Adobe-colored shell-holder

Dublin by Parnell statue

This building faces the Parnell Monument that’s at the north end of O’Connell Street in Dublin. This location is at some remove from where sea-shells might be found (unless in a restaurant?), so who and why. The many cobwebs indicate it’s been there a while, undisturbed, even though it’s approximately at eye-level along a busy street.

Not smoke signals

Donegal scene

I forgot to mention two months ago that we found this incised into the gorse (?) on a hillside in County Donegal.


Transfer print platter

A bit creepy to hear that Salvador Dalí’s mustache survives on his embalmed face. Bit gross, too.

No idea why that occurred to me as I began to compose this….


Pink lupine

I think there’s a stealth insect on the stem just below the second set of flower branchings, with its back to us.

Activity area analysis

Shelf fungi

Here’s another reason not to go the McMansion route, and stick to more compact housing: the distance from activity area to activity area is by definition less, and so it takes less effort to get around.

At present, my activity area is relatively circumscribed, and within reach are power cords and assorted electronica, scissors, wastebasket, remotes, that kind of thing….

Normally, I circulate among many activity areas in the house…kitchen work stations, chore loci, online work stations…. In both old and new modes, I still navigate to the bathroom. That is a victory in today’s wee world.

Archaeologists use the term “activity area” to discuss the way people used a domestic zone, that kind of thing. They are identified by clusters of remains that would have been used in concert. Some are subtle, for example, tools and greasy soil chemistry related to butchery and hide processing. Others are more obvious…the stone flakes from reducing larger pieces of stone into smaller, shaped tools.

We all have our activity areas!

We have the kindest, most generous neighbors…thanks one and all.

I am an unshelled turtle

Snively turtle

Even though this is a pottery turtle, I suspect it may be able to move faster than I.

Point to turtle.

Love the half-n-half decorative zones on the carapace.

Which duo?

Twin Peaks TV

I’ve been catching up on culture. Never saw original Twin Peaks, so I’m getting ready to see the follow-up, released this year—27 years after the first two seasons.

How did this get so pink? I thought I de-pinked it.

Thinking back: Hill of Tara

Hill of Tara avenue view nroth

Here’s a wee trip down memory lane, in this case the approach avenue from the north leading south up to the crest of the Hill of Tara, or Irish: Cnoc na Teamhrach. In Ireland. This spring.

The ancient chronicles discuss an over-large banqueting hall at this civic-ceremonial center, and for well over a century this sloping feature was long called the Teach Miodhchuarta, commonly translated as Banqueting Hall, but more precisely translated as circular house of the (mead-) feast. The chronicles date to far later than the Neolithic, but that doesn’t mean they don’t record information of earlier antiquity (presuming continuity).

While I’m sure there were over-large wooden buildings elsewhere on this hill, this wasn’t the banqueting hall of the legends.

Some call this a cursus, a linear ritual complex of ditches and mounds that dates to the Neolithic period, and I’d accept that. The name derives from the linear Roman athletic race courses, which the Neolithic cursuses resemble, but to think the use is the same is inaccurate. Not for races. Avenue is a better label.

Hill of Tara St Patrick

This hill is still a locus for rituals and ceremony. Here’s a St Patrick statue, and there’s an active cemetery and church honoring the saint on the hill-flank.

Okay. Enough Memory Lane.

Not a movie

Photo shoot

We thought this was a movie shoot going on down the way. Turns out that they put Xmas decorations on the house for a photo shoot for a catalogue (note the porch columns). They did at least one other house on the street, too.

In B&W

Arch rad

My black and white world….

This x-ray (rad, in the medical world, I think) is of my right foot from above looking down. The toes are at the top and the ankle is at the bottom.

Here’s the sense I get at the moment. The oval is around the dislocation of the metatarsal that is between my big toe and my ankle, at the ankle end. it’s dislocated up and left, and makes a bump where there shouldn’t be one on the top of my foot.

The arrow points to a probable fracture at the ankle end of the next metatarsal. The WiseOne I spoke with today also said that the ligament that is on the arch/sole side is probably stretched and will be the slowest to heal of all of this.

I see the surgeon next Monday, and won’t know the healing protocol until then. As of now, it’s pain meds, ice, and elevation. And waiting.

And being waited on. Thank you, JCB.

I’m getting better with the crutches. But crutches.