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Als je uit je jeugd iets niet kan herrinneren, een zwart gat is, dat is het heel simpel voor me. Er is iets gebeurd wat je heb weg gestopt. Dus is de vraag, hoe vreselijk was dat toen en wat is er dan gebeurd. Deel 2

floris3Ik heb nu het gevoeld dat ik ergens bij hoor. Dat ik mijn roots heb gevonden. Maar of het allemaal waar is. Ik heb nog wel heel veel vragen.

Natuurlijk blijf ik ridder in hart en nieren. Dat heef niets, helemaal niets met mijn verleden te maken. Die interessen is in 1970 gekomen via de Televisie, de series Floris en Ivanhoe.

castEn natuurlijk wil ik nog van alles weten. Waarom bijvoorbeeld kon men rond 1950 zomaar met iemand ongetrouwd gaan samen wonen. Er is totaal niet van te vinden. Als je op Google kijkt, kom je alleen de woonvormen van deze tijd tegen. Althans, dat kan ik vinden.

Er zijn nog zoveel vragen. Maar ik weet maar al te goed dat er in mijn generatie niets is op geschreven. Ik kan er allemaal niets over vinden. Vragen aan die personen is niet mogelijk, omdat deze al lange tijd zijn overleden.

16265980_1515435895152701_332728251334445936_nHoe het ook bekjk, dat er toen iets gebeurt moet zijn, is voor mij in de loop der jaren wel duidelijk geworden. De vraag is en blijft, wat is er dan gebeurt?

Ik heb in het verleden vaak een medium geraat pleegt. Maar ik kan blijkbaaar niet duidelijk zijn. Ik heb er zelf bij eentje het gevoel gehad dat ik moest zeggen hoe ze/hij het moest doen. Mijn vraag is dan, wie is hier de kenner? Als ik het allemaal zo goed zou weten het hoe en wat hij/zij moet doen, heb ik hem/haar toch niet nodig. Dat zal wel kort door de bocht zijn. Maar als ik iets wil weten wat er de eerste tien jaar van mijn leven is gebeurt, kan ik daar toch niets meer over zeggen.

eze zaak hou me al jaren bezig en zal tot het einde me altijd bezig houden. Tenzij……..

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Als je uit je jeugd iets niet kan herrinneren, een zwart gat is, dat is het heel simpel voor me. Er is iets gebeurd wat je heb weg gestopt. Dus is de vraag, hoe vreselijk was dat toen en wat is er dan gebeurd.

Op het moment van dit schrijven, ben ik 62 jaar oud. Ik weet ook totaal niet hoe ik eigenlijk moet beginnen of hoe ik dit moet opschrijven.

Van de eerste 10 jaar van mijn leven weet ik niets. Was het onbezorgen????? Ik zou het niet weten, ik denk het niet?Wat ik wel weet is de verhalen die mij over die tijd zijn verteld. Nu is dat bepaald niet een erg positief geweest. Zeg maar op zijn zacht, een heel vervelende persoon moet ik geweest zijn, die eigenlijk alles fout heb gedaan, wat maar fout kan/kon gaan.

Nu heb ik zelf zoiets van, nee, dat kan niet, gezien hoe ik nu ben ………

Waar ik intussen wel ben achter gekomen is, dat mijn verleden toch heel anders geweest moeten zijn geweest,als mij dat ooit verteld is. Lees goed, ik schrijf “geweest moeten zijn”. Ik heb geen bewijs en er iets over vinden is voor mij niet mogelijk (tot nu toe, dan.

Maar ik moet zeggen, dat ik er allemaal heel blij mee ben en dat het enorm goed voel. Dus geen misverstand daar over.

Vreemd is nu dan ook allang niet meer, dat mensen uit Surinamen een hele belangrijke rol hebben gespeeld, en nu nog steeds.

In 1973 ben ik geintereseert in Indianen. Veel later (1990, denk ik) in de Inheemse Indianen in Surinamen. En weer veel later (in 2012 of zo) in de Columbiaanse Indianen.

73f5c8d9e0c34853221651a6279de1abMaar hoe ik het ook zie, hoe ik er ook achter gaat komen. Dat een land en de mensen uit Surinamen, altijd een rol hebben gespeeld in mijn leven. De eerste kleurling die ik ontmoette (in 1960) was iemand uit Surinamen. De enige verklaring die ik daar voor kan verzinnen is, dat mijn bloed ook een procent of 6 gekleurd is.

