Ein bisschen Volkskunst – A Baroque Procession

While compiling the little slideshow of the Jubilee Cook Book I came across another slideshow I had created in 2011 after a visit to Innsbruck and it’s wonderful Museum of Folk Art. Innsbruck was a city of many surprises and treasures that it was always a joy to stop in on our way to and from Salzburg.

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Often when I am in a museum I find myself by-passing something that is a “major” attraction to focus on a more obscure work.  Last month’s visit to the Tiroler Volkskunst Museum was no exception.  They have so many wonderful pieces on display but for some reason one relatively small work caught my attention.

In 1772 in the market town of Tefls – about 40 kms from Innsbruck – the Confraternity of the Scapular celebrated the centenary of the society’s founding in the region.   Though the Vision of the Virgin to Saint Simon Stock is reputed to have happened on July 16, 1251 the laity were not granted the wearing of the miraculous garb until the 1500s. Confraternities sprang up throughout Europe as the pious vowed to faithfully pray to the Madonna and received the small pieces of brown cloth with the promise of salvation that the Virgin had pronounced…

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Día de los Muertos – Mixquic 1987

The second Feast of Allhallowstide is the Day of the Dead. As a way of remembering those who have went before I’m harkening back to a Día de los Muertos thirty years ago in San Andrés Mixquic that I wrote about a decade ago.  A  left click to “View original post”  will take you to a slideshow of the celebration of loved ones remembered.

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As I worked on the posting for November 2 – All Soul’s Day – one of those little memory drawers opened and I recalled a Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) fiesta back in 1987. Laurent was in Mexico City on his first posting. I was able – through juggled work schedules and thanks to working for an airline – to get down for a month at a time once every two or three months. We were lucky – the peso was low, the economy booming and despite the death and destruction that the 1986 earthquake had caused, the city and country was vibrant and bustling.

Part of learning about the culture was realizing that the images of death were always present – as a theme it ran through art, music, religion and folk traditions. The strange mixture of Aztec and Christian traditions that in another place would…

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Throwback Thursday

*HFH Redux

Nora with that ridiculous Elizabethan collar – an affront to the dignity of a proud daschie!

While clearing out a few videos I came across several more immortalizing the early days of the *Hounds from Hell.  Those adorable days when our Nicky would eat concrete walls (I kid you not!), and IKEA furniture; when Nora would joyfully chew holes in blankets, and then throw the pieces back up on the oriental rugs.  Ah the salad days of puppyhood.  Days when a closed door or a gate were new challenges; nowadays they are just mundane and useless obstacles that can be overcome by whining until they are opened by a well-trained human.

Only last week , ever the consummate escape artist, Nora decided that she had enough of looking like Gloriana managed to remove her Elizabethan collar using the side of her kennel and a few well-judged moves.

On this day in 1942:  The Boeing B-29 Superfortress makes its maiden flight.


Throwback Thursday

In which two gifts* and a lovely present are recalled.

Eight years ago our lives were invaded by two little creatures who to this day aggravate, frustrate, annoy, and give untold pleasure and love:  The Infamous Hounds from Hell.

We had an online contest to name them and our friend Cecilia (at the time known on her blog as Dora) gave us the winning names.  Because they were Roman puppies we decided that their names should be introduced to the world in a traditional Roman way:

Several weeks after a parcel arrived from the United States:  a christening gift from their godmother in Virginia.

The collars are now a bit frayed and worn however they are still sported proudly as we take our walks through town.  Nora with her red collar and Nicky with his green have become celebrities around Charlottetown and there are people who know them but will be damned if they know who we are.

*For all that we mutter about Hounds from Hell they are still our treasures.

On this day in 1966: The Heron Road Bridge collapses while being built, killing nine workers in the deadliest construction accident in both Ottawa and Ontario.

Throwback Thursday

Over a year ago I transferred the blog from BlogSpot to WordPress and not everything migrated in the format it was originally published. So when the mood strikes me I go back and “tidy” things up. Reformat and resize pictures, realign captions, change links, reinstate videos etc. However there is one draw back to this: it appears that when I fix up the categories and tags on an entry the system sends out a message signalling a new post to anyone who is following me.

I worked on today’s Throwback earlier in the week and if you are getting this as a second notification I do apologize. I have asked the good people at WordPress if there is a workaround and await an answer from them.

I was reminded of this post from 2008 when I read a recent review of a play at Britain’s National Theatre. Singer/Songwriter/Cultural Historian Yasmin Levy is appearing in Salome, a new play based on the Biblical story as re-imagined by popular director Yaël Farber. It led me to reread this post and to spend some time listening to her on YouTube beyond the two songs I posted.

On this day in 1495:  A monk, John Cor, records the first known batch of Scotch whisky.

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In 1492 their Catholic Majesties Ferdinand and Isabella weren’t just busy financing Columbus’s treasure hunt to India they were also arranging for an “ethnic cleansing” of their Kingdoms of Aragon, Castille and Granada. The Alhambra Decree gave the Jewish population of Spain four months to either convert to Christianity or leave their homeland – taking with them anything they owned that was not of gold, silver or minted coin. And with that edict the Sephardi began their wanderings in North Africa, Europe and the Near Orient.

Though Ferdinand and Isabella may have gained much financially – monies, treasures and land reverted to the crown – Spain lost much of a culture that had existed within it borders since before the birth of Christ. A culture that had flourished under Roman and Muslim rule but was destroyed by Christian zeal – and plain old fashioned greed. A culture that was rich…

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