CBBH Photo Challenge: WINDOWS

Whether your first thought is of panes of glass or Operating Systems

- the CBBH Photo Challenge theme for October is WINDOWS!

Pretty window in Cómpeta, Spain

I found my first window as I wandered around the streets of the white village of Cómpeta.  You´ve heard me mention this village many times before, because it is the closest to my home in the nearby countryside.  Many of the very pretty village houses have plants outside their windows but inside the metal grills that are a common feature on houses in the area.

Stained glass window depicting St George slaying the dragon

This beautiful stained glass window is in St George´s Church, the oldest Anglican church in mainland Spain.   St George´s Church can be found within the grounds of the English Cemetery, about 300m east of the bullring in the city of Málaga.

Malaga´s Atarazanas market

Staying in the city of Málaga, here is another stained glass window, but this time it´s inside the Atarazanas Market.  Offering fresh, local produce at fantastic prices the Mercado Central de Atarazanas is most definitely worth a visit if you happen to find yourself in the city.  Joining the bustling crowds of discerning locals at the stalls offering an abundance of seafood, fruit, vegetables, meat, spices and dried fruits is a wonderful way to buy fresh, local produce.

The ivy-clad windows of the Parador in Ronda, Spain

Here are some of the ivy-clad windows and balconies of the Parador in Ronda, where we were fortunate enough to spend a few days last summer.   Paradors are state-run hotels, often located in castles, palaces, monasteries and extraordinary Spanish national heritage buildings. The Parador of Ronda is a luxury hotel in the former town hall, which sits on the edge of a gorge.

Derelict sugar factory in Maro, Spain

Do you remember when I visited the derelict San Joaquín sugar mill, on the old N340 coast road between Nerja and Maro?   Though the glass in this window is long gone, it was still interesting to peer through at the interior of the building, though unsafe to wander inside given the state of the roof.

Flying over the snowy mountains of northern Spain, heading south.

The window of an aeroplane gives a unique look at the world from a totally different perspective.  Whenever I fly, I always request of window seat because I love the spectacular views of the world from 35,000 feet!  Here you can see the snowy mountains of northern Spain, as I am flying south, back home from a visit to England.

Window and pretty balcony in Nerja, Spain

There is always a lovely display of flowers on this particular balcony in the nearby town of Nerja.  I always think it must be delightful to look out of this window and see all the different shades of pink and purple of the many flowers.  The patterned tiling underneath the balcony is very typical of the area, and I also like the way that the white building opposite and the deep blue sky is reflected in the panes of glass.

Ice on car windows in Spain

My final window might surprise you, as most people think that it´s always hot and sunny in Spain – all year round.   This photograph was taken a couple of years ago over the  Christmas holidays, whilst we were staying in one of the cave rooms at El Ventorro near to Alhama de Granada.  Being only about 50 kms from the city of Granada with the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains and ski resort,  we awoke one morning to find our car completely iced up.  We didn´t have long to wait though, because by the time we had eaten breakfast, the sun had come up and all the ice had disappeared!

This month´s CBBH Featured Blogs:

** Sally at Deliberately Delicious describes herself as a “Collector of sand dollars.  Adventurer.  Writer.  Weather girl.  Back up singer in a little black dress.  Dancer.  Poet.  Soccer mom.  Bond girl.  Teacher.  Diva.  Walker of beaches.  Seeker of truth and all things delicious in life.”

I have so enjoyed reading about Sally´s adventures this summer, sailing with her friend, Dan, on the western coast of Canada, near to her home in Victoria, British Columbia.  She writes with an easy-reading style, and has  many stunning photographs on her blog.  Deliberately Delicious has quickly become one of my favourite blogs to escape to.

** Whilst we are on the subject of delicious, Natalie at Cook Eat Live Vegetarian features amazing recipes and photographs that you just want to dive straight into!

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, though fortunately now fully recovered, Natalie attributes her swift recovery to a combination of conventional and alternative treatments and to her following a whole foods, mainly plant based diet.

She is  a freelance food writer, photographer and stylist, specialising in delicious vegetarian and vegan cuisine that you wont be able to resist trying!

So that´s the CBBH Photo Challenge for October, folks!

Remember, all you have to do is post your entry by the end of the monthlink back to this blog and, most importantly,  don´t forget to add links to any two blogs that you´ve commented on during the past month, so that we can all HOP OVER and have a look.  Make sure you FOLLOW THIS BLOG so you don´t miss next month´s exciting challenge!

For more information on how the CBBH Photo Challenge works click here.

