This is what it looks like after use.
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King’s College in Old Aberdeen, Scotland, the full title of which is The University and King’s College of Aberdeen (Collegium Regium Abredonense), is a formerly independent university founded in 1495 and now an integral part of the University of Aberdeen.
Its historic buildings are the centrepiece of the University of Aberdeen’s Old Aberdeen campus, often known as the King’s or King’s College campus.
The focal point of the college, as well as its oldest building, is the late 15th century King’s College Chapel. A number of other historic buildings remain, with others being subject to renovation and rebuilding in the 18th and 19th centuries. In the early 20th century, a great deal of expansion saw the university buildings increase around the historic college buildings. In the later 20th century, the university expanded dramatically in size, dominating Old Aberdeen and expanding out from the High Street with a number of other buildings.
King’s College was the first university in Aberdeen, the third in Scotland and the fifth in the British Isles. In 1495, William Elphinstone, the relatively newly appointed Bishop of Aberdeen, petitioned Pope Alexander VI on behalf of King James IV to create the facility to cure the ignorance he had witnessed within his parish and in the north generally.
A papal bull was issued in February 1495 (1494 in the calendar of the day) founding the university; a royal charter later that year recognised Aberdeen’s status as equal to that of Scotland’s two existing universities at Glasgow and St Andrews.
As a former professor at the University of Paris, Elphinstone modelled the university very much on the continental European tradition. Hector Boece, a fellow professor at Paris, was awarded the status of first principal of the new institution.
It would not be until 1509, with the issuance of a charter by Elphinstone, that university life at King’s truly began. Construction of the chapel began in 1498; it was consecrated in 1509 and dedicated to St Mary.
By 1514, the university had some forty-two members in the form of both staff and students.
Following the Reformation, King’s College was purged of its Roman Catholic staff but remained largely resistant to change in its methods. George Keith, the fifth Earl Marischal, however was a moderniser within the college and supportive of the reforming ideas of Peter Ramus.
In April 1593 Keith founded a second university in the city, Marischal College. Initially, Marischal offered the principal of King’s College a role in selecting its academics, however this was refused by the authorities of King’s – cited as the first blow in a future rivalry.
In common with Marischal, King’s College supported the Jacobite cause and following the defeat of the 1715 rising both were largely purged of their academics and officials.
The building work on the main buildings of the college began in April 1500 on marshy land, supported by large oak beams. The chapel is topped with an imperial crown, i.e. a closed crown, which appears to make a claim to imperial status for the Scottish monarchy. The original was lost in a storm in 1633, and the present crown is a recreation. King’s College chapel retains more medieval woodwork than any other Scottish church, including the choir stalls and screen.
The Cromwell Tower was a building built during the 1650s-60s during the period of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland, although finished after Charles II had been reinstalled as King. It was used for accommodation and had an ornate turret at its top. It continues its function as an observatory to this day.
The 1930 construction of the Elphinstone Hall effectively created a two-quadrangle arrangement, connected to the original King’s buildings. The Hall’s front faces outwards, with its lawn effectively creating a central open space now bordered on the other sides by Old Aberdeen’s High Street and the New Building ("New King’s"), constructed in 1913.
King’s College is now within the university’s main Old Aberdeen campus and retains its original and historic quadrangle which houses a large conference centre and the university’s chapel.
Elphinstone Hall is used for functions, dining, and examinations. The rear of King’s College is now used as a sports pavilion. Notably the old college buildings now provide a focal point to the wider university campus. While small in comparison with some of the newer constructions and areas, the building maintains a great history , as well as its oldest building, is the late 15th century King’s College Chapel.
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Here’s a view of Boldt Castle on the USA side of the 1000 Islands, St. Lawrence River. This was one of the highlights of the 1000 Islands Cruise that Jenn and I went on a couple weeks ago! The large building in front is the power house, the main Castle is in the center and on the left point of the island is a kids playhouse!
