… to sit on the patio enjoying the early evening sun before dinner.
As part of the garden project the front of the house has also been tackled. The small island border has been removed and re-turfed. The euonymus has been relocated to the back garden and the daffodil bulbs are temporarily in a pot. I like the new look
Whilst working on the front garden I noticed that we had a new neighbour. For a few weeks I had seen him flying around with two companions and was surprised to see that he had taken up temporary residence in what looks like a very uncomfortable position!
There have been no major changes since my last photographs, but on the whole the garden is a lot tidier than it was. I have persuaded Mr C to help me with the Laurel at the weekend. I need the top cutting off before I go about tidying up the sides.
The next major task is to continue the wall around the patio area and dig out a border behind. This I will fill with low growing plant so that the the rest of the garden can still be seen from the bench I intend to put in front of living room window. This will give a nice line of view from the living room too. Part of this task is concealing two of the wheely bins, the recycling been will be relocated to the garage along with the other recycling boxes.
When this has been done we will tackle the shed, which up until last year was covered and sheltered by the branches of ‘My Oak Tree’. As you can see the shed is in a state of collapse and is to be replaced by a new one with a door on the side. At the same time we intend to extend the top patio slightly.
Well that is the plan for now, but all plans are subject to change
The photos in this post are taken with a new compact camera that I treated myself to. I wanted something small enough to keep in my handbag for those unexpected photo opportunities when I wished I had my camera with me. Photographs taken with my camera phone are always disappointing. The camera sales man was not doing a very good job of selling me any of the cameras that I asked about, leaving me to figure it out for myself. I ended up with a good deal, but that is a story for another day
In 1996, two enhancements were installed on the cathedral in the form of two large bronze doors, one on the west facade and the second on the south facade adjacent to Ciril-Metodov Trg. These were added to commemorate the visit of Pope John Paul II. The stunning west door is decorated with a raised relief schemes depicting 1,200 years of Christianity in Slovenia including scenes of the Crusades through to the independence of Slovenia, whilst the south door is decorated with the raised relief of the bishops of Ljubljana.
I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
Ljubljana Cathedral stands above the square Pogačarjev trg and by Ciril-Metodov trg in the centre of the medieval town. By orders of the Academia Operosorum, it was built anew, on the foundations of the destroyed Romanesque-Gothic three-nave church with a long choir loft, which had already been the Bishops’ Seat since 1461. All that remains of the older church is the keystone with Christ built in the façade by the entrance. Several Roman tombstones are built in the exterior walls. In the niches of the façade are a Gothic pieta and statues of important Bishops and Saints. The plans of the two-towered church were drawn by the Jesuit Andrea Pozzo in 1701, and construction after 1704 was directed by Gregor Maček, Sr. The cathedral has a ground plan in the shape of a Latin cross and the scheme imitates the church Il Gesu in Rome. The elongated hall is surrounded by four chapels on each side. Above the crossing the dome was added in 1841 (builder M. Medved). The new west bronze door was designed by Tone Demšar, and the new south bronze door by Mirsad Begić (1996). Demšar designed reliefs with the history of Slovenian territory under the rule of three important Bishops and blessed by Pope John Paul II. Begić designed the dead Christ with more artistic license. From His sacrifice rise the images of the Bishops of the Ljubljana Diocese in the last century.
By 1723 the interior had been painted by Giulio Quaglio and his co-workers. The sculptural pieces were chiseled by Angelo Putti (statues of the Bishops of Emona, symbols of the temperaments, a portrait of the canon J. G. Dolničar), Francesco Robba (the altar of Corpus Christi with lively angels in the transversal nave) and others. The newly built dome was painted in the middle of the 19th century by Matevž Langus. The author of the painting of St. Nicholas in the presbytery is Pietro Liberi. The Bishop’s throne, the baptism front, and the Chapel of the Cross by the pulpit were drawn in the fifties by Jože Plečnik. After the renovation of the presbytery in 1970 (architect Anton Bitenc), the reliefs of the Way of the Cross were added (sculptor France Gorše).