Oh, the past weekend did not go right. But, still there were a few lovely things...
... like the Church of Saint Séverin with its gargoyles in the cloister and it's lovely painting on the walls and ceilings inside.
And meeting with a hedgehog Sunday evening while we ate tarts full of giant raspberries, whipped cream, and custard in the Luxembourg Gardens.
Also, spying on a policeman who was chatting up the lady who makes crêpes in her little stand in the park.
And, looking at this 15th century Rhinelandian tapestry of wild men and wild women dressed in garments made of foliage in the Hôtel de Cluny (which also houses The Lady and the Unicorn tapestries and the first image used in the post, stained-glass partridges from Normandy around 1500).
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Still, by the end of it all, with all the crowds, which are growing larger by the day at this time of year, I was beginning to feel like this stained glass we also found in the Hôtel de Cluny:
If you are wondering which character I was identifying with here... it's all of them: the harried animals, the bored and disgusted looking devil, the unhappy man pleading in the background, the devil squished in next to him. But, my feelings aside, the actual subject matter here is the stealing of Job's livestock.
Up until Friday there had been a long stretch of lovely things I have not mentioned here, such as the Holy Russia exhibition at the Louvre (there is still a smaller, online aspect of it here). Another lovely thing was seeing amazing musicians from the Badakhshan region and Chitral, Pakistan (click on the picture on this page and there's an audio file). One of the musicians made a jerry can ring out like the most skillfully played, beautifully-toned drum you can imagine. There were also more every-day lovely things: dinners out, a thunderstorm, seeing friends, pigeons and blackbirds nesting outside my window again this year... all kinds of goodness.
Now with the bells on the church down the street ringing five, I'm going to head off to work on some etchings on this cloudy and breezy day.