George Boldt, proprietor of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in New York City, and his family for several summers enjoyed an earlier frame cottage on Hart Island (the original name) which they greatly expanded. In 1900 the Boldts launched an ambitious construction campaign to build a huge masonry structure, one of the largest private homes in America. They engaged the architectural firm G. W. & W. D. Hewitt and hundreds of workers for a six-story "castle", a major international landmark. In addition four other masonry structures on the island are architecturally notable. Equally distinctive is a huge yacht house on a neighboring island where the Boldts had another summer home and a vast estate, incorporating farms, canals, a golf course, tennis courts, stables, and a polo field.
The construction of Boldt Castle ceased abruptly in early 1904 after the death of Boldt’s wife, Louise Kehrer Boldt. For 73 years, the castle and other stone structures were left exposed to the harsh winter weather and occasional vandals. The Thousand Islands Bridge Authority acquired Heart Island and the nearby yacht house in 1977, for one dollar, under the agreement that all revenues obtained from the castle operation would be applied towards restoration, so that the island would be preserved for the enjoyment of future generations. In the two decades after acquiring the property, the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority spent some fifteen million dollars for restoration and improvements here, and work continues annually. The initial goal of the restoration of Heart Island was not to finish what had not been completed, but to restore the island to the state it was in when construction was halted. Improvements have gone beyond that stage, however; a stained glass dome, marble floor, and grand staircase woodwork, for instance, now seen in the main hall, were not original but are modern innovations.
Thousand Islands Salad Dressing was invented by Boldt’s personal chef.
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Vancouver, BC Canada
The vessel was built in 1934 at W.R. Menchions Shipyard in Coal Harbour, located just east of where the Bayshore
Inn now stands. Although there is no record of her cost, amongst my Grandfather’s papers are notes of cost estimates of very similar vessels, and an educated guess would be about $24,000.
The yacht was commissioned on April 24, 1934 — that date is significant as the design drawings are dated October 1933, indicating barely six months from start to finish of the vessel, a remarkable feat even by today’s standards.
This classic double-ended yacht was stoutly built from the finest materials available: • Yellow cedar hull planking • Bent 2” x 3” white oak frames at 9” centres • Teak deck planking • Yellow cedar ceiling (inner planking)
She is powered by a six-cylinder Gardner 6L3 diesel engine, rated at 102 bhp at 800 rpm, which has been in continuous service ever since. Like many large yachts of the period, Meander was “impressed” by the Royal Canadian Navy in 1939 for coastal patrol duty, serving as HMCS Meander in the “Fisherman’s Reserve” during the Second World War.
In 1945, Meander was sold to Pacific International Airways, an apparent subsidiary of Pan Am Airlines based in Alaska.
In 1948, the boat was bought by Sydney & Walter Wilson and used as a charter yacht under the name of “Meander Charters Ltd.”
In 1950, Meander was bought by the United Church of Canada and from 1950 (or 1951) to 1963, Meander worked as the United Church Missionary Vessel Melvin Swartout II working up and down the West Coast of Vancouver Island, based initially out of Port Hardy until 1953 she was moved to Bamfield.
From 1963 to1972, Meander was owned by Frederick Alexander Menzies of West Vancouver who operated her as a charter yacht. On Mr. Menzies’ death, the yacht was bequeathed to his son Robert who appears to have sold it almost immediately.
In 1972, Meander was sold to Art and Norma Clements. The boat was purchased in 1975 by Hedley Rendell and Dennis Feroce. It was Dennis who wanted the boat and he was helped by Hedley with the purchase through his company.
For the past 37 years, Meander has been under Dennis’ care, and since 1995 her interior has been completely restored, greatly benefitting from the contributions of Dennis’ wife Jan Iliffe.
Dennis still lives aboard Meander with his wife, Jan. For many of the last 30 years, Meander has been operated as a charter yacht, but has also been their cozy and comfortable home. The 1975 purchase was a fortuitous thing for Meander as Dennis, a Master Woodworker, has maintained her in absolutely pristine condition and most importantly, maintained her in a manner faithful to her original 1930s vintage design. Jan has lent a very talented decorator’s touch to restoring and showing the boat off beautifully with refined paintwork, beautiful upholstery and fine artistic touches throughout.
