows, doors and decay. I’m a particular fan of the clever “real or imagined” cluster.

    1. I enjoyed my imagining, Meg 🙂 It was a bit of fun. I found some lovely ‘wall art’ in the Algarve this trip- more interesting stuff to come (but no more pirates 😦 )

    1. It had that effect on me too! Would you believe that was in the cloisters of a former convent? It’s now an art gallery 🙂 This was during Carnival and the pirates had a starring part. Thanks a lot, Meg!

    1. Graffiti/trompe l’oeuil is quite popular in some parts of the Algarve now, Sue. It’s quite a surprise when you walk round a corner sometimes. More to come (but you’ll miss them, you lucky lady 🙂 ). The pirates were just for you 🙂 And Dave, of course!

    1. These are all from the Algarve. The little town of Sao Bras de Alportel has some wonderful ‘graffiti’, if you could even call it that. 🙂 Trompe l’oeuil maybe fits better. The top one was a gem found in one of the villages on my Monday walk.

  7. ooh so so much wonderful choice . . . . .love the first one, but think the pirates sitting in the window will be the one I remember! Fabulous as always Jo, thank you.

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