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Art on Friday; Still-Life

Today Still-Life painting In Nothern Europe from 1600-1800

George Flegel-Still-Life with Bread and Confectionary
Jan Davidsz de Heem-Still Life With Fruit 
 Abraham van Beyeren-Still Life (ca 1655)
Willem Kalf-Still life with a porcelain vase
Nicolaes van Verendael-Still Life with Flowers

                   Edwart Collier-Vanitas still life
Jan Brueghel the Elder-Still Life with Tulips
Balthasar Van der Ast-Still life with insects and shells
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Treasures of Britain; St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral



When the Great Fire of 1666 swept the City of London, it was the fourth time a church on this site-which had once contained a Roman temple to Diana- had been destroyed. A wooden strucuture, dedicated to St Paul in 604 by St Ethelbert, King of Kent, burned down 70 years later. A second cathedral,built in stone in 675-85, was laid waste by the Vickings in 961. A third burned down in 1087 and the Norman cathedral-larger than the present one-was begun straight away. Stone was brought by sea from the quarries of Caen,and the spire(to be struck by lightning in 1447 and destroyed by fire in 1561)was the tallest yet built. After the Fire, Sir Christopher Wren was commisssioned to rebuild not only St Paul's but another 51 churches throughout the City as well. His design, with a traditional cruciform gothic groundplan and a tall steeple, was finally accepted in 1675 and building began immediately. But the Cathedral that was officially declared finished-after many row…

Becoming the real you

Everyone knows it probably or has experienced it; other people always know best how you should be, or should live your life or should behave etc. So have I in my life; people always know better how I should be, what I should say or not, or how I should look. Be careful, what will others think of you? Well, I've finally come to a point in my life that I really don't care anymore what others think of me. If I ever did. I have stopped a long time ago to listen to the negative people who not always have your best interest in mind. Almost never actually. Only you know what is best for you.

The one thing that was bothering me was me being overweight and having low energy all the time. I started eating more healthy but still it didn't help. Until one day I walked into a shop where they sell homeopathic stuff and I just out of the blue (even surprised myself) to the sales-girl if she had something that could help me lose some weight and still being healthy. She recomended green t…

Music on Sunday, Italy

On our holiday trip we've arrived in Italy and La Bella Italia has some lovely music; I remember being pregnant of my oldest son when Laura Pausini was in the Dutch charts and wanting to name him Laura if he turned out to be a girl (which he didn't obviously)  Enjoy the Italian music; 


I really like this, shame they didn't win; 




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Quotes and Pics 188, poem quotes

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Art on Friday; Victorian British landscapes

For no other reason than I just miss the UK; today British Landscape painters/paintings;

James E. Meadows-A Summer's day (1880)

Thomas James Lloyd-Milking time (1884)

 John Atkinson Grimshaw-Geese by a stream (1892)
 Alfred de Bréanski sr-Highland light
George Augustus Williams-Windsor Castle from the Thames
William Holman Hunt-Fairlight Downs,Sunlight on the sea
Hellen Allingham-In a Witley lane
William Scott-A day at the seaside
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Treasures of Britain; Eilean Donan Castle

People who know me and my love for Scotland also know that my favourite castle is Eilean Donan Castle. I really can't explain why, but from the very first time I visited in 1992 it captured my heart. That whole region did but the castle especially. I don't think it was a furnitured castle at the time but when we came back to it in 2005 with the kids it was.



Eilean Donan Castle is near Dornie and is one of the most photographed castles in Scotland. The islet located between Lochs Long, ALsh and Duich is named after a 6th-century Celtic hermit. The castle, built c1220 by Alexander II to give advance warning of Viking raids, became the stronghold of the Mackenzies in the 14th century. In 1719 these fervent supporters of the Stuarts entrenched themselves in the castle with 300 Spanish soldiers who had come to support the Jacobite cause. Two months later the castle was bombarded by three English frigates. It was nothing but ruins when, in the 1920's, Farquhar Macrae and John M…

Knight in shining armour

Daan wrote a blog last Sunday that made me want to write my own thoughts on the subject.

When I was a young girl I always thought I would grow up and marry a man just like my dad and have kids. There were no ifs or buts about it. Of course now I now my dad had his issues as well as every other man (or woman for that matter) has but as a girl I didn't see them, now that he's gone I'm probably not seeing them either. What's the use anyway, he's not here anymore right?
I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up, what kind of profession I wanted. Did I need one? I was going to be a mum, that was enough for me! I was a child of the Seventies, mums didn't need to work back then really, so you could not really blame me for thinking like that.

The whole picture in my head as a kid stuck there for quite some time, maybe it never have left. My husband wasn't anything like my dad was. He was very self-centered and to this day I really don't know why he ever m…

Music on Sunday; Germany

To continue our Musical holiday trip we've now arrived in Germany;


To prove it's not all Wein, Weib und Gesang, (or Modern Talking) here are some German songs for you;

One of my favourites;









I know he wasn't German but Austrian but sang in German;









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Quotes and Pics 187, Words

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