What a gorgeous place, both Bangor and the University. The weather has been balmy although I’m not quite ready for tee shirts. The Bangorites are—they’re in tee shirts, no shirts, sun dresses, and more, or rather less.
I love the chamberpot chimneys, especially obvious here walking down to the harbor.
The collection of prehispanic flutes is fabulous, all 325 pieces of it, twice as many as I thought. As is typical, the circumstances have been challenging, beginning with clearing a seminar room of boxes, books, memorabilia, chairs, a piano cover and more; then finding another table & moving it in. Then I started thinking about lights, the next big challenge; there are no compact florescent daylight bulbs to be had. This reminded me of the saying that the English and the Americans are two peoples divided by a common language.
And what a lovely seminar room it is. Eventually I adapted to the large bay window and turned my photography set up around, to let in the light! So what if I can’t shoot at night; I can shoot with daylight, the best light.
In the middle of this, I hiked up Trefern mountain with a Thursday hiking group, a gaggle of wonderful people. I was well cared for with my borrowed fleece and jacket, as well as waterproof pants & gaiters—just in case. We scrambled over large boulders and loose shale, through bogs dense with moss, through the cloud layer to the top, where we stopped for lunch along with several groups of hikers and rock climbers. There, on one of the three highest mountains in Wales at about 3000’, the clouds were drifting in and out, revealing and concealing the craggy tips of other mountains as well as glacier valleys and rivers below. Stunningly beautiful in the clear air.
After the hike, I felt that none of the niggley organizational details of working with the collection could bother me. And what a wonderful collection it proved to be. What a gift! the freedom of time with these all these beings, taking pictures, playing, measuring, examining….