Author: jimholroyd365

Hi, my name is Jim, I am an Englishman living in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. I started this blog to share my interests, my photos and to make sense of my world. I take a lot of photographs of various subjects, some of which I intend to share here. I collect diecast cars and get the same thrill at 50 as I did when I was 8, when I find a car I'm searching for, Don't worry, I have a separate blog for this hobby. Please feel free to comment and ask questions on what I blog. I am quite new to this blogging, I was inspired by reading a book, which began as a blog of a London Ambulance Driver: "Blood, Sweat and Tea". I hope my blog will be entertaining and amusing, I did try stand up comedy in the UK and had seven gigs before I left to teach English in Georgia. I love reading and so the blog will include book reviews of books as I finish them.I don't know about which direction this blog will go, I am a great believer in serendipity...let the journey begin...

WordPress Problems

I can’t get into my account on my laptop, the SMS codes sent for verification don’t reach my phone ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

But it seems I can still access my account through my smartphone :/

I hope I can sort this problem out.


Sometimes technology cab be so frustrating!



Weekly Photo Challenge: Structure

At his week’s challenge is Structure and


Dome of the Pantheon

The domed ceiling of the Pantheon in Rome is an incredible structure that has stood the test of time. Completed around 126AD, almost two thousand years after it was built, the Pantheon’s dome is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome. The height to the oculusย  and the diameter of the interior circle are the same, 142 feet (43ย m).

Tbilisi Metro

I made a short (59 second) video clip about Tbilisi Metro, using my smartphone (a Huawei) and a simple video edit program called VideoShow. Here is the link: click here

(I don’t have a premium account to add the clip directly to my WordPress blog).

I haven’t done any video editing before but I was able to add music and subtitles as well as making some transitions from one cut to the next.

impressionistic metro


Weekly Photo Challenge : Satisfaction



When an image comes out well, it gives me satisfaction, even if it comes from using some clever technology like Prisma. This is a shot of the fountain in Tavisuplebis Moedani (Liberty Square) in Tbilisi. The image was put through the Prisma “electric” filter on my android phone, which uses some clever AI, I felt satisfied with the result.

For other interpretations of the theme, click on this link: Satisfaction

Discovering the inner artist (2)

Three weeks ago, I attended my first acrylic workshop with Tako Shashiashvili (Tako Shashiashvili Art (Facebook page). The first session (Discovering the inner artist.) went well, so I was happy to attend a second workshop entitled “Delicious Painting 4”. Again we met on the top terrace ofย  No.21 Terrace Restaurant in Maidani in Old Tbilisi, which has a fabulous view of the old Metekhi Church on the opposite bank of the Mtkvari River.


View of the Old Metekhi Church

Tako again supplied all the necessary materials. This time we had canvases stretched on a wooden frame rather than on board.


Tako prepares my palette

I could have chosen a different view from the first time, but I was interested to see how my paintings would compare, so I tackled the same view again.


The group was smaller this time just three of us learners. In July and August many people leave Tbilisi, if they can, because of the heat. We started later (18.30 as opposed to 17.00) and I felt more time pressure than before, as the light was fading, we also had a few spots of rain.


Martin took off lickety-split and had almost covered his canvas in paint before I had even started. Taisia adopted a more measured controlled approach. It was getting dark by the time we were ready to show our finished pictures.

delicious painting 4 show

Our paintings: me, Martin, Tako and Taisia

I was happier with my earlier painting.


Painting (2 July 2017)


Painting (23 July 2017)

I think I’m happier with the first painting because the church looks better, the colours are closer to reality and it was more carefully rendered. The Metekhi church had had scaffolding erected on one side between the two painting sessions.


Metekhi Church with scaffolding

Today, I bought myself a blank canvas, so I can practise at home. I hope to have more opportunities to paint in the future, it was fun. Thanks, Tako ๐Ÿ™‚ Didi madloba.