Friday, December 21, 2007

Wishing you the Joy of the Season

8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them,

"Do not be afraid I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:8 - 11)

Religion was such an integral part of the medieval persons' life and I've always loved this particular work, St. Columba Altarpiece (central panel), c.1455, Alte Pinakthek, Munich, by Rogier van der Weyden, one of the 15th century Flemish Masters. It reminds me of the joys in my life and the sacrifices that have been made.

Whatever your religious beliefs, may you be moved by the spirit of the season and may your lives be filled with joy, love, and prosperity.

"God Bless us every one" Tiny Tim, from "A Christmas Carol in Prose, being a Ghost Story of Christmas " by Charles Dickens


Wednesday, December 5, 2007

What's New

... Not a lot. Things have been busy with the holidays here in the States. Thanksgiving was very nice. Spent time with Bob's Mom and his Aunt. My folks retired down South so we won't see them until Christmas at that time we'll also be visiting with my brother and his family.

Currently nothing new on the side saddle front. I've made a few inquiries to a maker in Canada, but have yet to hear back from them. I'm not sure if it is an email thing (junk filter) or that they are slow to respond. I was planning to have one made for Normandie since he has the correct back for it, just to ride and stay in practice.

I've added a bookstore to my regular web site that primarily deals with Charles the Bold and various Burgundian connections in the XVe century. I also have affiliates in the UK and France.

One of the Equestrian selections is featured on this page. While not historic in a XVe century context, it is a fun way to ride. :-)