061212.Glastonbury, Find the Spiderweb

December 12, 2006 at 8:35 PM | Posted in Architecture, Cathedrals and churches, cemeteries - churchyards - and tombstones, Chisel Marks, Gardens & Parks, Glastonbury, Overcast, Preservation, Ruins, somerset, spiderweb | 6 Comments

Glastonbury Abbey Abbott’s Hall ruin, looking toward the Crossing. Glastonbury’s current ruined state results from its dissolution at the hands of Henry VIII, who removed the lead roof and took the maintenance money.

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“The Vietnam War couldn’t have gone on for as long as it did, certainly, if it hadn’t been human nature to regard persons it didn’t know and didn’t care to know, even if they were in agony, as insignificant. A few human beings have struggled against this most natural of tendencies, and have expressed pity for unhappy strangers. But, as History shows, as History yells: ‘They have never been numerous!’
“Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do the maintenance.”

–Vonnegut

In other news, Rumsfeld made a suprise visit to Iraq this week, which will also be his last.

Rumsfeld’s Swan Song in Iraq

061001.Glastonbury, Abbey Museum

October 17, 2006 at 7:48 PM | Posted in Glastonbury, Illuminated Manuscripts, Museums, somerset | Leave a comment

This cool caligrapher taught me all about how to make sustainable illuminated manuscripts. Apprantely, you rub on the gold with what the monks called “Crystal Paper.” It sounds very exotic, and I wondered if it was anything like wax paper? She told me that the Kellog’s Corn Flakes’ plastic contents bag is a good substitute.

060930.Glastonbury, Tor Rest Stop

October 17, 2006 at 7:44 PM | Posted in countryside, Cows, Glastonbury, Overcast, somerset | 1 Comment

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You can almost smell the lower left hand corner.

060928.Glastonbury, Tor, St. Michael’s Tower

October 17, 2006 at 7:36 PM | Posted in Architecture, Cathedrals and churches, countryside, Glastonbury, Ruins, somerset, Towers, towns | 1 Comment

From the West Portal of St. Michael’s Tower overlooking the town of Glastonbury. The tower ruin is the only part of the 14th C Church that is still standing.

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060927.Glastonbury, Tor Pilgrimage Site

October 17, 2006 at 7:28 PM | Posted in Cathedrals and churches, countryside, Cows, Glastonbury, Overcast, Pilgrimage, Ruins, somerset, Towers | 4 Comments

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I really like this picture. It’s the one on Glastonbury Tor where I was almost tipped by the cow after trying to push her to the center of the path. It is an extremely steep hill. Overlooking the town, the Tor, Celtic for hill, was an old place of pilgrimage.

Cow is walking to St Michael’sTower, 14thC

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