Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Angelicum

Update: Oooops.

Forgot my "Demonized by the Left" gallery pic:

Today's offering is appropriate to the Dominican theme:

Tomás de Torquemada
(1420 – September 16, 1498)

was a fifteenth century Spanish Dominican, first Inquisitor General of Spain, and confessor to Isabella I of Castile. He was famously described by the Spanish chronicler Sebastián de Olmedo as "The hammer of heretics, the light of Spain, the saviour of his country, the honour of his order". He is known for his zealous campaign against the crypto-Jews and crypto-Muslims of Spain. He was one of the chief supporters of the Alhambra Decree, which expelled the Jews from Spain in 1492. The number of autos-de-fé during Torquemada's tenure as Inquisitor General have been hotly debated over the years, but the number is now generally put at about 2,200; with roughly half of these beings proxy burnings of straw figures.

Went up there this morning and got some pics.

I'm told the oranges are just coming ripe.

Morning constitutional.

The vile Victor Emmanuel Monument from over the garden wall.

Lemons not quite ready.

Lots of mums.

The oranges all over the ground beneath the trees give it the air of a place where a careless greengrocer has come and dropped his wares.

So, how's December where you are?

Having hailed from somewhat colder lattitudes, I was fascinated by the orange trees. To me, oranges don't come from trees. They come in boxes.

The hallowed halls.