Monday, January 22, 2018

Foto Tunes

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme. 

January 2018 - Niagara Falls ON

A Hazy Shade of Winter

Tuesday Treasures - Egypt

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme. 

I am reposting this from 2014 as it is fun to re-read some of our travels.

November 2007 - Cairo Egypt

Some photos from our first day in Cairo. Our first stop was Sakkhara. It was a hot day and we were really excited to go sightseeing with George, our private guide.

Saqqara also spelled Sakkara or Saccara in English, is a vast, ancient burial ground in Egypt, serving as the necropolis for the Ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis. Saqqara features numerous pyramids, including the world famous Step pyramid of Djoser, sometimes referred to as the Step Tomb due to its rectangular base, as well as a number of mastabas (Arabic word meaning 'bench'). Located some 30 km (19 mi) south of modern-day Cairo, Saqqara covers an area of around 7 by 1.5 km (4.35 by 0.93 mi).

At Saqqara, the oldest complete stone building complex known in history was built: Djoser's step pyramid, built during the third dynasty. Another 16 Egyptian kings built pyramids at Saqqara, which are now in various states of preservation or dilapidation. High officials added private funeral monuments to this necropolis during the entire pharaonic period. It remained an important complex for non-royal burials and cult ceremonies for more than 3,000 years, well into Ptolemaic and Roman times.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Monday Mural

July 2016 - Rochester NY

John Perry is a Rochester Native who works primarily in black and white. His images range from photorealistic portraits of the famous and infamous to monsters and skulls. His images are sometimes thought-provoking, yet other times his images give a visual insight into his dark humor. John has a graffiti background which lead to a formal education in painting. He has been featured in “The Art of Modern Rock” and “The Art of Electric Frankenstein” which focuses on his past fling into the world of gigposters.

Shadow Shot Sunday

Shadow Shot Sunday

January 2018 - Niagara Falls ON

inSPIREd Sunday

Sally and Beth host inSPIREd Sunday!

May 2004 - Rome Italy

Click here for views of St. Peter's Basilica from outside.

We'll step inside this week and look at some details.

This ancient statue of St. Peter, portrayed as he gives a blessing and preaches, while holding the keys to the kingdom of heaven is famous throughout the world. Some scholars have attributed it to Arnolfo di Cambio (1245-1302), but others believe that it is a V century casting.
Behind it, there is what seems to be a fine brocade draping, however, it is actually a mosaic.

St. Peter's Baldachin is a large Baroque sculpted bronze canopy, technically called a ciborium or baldachin, over the high altar of St. Peter's Basilica. The baldachin is at the centre of the crossing and directly under the dome of the basilica. Designed by the Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini, it was intended to mark, in a monumental way, the place of Saint Peter's tomb underneath. Under its canopy is the high altar of the basilica. Commissioned by Pope Urban VIII, the work began in 1623 and ended in 1634. The baldachin acts as a visual focus within the basilica; it itself is a very large structure and forms a visual mediation between the enormous scale of the building and the human scale of the people officiating at the religious ceremonies at the papal altar beneath its canopy.

The spiral columns are called Solomonic columns. In the 4th century, the Christian emperor Constantine supposedly brought spiral columns back to Rome from Jerusalem, claiming they were part of Solomon’s temple. Those columns stood for a thousand years as part of Old St. Peters, and are seen today built into the supports of the church across from Bernini’s Baldacchino. Bernini took the twisting form of the Solomonic column and enlarged it as the base. It is amazing form in bronze, with intricate leafing and designs from bottom to top.


One Word Sunday

January 2018 - Niagara Falls ON

21 January:        Views
28 January:        Lines
4 February:        Square
11 February:      Discreet

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Bundling Up

January 2018 - Toronto ON Week 3

Six Word Saturday

Our usual relax, layabout weekend. We did some chores and then John had two football games along with reading. I am bingeing on The Affair.


Dinner - leftover stew and salad.

One Word Sunday
Shadow Shot Sunday
Inspired Sunday Rome

Very cold morning but it is warming up this week.
That is a water filtration across from us.

More football and I'm working on my 2017 recap. Please someone make me do this monthly this year!!!

Dinner - ham with mashed parsnip carrot potatoes and mushy peas.

Monday Mural
Foto Tunes

I was invited to attend a focus group on banking services so headed downtown for a two hour session, which I really enjoyed.

Then I baked a sweet potato bread from Against The Grain cookbook. This is the second time I've made it and it turned out really well this time!

The yeast proofed really well and the batter doubled easily.

It taste like a grown soda bread.

Martin Luther King Jr
Tuesday Treasures

I headed out to buy socks! and came back with a pair of boots, two tops and the socks!!

We went to the VIP Theatre to see The Post which we both loved.

Dinner - ham and eggs

Wondrous Words

We were lucky to have a gorgeous sunny day and temperatures of -7 C as we met friend and went to Niagara Falls with a stop in Niagara on the Lake for lunch at The Bistro.

I had these huge fish tacos and John had mussels with fries.

The Falls were spectacular! The mist from the falls has dressed the surrounding trees with lace.
Click here to see the Falls in the summer.

Dinner - pizza

Thursday Doors

Just a day of chores/errands and a mani-pedi for me!

Weekend Reflections
Weekend Roundup

We went to see The Darkest Hour and I definitely think Gary Oldman will/should get the Oscar!


Total 2018 - 5 YTD

I flipped through A Square Meal which chronicles American diets in the early 20th century.

For a change of pace I started The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox.


Niagara Falls in Winter's Frozen Fist

Six Word Saturday

January 2018 - Niagara Falls ON

Friday, January 19, 2018

Weekend Roundup

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Letter C

September 2017 - Climax MI

In 1825, John Mullet was among the first white settlers in Climax, along with Calvin White (1831), and the Farnsworth brothers (1832)  More Euro-American settlement of this area began in 1838. It was incorporated as a village in 1899.

Climax is so known because when Daniel B. Eldred first visited the township he said, "This caps the climax."

Week's Favourite

January 2018 - Niagara Falls ON


January 2018 - Toronto ON

A very chilly morning this week.

Weekend Reflections

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January 2018 - Niagara Falls ON