Pictures of historical Church in Old Louisville

I took these images around The First Church of Christ, Scientist on S. Third in Old Louisville. The Church will celebrate the 100 year anniversary of breaking ground for its magnificent building next year. Amazing.

It is going through an extensive restoration at the moment. It is worth every dollar they are putting into it.

I fell in love with a gnarly old tree too battling with a nearby pine tree. I believe the gnarly old tree will win the day.

Building front. Blue skies. 1st Church of Christ, Scientist—Louisville. Vivian Grant Farrell. August 2016.
Building front. Blue skies. 1st Church of Christ, Scientist—Louisville. Vivian Grant Farrell. August 2016.
Front porch area. 1st Church of Christ, Scientist—Louisville. Vivian Grant Farrell. August 2016.
Front porch area. 1st Church of Christ, Scientist—Louisville. Vivian Grant Farrell. August 2016.
Front porch, left side. 1st Church of Christ, Scientist—Louisville. Vivian Grant Farrell. August 2016.
Front porch, left side. 1st Church of Christ, Scientist—Louisville. Vivian Grant Farrell. August 2016.
Columns and gnarly tree. Abstract. 1st Church of Christ, Scientist—Louisville. Vivian Grant Farrell. August 2016.
Columns and gnarly tree. Abstract. 1st Church of Christ, Scientist—Louisville. Vivian Grant Farrell. August 2016.
Columns. Abstract. 1st Church of Christ, Scientist—Louisville. Vivian Grant Farrell. August 2016.
Columns. Abstract. 1st Church of Christ, Scientist—Louisville. Vivian Grant Farrell. August 2016.
Close up of lamp, front porch area. 1st Church of Christ, Scientist—Louisville. Vivian Grant Farrell. August 2016.
Close up of lamp, front porch area. 1st Church of Christ, Scientist—Louisville. Vivian Grant Farrell. August 2016.
Fun with texture. Pine branch against granite. 1st Church of Christ, Scientist—Louisville. Vivian Grant Farrell. August 2016.
Fun with texture. Pine branch against granite. 1st Church of Christ, Scientist—Louisville. Vivian Grant Farrell. August 2016.
Gnarly but handsome old tree. 1st Church of Christ, Scientist—Louisville. Vivian Grant Farrell. August 2016.
Gnarly but handsome old tree. 1st Church of Christ, Scientist—Louisville. Vivian Grant Farrell. August 2016.
Gnarly but handsome old tree close up. 1st Church of Christ, Scientist—Louisville. Vivian Grant Farrell. August 2016.
Gnarly but handsome old tree close up. 1st Church of Christ, Scientist—Louisville. Vivian Grant Farrell. August 2016.

Cat in Window Painting by Alice Luisa

Cat in Window, Painting by Alice Luisa.
Cat in Window, Painting by Alice Luisa.

Came across this in my internet travels. It is beautiful.

Get it here http://aliceluisa23.deviantart.com/art/Cat-in-Window-Painting-HOME-616945349.

Puccini’s Turandot at the Forbidden City Beijing 1998

This is such a wonderful staging of Turandot. The setting is magical. And it features Barbara Frittoli as Liu. Can never get enough Frittoli. Watch!

Subtitled in several languages including English.


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Zubin Mehta conducts the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino orchestra and chorus in this performance of Puccini’s opera. The cruel Princess Turandot (Giovanna Casolla), ruler of China, will only wed a prince who can answer correctly her three riddles. Those who fail are executed. Prince Calaf (Sergej Larin), son of the exiled king of Tartary, falls in love with Turandot as soon as he sets eyes on her, and despite the protestations of his friends and family sets out to pass her test.

Puccini began working on the opera Turandot in 1920. The next year, he started composing the music. Two years later, in 1924, Puccini had all but finished the opera’s final duet.

Puccini disliked the text of the duet and postponed composing it until he was able to correct the text. When he finally chose the words for it, two days later he was was diagnosed with throat cancer. Having decided to travel to Belgium for treatment and surgery the last week of November 1924, Puccini died as a result of the surgery on November 29. Therefore, the opera itself was never finished by Puccini.

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Brave demonstrator in Baton Rouge sends a poignant message on his t-shirt

 A demonstrator raises his hands in front of police in riot gear during protests in Baton Rouge on Sunday. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters. Via the Christian Science Monitor at CSMonitor.com.
A demonstrator raises his hands in front of police in riot gear during protests in Baton Rouge on Sunday. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters. Via the Christian Science Monitor at CSMonitor.com.

Haute couture veil by John Paul Gaultier

A model presents a creation by French designer Jean Paul Gaultier as part of his Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016/2017 collection in Paris, France, July 6. Photo Credit: Benoit Tessier/Reuters. Via the Christian Science Monitor.
A model presents a creation by French designer Jean Paul Gaultier as part of his Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016/2017 collection in Paris, France, July 6. Photo Credit: Benoit Tessier/Reuters. Via the Christian Science Monitor.

Lego Royalty — Identifiable by their hats

(L-R) LEGO figures of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth II, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge stand outside a LEGO Buckingham Palace wearing designer hats by Rachel Trevor-Morgan, The Queen’s milliner ahead of Royal Ascot at LEGOLAND Windsor on June 10, 2014 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
(L-R) LEGO figures of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth II, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge stand outside a LEGO Buckingham Palace wearing designer hats by Rachel Trevor-Morgan, The Queen’s milliner ahead of Royal Ascot at LEGOLAND Windsor on June 10, 2014 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

The image above is from an article I came across from 10 June 2014 (isn’t today 10 June 2016? – it is!) looking for a picture of Camilla wearing a particular bright blue beret with an extra long feather (pheasant I think it was) rather ambitiously perched on top at a jaunty angle.

Admittedly I am a hat lover, but I have looked at so many royal hats over the years I was able to identify the three lego royals in this pictures strictly by their hats — which it turns out was the objective.

They were blatantly obvious to me too. Perhaps I need some help.

How to Dress Like a Tudor

Banquet Scene featuring infamous Tudor King Henry VIII.
Banquet Scene featuring infamous Tudor King Henry VIII. Notice the fashion of the day.

I always wondered how women who didn’t have a lady’s maid tied their corsets when no one was around.

That and more is shown here in this video on how to dress like a Tudor. This is not about the fashion of the day, but how they put it all on.