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Who Was King Arthur Really?

 

Posted on April 25, 2015 by Nu Christ

Who was King Arthur, the mysterious Celtic king, who defended the post-Roman England against the Saxon invaders without leaving any historic records?

who-was-arthur-reallyThe origin of the name Arthur or Arturus is as obscure as his life. It’s an artificial word that can be linked to meanings like bearman, or king. Some etymologists suggest that it could also stem from the Latin name Artōrius. According to Latin Gematria, Arturus adds up to 106, the same value as the Hebrew for the phrase Yah’s messenger (MLAKYH), counselor or emperor (MLYKV), and the phrase He praises God (YHLLAL). These associations give us a first clue that King Arthur wasn’t a king-king, but a metaphor for someone or something else.

King Arthur’s Father Uther Pendragon

Uther Pendragon means The Terrible, the Head of the Dragon (Uther stems from the Welsh uthr, meaning terrible). Since ancient times, the dragon symbolizes the raw, bodily life-power that animates living beings. In the East the dragon-power or snake-force is known as Kundalini.

Stepping on the dragon’s head is a metaphor for controlling the dragon-force and engaging it in the great work – the spiritualization of personality (the chariot). The control over the dragon-force is also illustrated by the Pentagram, the symbol of white magic.

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The upper most tip represents the human soul (as well as spirit or ether) and the lower four tips the four elements. Everything is fine as long as we are on top of the four elements. Otherwise the elements push us around and the Pentagram turns into a symbol of black magic. That’s when the dragon gets a head and it seems that the elements have intelligence and power over our soul.

Some Mary and Fortuna statues step on a serpent’s head. These women symbolize a pure and balanced mind. The control of the dragon-force is also illustrated in Tarot card 8, (the red lion is the same thing as the serpent force). Tarot card 8 shows that strength (the Secret of All Spiritual Activities) is a matter of habit (the woman represents subconsciousness) and love (the wreath of roses formed like the number eight).

So, who was Uther Pendagron? Uther stands for our (terrible) ego or immature self-consciousness. In it’s natural state, our ego is competitive and cunning; hence, it doesn’t surprise that Uther was a warlord. As the head of the dragon he employed the life-power for selfish ends.

Uther died on the battlefield when he was challenged by Odin in disguise. This has a deeper meaning too: since God (Odin) is everything, every adversary (karma) is Odin in disguise.

On a side note: The 20th lunar mansion, Ardra, is ruled by the dragon’s head. People born in this lunar mansion may be attracted to black magic, sorcery, exorcism, crime, and can have a cunning inclination.

King Arthur’s Childhood

If Uther symbolizes a selfish ego, what does his son Arthur stand for?

Arthur was conceived without Uther’s knowledge, who died before he could receive the good news. Arthur grew up under the patronage of a foster father – Merlin, the famous wizard. Successors are supposed to take their parent’s legacy to a new level, so, Arthur stands for a spiritually awakened self-consciousness. He hadn’t perfected the great work yet, he had just seen the light and realized that there is more to life than justconquering and ruling.

In this respect, Arthur compares to Israel. Israel means He-Who-Shall-Rule-As-God-Rules. Israel is a promise: perform the great work and you will be in control like God (Israel began the great work and Jesus Christ perfected it).

On a side note: covenant means promise too, it’s God’s promise to give us a splendid life after we accomplish the great work.

Merlin, The Hierophant

Merlin was not just a Celtic wizard, he stands for wisdom in general, as well as the sixth sense (intuition), and the small inner voice – the priest whisperer. He is pictured in Tarot card 5 as the hierophant or instructor of mysteries.

Are you surprised by the fact that Merlin already instructed and assisted the selfish Uther? Don’t be. We are always guided, however, materialistic our agenda. Mind that Jesus Christ began as Jesus, the Nazarene, and Nazareth means guided-one.

Merlin had the gift of the third eye. Once, a Celtic king tried to build a mountain fortress, but the mountain kept shaking and the building collapsing. Deep inside the mountain, Merlin saw two dragons – a white and a red one – living in a subterranean pool. These two were continuously quarreling and kept the mountain shaking. Superficially, this was  interpreted as the Celtic-Saxon war that kept troubling the kingdom of England; however, the red and white dragon could also be taken as the two sidekicks of Kundalini, the male and female forces winding around the spine through the nadis Ida and Pingala. The depth of the mountain is the base of the spine sometimes referred to as an abyss.

