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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

ABC Wednesday, K for Kilt, Scotland,



From Wikipedia:

"Today tartan may be mostly associated with Scotland; however, the earliest evidence of tartan is found far afield from the British Isles. According to the textile historian E. J. W. Barber, the Hallstatt culture of Central Europe, which is linked with ancient Celtic populations and flourished between the 8th and 6th centuries BC, produced tartan-like textiles. Some of them were recently discovered, remarkably preserved, in Salzburg, Austria Textile analysis of fabric from Indo-European Tocharian graves in Western China has also shown it to be similar to that of the Iron Age Hallstatt culture. 


Tartan-like leggings were found on the "Cherchen Man", a 3,000 year-old mummy found in the Taklamakan Desert in western China (see Tarim mummies). Similar finds have been made in central Europe and Scandinavia. The earliest documented tartan in Britain, known as the "Falkirk" tartan, dates from the 3rd century AD. The fragment was stuffed into the mouth of an earthenware pot containing almost 2,000 Roman coins. The Falkirk tartan has a simple check design, of natural light and dark wool. Early forms of tartan like this are thought to have been invented in pre-Roman times, and would have been popular among the inhabitants of the northern Roman provinces as well as in other parts of Northern Europe such as Jutland, where the same pattern was prevalent."


John Campbell of the Bank, 1749. The present official Clan Campbell tartans are predominantly blue, green and black.


The nationalism of the kilt is relatively recent. It was only with the Romantic Revival of the early 19th century that the highland kilt was adopted by Lowlanders and the Scottish diaspora as a symbol of national identity. People from other countries with Celtic connections, some Irish, Cornish, Welsh and Manx, have also adopted tartan kilts in recent times, although to a lesser degree.Not every Scotsman or Scotswoman wears a kilt nowadays, but at festivals or special occasions they make a wonderful show in their kilts, while playing their bagpipes. Up until the eighteenth century, clans in Scotland had little or no association with particular tartans."


And tartans that were worn back then, were more likely to be associated with a district rather than a clan.Here are some patterns of tartans used for kilts. I couldn't find out which kilt belongs to which clan. I should like to know more about the clans and their kilts. I fear, however, that it is a rather complicated thing.





The kilt first appeared as the great kilt, a full-length garment whose upper half could be worn as a cloak draped over the shoulder, or brought up over head as a cloak. The small kilt or walking kilt (similar to the "modern" kilt) did not develop until the late 17th or early 18th century, and is essentially the bottom half of the great kilt.



With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC, and thanks to Roger. For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar. This week we are looking for words beginning with K.




Monday, 22 September 2014

Scotland and England

Hadrian Wall built by the Romans to keep the Picts( early Scots) out of England occupied by the Romans



Thanks for your comments on the referendum, held in Scotland. You can see by the result of it, how civilized countries deal with issues like independence. If only the governments of all countries stop fighting and start listening to their people, like  in the UK, many  countries in the world,would be a lot better of. Scotland and England are a good example for the rest of the world. 

A long time ago the Scots were fighting bloody wars for their freedom , now they showed their wishes in a wise and mature way by this referendum, and they can discuss the matter like civilized people. We can say the Scots didn't lose. They deserve a lot of respect, and will eventually get what they want. Fair enough! And that goes for Ireland, Wales and other regions in the British Empire.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

To all Bonnie Lads and Lassies of Scotia



Scotland, we are all thinking of you! Choose well!



The Palace of James V


Oban




Loch Ness Urquhart Castle


Pass of Glencoe



Voters cast their ballots at polling stations across Edinburgh as the Scottish vote on independence opened on Thursday. Polling opened across Scotland at 07:00 local time (06:00 GMT) and will close at 22:00 local time (21:00 GMT).

Ninety-seven percent of eligible Scots are registered to vote in today's referendum on whether or not to leave the United Kingdom and become fully independent. Voters will must answer either yes or no to one question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" Official national results are expected to be announced on Friday morning, though regional results could start coming as of 02:00 local time (01:00 GMT).




I like the melody and the poetical beginning of this song. The end however is violent but I can understand it. Of course I prefer a referendum to a bloody battle.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Our World Tuesday, ABC Wednesday, J for Jongenotter

Angel in front of our church

 

 Dish of Wisdom


Conception resulting in new life in the shape of a crystal sphere, inspiration, breath of the spirit.

 

Leo Jongenotter 

Born in 1965, Barendrecht.

Sinds 1995 working as a sculptor at the Zaag in Krimpen aan de Lek.
He works with statues, and young people
He works with steel.The statues might be big or small, indoors or outdoors  abstract or figurative,but always with an element of life, that is to say an expression of emotion, movement or passion.The  story is told by the image and discovered by the spectator who listens with his  own ego.
This photo:
Soul-dial of steel in the light of the moon.

We all know the sun-dials. Well this is different. Here the three circles are not closed.  They hardly touch each other. We may think of Father, Son and Holy Ghost.



Sculpture for Leo's father, who was very ill but never complained and his memory is kept  alive in his family.

The stones were found on the beach of Normandy.



  Sculpture for Leo's father, who was very ill but never complained and his memory is kept  alive in his family.

