A touch of the market

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The poet once said that he stood in front of a blank sheet of paper and didn't know how to start writing poetry. Although I shouldn't I still compare myself to him, the poet, when I say that I sat for a long time staring into the glowing white of the laptop screen and didn't know how to start, worse, I didn't know what to write, although I had the theme, I had prepared myself with a bunch of photos...

It's Friday evening, if it's Friday that means it's #MarketFriday. This is my first time writing in this community. Yes, really. I've written in the #marketfriday challenge maybe hundreds of posts over the last four years but never in the community. I don't know why I can't associate the concept of #marketfriday with a community, I don't know why I don't like to think of it as a community! Because it's a much bigger community than other communities because I don't think there's even one fellow platformer who hasn't been to the market at least once in their life and bought something. The #marketfriday tag should be as widespread as the #proofofbrain tag, as we all have a brain, so we all have a penny in our pocket that we can't wait to buy something with...

So I think, in a way, in my head that may not protect a brain, I think that a community, which is supposed to bring together people with the same interests, is actually a downgrading of the concept of #marketfriday and unfair to the very many who should have joined the community and they don't know it. A challenge would be an excuse for them!

You must think I'm going mad, @dswigle forgive me!

I hope I'm not crazy and that everything I've said is due to the fact that I'm sitting in front of the shiny white screen of my laptop and I don't know how I'm going to write something about the market today, Friday. Because I'm bored with the same pattern I've used so far, bored with the repeated scenario of going shopping and then using an ingredient to cook something. I've long wanted to change something, primarily to try to tell the story more concisely, more succinctly. Time has become increasingly precious to me and, I'm sure, to everyone else.

Denise, if you are reading this post then you definitely know who Denise is, she kills me with the way she writes, with the poetry and balance of her posts, with her knack for using a few photos that are so beautiful, expressive that they really elevate the quality of her posts, with her eclectic and concise style.

I tried to write the same and couldn't. I couldn't! Just as I couldn't write for #leofinance, although I was interested in finance, I worked in finance. Just as I couldn't write for #proofofbrain, even though I had the data that some brain would be in me! I don't get it!

Well, I feel better that I said all that, it came out of me, I feel lighter and ready to work.

I like that I want to be more concise and I wrote a 500-word introduction! The table of contents should now be at least 2000 words and another 500 words for the conclusion...

Scared you, didn't I? You don't need to be scared, because it won't be!

It's just beginning...

A little touch of the market!

An exercise in conciseness.

Two parks, a flower shop and a confectionery, a market and a hairdresser!

I start with the hairdresser who will not be seen at all in this story, but without whom nothing would have happened. The hairdresser where my wife goes is far from our home but very close to two places dear to me. The circus park, with its famous pond full of lotuses and a small flower shop where I usually buy flowers and cuttings.

Circus Park

I don't want to be about lotuses again, I've written about them too many times. I want it to be about the park, ignoring the lotuses.

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I like this park very much because it reminds me very much of a park I love very much, a park I've never been to and don't even know the name of. All I know is that it's in London and I saw this park in the movie Blow-Up.

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Blow-up is (or was) a process in photography whereby a frame is enlarged. As in the photos above. Below, a few images from the film, my all-time favorite film.

Whenever I go to the circus park I remember this movie. I love looking at the people, the birds, the trees, and the flowers.

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A thin line, an alley, divides the city, the traffic on one side and the park on the other.

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Just a simple crossing of the street and I get to...

Florist - Tria's Florist

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A small family business with the shop on the ground floor of the villa and most of the merchandise in front of the shop.

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A few shelves with flowers, very well placed in front of passers-by, who not only enjoy the view but also buy something. I almost always buy.

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I didn't buy it today. Because winter is coming and I don't have room in the house for more flowers.

In the meantime, the hairdresser did his job and we were able to leave that part of town. To look for a cookie and a cappuccino. Actually, we didn't look, we went for sure, we went to our favorite confectionery. Which wasn't far from there.

Maria confectionery

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Unfortunately, due to wave four of the pandemic, we can no longer sit in the confectionery, the chairs have been removed and the interior looks desolate. I'm so sorry. I bought cookies for home and coffee to go.

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Very close to the confectionery has grown what wants to be a City for Bucharest. A financial district. A district of banks and multinational headquarters, with buildings over twenty stories high. A small height compared to buildings in other cities of the world. But there is an explanation for the fact that such buildings have only recently been constructed. Bucharest is the city with the highest seismic risk in Europe.

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I've only had one earthquake. In 1977 it was 7.4 Richter and over two thousand people died in Bucharest.

If the confectionery is not what it used to be and not because of it, just because of the restrictions, the park that is very close is the biggest and most beautiful in the city, in Bucharest. Herastrau Park. Of course, it couldn't be missed and we took another walk. Because in the first park I walked alone, now my wife has to walk too!

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Such a beautiful autumn day! At first, autumn scared us with almost a month of rain but now it's gorgeous. The walk through the park wasn't too long because being the first day of the weekend, it was mandatory to get to the market. Friday is market day. Hard to get there though, the traffic in the city is infernal.

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More than half an hour for a few kilometers. Finally, this is a hard problem to solve in my town. Now I can only ignore it and enjoy the market. In the market, another problem, hard to photograph. Rather than see the angry faces of the vendors, I'd rather give up taking pictures. I took a few though, as proof that I was there.

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Friday is a beautiful and expected day. It was a full and pleasant day. Lots of movement and a little touch of the market. Because it's the day we go to the market.

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I wanted it to be the beginning of a change. I wanted it to be a different way of arranging and constructing the post. More concise, faster. It was just... the opposite! Still, I'm glad I expressed my desire for change. It will even force me to change, as times change.