On a side note: The Old Testament equivalent of Kundalini is Leviathan. Leviathan means coiled or twisted. The Wikipedia article gives thirty-four quotes, mainly from Job 41. Mind this one: Can you pull in the leviathan with a fishhook or tie down his tongue with a rope? The fish-hook is Tzaddi, the letter associated with Tarot card 17, The Star, which signifies – among other things – meditation.

On a second side note: the red and white dragon may also represent the white (2nd) and red (3rd) stage of the great work.

On a third side note: the first picture Merlin and the Knight hints at Tarot card 7, the Chariot. The chariot represents personality, the sphinxes the senses, the (invisible) reigns the mind and the charioteer the Higher Self. Why is there also a knight in that picture? The knight is the ego (King Arthur), like Arjuna and Chrishna in the Bhagavad Gita.

Uther’s Sword

Whoever takes the sword will perish by the sword. – Jesus Christ.

Since Uther didn’t know that he had a legal heir when he died on the battlefield, he couldn’t appoint Arthur as his successor and therefore drove his sword into a rock, leaving it for the rightful heir to draw it out and claim kingship.

In spiritual psychology, the sword symbolizes the intellect (the mental ability to differentiate). The intellect is tempered through experiences – that’s Uther’s heritage. The sword in the rock, however, is a beautiful Alchemical image: the rock signifies the Philosopher’s Stone, the universal substance, or First Matter. Pulling the sword out of the stone means to discover the First Matter and that event is known to kick off the great work.

On a side note: in the Norse mythology of Siegfried his father Siegmund draws the sword out of a tree trunk (the Tree of Life).

Arthur was fifteen when he claimed the sword and kingship. 15 is an important number in Hebrew Gematria, since it’s the number of Yah – a short-form of Jehovah. Yah and Jehovah are associated with Chokmah (wisdom) and Hod (splendor), the 8th Sephirah, the latter signifying intellectual comprehension of wisdom. This is Israel’s state of mind, a person who is performing the great work – such a person has already an intellectual grasp of spiritual truths, but hasn’t achieved a full realization or gnosis yet.

Noteworthy, 15 is also the number of Abib (ABYB), the month of Exodus, which signifies the departure from a materialistic lifestyle (Egypt and the pharaoh – Uther) and the embarkation on the spiritual journey – the great work.

Excalibur

I didn’t come to bring peace, but a sword. – Jesus Christ.

Naturally, our intellect is separative and often deluded. As Einstein said: We should take care not to make the intellect our god. It has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.

In its natural state, the intellect can be equaled with Satan, the Slanderer and Mother of Lies and yes, Satan is an inner demon – an unregenerated intellect as Jung put it.

As long as we are like Uther, caught in a separative state of mind, we use our intellect mostly to analyze or destroy. And this holds true for a long time while we are already performing the great work. We tend to knock down our spiritual roadblocks, instead of working on our weaknesses. That’s why Uther’s sword didn’t last. When King Arthur met Lancelot, he destroyed the sword by stubbornly trying to subdue one of his personal traits (Lancelot is likely to signify Scorpio and sexuality).

King Arthur received a new, regenerated intellect in the form of Excalibur. The earliest form of Excalibur, Caladfwlch (Welsh), means Hard Lightning. Mind that both – steel and lightning – are associated with the planet Mars and Tarot card 16, The Tower. Later, Caladfwlch metamorphosed into Caliburn (meaning to cut steel) and became Excalibur in the French version of the King Arthur’s myth. The Latinization of Excalibur, Caliburnus, has some interesting Gematria in store for us. Caliburnus adds up to 108, as does the Hebrew for to grasp, to hold (AZQ) – that’s the intellect again. The second interesting association is the Hebrew for to be sharp as well as to be gold (spelled ChMS). The latter hints at the intellect’s ambivalence and its transformation into Mercury, the Universal Solvent (that’s Alchemy).

