Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Down in Welsh Wales bach.

I'll be off-line for the next few days. I'll be at a wedding in Wales.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Devon Rex

While I was dahn Sahf in London, one of my Cypriot friends there got herself a couple of Devon Rex kittens. Thought I'd post a piccy of them. All together now....

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Restoration Job

Our Meditation Group statue has been showing signs of wear and tear lately; the odd chip here the hairline crack there, scratches in the gilding and so on. It had been mooted for some time about getting some restoration work done on it. I was asked if I could do it.

Could I? I wasn't entirely sure. I rather suspected it had been finished in gold leaf. The whole statue is actually a plaster cast, hand made and when we acquired it several years ago it wasn't exactly cheap. It was purpose made for the group. But could I do it? I took a deep breath and said "Yes."

Actually I took the statue to the studio and next day some of our more expert studio members gave the job a look-over. Tests soon revealed it was not covered in gold leaf but gilded. That is painted with gold paint. Much relieved, gold leaf is very expensive I set about repairs. The plasterwork was made good before going to London for a week. On my return I set about applying the gilding and several days later, today in fact, the job was completed. The seal coating applied and now the statue is in a protective coat of polythene ready for transfer back to the Lancaster Group Meditation Hall.

The Lancaster Buddha

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Almost like Japan.

Lancaster's answer to the Japanese "Blossom Wave" that sweeps from Okinawa in the south to Hokkaido in the north. Note t' wondrous town 'all clock.
Ee by 'eck, s' just like Tokyo (not).
Actually the Japanese wave comes in early April, in North-West England, a bit later, if at all. Still, it is nice to look at. The warm weather can't be too far away.