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Life at № 42

Yippee: a crucifixion, abortion, ducks and pretty things!!!

And it’s only Wednesday!

– In case you missed the exceedingly popular last issue of Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, there’s a fascinating article on the second case of crucifixion ever found. This time in Rome. Number 1 was in Palestine.

– Hurrah for Ireland!!! Abortions for everyone!!! The first round is on me 😀

– A few days ago there was appalling noise in the garden. Rudy confronting a large brown duck who decided it might be a good idea to have a stroll here… I had to turn the water hose on both of them to make them back down. Instead of just flying away the duck hid in the bushes for a good two hours.

And here are some pretty things I’ve been keeping but have decided I probably won’t be using here… plus I have to compensate for the substantial amount of money lost because of the console debacle.

A 19th century Bessarabian or Swedish handwoven kilim. I’ve never seen anything quite like it.

A Qing dynasty embroidered coverlet. The quality is just amazing

And finally a pair of Dutch marquetry chairs, first half of the 18th century. I’d be inclined to keep these, but alas. Also leaving is my giltwood ciel de lit (canopy for above a bed.) This has been the reason for an exhausting battle between Mike and me for the past (almost) 18 years. I wanted it in the bedroom and he thought it was just too much. I’ve given up and it’s left today to live in a rather magnificent listed house in Warwick.

Just imagine some lampas drapes coming out of there.

 

 

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52 comments on “Yippee: a crucifixion, abortion, ducks and pretty things!!!

  1. Kris Jennings
    May 30, 2018

    A duck-dog incident as a highlight. Is it time to reflect on life?

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  2. Sirius Bizinus
    May 30, 2018

    Lemme guess, you were researching crucifixion as a possible remedy for the console debacle? Tell me I nailed it.

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  3. karenjane
    May 30, 2018

    I love the kilim, but dread to think of the price! Did you check the bush where the duck had been in case it left you an egg? Poor Rudy, he makes a new friend and you squirt them both with cold water.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      May 30, 2018

      I’m not sure about the price yet, I’ll have to do more research. It’s always complicated when a precise origin can’t be pinpointed. I love it too, the colours are fantastic and there’s something sort of like a botanical print about it.
      You should’ve seen Rudy and the duck… the duck flapping its wings in attack mode. It was my first duck incident of all time :/

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  4. john zande
    May 30, 2018

    Dugs have friends, you know. Many, many friends.

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  5. foolsmusings
    May 30, 2018

    I had a visit from Rabbit today who is clearly the one true God. You duck 🦆 worshippers are pathetic.

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  6. inspiredbythedivine1
    May 30, 2018

    Ah, crucifixion, what a grand thing it must have been. That nail through the side of the ankle looks just peachy fun, does it not? We have such little physical evidence from crucifixions because, as I understand it, people were left to rot on the cross and be eaten by animals so their remains were disposed of that way. Kinda puts Christ’s crucifixion, if it happened at all, into perspective. It wasn’t special; no one paid any particular attention to it just because “god” was being killed, and, if it did happen to said guy, his body would have been left to rot on the cross like everyone else’s. It was a strong method for Rome to keep people in line. Interesting that more physical evidence was found. I’ll read more into that. I’m macabre that way. It’s my Catholic upbringing.

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  7. I’m with Mike on the big wood semi globe thing over the bed. I mean c’mon. No way. Honestly it reminds me of a Queen giving birth and there are heavy draperies from the semi globe thing that shields her from view of everybody in the room. I’m totally with Mike on this one, it’s to much. HA! I bet you will now hate me if you didn’t hate me before, but Mike is gonna LOVE me. 🙂

    However, how can you possibly give up the Swedish rug? It’s FABULOUS! Don’t sell that, keep it. It would be so fabulous in a bathroom. Why would you want to give that one up?