The sword bearer was a woman known by various names. The two most important are Nimue and Vivienne. Nimue was a water goddess. This links back to the Gematria of Caliburnus, since 108 is also the value of MNHYG, meaning driver. MNHYG is used in the phrase MNHYG H’AChDVTh, Driver of Unities or Driver of the Chariot (we are back to the first post picture). This is the title of the 13th path on the Tree of Life, the path of Gimel, connecting Kether and Tiphareth, the Father and the Son. Gimel is the letter of Tarot card 2, the High Priestess. Have a look and you won’t have difficulties understanding who Nimue is.

On a side note: Nimue or the High Priestess is also the clue to the spiritual meaning of Christ’s virgin birth. Mind that the literal meaning of knight is Christ-awakened-being (Israel or King Arthur).

On a second side note: 108 is also the value of MYNCh, which are the waters of Noah giving a clue to the meaning of the deluge in the context of the great work. The water of the deluge originates in the robe of the High Priestess, the deluge is shown in Tarot card 20, Judgment.

Vivienne, the Lady of the Lake, gives us a bigger picture since she had been Merlin’s spouse. When he was young, Merlin had fallen in love with Vivienne and transferred all his wisdom to her. Viviane (ab)used her powers to imprison Merlin. The stories differ in describing Merlin’s trap, sometimes it’s a spiral crystal tower suspended in the air, sometimes a tree trunk, and sometimes beneath a stone. This story  is a beautiful allegory of Chokmah’s and Binah’s interaction on the Tree of Life. Binah receives and encapsulates the life-power that she receives from Chokmah into her substance. As she does so, she creates the World’s Light, the heavenly substance from which all universes were created, formed, and made.

This concurs with Genesis 1.2-3 where Elohim’s waters receive the Spirit and produce the world’s light. Mind that one of Binah’s title is the Great Sea, meaning she is the mother of Vivienne, the Lake Lady. Why is Vivienne Binah’s daughter? Because Binah is concerned with creation and Vivienne with evolution. Accordingly, Excalibur is the sword of evolution. Excalibur wasn’t drawn out of the stone (the First Matter), but out of the water, the heavenly substance, which is known as the Kingdom of Heaven (Jesus), the Stone of the Wise (Alchemy) or the Sacred Grail (the King Arthur myth).

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On a side note: the relationship between God Mother (Binah) and Vivienne provides a clue to the understanding of the two Shekinah – the heavenly and earthy.

Jesus’ Two Swords

Uther’s sword is the sword of creation. Creation proceeds by continuous division, starting with God (in the beginning Elohim separated the heaven and earth), and carries on until the appearance of the infinite kaleidoscope – the physical universe.

The sword of creation is sacred, but can become destructive in the affairs of humans. That’s the sword by which we will perish in case we take and keep it.

Excalibur, on the other hand, is the sword that Jesus brought instead of peace, but mind that he didn’t mean people, but rather ignorance and selfishness. Excalibur is destructive too, but only to wrong thinking and negative feeling. It is wielded by the woman in Tarot card 11, Justice, who eliminates and cuts away all errors until only truth and love remains. Noteworthy, the Astrological connection of Tarot card 11 is Libra, which rules the kidneys, who eliminate bodily waste.

Having said all this, these two swords are still one and the same (understanding). There aren’t two swords only two way of using it. This is shown by the Gematria of 67, which includes Binah, zain (ZYN, sword), but also the Latin Jesus.

King Arthur’s Kingship

The word King rings a clear bell in the ears attuned to Qabalah. It’s a title of Tiphareth, the sixth Sephirah, which is the sphere of Adam and Christ, who symbolize the One Self of mankind. Mind that in a spiritual context, King Arthur didn’t become king. With the help of Excalibur and the High Priestess he became aware of his true identity and resurrected the Inner Christ, who reclaimed his kingship over personality. This is the true meaning of the Second Coming of Christ.

His kingdom is, of course, Malkuth (literally kingdom), which signifies either the physical universe or the physical body.

King Arthur and Queen Guinevere

King Arthur’s wife and queen was Guinevere, which means White Enchantress, or Fair Fay. In Qabalah, both queen and bride refer to Malkuth, in particular, the matter from which the physical universe and body are made. Accordingly, Guinevere wasn’t a woman-woman, but rather the First Matter. On the Tree of Life, she rules Yesod, the Purified Intelligence – that’s where Guinevere’s fairness comes in. Mind that fair has various meanings, such as white, pure, just, bright, beautiful, and benign.

On a side note: the side story of Guinevere becoming the lover of Lancelot, the greatest knight, hints at the secret relationship between Mars and Venus. Mind also that Yesod is the seat of the regenerative powers of the world – the Mars force.

