Dinnertime: Weekly Photo Challenge

“The best meals are those prepared by loving hands.”

Ken Poirot



This week’s “dinner” challenge reminded me immediately of the capture above, which I made during a visit to Cambodia several years ago. I was a fair distance from the gathering but was drawn to the obvious affection of the participants. The inclusion of the family’s oxen made the moment just too good to pass up 😄.



“There are times when wisdom cannot be found in the chambers of parliament or the halls of academia but at the unpretentious setting of the kitchen table.”

E.A. Bucchianeri

Cambodia is a very special place, especially in light of their tragic history. One sentence about the reign of Pol Pot in the 1970’s sums it up:  ” The combined effects of executions, strenuous working conditions, malnutrition and poor medical care caused the deaths of approximately 25 percent of the Cambodian population.” *  25%! Think about it.



“One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner.”

Oscar Wilde

Despite their history, or perhaps because of it, we found Cambodia to be a warm, gentle, peaceful place where children are treasured and life seems simpler.  There are times when simple is simply better.

  • Source: wikipedia



71 thoughts on “Dinnertime: Weekly Photo Challenge

  1. Amen to the Ken Poirot quote: “The best meals are those prepared by loving hands.”
    Also, the photos show the happiness of being around loving hands ~ wonderful.

  2. Hey Tina – there is a 3-d feel to the images in this post – really cool – especially the 1st and 3rd – like the mat in the first and the red shoes in the third.
    also – read the comment about the missing people – need to read up on that – hmmm
    have a great day

  3. Very beautiful and touching! Amazing photos! Thank you for adding my words as a caption to one of your photos…it was a pleasant and welcome surprise when I saw it today! 🙂

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    • Thanks Jane – yes ma’am, it’s definitely been a while and we did indeed have a terrific time. But then, when did we NOT have a great time in our many travels??? 😄

  5. Tina, what a difficult challenge this week! I love how you managed to rise to it with a shot both familiar and yet unique. I haven’t tried this one yet, trying to figure out how to meet it creatively, without merely showing a plate of food! 🙂

  6. looks like a very special place….always love seeing the world through your lens….loving learner’s permit…haha…😜

  7. Brilliant captures, Tina. Really love the first one, and agree with you about the oxens. They look every part of the family, and it must be a ritual that they are used to. Also, really like the Oscar Wilde quote. Dinner time can be cozy, especially if it’s with the ones we love. It’s a time of the day where we come together for food…and in a way for each other. If we’re the kind who eat dinner alone, it’s often a time of peace and quiet 🙂

    • Hi Mabel, and thanks very much. Yes, they really seem like they belong, don’t they?! I’m guessing it wasn’t their first time they came to dinner LOL. Liked your thought about peace and quiet and agree wholeheartedly!

      • I have a a feeling the oxens self-invite themselves over to dinner practically every single day whether the family likes it or not 😀

  8. Great images for this challenge, Tina. I have never been to Cambodia, and doubt I ever will…but I recall talking to a friend who had been, and he said that when he went, it was noticeable that a whole generation was missing……

    • Hi Sue, yes, he’s right. You could definitely notice the missing persons. Even if you never go, read up on the Pol Pot era – one of the saddest things I’ve ever heard of – and that’s really saying something considering what’s going on in the world today.

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