During a recent stopover in Naples, I had the opportunity to revisit the Capodimonte Museum on a pilgrimage of sorts to reconnect with Pieter Bruegel after a far too long interlude of several decades. On the very first day of my arrival I walked through hot, steamy heat and confusing streets up to the Capodimonte park to experience once again the genius that was Bruegel.
I recall reading Hemingway after my first visit and he said that to see one of Pieter Bruegel’s works was like taking an unexpected fist to the stomach.
What can I say? The earth moved! It really did. How I miss Ernest!!
BLIND LEADING THE BLIND
Today is International Youth Day and my young friend Zac Wagman makes an official stop in Ottawa on his cross Canada ride for sustainable forestry development. Zac started the ride in Victoria, BC and hopes to finish in St. John’s, Newfoundland by late September. Further information is available on the website https://www.mygreenjob.ca/
Zac and brother Nick Wagman followed by Minister for the Environment, Catherine McKenna
Zac and his wooden bike
Zac addresses the crowd
Congratulations to both Zac and Nick. Best of luck on the rest of the trip!! See you in September.
Many thanks to the organizer’s of this year’s Glebe Art in Our Gardens Tour! We we’re blessed with a rain free weekend and I was rewarded with a turnout of well over a hundred appreciative visitors to my back yard. Very nice opportunity to receive a visit from friends old and new! Thanks to all for dropping by.
Once again, I will be participating in the 2019 version of the Glebe Art in Our Gardens Tour which will take place between 10am and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, July 6 & 7. Mark the date down in your calendars for your opportunity to meet the artists in the intimacy of their environs and discuss their work.
Further information on all the artists can be obtained at the following website:
Once again, I’m flattered to be placed number one on the Tour Map. Make sure to visit all and be eligible to win a significant prize.
If you’re in the environs of central Ottawa at that time, do drop by for a natter and a drink in my backyard. Looking forward to seeing you there.
Caught some late spring arrivals exploring some crab apple blossoms.
FEMALE BALTIMORE ORIOLE
MALE BALTIMORE ORIOLE
CAPE MAY WARBLER
Good friend Dan Richardsen married Ivanka Galadza last weekend.
DAN & IVANKA ON THEIR BIG DAY
Best wishes to the newly weds!!
Unbelievable news out of Paris! Notre Dame cathedral has gone up in flames. Below is a rough sketch of the cathedral I made back in the day when I was backpacking through Europe and couldn’t afford a camera. At least I have the memories. Terrible, unthinkable loss.
NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL FROM THE TOURNELLE BRIDGE
Au revoir, mon ami!!
Julian Assange was arrested this morning at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, just steps away from the world famous Harrod’s department store in Kensington. This ends a seven year standoff between the UK and Ecuadorian governments.
ECUADORIAN EMBASSY, LONDON
Lt. Col Richard Cole, the last Doolittle Raider, has died at age 103. The end of an era. AVE ATQUE VALE!
B25 MITCHELL BOMBER
The suicidal Doolittle Raid used modified Mitchell Bombers launched from an aircraft carrier with no hope of recovery to attack the Japanese mainland after the Pearl Harbor attack. The raid did little physical damage but gave the alliance a much needed psychological boost and the Japanese a foretaste of the terrible destruction to come.
“BILLY” MITCHELL HISTORICAL PLAQUE, MOUNT BILLY MITCHELL, ALASKA
Billy Mitchell is considered by some to be the father of the modern US Air Force. The plaque above honours his connection to Alaska.
Spent the morning watching the 175th edition of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat race in London. Congratulations to both the Cambridge women’s and men’s crews as the winners of this years event. Well done you!!
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY BOAT CLUB, RIVER CAM, CAMBRIDGE