Tell me this isn’t mesmerising…
Tell me this isn’t mesmerising…
Algy knew that if he wanted his assistant to continue helping him with his Adventures and the children’s books which he hopes to start publishing next year, he would have to help raise some money to buy her food and stuff suitable to sustain human assistants while they work!
So he took the plunge… and started creating some merchandise to sell.
Algy has opened two online shops – a Redbubble shop intended for his friends outside Europe (Redbubble shipping costs and times to Europe are not sensible!), and a Folksy shop intended for his friends in Europe.
Unfortunately he cannot sell identical calendars in these two shops, so for those who don’t care about shipping costs, please feel free to use either!
Algy’s Redbubble shop offers a smart A3 wall calendar, and Algy’s Folksy shop offers a choice of a DeLuxe A3 wall calendar, an A4 wall calendar, or a desk calendar. You can preview all of these online.
Algy hopes that these calendars will make unique and most unusual gifts :)
The calendars will only be availabe for sale until the end of January 2013, and the European editions are only available in limited quantities and may have to be withdrawn sooner.
Algy will try to create some other items to sell too – if there is anything you would like to see offered, please let him know!
I highly recommend these beautiful calendars . As an ardent admirer of Algy, I’ve enjoyed reading of his adventures in the West Highlands immensely. The photographs are evocative and depict beloved west coast scenes, and for all lovers of Scotland, this is a must have. (Not to mention lovers of one eccentric, Renaissance bird!)
For everyone’s most popular castle in Scotland, this may be of interest. The entire adult life of one many was dedicated to this castle’s restoration, it lets you see how close he came to the possible original design.
“Watercolour by David L Roberts of Eilean Donan Castle as it may have looked pre 1654.”
As soon as I walked into the Ellishadder Art Cafe just outside Staffin (on Skye), my eyes wouldn’t leave this painting alone. I recognised the truth of it. It’s an acrylic painted by Stuart Quigley of the Sound of Raasay depicting a typically broody late afternoon. Stuart was on his way to Broadford and had only time to snap a photo before getting to the dry stone dyking course he was taking. The painting came later.
It cost more than a few pence as you would expect and so I decided to follow my own rule of thumb, walk away and see how it feels with time and distance. I took this photo and drove away but the painting was still with me, in my head. I showed others the photo and some said it was dreich (refers to weather, of the miserable wet, possibly darkish kind). Maybe it’s a glass half full thing because I could only see light, glorious contrast and even hope.
I spoke to Himself and he said, 'why not,' much to my surprise. An artist friend said it was a good investment. For me, it was already mine. I think the artist knew that too because by the time I called ten days later, it had been prepared for my collection almost like he knew.
It hangs on the wall in my sitting room now, not dreich at all but transporting me back to Skye, to Ellishadder, to the Sound of Raasay and to a place where light is hope.
(The photo below, is taken by me (© S. Marian) from Teangue in Southern Skye, further south than the painting was set. Still, there’s just a suggestion of similar colour and light.)
Flower Shop, Brussels, Belgium
photo via ralf
With curving grace this is an art nouveau lover’s paradise, something that seems to belong to A Midsummer NIght’s Dream.
Asperatus over Schiehallion, Perthshire, Scotland. © Ken Prior
The Royal Meteorological Society is encouraging the international meteorological community to update the Cloud Atlas and include asperatus to make it official. The current edition, after all, was published in the 1970’s. If asperatus is accepted, it will be the first official cloud classification in 60 years. (more)
Very nearly a Van Gogh sky…
This says “Be Omid e Khoda” meaning “With the hope of god’s attention” or “God willing”. Us Persian’s we say this before we start doing anything or when we are getting depressed or stressed or feeling going nowhere. There is always him being more powerful and able than anybody or anything else. Having trust on him and hope will bring his power to us and solves the problems. I am not too religious but I do believe in him and his eternal power and that is how I personally survive a lot with smile on my face.
Thank you Jenny for your beautiful and kind thoughts that initiated this moving message, thank you Hosein for your lovely work and for you too, Be Omid e Khoda - and for my Father who died at 4:00pm this afternoon.
Mehndi. So beautiful and I once had the privilege of attending a mehndi party, watching a bride-to-be have her feet and hands painted. I left the party with a design on my hands, abstract flowers and the ancient paisley pattern in repeat. I did my best to keep my gorgeous design, applying clove oil as a fixative. Inevitably, the henna faded, but the memories did not.
"The word mehndi is derived from the Sanskrit word mendhikā. The use of mehndi and turmeric is described in the earliest Hinduism’s Vedic ritual books. Haldi (staining oneself with turmeric paste) as well as mehndi are Vedic customs, intended to be a symbolic representation of the outer and the inner sun. Vedic customs are centered around the idea of “awakening the inner light”.”
(Click here for more information about mehndi from Wikipedia.)
Most people know about the claddagh but have you heard of the Scottish luckenbooth? I was once given a luckenbooth bracelet, a long time ago. Here is some interesting history c/o Wikipedia about that luckenbooth, Happy Valentines Day.
“A luckenbooth brooch is a Scottish heart-shaped brooch. These brooches often have a crown above one heart, or two intertwined hearts. They are typically made of silver and may be engraved or set with stones.
The name comes from the luckenbooths of Edinburgh where jewellery and trinkets used to be sold, including this type of brooch. Luckenbooth was aScots word for a lockable stall or workshop. The Edinburgh booths were situated on the Royal Mile near St Giles Cathedral. They were the city’s first permanent shops, going back to the 15th century, and initially housing mainly silversmiths and goldsmiths. They were demolished in 1817.
The luckenbooth brooch is a traditional Scottish love token: often given as a betrothal or wedding brooch. It might be worn by a nursing mother as a charm to help her milk flow, and/or be pinned to a baby’s clothing to protect it from harm. It was known as a witch-brooch by people using it to save children from the evil eye.
The luckenbooth brooch has motifs similar to the Claddagh ring, also using the heart and crown. Heart-shaped brooches in parts of Europe date back to latemedieval times, but this design probably did not appear in Scotland before the 17th century.
Silver was the usual material, although gold heart brooches were made for wealthy people. Silver was commonly chosen for “lucky” charms, and was also an affordable metal for jewellery that was popular with poorer people. Inexpensive glass paste “gems” were sometimes used on silver luckenbooth brooches, as were garnets and semi-precious stones. Some brooches were engraved with initials, dates or mottoes.
By the mid 18th century luckenbooth tokens also featured heavily as trade silver items to the indigenous peoples of the Eastern Woodlands, particularly theIroquois of the Six Nations. As a result, luckenbooth brooches also became a common decorative symbol in 18th and early 19th century native clothing.
One legend of the luckenbooth brooch is that it was a symbol of love and devotion given by Mary Queen of Scots to Lord Darnley. Another story is that it was an engagement brooch given to her by the Dauphin of France whom she later married. It may feature Scottish motifs like the St. Andrew’s Cross, or the thistle.”