Falmouth... the National Maritime Museum, Pendennis Castle, Falmouth Docks (the third deepest port in the world!), Gyllyngvase Beach and our kids' resultant seashell collection... and sketches during a slow afternoon while running the dryer at the laundromat.
Monday, April 21, 2014
The white "shrink wrap" that has covered the Legislature dome for the past 2 winters has finally been removed, and the dome, long in hibernation mode, has made its appearance. The Federal Building restoration and forecourt plaza construction are still ongoing.
Today also marks the first outdoor sketching day in Edmonton for me as temperatures rose to a balmy 15C -- much better than the snow-inducing temperatures of only a week ago. It's the beginning of a great drawing season!
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|fields outside Exeter|
|a building in Exeter|
Day 8 started off with Sunday worship at Exeter Cathedral (a beautiful service made all the more memorable because of Mothering Day in the UK) and a leisurely lunch in front of the church yard, followed by the remaining drive to our destination, Falmouth. Its early evening main street on Sunday was a little empty (shops had closed) but we managed to get to a great fish and chips restaurant with a wonderful waterfront sketch-worthy view.
|A wharf, some pubs, Penryn River, and rolling hills beyond...|
|from top: Corfe Castle, Exeter, Falmouth|
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Sunday, April 20, 2014
|St. Giles Cripplegate, on the Barbican site|
Twelve years ago, I came here with my (then future) wife out of interest, to see this grand Brutalist, Corbusier-inspired development, and I never dreamed that we would be here again in this way with two kids in tow.
|The Barbican Centre's main hall: home of the London Symphony Orchestra, and the day's venue for convocation proceedings|
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Saturday, April 19, 2014
Tate Britain is a little out of the way and relatively isolated from other tourist attractions. Perhaps because of this it is much less busy than the other major art galleries like the National Gallery and Tate Modern, which can both be frenetic. Despite the calibre and amount of work that is on display, Tate Britain still provides a much more intimate, leisurely experience.
On this day, I came to see one painting in particular by John Singer Sargent, whose qualities of light have impressed me ever since seeing it in a book in high school.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
|Gloucester Road Station|
|On the bus... and riding the London Eye|
|A rainy view across the Thames|
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There is a memorable moment in the documentary film "My Architect" in which a Bangladeshi architect who worked with Louis Kahn weeps as he speaks about the Parliament Building in Dhaka. Twelve years ago, I remember getting teary upon first encountering St. Paul's as it suddenly made its massive appearance right after I got off the Tube station. That such a building could even be conceived, let alone built, struck my heart.
This time around I was similarly moved, but through an extended time in contemplation "reading" the gospel message through its interior layout and design, and being deeply reminded of God's grace and glory. That experience, a gift to us through the insistence on the church's part to keep St. Paul's a working "House of God" despite its capacity to draw crowds of tourists (through the PA system, a chaplain invites all visitors to pray together hourly), and the fact that our jetlagged kids decided to nap while we were at the church, was perhaps one of the highlights of our time in the UK.
We ended up spending 4 or 5 hours at St. Paul's that day, including a time of worship as we attended the choral evensong (a sung Eucharist) service, a refreshing way to worship for non-Anglican's such as us. The sound of the organ and the voices of the choristers made it seem like the building itself was emanating sound, while the incense that filled the interior volume added an incredible sense of awe (and surprisingly, intimacy) to the experience. And despite its stature as the Anglican mother church of London, we felt incredibly welcome, and were reminded of the fundamental importance of hospitality as it relates to worship.
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Saturday, April 12, 2014
Natural History Museum. This is my second time being here, but I am again mesmerized by the quirky Victorian inventiveness of the main hall. One of my regrets was not visiting the newer addition (not there last time I came)... Next time.
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Friday, April 11, 2014
This first post begins with the Edmonton International Airport and the long plane ride...
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Friday, March 21, 2014
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Richard Eaton Singers and the Alberta Baroque Ensemble to assemble on stage, for a performance of J.S.Bach's Mass in B Minor... one of my favourite compositions by my favourite composer of all time. This was the second live performance of this piece that I have experienced (the other was by Pro Coro, a much smaller choir several years ago). It's wonderful to experience the music this way as so many new discoveries about the music are made.
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Monday, March 3, 2014
Hina-matsuri in Japan, commonly referred to as "Girls' Day" or "Doll Day". We were blessed to have received an elaborate set of Hina dolls last summer which we set up this year in our dining room. Unfortunately, we seemed to be missing a series of dolls and other decorative pieces, but we replaced them with some stuffed toys and a bed sheet to make a fun and eclectic, "localized" version of a traditional custom.
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