Words from Egypt: Pick a Word April Yr 4: Thursdays Special

Each month Paula from Lost in Translation gives us five words to demonstrate visually. You can pick five pictures or one word or show all five in one image. The choice is yours. This month the words are: resplendent, alluring, plagued, copycat, timeworn.


© irene waters 2019

The whirling dervish was resplendent in his attire but when he added the effect of lights to the skirt he satisfied even the original meaning of resplendent “shining out.”


© irene waters 2019

The spices markets were alluring – enticing us to enter inside even though we knew it would be hard to escape without making a  purchase one we were in. I came home with some incredible saffron.


© irene waters 2019

The number of tourists we encountered made us think of a plague of locusts. Everywhere you went you were plagued by vast numbers. I could only wonder at how I would have found the numbers of people had tourism not dropped in 2010 from 14.7 million tourists to 5.4 million in 2016 and we were there in the low season. A plague indeed.


© irene waters 2019

I don’t know that this is a genuine copycat but it does look as though the first four imagaes are copies of each other.


© irene waters 2019

When you consider that these monuments date back to as many years before Christ as we have had after Christ then it is only to be expected that they would be a little time worn.


About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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7 Responses to Words from Egypt: Pick a Word April Yr 4: Thursdays Special

  1. Wonderful photos expressing the five prompts. The spice mounds are so interesting in that the vendor not only created such intriguing piles, but also textured them. Saffron was a great purchase. Do you know what the blue one ? The last image of the extending pillars is a fabulous view that takes what is already a rare sight and makes it extraordinary.


    • Thanks Sharon. No I don’t know what the blue one is and when I’ve tried to find out it seems no-one else knows what it is either. Apparently the Bedouin dye themselves blue to prevent sunburn so perhaps rather than a spice it is a dye but that is just a guess. It is in every spice market we saw. Thank you re your comment about the last photograph. The whole thing was just extraordinary and I’m glad that, for you at least, I managed to capture it on film (so to speak.)


  2. Charli Mills says:

    Great expressions of each word from your Egyptian trip. What was the blue spice?

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  3. Dimitris Karvelis says:
  4. Paula says:

    Your posts always take me to the most amazing places, and this one is among the best so far. Beautifully captured, Irene. Amazing!


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