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Thank-you for your visit, and any faves or comments are always sincerely appreciated.
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All Saints, Eyke, Suffolk
This village straggles the busy road between Woodbridge and Snape; since the closure of the nearby American airbase, it is much quieter than it used to be, though when I came this way on a sub-zero day in January 2017 I was pleased to see that the village shop was still doing good business. Across the road, and set back from it, All Saints sits quietly, with no tower to lead you to it from afar.
At first sight, this is a simple, if uneven, little church, somewhat barn-like in its ancient graveyard. Tall elm trees around it are home to jackdaws and rooks; their cries fill the air as they wheel above you. A great yew caresses the south of the nave. The modern little porch gives no indication that you are about to enter one of the more interesting churches in this part of Suffolk.
As you step down into the square south aisle and nave (in fact, they appear wider than they are long!) the first thing you notice is a pair of gorgeous Norman arches, one about 10 feet to the east of the other, at the base of what was once the central tower, although almost no indication remains of it from the outside now. Beyond them, the chancel opens up, its height accentuating the lowness of the arches which lead into it.
Sam Mortlock argues that All Saints was probably a cruciform church as at Pakenham in west Suffolk, with the south chapel leading off from the south-east corner of the nave taking up part of what was a south transept. Cautley considered a tripartite arrangement more likely, as at Newton-by-Castle-Acre in Norfolk, largely on the strength of the arches only having mouldings on the western side. One of the lower tower windows can still be seen on the eastern face from within the chancel, and looks most curious. A bell rope disappears up into the ceilure. Although the western arch only has one band of chevrons, the eastern arch has two. If you look closely at the nave roof immediately in front of the western arch, you can see traces of paint, evidence of a one-time canopy of honour to the now-vanished rood. There is a small collection of medieval and continental glass in the chancel north window, including a high quality scene of St Bridget feeding the beggars, two jolly mermaids and what appear to be the arms of the Borough of Great Yarmouth.
Edward Hakewill carried out the restoration here in the 1860s. He is responsible for the angels on the wall plate of the nave. The south aisle isn’t really an aisle at all, more a completion of the square between original nave and south transept. The south transept (if such it was) had been a chantry chapel, often referred to as the Bavents Chantry. Lavers, Barraud & Westlake supplied the glass for Hakewill’s west window, as well as a smaller lancet on the east side of the south transept, but the woodwork in the church is rather more recent, and an interesting story pertains to it.
Like several other Suffolk churches, including Waldringfield across the estuary, a family dynasty of vicars was responsible for the Anglican revival in this parish. These were the Darlings, James pere et fils. They held this living for 80 years, between 1859 and 1939. The father oversaw Hakewill’s restoration of what had become a near-derelict church. The son, who took over in 1893, had a passion for woodcarving. He taught his parishioners the skill at night classes in the village school. Between them, the villagers produced the benches, font cover, organ case, chapel screen and reredos. If you look at the bench ends, you will find James Darling’s pet dog, and some other unlikely animals including a beaver, a snake, a squirrel and a penguin. A crowned figure with a rosary on the poppyhead of one bench probably represents the Blessed Virgin, and a seated cleric with a smile on his face is probably James Darling himself. The pulpit is Darling’s memorial. The workshop’s bench ends can be found in half a dozen other east Suffolk churches.
The east window is a rather sombre affair, also by Lavers, Barraud & Westlake, showing the children coming to Christ while angels try and demonstrate what Charity looks like. The parish’s most famous treasure, the 15th century Eyke key, is now in the British Museum. Its wards are shaped to make the word IKE, an alternative form of the village name. I was disappointed to discover that the doorlock has been changed since, but I suppose retention of the original would have made this the easiest of all churches to break into. A fibre-glass copy hangs on the wall.
