Pictures From Home

view of Manhattan from Greenpoint, Brooklyn waterfront today

sky today reminds me of this quote from Rachel Kushner’s novel The Flamethrowers:

only blue above, a raw and saturated blue that seemed cut from an inner wedge of sky

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Finally the autumn leaves arrived.


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We had nationwide fog.

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Rain at the riding school in the Tuscan countryside.

Nutella looks at the rain.

While waiting for the rain to stop, I was interested in some details:

My 7yo daughter decided she wanted to take her own pictures:

I didn’t expect such good results.
I’m very proud of her! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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Some young chinese in some house nearby.

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Is it a festival or celebration or just events at an open market ?

(Also, I counted zero masks… :fearful: )

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Like open market


Cheers!

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It must be very cold!
I don’t mean the clothes I mean the day light looks like a cold day light.

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Fresh after sun goes down yes. Mountains.


Later

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Is that an original hang?
That’s a rare instrument!

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Yes. Not the first time i met one as my co-traveler to China in 2005 carried one too :hear_no_evil:
Original i dunno but it’s hard to copy i think.

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Those flying saucers sound amazing.
I’d love so much to put my hands on one of them.

The originals came from Germany. They are sold out now. But there’s a few craftsmen around the world making good copies.
They are just too expensive for a hobbyist.

Also they have a handful of notes, so when you’re really into that you want more! Many players have their little collection of instruments in different tunings.

It’s just a dream for me, but I’m having that dream since longtime

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I though it was a cooking tool, I am so ashamed!
:no_mouth:

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The original were designed and produced in Swiss.

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You’re right. They’re based in Bern.
I had to double check that… I was so sure!
Thanks for the correction

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That’s just because Groin’s phone cam is dirty, I think. :wink:

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Now in Baoshan, Yunnan. Supposed to be the Mecca of Yunzi stones.
Well, it’s night and i bumped in that go stones shop so here some pics. Maybe get some more interesting in the next days.

A bunch of famous people





Huge go stones (a plate size)






A few jewelry, may interest @claire_yang


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Here i want to share a few pics about the bai ceremony for a new house. The landowner is a headteacher of my village in the countryside of Yunnan, SW of China.

Local specialities include honey, walnuts, donkeys mushrooms and woodwork. When i asked youngers what study/job they are in, the answer is almost always woodwork.

This is the house today. With a careful look you can see a lot of woodworks

Few days ago i was invited to a ceremony for this new house. Many other villagers too.



We sat each opposite side of the gifts for the gods, and that big red wood


Alcohol


Cigarettes

and candies for everyone

Some villagers and a chicken pray.

The same chicken will toktok some of the woods, including the red one.

Fireworks are attached to the red wood

Then the wood is hoisted to the top

With the fireworks exploding we reach the end of the ceremony. Some workers will still throw bags of rice that people will try to catch first for good luck.

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No masks?
Either I got used to masks or the villagers are too lax.

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The world is a big place, lots of different situations with just as many responses.

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