Category: Photo by PH Morton

Red Sun @ 3PM

Red Sun, Photo by PH Morton

Red Sun @ 3PM

It was a strange day today.  At around 3oClock in the afternoon, the sky turned dirty yellow and then red.  The atmosphere was just like the film or television science fiction came to life.

Apparently this phenomenon was due to Hurricane Ophelia, which sadly battered the Republic of Ireland leaving at least three people dead

The MetOffice has said that the red colouring of the sky is due to the dust being pulled by the strong gust of wind from the Sahara desert in Africa.

The photo, by the way, was taken by Peter from our back garden here in North London.  The sky was red and Peter just managed to take a small sunspot & flare coming off sun’s limb at 3 o’clock position (on the sun).

It’s beautiful but rather disconcerting as it reminded me of apocalyptic films often seen of films and television.

Pisces Major by Jesse Watkins

Pisces, photo by PH Morton

Pisces @ RFH, photo by PH Morton

Pisces Major by Jesse Watkins

This huge silver sculpture apparently called Pisces Major was a piece by a British sculpture, Jesse Watkins (1899-1980).

Pisces Major is situated in front of the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead.

It looks beautiful during the day as the sun catches its shiny silvery surface.  It is even more breath-taking when night falls as light dances, projecting many colours into the sculpture.

Snapped: Ampalaya (Bitter gourd)

Ampalaya, photo by PH Morton

Snapped: Ampalaya (Bitter gourd)

It is said that if it is bitter then it is good for you.  You only have to remember the taste of the different drugs (as in medicine) 🙂  you have taken over the years.  Bitter as bitter can be!!!

In the bitterness scale ampalaya can reign supreme, so much so that it is now an accepted crude metaphor for a person being bitter.  🙂 🙂 🙂  like “Ampalaya ka naman, Ate” (you are a bitter gourd, sister) pertaining to someone, who is on a full on tirade. 🙂

Anyway, bitter it may be, ampalaya is delicious in its own way that it is a major ingredients in many a Filipino recipe.  Just search for ampalaya or bitter gourd in the search box on the top right of this site.

By the way ampalaya or bitter gourd is also referred to as bitter melon.

Ampalaya Recipe:

Snapped: Mussels

Mussels in a bilao, photo by PH Morton

 

Snapped: Mussels

Peter took the above photo while we were wandering the wet market of Pritil in Tondo, Manila, Philippines early last month.

The above are fresh mussels.

We have a number of recipes in this site.

Please click any of the following to send you through them.

Holy Week: Good Friday

Holy Week, photo by PH Morton

Holy Week: Good Friday

God is a pure no-thing

God is a pure no-thing

concealed in now and here:

the less you reach for him,

the more he will appear

~ Angelus Silesius

God is always been with us.  We do not have to look for Him. He is infinity and beyond!

 

Snuff Box Head @ V&A

Mask, by PH Morton

Snuff Box Head @ V&A

This is another treasure from the V&A exhibits.

You would not have guessed it that it is a snuff box, a container for ground tobacco.

The lovely intricate design makes it a collectible.  This particular item was made in Chelsea by an unknown artist between 1760-1765.

Dark Vs Light

Sunset, Photo by PH Morton

Dark Vs Light

Thought of the Day:

30 March 2017

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
Plato


15 April 2017 (Black Saturday)

If a man
wishes to be sure
of the road he travels on,
he must close his eyes
and walk in the dark.
Saint John of the Cross

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