Celebrating Love

Then Almitra spoke again and said, And what of Marriage, master?

And he answered saying:
You were born together,
and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings
of death scatter your days.
Aye, you shall be together even in the
silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love.

Let it rather be a moving sea between
the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous,
but let each of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone
though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.

For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together, yet not too near together.
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress
grow not in each other’s shadow.

On Marriage, from The Prophet.
Kahlil Gibran

16 Comments CherryPie on Feb 14th 2017

Words can travel across thousands of miles. May my words create mutual understanding and love. May they be beautiful gems, as lovely as flowers.

Thich Nhat Hahn

Sunny Gift

10 Comments CherryPie on Feb 12th 2017

Old Door

The week started well with our old backdoor being replaced. The previous door had warped and was letting in cold air much like the front door which we also replaced recently. The new backdoor was left with a blank panel at the top so that they could measure and align the georgian bars to the windows (The glass panel is due to be fitted on Monday morning).

A little later in the week I came home to the noise of our ensuite toilet flushing, not a problem, except that the toilet after a few minutes silence kept doing a mini flush repeatedly. I was informed by Mr C that there was a problem… After Mr C had phoned up to arrange a repair man for the next morning he turned off the water to the toilet and the annoying noise stopped. Phew!!

Next morning the repairman came, the toilet was fixed and when I arrived home in the evening I noticed that the flush was much quieter than it had ever been. Either a better quality mechanism has been fitted or it was always faulty…

The following morning (after the toilet repair) I was rudely awoken by Mr C saying ‘are you there’ repeatedly… In my mostly asleep but partly awake state I was thinking of course I am here you can see me!! I surfaced enough from my sleep to work out we had another problem… The central heating had broken (again) and was permanently on although the timer was off. The engineer could come between 8am and 1pm, could I have the morning off? When I was awake enough to compute that it was Thursday and not Friday, the answer was yes. Mr C was setting off early for a business stay overnight, hence the urgency of his questions whilst I was still asleep.

The engineer came and knew immediately from the description of the fault what the problem was and how to fix it. We also knew what the problem was, it is a part in our heating system that fails often. He also (randomly) identified that one of our plug sockets was not earthed! By the time he arrived it was late in the morning and I rang up work to ask if it was OK for me to have the afternoon off too ;-)

When I arrived home from work the following day Mr C’s hire car was parked on the drive (as it had been the evening before he left). The hire car was more like a bus and took up far too much space on our drive. The hire car company didn’t pick it up as was expected and it was there overnight. This morning Mr C phoned up the hire car company who advised that they wouldn’t be able to come until after midday. It became evident that it wouldn’t be picked up today either so Mr C decided to drive it back to the depot and have me follow to pick him up rather than it be on our drive another night.

Before we went out I was doing some housework and the vacuum cleaner emitted some sparks (twice) as I turned it off… And there is a light in the kitchen that keeps switching itself on and off at random…

The sudden resurgence of electrical/energy problems reminds me of:

Things That Make You Go Hmm…

I will leave you with a photo of our delightful evening meal :-)

Evening Meal

16 Comments CherryPie on Feb 11th 2017

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Ludlow Castle

Ludlow Castle

Ludlow Castle is a ruined medieval fortification in the town of the same name in the English county of Shropshire, standing on a promontory overlooking the River Teme. The castle was probably founded by Walter de Lacy after the Norman conquest and was one of the first stone castles to be built in England. During the civil war of the 12th century the castle changed hands several times between the de Lacy’s and rival claimants, and was further fortified with a Great Tower and a large outer bailey. In the mid-13th century, Ludlow was passed on to Geoffrey de Geneville who rebuilt part of the inner bailey, and the castle played a part in the Second Barons’ WarRoger Mortimer acquired the castle in 1301, further extending the internal complex of buildings, and the Mortimer family went on to hold Ludlow for over a century.