King Arthur’s Kingdom

The capital of King Arthur’s kingdom (the physical universe or physical body) was Camelot. The etymology of Camelot is obscure as well. Taken as a Latin word, it adds up to 61, offering the following Geometrical associations: gen (γην, Greek for earth), materia (Latin for substance), and the adown (ADVN, the Hebrew for master or lord.). Adonai is the name under which God rules Malkuth, the physical universe.

But the Gematria of 61 also hints at the physical body, since it embraces the terms NVH (Hebrew for home or habitation) and aniy (ANY, the Hebrew for I or myself), symbolizing our self-consciousness – that which inhabits and rules the body.

Camelot stood besides a river, downstream from a place called Astolat. Not much is said about Astolat, except that it was the home of the fair maidenElaine. Taking the word downstream as a clue, Astolat would be Yesod as well. The downwards stream is mezla, the Influence, that originates in Kether and flows through all Sephiroth and paths. Mezla turns into a four-fold stream when it flows into Malkuth. This rhymes with the four-fold river that flows out of the Garden of Eden (likely to be Yesod as well).

Camelot was surrounded by large plains and forests (Yesod’s fertility), and owned a magnificent cathedral, referring to the fact that the human body is God’s temple. In this respect, Camelot is Kether of Malkuth (Yekhidah, the Indivisible).

When the great work is accomplished, Camelot will descend and turn the body into the New Jerusalem, a city that isn’t in need of a temple anymore, since it can host God and Christ. The New Jerusalem was described as a cube with twelve gates, which signify the twelve zodiacs. Analogue, the center of Camelot was the king’s court that hosted the Knight’s Round Table of twelve seats (just like Jesus’ twelve disciples).

The Sacred Grail

The Grail Quest is an allegory of the great work. It’s a complex subject and deserves a blog post on its own. Interesting for this post is the fact that the Sacred Grail healed King Arthur’s illness that caused him and the entire kingdom (Malkuth, the body) to deteriorate. When the Sacred Grail was found and brought to King Arthur, he had a vision and exclaimed that the king and his kingdom are one. This refers to the Alchemical secret that the First Matter (Yesod or Malkuth’s substance) is identical with mankind (the Cosmic Christ) – that’s the same thing as the affinity between Christ and the Sacred Spirit.

King Arthur’s Death

King Arthur died in a battle fighting his son Mordred, who was either his nephew (and knight) or his son conceived by his sister Morgan Le Fey in incest. In a spiritual context, incest isn’t a big deal, even Biblical patriarchs committed a lot of incests without God complaining. Why is this so? Because we are talking about the marriage of forces and powers, not people.

Anyways, Mordred was a cunning person and therefore represents our selfish ego that tries to usurp personality as long as it exists (same as Uther). It continuously fights back while we perform the great work (even Solomon was still fallible).

King Arthur’s final battle indicates an important milestone of the great work: when constructive and destructive mental forces assimilate each other into a spiritual state of mind – beyond good and evil. Another mystical description of this battle is Ragnaroek, the dawn of the gods, during which ambivalent gods kill each other to give way to a new world. The death of King Arthur and Mordred is paralleled by the duel between Heimdallr, the god of wisdom, and Loki, the mischievous god prankster (the intellect).

King Arthur’s After-Life

After King Arthur died, he migrated to Avalon – the legendary Celtic island. Avalon is derived from the Welsh afal, meaning apple. It has titles like the Island of the Blessed or Fortunate Island, since its fruits and crops grow magically and abundantly. The queen of Avalon was Morgan Le Fay. She was one of nine sisters – and yes we are back to Yesod, the ninth Sephirah on the Tree of Life (Avalon and Astolat may be two alternative names for the same realm).

On a side note: Morgan Le Fay was both King Arthur’s antagonist and rescuer (she healed him from his wounds, and she’s hugging him in the picture). This hints at the secret relationship between the Redeemer and Adversary, we elaborated in this post

Why All This Secrecy About King Arthur?

Well, at the time the King Arthur myth was fabricated, it was quite dangerous to promote spirituality, except in the forms that were sanctioned by the church. It is quite likely that Jesus Christ’s esoteric tradition found a temporary haven in British monasteries, remote from Italy and the Vatican. And it is likely too that the secret custodians of the great work wrapped the Arthur myth in chivalric storylines in order to catalyze its distribution (chivalric stories and songs were very much in fashion that time). They would do the same thing a few centuries later, by creating the Tarot and distributing ageless wisdom disguised as playing cards.