It pleases me to come back here. It is now seventeen years since my first visit, on New Year’s Day 2000, I was the first person of the century* to sign the visitors book, and it was pleasing to turn back to it on my return in 2006 and 2010. But I have left it too long, and on my most recent visit in 2017 I found that a new visitor’s book had taken the place of the old one. Ah well. Back in 2000, the nice lady practising the organ had told me that one of the Reverend Darling’s daughters was still alive, and occasionally visited to see again her father’s and grandfather’s handiwork. In 2010 I wondered if she still did, but now some seventeen years have passed, and I suppose she does not any more.
*Yes, I know that pedants will tell you that the 21st Century began on New Years Day 2001. Don’t listen to them.
Tagged: , Eyke , East Anglia , suffolk , church , churches , nikon , d5300
Coachwork by Clément-Rothschild
René Panhard was an engineer whose business, based in Paris, made woodworking tools and built engines under license. With his partner, Émile Levassor, he experimented with horseless carriages using engines licensed from Daimler. In 1891, Panhard & Levassor offered for sale what was arguably the world’s first production car, using a Daimler engine. Above all, the firm was responsible for bequeathing the automobile world the Système Panhard, which embodied the now familiar layout of a front-mounted engine driving the rear axle via a clutch, gearbox and differential. The modern motor car had been born.
Panhard & Levassor swiftly established a reputation for fine engineering, excellent craftsmanship, superior reliability, and outstanding performance, qualities that placed the company at the forefront in early motor sport, notably the great Continental city-to-city races of the time. Little wonder therefore that such notables and sportsmen as the Hon C S Rolls, Chev R de Knyff, Maurice Farman, Léon Girardot, and Fernand Charron were associated so closely with the marque.
This early Panhard & Levassor Type A Voiturette is powered by a 1,654cc twin-cylinder engine. Rated at 7hp, this monobloc unit features automatic inlet valves, side exhaust valves, and trembler coil ignition. The transmission consists of a cone clutch; three speeds and reverse gearbox with right-hand quadrant change; and side-chain final drive. The right-hand drive chassis is of timber and steel flitch-plate construction, with a 1.8m wheelbase and 1.22m track, while suspension is by means of semi-elliptic springs all round. A side lever operates contracting-band brakes on the rear wheels and there is also a transmission brake operated by a foot pedal. Finished in French Blue with black wings, cream coachlines and black leather upholstery, the sporting body is equipped with a cape cart hood and features large, brass, dashboard-mounted sidelights.
According the Panhard ledgers, a copy of which is on file, car number ‘5139’ – a Type A with KA three-speed gearbox – was supplied new on 25th April 1902 to Christy, Médecet et Cie of 1 place d’Helvétie, Lyon, agents for Panhard & Levassor and Renault Frères. No mention is made of the coachwork fitted, but it is believed that the car would have been supplied in rolling chassis form to Clément-Rothschild, whose body (number ‘299’) it still carries today, and purchased by the first owner in this form.
One year later, the Panhard was sold to the second owner, in whose family’s possession it resided for the next 70 years. In 1972 the car was discovered, still in Lyon, by the third owner, the late Guihery Le Rolland, past President of the Teuf-Teuf Club. By now the car was in rather tired order, and Mr Le Rolland commissioned a thorough restoration. Thereafter the Panhard was continually campaigned on rallies and events until the early 21st Century.
In 2007 the car was acquired in Paris by the present owner, who brought it to the UK where a ‘body off’ restoration of all the mechanicals was carried out by Veteran car specialists Henal Engineering Ltd of Hailsham, East Sussex. On file are the bills exceeding £50,000 detailing the complete overhaul of the engine, gearbox, steering, chains and other moving parts. At this time a self-starter and period Zenith carburettor were fitted before the car completed its first London-Brighton Run that year (2007). Benefiting from an early starting time, as a 1902 car, the Panhard subsequently completed the Run a further seven times (up to 2014) – including one of the wettest on record – without a single problem.
At other times of the year, the car was used successfully in annual Creepy Crawly rallies, Ashdown Ambles, and Best of West Kent runs as well as Teuf-Teuf events back in France. It is only the vendor’s advancing years that have compelled him to offer the Panhard for sale now.