Richard, the Duke of York, inherited the castle in 1425, and it became an important symbol of Yorkist authority during the Wars of the Roses. When Richard’s son, Edward IV, seized the throne in 1461 it passed into the ownership of the Crown. Ludlow Castle was chosen as the seat of the Council in the Marches of Wales, effectively acting as the capital of Wales, and it was extensively renovated throughout the 16th century. By the 17th century the castle was luxuriously appointed, hosting cultural events such as the first performance of John Milton’s masque Comus. Ludlow Castle was held by the Royalists during the English Civil War of the 1640s, until it was besieged and taken by a Parliamentarian army in 1646. The contents of the castle were sold off and a garrison was retained there for much of the interregnum.

With the Restoration of 1660, the Council was reestablished and the castle repaired, but Ludlow never recovered from the civil war years and when the Council was finally abolished in 1689 it fell into neglect. Henry Herbert, the Earl of Powis, leased the property from the Crown in 1772, extensively landscaping the ruins, and his brother-in-law, Edward Clive, bought the castle outright in 1811. A mansion was constructed in the outer bailey but the remainder of the castle was left largely untouched, attracting an increasing number of visitors and becoming a popular location for artists. After 1900, Ludlow Castle was cleared of vegetation and over the course of the century it was extensively repaired by the Powis Estate and government bodies. In the 21st century it is still owned by the Earl of Powis and operated as a tourist attraction.

The architecture of Ludlow reflects its long history, retaining a blend of several styles of building. The castle is approximately 500 by 435 feet (152 by 133 m) in size, covering almost 5 acres (2.0 ha). The outer bailey includes the Castle House building, now used by the Powis Estate as offices and accommodation, while the inner bailey, separated by a trench cut out of the stone, houses the Great Tower, Solar block, Great Hall and Great Chamber block, along with later 16th century additions, as well as a rare, circular chapel, modelled on the shrine in the Church of the Holy SepulchreEnglish Heritage notes that the ruins represent “a remarkably complete multi-phase complex” and considers Ludlow to be “one of England’s finest castle sites”.

Ludlow Castle

Ludlow Castle

Ludlow Castle

Ludlow Castle

14 Comments CherryPie on Feb 9th 2017

Colouring Practice

My first attempt at colouring with waxy pencils, in this case Staedtler colouring pencils. I enjoyed the way I could layer up the colours :-)

8 Comments CherryPie on Feb 8th 2017

… Calendars, Sundials, and Stone Chambers of Ancient Ireland

The Stones of Time - Martin Brennan

Synopsis (from the book cover):

Older than the pyramids and predating Stonehenge by at least a thousand years, the stone complexes of ancient Ireland have been extensively excavated and studied, ye they have refused to give up their mystery. Archaeologists have speculated that the chambers were tombs. Art historians have tried to interpret the enigmatic designs painstakingly carved into the faces of the stones. But the real function of these ancient structures can be understood only when the art and the architecture are seen to be parts of a unified whole.

Through a combination of careful observation, analysis of the astronomical alignment of the sites, and insightful interpretation of the megalithic symbols and carvings, Brennan argues that the mounds and art are interconnected, sophisticated calendar devices. At critical times of the year, the rising or setting sun projects beams of light into the inner chambers of the mounds, illuminating specific images carved on the stones. Those images – seemingly abstract wheels, spirals, and very wavy lines – suggest provocative new insights into their makers’ understanding of celestial cycles and the importance of those cycles in human affairs.

Review:

In the book the author explores the rock carvings and how they are aligned in the landscape and to their celestial orientation. His research and observations reveal that the ancient builders understood the yearly celestial cycles and carved them as markers on the stones. The book also reveals that the chambers themselves were aligned to specific solar and lunar events.

The book is a fascinating read complete with numerous diagrams and photographs to illustrate the research.

4 Comments CherryPie on Feb 7th 2017

Brinkburn Priory

Brinkburn Priory

Brinkburn Priory

Brinkburn Priory

14 Comments CherryPie on Feb 6th 2017

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