Travel theme: Tidy

I’ve been trying, unsuccessfully, to unclutter my surroundings. I am admitting defeat and am instead looking to my travel photos for inspiration, starting off with this very orderly spice display at a bazaar in Turkey.

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Still in Turkey, silk cocoons bob and cluster into neat little groups in boiling water.

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Formal hedging makes everything seem so well-groomed at Altamont Gardens in Carlow.

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Rows of neatly stacked boxes line Methow Valley roads ready for the apple harvest.

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Marching bands in New York‘s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in orderly rows and matching uniforms.

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So cut through the clutter with your own version of this week’s theme. If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Tidy
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Watch out for the next travel theme which will come out next weekend
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❤ Ailsa

Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul. – Mark Twain

The world does not have tidy endings. The world does not have neat connections. It is not filled with epiphanies that work perfectly at the moment that you need them. – Dennis Lehane

About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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24 Responses to Travel theme: Tidy

  1. aj vosse says:

    Mmmmm… tidy? I need a tidy sum of money to motivate me to return to a state of tidiness! Or… a tidy quantity of good red drink to help me forget my failed attempts at being tidy! 😉

    • ailsapm says:

      Haha, if I had a tidy sum of money I would hire a professional declutterer, Vossie, while I sat back and knocked away a tidy quantity of that good red drink you mention. Oh I’d be awfully good at being the idle rich, if someone would only give me the chance. 😉

  2. Oh my gosh. I love your blog. I desire to travel and take pictures and just see more and learn more. I can’t believe how tidy these all are!

    • ailsapm says:

      Here’s hoping you get to travel someday soonm, but in the meantime remember it’s perfectly possible to discover places you’ve never been right on your own doorstep. Most people never think about being a tourist in their own neighbourhood. 🙂

      • That’s true. We just moved to a new city so I’m sure there’s plenty I haven’t seen here. I hope I get to travel too! Even if it’s just to historic route 66.

  3. If a quick clean-up is needed, the laundry basket solution is always great: put everything in a laundry basket (or more than one) and put them in a room no one will be going into. 🙂 You can replace all the piles when everyone’s gone.


    • ailsapm says:

      Bwahahaha, now that’s my idea of cleaning, Janet, I like your style. 🙂

      • It’s a great emergency method and why not invite people over even if you don’t have time to make your house immaculate? It’s really more emergency decluttering rather than cleaning, but it works! 🙂

    • Leya says:

      Exactly – very useful. I always do. Then my husband starts asking where his things are…

  4. arlene says:

    Your photos are lovely 🙂

  5. carol1945 says:

    I am thinking the title of my blog would be “untidy” as I sit in a mess of papers, ignoring them, but playing with WordPress.

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  9. Debbie Smyth says:

    I had to travel for my tidiness too! Here’s a clean Venice:

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  13. travelrat says:

    Sorry I’m late; I tidied my office, and now I can’t find anything! 😀

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  15. Leya says:

    Great start! Now I will have to tidy up my desk…

  16. I really liked all the pictures.

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