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A real market can only be if there is a flower, a specially placed flower. Now there happened to be several flowers but the following one, an arrangement, was inspired by Van Gogh's painting, Sunflowers. And paintings sell, don't they?

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For #marketfriday and #alwaysaflower by @dswigle

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Maryon Park! That is the park where Blow Up was filmed! I had to shout that out in case I forgot to answer it. Oh my gosh! You used the community instead of just tagging it. I have to tell you a story about that perhaps you won't feel bad or perhaps you feel like I'm not very clever. Do you remember when communities came out? Instead of tagging everything we could use communities, however, oh, when we moved over to hive I was led to believe that if I did not and is she a market Friday community, anybody could take it and continue with it. Now I might not be the sharpest pencil in the Box oh, but I believed it and so I opened up the two communities. I'm not exactly sure that that was the right thing to do but I did it. It is nothing like any of the bigger communities but what is done is done. You first knew it as a tag which is probably one of the reasons you don't feel like it's a community. That and the fact that I don't have a Discord. And many other reasons. I don't think you're mad, I think I was a little crazy.

I think you for your kind of words but you know as well as I do that I'm pretty eclectic and I'm not so sure that's always good. You don't need to write the same because I love your style oh, it's one of the things that attracted me to you. So when you Tire of your own style I don't understand because I love it.

The Little Flower Shop that you go to on a regular basis is actually in a very busy area and I don't know why I thought it was down the side road, but maybe you don't think this is very busy. It is following what you're used to. I see that she has her chrysanthemums out and they're absolutely beautiful in all different colors. When they show me hibiscus at the end of the season the only thing I can think of is that I have to take care of it all winter and then by the end of the season, I want to throw it out because it's not as pretty looking as it once was. You and your wife really have found a nice place with Maria's confectionery! I cannot believe you were on the way already but I guess it's safer to just take your cookies and coffee and go home you picked the most incredibly beautiful autumn day to do your walk and thankfully the rain is over half an hour for a few kilometers is pretty much standard around here. There are days I wish I could get that far. Never worry about having to take pictures because of the benders. You are not the only one that has that issue and so oh, I have to say it is what it is. I do like those pumpkins though and those bulbs of garlic look pretty nice. Never changed, Dan! Your way is part of your charm. And just as always I enjoy seeing the flower that you will post at the end.

Of course one of the best parts is where you have Every Picture Tells a Story and it's so true and I love that you put that there. You always surprise me and you never disappoint me with your post.

#MarketFriday has evolved over time from straight shopping to a cultural affair as it highlights how we differ and then again, how much we are alike. We have become a melting pot of culture, but, it is still the Rituals, Festivals, food, architecture, even your language/languages that separate us... Along with the fact of what is normal for where you live? These are unwritten rules that rule our social behaviors. I see this as allowing for increased tolerance between cultures and nations, and opportunities to come together on an even playing ground. A strong culture can be beneficial to a country as it promotes unity, especially during a crisis, peaceful debate, and open dialogue. I can only hope this to be true.

Fridays are all about the #MarketFriday Challenge! Looking to take part in it? Here is how:


Rules of the Road to Join #MarketFriday!

  1. Go to the market, or anywhere that you pay money for a service.
    Take pictures! Be creative!
  2. Tell us a little bit about the market or the event. What brought you there? What did you buy? How much did it cost?
  3. Post the picture(s) Of course, you should tell a little bit about the ones you post
  4. Use the MarketFriday Community Platform to post #hive-196308 (this is not required, but appreciated)
    5. Drop the link into the MarketFriday comment section so I can find it
  5. Following me and reblogging the post so more see it would be appreciated !! Not a rule, just appreciated, more vision for more views on your posts!
    7. You must put #MarketFriday by @dswigle somewhere on your post. If you don't and someone reads it, there is nothing to tie #MarketFriday to that post.
  6. Please only one post each week. Believe it not, I run out of voting power if you put in many more than that.

As always, please remember! #MarketFriday loves you!

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Well know I learned something! I was away for the ending of the one platform, developing of communities and then changing to Hive. But I've realized that the @MarketFriday community isn't the same as others. But I think it's sad that more don't get involved. And I have to say, @bluemoon, it is also sad that the confectionary isn't allowed to seat people. It does look desolate. Although their produce looks delicious!

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I have to agree with you on one hand but it's very different from other communities but also Wednesday walk that's the same thing. There is a few of them out there like beautiful Sunday and all of them that really are the same and that they're not huge big communities and there's not the involvement because there's not the same Rewards or involvement. So I either have to decide to develop a little bit more or go back into just a tag. Somehow it seems more than that but then it is not the same as the bigger communities. No Discord, no contest, and only me. @buckaroobaby

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Of course! That's the problem...which is not a problem at all but more a reality. Because it is only you it's not a rational or feasible possibility to grow it. I've noticed when I do posts in those three communities they simply don't get the attention that others do. It's really sad for me. The content and effort can be just as big. Sorry I'm not a little more free to help you make your community - actually both #alwaysaflower and #marketfriday - a fireball of a success to give the more popular a run for their money!

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Sorry about the lack of attention. I realize it is why people post in other communities. I appreciate your honesty!

Thank you, always! @buckaroobaby ❤️

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Sometimes, it is very difficult to choose a delicious pumpkin for stuffing, these pumpkins are perfect, the size for my oven, I already smell a mixture of pumpkin, meat and sheep cheese) !WINE

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Wonderful tour of a place that is far away from me.

So great to see the parks, flowers, some of the cool places and your perspective.

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