OK, so actually it’s Ghent to Ambleside but what the heck…
The Ghent Altarpiece
It is now possible to zoom in to the intricate, breath-taking details of one of the most important works of art in the world, thanks to a newly completed website focused on the Ghent Altarpiece. Composed of separate oak panels, the Ghent Altarpiece was pain ted in 1432 by Hubert and Jan van Eyck. It recently underwent emergency conservation work within the Villa Chapel in St. Bavo Cathedral in Ghent, Belgium. The project was funded by the Getty Foundation. The altarpiece was removed from its glass enclosure and temporarily dismantled, making it possible to comprehensively examine it and create a stunning One Billion Pixel reproduction which anyone can now access on http://closertovaneyck.kikirpa.be/#home
Zooming in from this
to the book in St John’s hand.
The Isle of Lewis
I have still got hundreds of photos of The Isle of Lewis to sort. A couple a day is all I seem to be able to manage. Today the distractions from this task included the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa. It’s one of the few that I would really consider going abroad to attend. I can imagine what it feels like to be in the stands and watch the cars go through flat out… Sigh. Today’s GP was won by Britain’s Jenson Button. Hooray!
Among the photos I sorted today were some netting in the harbour at Stornoway.
A seal waiting to see if any fishing boats would come in with a kindfisherman or two to throw it some fish.
And, of course, one of the early morning at GB’s.
And finally, one of trees in the castle grounds.
"If you would know strength and patience,
welcome the company of trees."
(Thank you Norma for the quote!)
Implement of Torture?
Partner-who-loves-tea reckons this looks like an instrument of torture.
So what is it? It’s a French style nutcracker, something I’ve been after for a long time and which Daughter-who-takes-photos and Friend-and-Son-in-law-who-loves-otters gave me on Father’s Day. At last I have something which will deal effectively with Brazil nuts with a minimum of effort. And I think it looks superb as well. It actually looks like something designed to do its job – unlike so many modern inventions which concentrate on having a pretty design and forget about their objective in life.
Ambleside by night
The Lakes Lodge, the place that Partner-w-d-t and I stayed at in Ambleside on the way home from Scotland was excellent and GB has already extolled the virtues of its breakfasts. One of the other advantages is that one is given a front-door-key so when I couldn’t sleep I could wander out into the night and at 4 a.m. one day last week this was what Ambleside looked like…
Considering I had no tripod I was quite pleased with the results. This was how the Stock Ghyll looked by night.
The Bridge House
Every window seemed to have a sheep or lamb in it!
Charity shop window with books. Needless to say I stopped to read the titles.
The Doi Intanon Thai Restaurant, situated in the old Market Hall, where Partner-who-loves-tea and I had an excellent evening meal.
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