Hildegard of Bingen d.n. 1179
* d.n. stands for die natalis (literally date of birth into heaven, used for saints.)
The Parthenon was begun in 447 BCE
Its famous columns are called Doric and can be identified by the seeming lack of a base.
My son gave me a wonderful Christmas present. It has my favourite things all wrapped up in one: history, culture, cooking and keeping notebooks....curious?? It's a book, (a signed copy, bless his heart! ) called Bought, Borrowed and Stolen: Recipes from a Travelling Chef. The idea is wonderful; based on her diaries as a child travelling with her family (her father made historical atlases) and then on her exploration of the food of other cultures as a chef, Allegra McEvedy turns what were essentially her notebooks on travel and food into a gorgeous and inspiring conversation (with the occasional salty word, just so you know.) As if the personal experiences, photos, ephemeria and delicious menus weren't enticement enough, she also shares photos of the knife collection she has made on her journeys. She has sought out a handmade knife from each country she has visited.
So why this note under Book of Centuries? (I knew you would ask.) McEvedy's knife collection immediately made me think of the way Mason's students would pick one special thing to follow and draw throughout the centuries, often in the same position on each page. (I am sure had McEvedy kept a Book of Centuries, she would have been drawing knives.) Beyond that even, there is a map on the flyleaf which appears to be a map of the world with the countries she has visited circled in coloured pencil. I had already had in mind to make the last map page of my Book of Centuries my hand drawn map of the world with a list of the countries I have traveled to listed on the lined page opposite with the dates of my journeys. This cinched it! Now, what to cook first??
Henry Ossawa Tanner's "The Annunciation" 1898
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Penn., U.S.A
The Stone of Scone (skun) also known as the Stone of Destiny--Scottish coronation stone captured by Edward I in 1296 and mentioned in MacBeth, "The Stone of Destiny," and "The King's Speech."