On file are documents including a UK V5C Registration Certificate (for the number ‘EA 941’); VCC Certificate of Date No.2535 showing 1902; MoT Certificate up to 2012; photographic record 1902-2007; photocopy extract 1902 Panhard ledger; 2007 restoration bills (see above); and eight London-Brighton Veteran Car Run Completion Certificates.
With its fully documented ownership, this exceptional Panhard & Levassor would make an excellent addition to any collection of important motor cars.
Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
Sold for € 253.000
Estimated : € 210.000 – 250.000
Parijs – Paris
Frankrijk – France
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When it comes to furniture making, my two favorite and most indispensable tools are these draw knives or spoke shaves. Every edge of every piece of furniture I’ve ever made has been attacked by these knives, which I picked up at a flea market in Connecticut several decades ago, right after we bought our first home and realized we didn’t have any money left to buy furniture. The larger one was old, rusty and obviously well used when I bought it, but it took a good edge and has served me well over the years. I can’t stand perfect, sharp, straight edges, and these spoke shaves enabled me to avoid perfection (truth be told, I can’t cut a straight line, so maybe this is my way of avoiding frustration…).
I have recently created a set, Our Life Story , for photos such as this one that contains over 100 images, all pretty much in chronological order, and since I’m not getting out to do much new photography lately (that will change!), I’m going to start wandering back through my archives to see what more I can find for this set that I haven’t already posted. Take a look at it and let me know what you think.
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This image is in a series of which it is ‘Flash Composite #5’. Although the path I have taken has been inspired by the work of Joel Grimes (www.joelgrimes.com/Artist.asp?ArtistID=12191&Akey=P7F… ) I have begun exploring highly realistic looks in which the subject has been composited onto a background which relates specifically to the subject.
The subject is Paul Boudreau (www.flickr.com/photos/41474913@N05/ ), one of my friends from the Bando de Kvar (www.flickr.com/groups/2472126@N24/ ) and a good sport for helping out in my strobist (did you know the term is trademarked?) learning process. Big thank you Paul. The background is Paul’s room at the back of the house in which he exercises his creativity, whether it be related to music, computing, photography, woodworking, or supporting his football (soccer) teams. I was told many years ago that creativity can be a messy process. Paul is very creative.
The image is a composite of two images. The foreground is of Paul shot in a two-flash/softbox strobist setup overlaid on a photo taken late the same day of his room. The learning continues as this is another in a series featuring Paul in various composite strobist images. – JW
Date Taken: 2017-01-12
This is a composite of two images taken at different times and in different places.
The background image details: taken using a tripod mounted Nikon D7100 fitted with a Nikkor 12-24mm lense set to 12mm, ISO100, tungsten WB, Aperture priority mode, f/6.3, 2 sec. The image of Paul (foreground image) was taken using a hand-held Nikon D7100 fitted with a Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 DX lense, ISO100, Auto WB, Manual mode, f/6.3, 1/125 sec., ALSO: a second frame was taken about 3 stops darker to capture detail in the two lamps for filling in for the washed out areas during PP. Portrait of Paul/strobist Info: For the image of Paul, two 47 inch octagonal softboxes one camera left and the other camera right, radio triggered flash units, white background, softboxes set so faces were parallel to the axis of the line between the lense and the subject and about 4 feet off axis, facing each other with the rear of the umbrellas about one foot/30cm behind Paul’s face.
