Thursday, November 28, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
A rock-steady business with its solid brown base.
Ornament at Selfridges.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Wonderful view at the top. Well worth the challenging climb.
People have been praying here since 604AD. Wow! This building dates from the late 1700s.
We arrived at the Cathedral around noon, and were able to participate in a service. The cathedral is the seat of the Anglican bishop of London so it was a regular Anglican communion service. I really liked the way they set it up. An area was roped off to delineate where the seating area for the service would be, but the service wasn't cut off from the tourists milling around inside the cathedral. The tourists and the worshipers were happily sharing this amazing space.
No photographs allowed to be taken inside the cathedral but there are lots of good pictures online.
Absolutely worth a visit, either in person or via the Internet.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
I was so surprised that I enjoyed working the backhoe so much. It is strangely soothing to use the hydraulic levers to manipulate it. Who would have thought?! Certainly not me.
My husband, who is on the tractor, is good with things that go so I expected him to like it, but I have never felt so pleased to work with a machine as I have with this little orange tractor.
We got the tractor primarily to deal with the snow. In fact, today the tractor man came and removed
the loader and backhoe and put a snowblower on the front. We are anxiously awaiting the first snow
fall ,which could be next week or not for several weeks, so we can try out the snowblower.
We will find all kinds of excuses next summer to move dirt around and to dig random holes, I'm sure. I could even use the backhoe to dig up perennials if I want to move them.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Here are some more London photos. The Albert Memorial, built by Queen Victoria in memory of her husband Albert, is at the southern edge of Kensington Gardens. From a distance, it didn't strike me as very remarkable, and I found the design a bit odd with the peaked roof looking too big for the rest of it.
When I got close to it though, I liked it better as the proportions change when you are near it.
Although it is a memorial to Albert, it has a lot to say about Queen Victoria herself and about her people throughout the empire. The carved band depicts some of the significant creative people of the empire:
Writers, musicians, painters, sculptures, etc.
On the inner four corners carved in white marble, are representations
of the four major areas of enterprise: agriculture, engineering, commerce, and manufacturing.
It is used for all sorts of concerts and fundraisers. When it was first built, the acoustics weren't good and performers were challenged with echoes. Over the years, improvements have been made to solve the acoustical problems.
Monday, November 4, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
It is an ongoing challenge trying to find someone to cut down the dead trees before they fall down. Not that many people are interested in cutting firewood any more, and those that are have no shortage of people wanting their services. We think we have someone lined up for this fall, but time will tell if he will actually get to our property.