Friday, October 30, 2009

the new extension

O k now what can I say about my neighbor.
lets start on the positive side,
his new extension. He is building a new farm on his roof to house
his chickens goats and geese he has also purchased some pigeon chicks ,
the construction is made from wood that has been taken from the fire next door to him,
some say he started this fire.
because the council are and have
got plans to build a new parking area for the new Heritage center.
and all these houses are coming down. not sure if the house my
flat is in will also come down. ( its a good job I rent)

Its all finished and the animals are all caged up. chickens in the wire cage
geese and goats in the pen.

Matchstick men building after the fire.

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The hooded crow knows where to get its water from

The sunset 30/10/09

The donkey can not lie down its tether is too short. but if it got really fed up it could just pull the water pipe out, as its a plastic pipe.

Sundown 28/10/09

Had a real bad day I overdid the walk trying to get
a good photo of the elusive Falcon , 23.30 It eased,
so all the photos I got was my little palls the sparrows and another
beautiful sunset. I am so lucky to have this flat with all the views I have from it.

Panoramic view to the Mountains of Thebes from the front of my Flat.
Thebes is the home for. Our more well known Pharaohs

Next doors roof farm, the hens look a bit moulted Compared to the cockerel.

More pipes being delivered for the canal work.

After chasing the falcon half way around Luxor yesterday. Today it came to
perch on one of the new build houses across the way,
maybe it wants me to follow again.

Sunset 17.20 29/10/09


17. 35

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

My little caravan

I am never in my photos so here I am at 66 years of age, posing for my wife
. Its weird seeing oneself on computer
Life is good apart from the fact I have to live in Egypt for my health.(arthritic condition)
In the UK I cant even get up one step. here I live in what Pam calls the Caravan on the 4th floor, my outside roof area is home to sparrows and turtle doves that nest in the straw mating,
And I have a 360 degree view, that takes in the Thebes Mountain Range (Valley of the Kings & Queens) My flat is 200 meters from the Nile River. on this blog all of the Luxor photos are in walking distance of my flat. I go for a walk almost every day sometimes I tend to over do it and this will aggravate my slipped discs. of which I have 3. mainly caused by years of abuse, weight lifting plus the fact I am a retired stone mason builder. Today I am laid up or rather taking it easy I over did it yesterday trying to get a photo of the Kestrel. I ended up in town and decided to do some shopping and walked back to my flat hoping to get another glimpse of the elusive bird. I tend to forget my back and carried more than 10 kilo, ah well" but as you can see from the first photo I have a fantastic view. where I am now sitting blogging. My story is on the Today I may get to finish the story on the kids at the orphanage on my second visit in 1997. as long as I stop blogging and checking what you guys have been blogging about,

Apart from the fact I more or less have to live here in Egypt and miss my homeland Wales.
I quite enjoy living here so many places to visit and an abundance of Gods creation,
not so fussy on local people who all have a tendency to see me as a walking ATM.
and my vocabulary now mainly includes the word "NO"
You can see my wildlife photos on

Panoramic view to the Mountains of Thebes from the front of my Flat.
Thebes is the home for. Our more well known Pharaohs

views from my caravan

Looking towards Banana Island & the reed beds

view to Luxor town

Looking from my door out towards the valley of the Kings etc

from my Balcony looking towards the Airport
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Its rather a mess out looking out of my balcony door at the chared remains of the new building

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Luxor Egypt

A new form of transport

The first time I have seen this fountain working.
Its due for demolition in the next few weeks

A natural rubbish bin
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Luxor Temple

Above 20/10/09 photo ,,,, below 27/10/09

They have started digging to uncover the buried sphinx avenue.

demolishing the last of the houses on the cornish.
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Monday, October 26, 2009

Nile cruise

I went to see my lawyer this morning, And traveled the same as usual on the local transport, I had a local Idiot who could speak some English asking why I used the local transport and not the taxi, I asked why did he use the local transport instead of a taxi. it costs money he said, now think about what you say ,I said, ah but you have money, yes I said because I do not use the taxi. He then stopped the microbus to get off, why are you getting off here I asked. I live here , You have a new home then; you used to live in the flat by the shop in my village. ah now i know you, rather than face more questions and loose face he disembarked, I got off the minibus and this guy with the donkey asked if I need a carriage down to the cruise ship. and this was outside the new council office opposite my flat.
I have been here now for almost 2 years. this guy comes to the coffee shop almost every day.
It just goes to show the mentality of these idiots . they do not notice anything around them every one and everything is a means of making money. or making hassle
this donkey boy also has 2 mobile phones?
sometimes the hassle gets a bit too much and I have to let off steam on here.

Shortly after I took the first photo I saw the falcon flying around and it landed in a tree as I was taking a photo this fool came behind me . why you taking photo of my land.
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Oh so sorry I said. what are you hiding in it I asked.
I am animal doctor he said:
I am a psychiatrist; I said :
looking very puzzled he asked what is that;
I said a head doctor,
he laughed and asked head of what; his english was quite good knowing words he needed to know, rather than go into A heated discussion that would have angered me, and made the idiot happy. I thought , another day another liar, ah! well another time to walk away.
As I was heading home there was A farmer in the field getting ready to water his cabbage patch. he could not speak one word of English apart from Hello bakshheesh, He is one of these people who either forgets he sees me every day, or thinks that one day I may give him some money. and I think the latter,
I asked him in my little Arabic, why you work for the doctor. It took me a long time to get him to understand what I was saying, and the reason was because the doctor is not a doctor neither is it his land.
So you see I was not far off when I said I am A shrink, they all have some deformity if its not the begging hand its a few lies in English ending up with, I need. It gets a bit monotonous when it happens everyday, the one thing that really gets to them is why do I need to take photos, a hobby to them is playing dominoes , smoking sisha all evening with male friends, or making hassle, they seem to have arguments with each other that seem heated at times but then they will always kiss each other afterwards,
When I show them my photos they argue that these are not taken in Egypt, why , because they do not take the time to see what is around them, they also cannot understand how I can make a fly look like its 6ft tall. It puzzles me how and when did they loose the skill to build such magnificent monuments as the pyramids, tombs & Temples. all they see them as now is a means of making money and arguing over the price to get us too see them.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Baby Donkey

I had a photo of this little donkey with the mother and father when she was just born and still wet, a month ago . when she saw me coming into the field he broke his tether and ran over to greet me. thats what we think! They are just curious first thing he did was sniff the camera
after a bit of a stroke and a photo session and a cuddle, off he ran back to mum.
so fluffy, its a good job it was to big to pick up, or it would be in my flat, its also still being weaned.

love them hairy ears

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