Sunday, August 31, 2014
When you are four you sit at the table in a full size chair and eat food with metal utensils and drink milk from a glass made of real glass. Four-year-old Mabel's new mealtime drinking glass has an extra heavy bottom to encourage its own stability. She spilled nothing – not one drop – when I came over on Saturday to share her evening while her parents went out to dinner in the Mission for Daddy's birthday.
Mabel told me her memories of the vacation in Portland this summer when she rode on a ferry boat to get to a zoo where there was a real train that she also rode. She thinks that BART (like we have here) is sort of like a train but the train in Portland was really a real train.
And then she slowly disappeared down to the land underneath the table and became a worm going underground and wriggling secretly through the earth and then popping up right next to her unsuspecting grandfather on the other side of the table and scaring the bejeezus out of him.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
|Charles I binding|
|Eikon Basilike binding|
|Cardinal Alderano Cybo binding|
|Embroidered Prince of Wales binding|
|Embroidered Charles II binding|
|Embossed leather Prince of Wales binding|
|James II binding|
Armorial binding of Charles II, open to engraved portrait and the text of –
An Appeal to Caesar : wherein Gold and Silver is Proved to be the King's Majestie's ROYAL COMMODITY / By THO. VIOLET of London, Goldsmith. Printed in the Year 1660.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Frederick III, King of Denmark
Numberless portrait miniatures have – over several centuries – come to rest together in the cabinets of the Royal Collection. The group chosen here were all created during the 17th century, because that is my favorite century.
|David des Granges|
Queen Henrietta Maria
|David des Granges|
Queen Catherine of Braganza
Anne Hyde, Duchess of York
Queen Mary II
King Charles II
Ulrica Eleanor, Queen of Sweden
perhaps Henry Cary
King James I
Lucy Harington, Countess of Bedford
Thursday, August 28, 2014
A couple of weeks ago I spent a cold and foggy day with my celestial granddaughter filling in some idle time on a non-school weekday. I already used a couple of pictures here that had been taken on the fly in the course of our wanderings under heavy grey San Francisco summer skies, but then life shot away from my grasp as other days rapidly succeeded filled with other imperatives and preoccupations so that I ended up forgetting there were still some of the on-the-fly random pictures with Mabel that I could still edit and exploit and share with her world of fans across the continent and around the globe.