I hope everyone taking part enjoys the exposure the CBBH Photo Challenge offers to featured blogs and, who knows, you may end up finding a new favourite!  I´m looking forward to seeing your interpretations.

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    • Ah yes, I decided to put that on to remind everyone. Even though there is lots more time with a monthly challenge, it’s easy to lose track of the weeks! Of course it’s also a timely reminder to me to prepare next month’s challenge too!

      Love your windows this month Julie, especially the one in the Pena Palace at Sintra. Amazing!

      Thanks for the links to your two featured blogs. I don’t know either of these – SWEET!

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    • Hi Meg and welcome to the CBBH Photo Challenge for October. What a lovely place you have chosen to show us the windows of. I hope to visit Giverny one day, the former home of one of my favourite painters, Monet.

      Your photos are stunning – and I look forward to visiting the links you have shared with us all.

      Lovely to have you on board, Meg :)

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    • What a fantastic story behind your entry too, Jo! The video is wonderful to watch the move. Fascinating.

      My favourite of your window shots is the first one – the framed sky looks so perfect.

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    • OH I´m sad to hear that, Amy. The same thing happens to me with some sites I have followed too, though I don´t know why. It must be a fault with the WP administration.

      Thank you for your very kind comments :)

    • Not even halfway through :)

      What wonderful possibilities your windows offer. I like that – a promise of things to come.

      Great entry, Meredith – thanks.

      • You opened a bit of a Pandora’s Box with ‘windows’, Marianne. The ‘possibles’ file kept growing and I knew I would have to post sooner rather than leave it any longer and not be able to choose. There were some lovely shots of the windowless stone-lacework in places like the half-finished towers of the Sagrada Famillia back in the 70s, but that would have meant ferreting out more windows from cathedrals in France and … and I just couldn’t seem to stop beaming away because of my monkey visitors so my own windows won the day :)

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    • Thanks for another excellent to the CBBH Challenge for October. I´m loving the new WordPress Gallery format, Alyson. Your selection of Windows is impressive, but my favourite is the first one!

      Good to know about your two featured blogs for us all to HOP along to :)

    • Hi Miljo Anne and welcome to the CBBH challenge!

      I enjoyed looking around Intramuros in the Philippines with you, and the many windows :)

      I´ll HOP over and have a look at your two featured blogs now :)

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  15. I was thinking Windows 7 and swearing under my breath :-) I really like your selection – nothing quite says it as well as a pretty glass stained windows and the real thing, not the stick one stuff some people use to add “class” to their homes. Ha as if that will ever work,

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    • Yes, it´s a great window, telling the tale of the history of the Atarazanas market. I´ll feature a post all about it soon :)

      Thanks for your comment – much appreciated.

    • Hi Elisa – and welcome to the CBBH photo challenge.

      Excellent photos for someone who doesn’t take much notice of windows and doors. I particularly like the reflections in the huge building in Brussels and, of course, the boat window! That’s amazing!

      Thanks for introducing us to two blogs, Elisa.

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  18. What a great set of responses to the challenge. Stained glass has always fascinated me. Often wonderful to look at, the effect its “shadow” has on the ground when the light shines through it is often quite beautiful.

  19. Imagination-boosting theme :). I have pics, and I have people I want to mention too, but I would try to take fresh pics and different perspectives… after all I have entire month to do it ;) Thanks Marianne! And, almost forgot…. your assorted photos are all beautiful and inspiring…..

  20. oooh! great theme!!! I love your photos – especially the stained glass in the market and the aeroplane shot – fab!
    ….. off to start hunting out some photos …. thank you for setting up such a lovely challenge

  21. Love the stained glass windows and the flowers in the balconies, they are very typical of Spain. I too always aim to travel by the window and see what is below and above. Thanks for visiting my blog too Marianne.

  22. Beautiful windows, Marianne. I used my best window pics last week, for the “Thursday’s windows challenge”. :) I have to see what else I can find. :) I’ll come back an d check out your featured blogs when I have more time.

  23. Oh my Marianne…last month went by so quickly but travels did take a good week from my time!!!! Just excuses…So back on track this month and will definitely go out and take some windows..I have been eyeing them for a while so let’s hope the sun comes out and allows my my fun!!! Will let you know when done!!! hahahaha

    • That’s the real shocker about monthly challenges – they still come around almost as quickly as weekly ones! Or maybe it sometimes just feels that way!

      Look forward to your entry this month, Lisa.

  24. Love your beautiful windows, Marianne. I love especially the ones with balconies and flowers!! And those ivy-framed windows are fabulous, as is the view from the airplane. I can’t wait to participate in this!

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