It’s was a dark and stormy night
It’s was a dark and stormy night…
..here in the city. But all was not lost. Even though I had to walk 20 blocks out of the way in search of a notary.. and never found one.😐🙄
Still, the soak was worth it. All was not lost, (except possibly my shoes which are soaked thru.🙄) For the light in a storm is always interesting, so here are a few cool pictures I got on the way home.
I never did see the horses, but I’m sure that is what the hay was there for. 😉
Ok I’m pretty sure though this building was a figment of my imagination. I have walked here numerous times and never remember an entire building covered in ivy. But today, with the old bike out front was too classic not to pass up.
I couldn’t get the right photo that I was seeing with my eyes because the rain kept making it blurry. But I just wanted to capture the entire crazy green furry structure, just as proof, yknow, in case it disappeared the next day.
😐which of course, it did.
Here’s a close up of the bike. Proof that I was definitely in a time warp.😑 That bike is from the 50s, or 40s I think. In fact, I’m surprised my camera let me even take a picture in full color! 😳
So I had watched only the night before, a travel show where there were traveling to.. possibly in Tibet, or Thailand….And people would buy very thin gold leaf- to press on to the Buddha statues there. The gold leaf paper is sold to people so they can pay their respects to the Buddha by placing the gold leaf somewhere on the statues. So all the Buddha statues are covered in really thin gold leaf wrappers basically.
Pretty incredible. And also beautiful.
And it’s an entire business this gold leaf pressing. There are people who take the gold leaf , (each leaf sanwiched between some multilevel parchment or papyrus ), and they bring it to the guys who hammer the gold leaf super thin, (and it’s already as thin as paper ) But these guys literally hammer it for 6 hours straight between the parchment. (Not machine hammering, but humans.)
The physical labor alone is incredible. The guys literally hammer away at the gold leaf for two hours straight to get it even flatter and more spread out, then take a 5 minute rest, then hammer it another 2 hours,😳 take another 5 minute rest, and then ANOTHER 2 hours! Each sheet gets 6 hours of hammering!
In the light, these gold leaf wrapper wrapped Buddhas are obviously very pretty, but since the leaf is not stuck on there with glue, the gold leaf paper sometimes gets taken away with the wind. They say all parts of Buddha, are Buddha, so when I saw this, it just immediately looked like some of the gold leaf Buddha wrapping, and also, well, kinda like a Buddha, out for a stroll, in the rain.😁
So there you go. No notary found, but quite a weird evening. Hope you enjoyed it.