Thursday, January 18, 2018

Wondrous Words

Wondrous Words is hosted at Bermuda Onion's blog.

January 2018 - Toronto ON

I haven't joined Wondrous Words in forever!! But I do think of it often when I see new words and I always read Bermuda Onions posts.

I read this in a post by a fellow blogger and had to look it up. Now I need an opportunity to use it!

A lagniappe (/ˈlænjæp/ LAN-yap or /lænˈjæp/ lan-YAP) is "a small gift given a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase" (such as a 13th doughnut on purchase of a dozen), or more broadly, "something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure."

The word entered English from the Louisiana French adapting a Quechua word brought in to New Orleans by the Spanish Creoles. It derived from the South American Spanish phrase la yapa or ñapa (referring to a free extra item, usually a very cheap one).

Quoits in The Disappearance of Esme Lennox

Quoits (koits, kwoits, kwaits) is a traditional game which involves the throwing of metal, rope or rubber rings over a set distance, usually to land over or near a spike (sometimes called a hob, mott or pin).

Ben Stokes: England cricketer charged with affray
An instance of fighting in a public place that disturbs the peace.

Definitions from Wikipedia

Thursday Doors

Linking up at Norm's Thursday Doors.

December 2014 - Old Tucson Studios Arizona

Click here for more of our visit.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tuesday Treasures

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme. 

March 2013 - Calico CA

Calico is an old West mining town that has been around since 1881 during the largest silver strike in California. With its 500 mines, Calico produced over $20 million in silver ore over a 12-year span. When silver lost its value in the mid-1890's, Calico lost its population. The miner's packed up, loaded their mules and moved away abandoning the town that once gave them a good living. It became a "ghost town."

Walter Knott purchased Calico in the 1950's architecturally restoring all but the five original buildings to look as they did in the 1880's. Calico received State Historical Landmark 782 and in 2005 was proclaimed by then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to be California's Silver Rush Ghost Town.


The Calico Bottle House was built after 1951 when Walter Knott began restoring the Calico Ghost Town as a tourist attraction. The Bottle House was built with more than 5,000 bottles.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Foto Tunes

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme. 

January 2018 - Montreal QC

Monday Mural

I'm linking up at Monday Mural hosted by Oakland Daily Photo.

January 2018 - Montreal QC

Some random murals captured on a cold winter;s day.

inSPIREd Sunday

Sally and Beth host inSPIREd Sunday!

May 2004 - Rome Italy

I am digging way back in my archives. I need to go church searching.

I will show shots from outside St. Peter's Basilica.

What a glorious day!

Designed principally by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, St. Peter's is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world. While it is neither the mother church of the Catholic Church nor the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome, St. Peter's is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic shrines. It has been described as "holding a unique position in the Christian world" and as "the greatest of all churches of Christendom".

The top of the facade of St. Peter's Basilica has two clocks and several sculptures. The clocks were created to replace Bernini's bell towers which had to be torn down due to insufficient support. The left clock shows Rome time, the one of the right shows European mean time.The statues are Christ the Redeemer, St. John the Baptist and 11 Apostles. From the left: St. Thadeus, St. Matthew, St. Philip, St. Thomas, St. James the Greater, St. John the Baptist, The Redeemer, St. Andrew, St. John the Evangelist, St. James the Lesser, St. Bartholomew, St. Simeon, and St. Matthias.

From the steps of St. Peter.

St. Peter's Square is bordered on two sides by semi-circular colonnades which, according to Bernini, symbolize the stretched arms of the church embracing the world. The colonnades were built in 1660 and consist of four rows of columns with in total 284 Doric columns and 88 pilasters.

Those columns!

AHA a nun to demonstrate the sheer size of these columns.

My favourite!

A panoramic. 

Taken from the Borghese Gardens, a distance away.

Information gathered from Wikipedia.