Wednesday, 26 July 2017

My Quick visit to the Mdina Glass Makers, Ta’ Qali Crafts Village MALTA...

The crafts village in Ta’ Qali
is located in the former
RAF wartime air-field and is a very popular tourist attraction in Malta.
Different kinds of crafts and beautiful artefacts
are sold created by local experts.

With the sweltering heat outside , these
men do their work of
Glass Making.
The heat is beyond and
what skills these men have.
Such works of ART , truly amazing.
And you will see in the photos below
what a superb choice we have to buy
in the shop.  Very hard to decide.

Here is a link to the
Of  Mdina Glass..

Whatever colour and design you wish for ..

And these fabulous lamps..

I only had time to look around here - this is what I wanted to see.
Did pop into the Pottery place and below is where they make
the Earrings and necklaces etc , in the Maltese Filigree.
I DID have to catch my flight later this day.
Just look at this HUGE Amethyst!!!

Could of spent a lot longer at the Craft Village
but lunch and my flight were calling.
I saw so much of Malta , Amazing..

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Cheapside - An Area in London with Lots of History..

Jennifer and I just stayed in this area for day ..
Walking with the map and then maybe taking a detour ,
here and there..!!
You definitely need to look up and down here.
Started out at Monument and walked the dotted line
with detours ..
Cheapside takes its name from ‘chepe’, a Saxon word for a market.
The street connected the southern end of the Roman Watling Street with the main City settlement to its east and its alignment was dictated by a convenient bridging point across the (now subterranean) River Walbrook. 
Old Jewry is a one-way street in the City of London, the historic and financial centre of London. It is located within Coleman Street ward and links Poultry to Gresham Street.
William the Conqueror encouraged Jews to come to England soon after the Norman Conquest; some settled in cities throughout his new domain, including in London. According to Reverend Moses Margoliouth, Old Jewry was a ghetto. Ghettos, areas of a city mainly or exclusively populated by Jews, were common across Europe. In 2001, archaeologists discovered a mikveh (ritual bath) near to Old Jewry, on the corner of Gresham Street and Milk Street, under what is now the State Bank of India. It would have fallen into disuse after 1290, when the Jews were expelled from England.


The earliest Ashkenazi synagogue constructed in London after the return of Jews to England in the 17th century was built about 1690 at Duke's Place, north of Aldgate. In 1696-7, the synagogue also acquired a burial ground, at Alderney Road.


Love the OLD and NEW

The Bank of England,
Prince's Street / Lothbury, EC2

The statue is by Charles Wheeler, who produced several works for the rebuilt Bank, of which Ariel is the most highly regarded and gained the Royal British Society of Sculptors’ medal for the best work of the year in 1937
This is taken from Tivoli Corner
In 1805 Sir John Soane, the architect responsible for the rebuilding of the Bank of England, completed his own, typically idiosyncratic, contribution to the craze: his Tivoli Corner, a spherical enclosure tagged on to the Bank at the junction of Lothbury and Prince's Street. It is a tomb-like, functionless space enclosed with weighty neoclassical columns and it can be entered from the north or west. Its roof is a portal, open to the sky, around which is carved a dedication to the citizens of London.

(It took me ages to find where I took the photo from, wasn't going to give up!!)
I love this photo.

The map below shows Founders Court..

 Below is just a little piece of the history of the Hall..
more in the link above.

(taken from the internet)

The Founders' Company began its existence as one of the early medieval "guilds" or associations formed by members of various crafts or trades in the City of London. Their main purposes were to defend the craft against unfair competition, to assist its members in their work, to help those in distress and to promote and control education.

Founders were workers in brass and brass alloys or tinplate known as "Iatten" or "laton", producing small cast articles such as candlesticks and pots and pans. Their workshops were situated in and around Lothbury, a street that still exists under that name.

From 1508 to 1987 their parish church was St. Margaret Lothbury. Before that time, the Founders were associated with the church of St. Lawrence Jewry, and indeed there is evidence to suggest that the medieval guild grew out of a parish fraternity known as the Brotherhood of St. Clement, based on the church of St. Lawrence Jewry, which served the spiritual and material needs of its members.

Cheap is a small ward in the City of London.
It stretches west to east from King Edward Street, the border with Farringdon
Within ward, to Old Jewry, which adjoins Walbrook; and north to south from Gresham Street, the border with Aldersgate and Bassishaw wards, to Cheapside, the boundary with Cordwainer and Bread Street wards.
The name Cheap derives from the Old English word "chep" for "market"

St Lawrence Jewry next Guildhall is a Church of England guild church in the City of London on Gresham Street, next to Guildhall. It was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666, and rebuilt to the designs of Sir Christopher Wren
St Lawrence Jewry is the official church of the Lord Mayor of London and the City of London Corporation and stands in the Yard of the Guildhall.

