Hello there, you will notice this week that I have added ‘pin it’ option, so if you see a photo you like, something that inspires you, hover over the photo and pin to your pinterest board!

This week I would like to show you around Galle Fort, one of my favourite places in Sri Lanka, when we first went there 6 years ago the Fort looked like it had been very badly damaged by the Tsunami, we later found out that the inside of Fort was in fact protected from the Tsunami and it had just got very run down. I fell in love with it straight away, the architecture and the soul of Galle Fort is wondrous. Over the years a lot of work has gone into the Fort to repair the buildings, I am split over this, although the buildings do look beautiful once repaired and if they are not they will eventually fall down but I also hope the soul of the Fort is never lost.

Cream-house-Galle-Fort

On the corner of Pedal Street and Lighthouse street this lovely house overflowing with baskets of flowers.

Galle-Fort-Building

I love the style of this building.

Round-end-windows

The round end windows are fab and makes the door look like a giant P.

Through-the-door

I love the colours in this picture, from the red steps, to grey, to white then a yellow arch at the top, with a little glimpse to the garden at the back.

Green-yellow-building

The green and yellow of this building is lush, one day this will be repaired and the beauty of the old building lost forever.

Tree-growing-from-house

There is not much space for a front garden in the Fort but that doesn’t stop the people that live there, look at this tree growing out the porch!

Pink-tree-coming-out-of-house

and this beautiful pink bush growing through the fence.

tree-garden

The bush on the right is actually growing from a tiny pot!

House-top

I like looking up above the shops and seeing the little houses peeping out, such a lovely yellow house.

House-top-with-triangle-fence

Do you like the triangle fence with all the flowers hanging down?

Blue-fence-house-top

I like the clean lines of the blue framing this house top with the love hearts on the wall and the pink curtain.

Love-heart-shutters

Look at how these shutters make a heart

round-square-window

another round/square window, this would make a beautiful design with each section in different colours.

Coloured-glass-window-top

Do you like all the different coloured squared glass at the top of this window?

shell-like-tiles

The tiles here remind me of the edge of a shell.

Window-framed-mottled-wall

The combination of the mottled wall and this window is beautiful.

Door-37

I have a bit of a thing about the colour Duck egg so I love the mottled tones on this door.

Mottled-wall

Enjoy the walls of the Fort before they are all painted on and the unique character of each wall disappears.

Pink-green-wall

Swirling pink plaster…

Rust-brown-wall

and rust coloured patches.

roots-in-wall

This is part wall part root, I like the unusual contrast of the black wall with the white roots.

Flower-pots

Another little simple garden on display

pink-flowers

I come across a glorious pink bloom made extra special with the sunlight shining through

Red-blooming-flowers

and a riot of red flowers.

red-flower

Every time I see these flowers it makes me smile, does it you?

pink-flower

This is one I don’t see very often, they are almost furry.

The amount of textures and patterns you find in Galle Fort is amazing, so many possible inspirational pictures it was hard to choose which ones to share with you.

Surface-decoration

This is a close up of the building at the beginning.

wall-tiles

This would make an interesting Quilt pattern.

Tiled-floor

I can’t resist a tiled floor! A lovely lady let me have a little look inside her house, it had some amazing wood carving screens and walls.

Carved-glass-screen Flower-wood-carving

The centre of this carving reminds me of a sunflower, another flower I love.

rectangle-patterns

Back outside and some more inspirational patterns, quilting, knitting in texture or colour would work well with this pattern.

Glass-tile-wall

and also with these glass tiles.

tonal-door-top-carvings

Last of all these vintage wood carvings, these are found on many traditional Sri Lankan houses on top of doors and windows, I really must buy myself one, I have been meaning too for years to put on the wall. I particularly like the colours of these carvings and are perfect to inspire a colour pallet.

I hope one day you can come and visit the Galle Fort for yourself and enjoy all the beauty within it’s protecting walls, if you do I highly recommend staying at Fort Thari Inn, cheap, clean and friendly, tucked away down an alleyway amongst the people who live here.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks walk around, if you missed my weekend in Anuradhapura come and take a look.

See you soon, Rebecca x

 

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