11 January 2021 - AMAZING ABANDONED BUILDINGS IN EUROPE


 AMAZING ABANDONED 

BUILDINGS IN EUROPE

G'day folks,

 There is a surprisingly large number of abandoned buildings around the world, some of which are left almost completely untouched. Just imagine - luxurious mansions, ancient castles, churches, unfinished hotels, and opulent theaters all left to the elements for years and years, slowly being taken over by nature. Certainly, there is a special, eerie kind of allure in these buildings, one that makes us realize just how fleeting and temporary life really is.

These photos were taken by Belgian photographer Christophe Van De Walle and his wife, Isabelle, who travel through Europe and photograph rare, untouched abandoned buildings. It takes extensive research to find buildings like these, and the couple makes sure not to disclose the locations to protect their integrity.

 









Clancy's comment: Whenever I see any of these I try to imagine who lived there, and what happened within their walls.

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10 January 2021 - LOST ENGLISH WORDS

 

 
LOST ENGLISH

 WORDS

G'day folks,

Well, here are some more of those words that have fallen by the wayside.

 

acrasial

adj

1851 -1851

ill-regulated; ill-tempered

The acrasial judge was known for her rants against younger lawyers. 

 

addecimate

v

1612 -1755

to tithe

They addecimated regularly but were not otherwise known for their charity. 

 

adimpleate

v

1657 -1657

to fill up

The new technique adimpleates the cans with milk through injection. 

 

adnascentia

npl

1706 -1731

root-like branches that sprout into the earth from a plant's stem every winter, the adnascentia would shift around, destroying the lawn's even texture. 

 


aeipathy

n

1847 -1853

continued passion; an unyielding disease

Her aeipathy for stamp collecting bordered at times on the pathological. 

 

affictitious

adj

1656 -1656

feigned; counterfeit

The forger was caught despite his masterfully-crafted affictitious signatures. 

 

affuage

n

1753 -1847

right to cut wood in a forest for family fire

The family's right of affuage ensured they would have enough wood for winter. 

 

agonarch

n

1656 -1656

judge of a contest or activity

Our competition will require six agonarchs to ensure fairness. 

 

agonyclite

n

1710 -1710

member of a heretical sect that stood rather than kneeled while praying

Agonyclites must have had hardy feet to endure their services. 

 

 

Clancy's comment: Mm ... I'm not surprised.

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9 January 2021 - MAGNIFICENT CARVINGS FROM AVOCADO SEEDS

 

MAGNIFICENT CARVINGS 

FROM AVOCADO SEEDS

G'day folks,

I've also been creative with avocado seeds, but these are clever. All I did, was lay them in a large terra cotta bowl, fill it with water and watch them grow into a tiny forest. It looked brilliant sitting on a table. Anyway ...

One day, Jan Campbell was preparing an avocado for lunch when she was suddenly struck by the beauty of the pit inside – an object that most people throw away without giving it a second thought. After weeks of pondering the pit’s potential, she decided to scratch away its layers until she had a beautiful piece of art right before her eyes.

Ever since that day, Campbell has been turning avocado pits into tiny, intricately detailed figurines inspired by Celtic folklore. She carves into these seeds, the tranquil faces of forest spirits, the flowing hair of ancient goddesses, and even a handful of wild mushrooms every now and then. These miniatures can be displayed as statues, or worn as pendants, and are meant to provide the holder with a unique sense of companionship and comfort. Some of Campbell’s best creations can be seen below:









 


Clancy's comment: Look good, eh?

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