This is the St George Window in the Commonwealth Chapel

The church is regularly open weekdays and for special events such as an annual music festival in August offering daily lunchtime concerts. It is well worth visiting, especially since you can easily combine a visit to St Lawrence with a visit to the Guildhall,
its excellent art gallery, and the Roman amphitheatre discovered under Guildhall Yard during building of the Gallery

I do hope you have enjoyed this small tour.. I do have a little
bit more to write about. Jennifer and I did this little  tour in a DAY!!
All information is from the web - and links included.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

London and more History ...

Onward we go (Jennifer and I) ...we followed the map...
and found
St Mary-le-Bow which
 is an historic church rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1666 by Sir Christopher Wren in the City of London[ on the main east–west thoroughfare, Cheapside.
Founded in or around 1080 as the London headquarters of the archbishops of Canterbury, the medieval church of St Mary-le-Bow survived three devastating collapses before being completely destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666. Rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren, it was destroyed once more in 1941 but was again rebuilt and re-consecrated in 1964.
If you would like to read more of the history , here is a link..

All Hallows , Bread Street
(mentioned in the plaque below)
 was a parish church in the Bread Street ward of the City of London. It stood on the east side of Bread Street, on the corner with Watling Street First mentioned in the 13th century, the church was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666 and was rebuilt by the office of Sir Christopher Wren and demolished in 1878.
The parish of All Hallows Bread Street was combined with that of St Mary-le-Bow (the church mentioned at the beginning) in 1876 and the church demolished in 1878, under the Union of Benefices Act 1860. The site and materials were sold for £32,254 and the proceeds used to build All Hallows East India Dock Road. The furnishings were dispersed to several churches – the pulpit is now in St Vedast alias Foster, the organ case in St Mary Abchurch and the font cover in St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe.

Below is  a café restaurant , I didn't get the same feel
as the previous church.  We didn't stop as
we had just coffeed and eaten.

I am sure it would just as tasty. 


Saturday, 15 July 2017

My Love of Books ....

Keeps me in Bookshops for ages
and I always spot ones with,
what I would call unusual subjects
or some just catch my eye...

I liked the cover of the book below but it
is NOT an easy read book and  it has nearly 700 pages!!

Empire of Things

What we consume has become the defining feature of our lives: our economies live or die by spending, we are treated more as consumers than workers, and even public services are presented to us as products in a supermarket. In this monumental study, acclaimed historian Frank Trentmann unfolds the extraordinary history that has shaped our material world, from late Ming China, Renaissance Italy and the British Empire to the present. Astonishingly wide-ranging and richly detailed, Empire of Things explores how we have come to live with so much more, how this changed the course of history, and the global challenges we face as a result.

The following photos are taken of a book named ...
Did you know that the Japanese have a word to express the way sunlight filters through the leaves of trees?

Or, that there’s a Swedish word that means a traveller’s particular sense of anticipation before a trip?

Lost in Translation, a New York Times bestseller, brings the nuanced beauty of language to life with over 50 beautiful ink illustrations.


 I have no idea how they came up with this one !!

How to Read Water

Oxford Author
Philip Pullman

He  left school and then  went to Exeter College, Oxford, to read English. He did a number of odd jobs for a while then moved back to Oxford to become a teacher. He taught at various middle schools for twelve years, then moved to Westminster College, Oxford, to be a part-time lecturer. He taught courses on the Victorian novel and on the folk tale, and also a course examining how words and pictures fit together. He eventually left teaching in order to write full-time.



Echoing his journey in London Orbital over a decade ago, Iain Sinclair narrates his second circular walk around the capital. Shortly after rush-hour and accompanied by a rambling companion, Sinclair begins walking along London's Overground network, or, 'Ginger Line'. With characteristic playfulness, detours into folk history, withering assessments of the political classes and a joyful allegiance to the ordinary oddball, Sinclair guides us on a tour of London's trendiest new transport network - and shows the shifting, changing city from new and surprising angles.


Tom Michell is in his roaring twenties: single, free-spirited and seeking adventure. He has a plane ticket to South America, a teaching position in a prestigious Argentine boarding school, and endless summer holidays. He even has a motorbike, Che Guevara style. What he doesn't need is a pet. What he really doesn't need is a pet penguin.





A wonderful meditation on the English landscape in wet weather by the acclaimed novelist and nature writer, Melissa Harrison.
Whenever rain falls, our countryside changes. Fields, farms, hills and hedgerows appear altered, the wildlife behaves differently, and over time the terrain itself is transformed.
In Rain, Melissa Harrison explores our relationship with the weather as she follows the course of four rain showers, in four seasons, across Wicken Fen, Shropshire, the Darent Valley and Dartmoor.


A beautiful retro-styled book, with original illustrations and scenic photographs, the book also includes detailed instructions, maps and intriguing anecdotes. Wild Swimming Walks will be treasured by nature lovers, ramblers and wild swimmers alike.

A fresh perspective, an outdoor exploration, a new adventure about to begin—How to Be a Wildflower is the book to celebrate these and other wide-open occasions. Encouraging self-discovery through encounters with nature, beloved artist Katie Daisy brings her beautiful paintings and lettering to this collection of things to do and make, quotes, meditations, natural history, and more