 At the bottom the body is still healthy and strong, but the higher you get the frailer the nerves and the spine. At the top the body passes away but the mind reaches the victorious top of renewed spiritual life.

 Welcome to Our World Tuesday! This meme continues in memory of the work of Klaus Peter, whose "that's My World" brought people together from around the world every Monday to share the wonders therein--big and small.Please click on our  logo for "Our World Tuesday" in the sidebar. Thank you Team of O. W. T.!

 With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC.For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar. This week we are looking for words beginning with J.


Monday, 8 September 2014

ABC Wednesday, I for Iron

The Meeting Place


Strike the iron while it's hot ...

 In the week between Ascension  Day and Whitsunday, we had all kind of activities . Our church was open every day for visitors from other churches. We could visit them in return. There was always someone present , who made coffee or tea for the visitors and showed them around in the building.

During that week we had an exhibition of  steel sculptures  created by our local sculptor Leo Jongenotter. Every body was enthousiastic. The Saturday afternoon before Whitsunday he taught us how to forge iron/steel. I wanted to have a quick look at all the material he had got and the very hot oven, which was needed to "strike the iron while it was hot". Leo said: "Put on a leather apron".
I protested: "Oh, no I can't!" He:"if my six-year-old daughter could do it, and a seventy-years-old lady, then you can do it as well"! Convinced that I could at least have a try, I put on an apron and gloves. 

In the end I had made half of a hook to hang a basket with plants on , or a lamp....or another hanging thing. Leo made the most difficult part of it. I learned a lot that afternoon. First and foremost I admire all people who work at a smithy or in a factory. And I am terribly impressed by all the work Leo had done by creating his beautiful sculptures. It must have taken him hours and hours to get the inspiration and find the right material, and finally to work on it.
 
"Mijn" means "Mine". The left part was made by Leo, the hook I did( with help!!)


Iron is a chemical element with the symbol Fe (from Latin: ferrum). Iron is the most common metal there is on earth. Iron metal has been used since ancient times, though copper alloys, which have lower melting temperatures, were used even earlier in human history. Pure iron is soft and therefore not fit for weapons like swords. It needed to be harder and by using coal, the British warriors succeeded to make steel. Their weapons were strong, but the Vikings, who had no coal in their countries , used wood, which became charcoal. This steel formed from iron and charcoal was a lot stronger than the British steel.

This gentleman  found his old tools from the time
when he still worked at the engine factory,
where Leo has his work-shop now.
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Two members from our church.

Tools

Leo explaining to one of the  members of our church.
Keep the iron rod in the extremely hot oven

With thanks to Denise Nesbitt,  who created ABC, and Roger, who took over from her. For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar. This week we are looking for words beginning with I.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

ABC Wednesday, Australia, H for High Heels


My younger granddaughter loves to dress up and wear silver or golden shoes! She found a pair of silver coloured high heels in the library where my daughter worked that day. She tried them on and walked around as if she had done it all her life.

 

 With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC.For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar . This week we are looking for words beginning with H.

 


Monday, 25 August 2014

Our World Tuesday, ABC Wednesday, G for Gnomes




Gnomes all over the world!


Gnomes in all the provinces of the Netherlands



Do you believe in the existence of gnomes?

All over the world gnomes have found a home among humans. They have lived here for ages. We didn't know about them until one of them told about their way of life and their long history. 




We shall call him David. Now David thought that it was about time to tell the world about their existence. So he went to the Dutch author Wil Huygen and his friend the Dutch illustrator Rien Poortvliet, to whom he told about his life.



Wood-gnome, 275 years old, 15 cm tall




 Like all gnomes he is 15 cms tall and he weighs 300 grammes. He can grow as old as 400 years. The most important feature is his pointed hat. Gnome children get their pointed hats at an early age and will never take them off: not in bed, not even in the bathtub, only when it has to be enlarged. 




A couple marries when they are about a hundred years old. They get two children: biovular twins. At the age of twelve they are toilet-trained. Gnomes sleep during the daytime in their comfortable houses under trees or under the roofs of farmhouses.




 As soon as it gets dark they get up and start work. The gnome is known for his knowledge about herbs and the wildlife in the woods or the fields.





The gnomes help sick animals.




 He helps sick animals and even sick people. He has learnt all kind of skills: carpenting, forging all kind of metal objects, glassblowing... you name it! He builds his own house with the help of relatives and neighbours. 





 

  Welcome to Our World Tuesday! This meme continues in memory of the work of Klaus Peter, whose "that's My World" brought people together from around the world every Monday to share the wonders therein--big and small.Please click on our  logo for "Our World Tuesday" in the sidebar. Thank you Team of O. W. T.!

 With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC.For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar . This week we are looking for words beginning with G.


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

ABC Wednesday, F for Fun


Fun? What fun?


 Would it help if I stared hard at her?


Or put my face closer to hers?

Come on, you know that sharing fun is double fun!!


This is not what I meant!

We thank Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC, and we must thank Roger too for the weekly job to find  ten bloggers for each of the ABC Team members  to read and comment on their posts. For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar . This week we are looking for words beginning with F.