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    • The Pink Agendist
      May 30, 2018

      Mike thinks I keep too many things – which is only partly true 😀
      When we first intended to move from Villa l’Africaine to Villa Trianon in Spain (2007) I bought a ton of things for Trianon and they’ve been in storage ever since because the financial crisis happened and then finally we ended up selling Trianon before l’Africaine. Now the plan is to only keep what we’re actually going to use :/

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    • acflory
      May 30, 2018

      I agree too! Wooden ball thing go, rug stay. 😀

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  8. Merilee
    May 30, 2018

    What IS that wooden semi-globe thing??

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    • The Pink Agendist
      May 30, 2018

      That’s the ciel-de-lit. It would go on the wall behind the bed, like this:

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      • karenjane
        May 30, 2018

        Did you hope you’d have it above your bed? I also agree with Mike about it. Let it go! As fast as you can. And spend the money on something sensible, like wine. Sorry, but all I thought when I saw it was ‘dust collector’.

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      • The Pink Agendist
        May 30, 2018

        Yes, with red and gold lampas drapery! But anyway, with the money we’re getting a new (big) bed for the middle south facing bedroom which at the moment has a 120cm bed.

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      • karenjane
        May 30, 2018

        Much more sensible. Husband says wooden thingy looks like a carved walnut, but he too adores rug.

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  9. Merilee
    May 30, 2018

    The rug is exquisite!

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    • The Pink Agendist
      May 30, 2018

      Have a look at the weaving!

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      • Merilee
        May 30, 2018

        Magnifique!

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      • Merilee
        May 30, 2018

        Do I detect a few dog hairs on it? It’s well known that that only adds to the value🐾🐾(Lucy discovered mud-wallowing yesterday),

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      • The Pink Agendist
        May 30, 2018

        We can safely say there’s dog hair on absolutely everything we own!!!

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      • Merilee
        May 30, 2018

        So much the better😁

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  10. Robert A. Vella
    May 30, 2018

    >>> “Burials showing evidence of violence or deviant burials may shed new light on past human societies.”

    Or, perhaps our methods of cruelty have just changed a little.

    – – – – –

    Ducks are such interesting animals. We’ve had mallard pairs taking up temporary residence in our apartment courtyard. Once they realized adult humans posed no threat, they became quite tolerant of us; but, they still didn’t like small children around because the kids would charge right at them. Duck mating behavior, on the other hand, can be very brutal. In human relations, it would be considered rape.

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  11. Judi Castille
    May 30, 2018

    What a marvellous week! Drapes yes I am imagining. I adore the carpet. Crucifixion..unpleasant stuff. But then I find all religion a bit unpleasant apart from the architecture. Mind you that was mainly built off the backs of the persuaded! Enjoy rest of your week.

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  12. Helen Devries
    May 30, 2018

    I would have liked that ciel-de-lit….I had some material which would have been ideal for hangings….but Leo would have lain awake all night waiting for the thing to drop on him.

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  13. makagutu
    May 31, 2018

    The pretty things are really pretty. Ireland, well, good for them. Maybe they will help Salvadore show the Vatican the middle finger.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      May 31, 2018

      They have way too much influence in Latin America, and when it’s not them it’s the Evangelicals who at the moment are even more dangerous…

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  14. poshbirdy
    May 31, 2018

    Oh no!! Too many lovely things to admire, all out of my vide grenier price range, I’m afraid
    Didn’t read the article as I have less of a taste for blood and religion than most

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    • The Pink Agendist
      May 31, 2018

      There’s a bunch of atheists around here who are interested in history from that period, hence the link 🙂

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  15. metan
    June 2, 2018

    That embroidery would be amazing if it had been done last week, its age makes it even more amazing!

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    • The Pink Agendist
      June 2, 2018

      You should see it in person, the detail is just unbelievable. It must have taken *ages* to make.

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      • metan
        June 13, 2018

        I’d love to see it in person, I imagine it’s something you find a new aspect of each time you look at it.The colour too, such a beautiful blue.

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