Image of Paul: PP in free Open Source RAWTherapee from Nikon RAW/NEF source file: crop off extraneous detail from the left and right edges of the frame, set exposure to slightly (about ¼ stop) brighter than as shot, slightly increase contrast, sharpen, save, cut out Paul from the background (too messy to elaborate here and still learning how to get hair to come out well), but improving with each iteration), save. Image of the room: PP in free Open Source RAWTherapee from Nikon RAW/NEF source file: scale image to 9000×6000, darken exposure about ½ stop from as-shot, boost contrast and Chromaticity in L-A-B mode, boost vibrance slightly, warm slightly from default to restore a hint of tungsten warmth, enable Tone Mapping and slightly brighten the image followed by a further reduction in exposure to get a ‘realistic’ look as in the original scene, sharpen, save. PP in free open Source GIMP: load the ‘normal’ frame and then load the darker frame as a layer below the ‘normal’ exposure frame use a soft-edged eraser to remove the washed-out lamp areas revealing the better/darker areas from the layer below, increase normal layer contrast slightly, load the cutout of Paul as the top layer and move to a suitable location in the background, do some final cleanup of the Paul layer edges and hair blending, some local dodging of eye highlights and also a bit of shoulder brightening, sharpen, create new working layer from visible result, save, scale image to 6000 wide, sharpen slightly, add fine black-and-white frame, add bar and text on left, save, scale image to 1800 wide for posting, sharpen slightly, save.
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There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah
Tawheed in Arabic means attributing Oneness to Allah and describing Him as being One and Unique, with no partner or peer in His Essence and Attributes.
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A wooden salt bowl. The lid is fixed to the bottom and slides over with perfect precision snugly closing the salt inside. On the left a wooden spoon for the salt. Realy nice wood-work.
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Coachwork by Park Ward Ltd.
Chassis n° BC119LCZ
Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
Estimated : € 225.000 – 275.000
Sold for € 209.300
Parijs – Paris
Frankrijk – France
– The ultimate combination of speed and elegance in its day
– Delivered new to the USA
– Recent extensive refurbishment by Frank Dale & Stepsons
– Registered in the UK
Introduced in the autumn of 1959, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II and Bentley S2 appeared externally unchanged from their Silver Cloud and S-Type predecessors, though their performance was considerably enhanced by the new 6.230 cc aluminium-alloy V8 engine. ‘The Bentley S2, with its sister Rolls-Royce models, gives high-speed travel in silence and luxury, while the driver and passengers enjoy the sense of well being that only British craftsmanship can give. The V8 engine, with its flashing acceleration, certainly contributes to the result and is a definite step forward in Rolls-Royce technique,’ enthused Autosport. There were few significant changes to the running gear, though power-assisted steering was now standard and the manual gearbox had been dropped, Rolls-Royce’s own four-speed automatic transmission being the sole offering.
Built in ‘S2’ form from the autumn of 1959, Continental version of the Bentley remained, as ever, exclusively a coachbuilt car. The firms of H J Mulliner, Park Ward, James Young, and Hooper (with a solitary example) all offered bodies on the Continental S2 chassis, which differed from the standard version by virtue of its four-leading-shoe front brakes, shorter radiator and, up to chassis number ‘BC99BY’, higher gearing. Of these four, James Young, and Hooper would soon cease coachbuilding, leaving only Mulliner and Park Ward to carry on a noble tradition.
Chassis number ‘BC119LCZ’ is an example of Park Ward’s influential ‘straight through wing’ body style; it is one of 124 bodied in this fashion by Park Ward, and one of only 61 original left-hand drive cars. This Continental was delivered new to Rolls-Royce Inc in New York, USA where it was sold via J S Inskip Inc to its first owner: Gordon P Kelley of Chicago, Illinois. Copy chassis cards on file record that the car was originally finished in Dawn Blue with light blue hood and matching interior, and left the factory equipped with electric windows and aerial, power operated convertible hood, and Sundym glass. Only one other owner is listed on the chassis cards: an Adrian West of Morrisville, Vermont (from April 1971).
In more recent years the car returned to Europe where it formed part of a small private collection in Holland. Renowned marque specialists, Frank Dale & Stepsons have recently brought this handsome motor car up to showroom condition, with mechanical and electrical preparation as and where necessary, coachwork restoration, chrome restoration, a new hood and headlining, woodwork restoration, and new carpets (bills available). Now presenting and driving beautifully, this superb Bentley Continental comes with a complete small tool kit and is ready for pleasurable summer motoring to the Côte d’Azur and other such delightful destinations.
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