King Arthur’s Return

A couple of stories indicate that King Arthur didn’t die during his last battle, but was brought to Avalon to heal from his wounds. Supposedly, the king that was and shall be, is waiting there to return to Britain in the time of its greatest need – just like Jesus Christ – and bring back the Golden Age.

In a psychological context, King Arthur returns every time a baby is born. Each one of us is born as a King or Queen Arthur. Every one of us will, one day, see the light and draw the sword out of the stone. And when we work hard enough on our spiritual career, we will also receive Excalibur from the High Priestess and send out our twelve knights (twelve zodiacs) to seek the Sacred Grail.

In a spiritual context, King Arthur stands for the savior or liberator. But don’t think the Messiah (Christ) is a person. It’s  a power, an inner power to be precise. And as such it returns a few times every day to knock at the door of your mind, hoping you will allow more spirituality to enter into your mind and life.

Featured image attribution: “Merlin and the Knight” by Unknown engraver – The Rose, 1847, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

(1) “Idylls of the King 15″. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

(2) “Beguiling of Merlin” by Edward Burne-Jones – Scanned from Wildman, Stephen: Edward Burne-Jones: Victorian Artist-Dreamer, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998, ISBN 0870998595. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons –

(3) “Ladyofthelake1″ by Alfred Kappes – Taken from English Wikipedia at [1]. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

(4) “Merlin And Vivien by Speed Lancelot” by Speed Lancelot (1860-1931) – The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights, 1912., 9th edition. Ed. Sir James Knowles, K. C. V. O. London; New York: Frederick Warne and Co., 1912. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

(5) “Idylls of the King 3″ by Gustave Doré – Enid, by Lord Alfred Tennyson. London: Edward Moxon & Co., 1868. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

(6) “How Mordred was Slain by Arthur” by Arthur Rackham – The Camelot Project http://www.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/images/arm&a.htm. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

(7) “Frank William Warwick Topham Voyage of King Arthur and Morgan Le Fay to the Isle of Avalon 1888″ by Frank William Warwick Topham (1838-1924) – Sotheby’s New York, 27. Januar 2012, N08826, lot 652. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

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Five of the world’s creepiest abandoned mansions

 

Around the word many once opulent mansions have been deserted. The buildings are in sad shape with broken windows, roofs missing and crumbling brickwork.

Some have become homes for squatters and animals.

5 Mudhouse Road

One of these formerly majestic homes used to sit on Mudhouse Road near Lancaster, Ohio. Originally the land was owned by Abraham Kagy and Henry Byler, who sold it to Christian and Eleanor Rugh. The building was erected in about 1875. It was again sold in 1919 to Henry and Martha Hartman. The house was inherited by Lulu Hartman Mast upon the death of her father in 1930, and the property remains in the Mast family to this day.

As with most abandoned homes, locals have branded the home as being haunted. Stories of mass murder, children being killed and the like have run rampant for many years.

No one has lived in the home since the 1930s, and the owners have zealously guarded the property, pressing charges on anyone caught trespassing. Up until a fire destroyed the roof and some of the interior, the mansion may have been salvageable, but the Mast family steadfastly refused to sell. They also claimed that it would cost millions to refurbish the house back to a livable condition and meet standard codes. The house had only partial electricity and had no plumbing.

In September of 2015, the building was demolished. Locals lined the road to watch the old mansion come down. The demolition company attempted to salvage as much as possible, and many of these items are for sale with the family’s permission on

4 Cambusnethan House

In North Lanarkshire, Scotland, another deserted mansion sits forlornly empty. It was designed by James Gillespie Graham and completed in 1820. The Gothic Revival style home, called Cambusnethan House, or Cambusnethan Priory, replaced a Norman-age tower and manor house which had been destroyed by a fire sometime in 1816.

The original home had been surrounded by apple orchards, and it is rumored that a Mr. Paton, a gardener at Cambusnethan House bred a new apple variety called the Cambusnethan Pippin in the mid-1700s.

The owners were the Lockhart family, and the building had been in use until 1984 when another fire gutted the interior. The Scottish Civic Trust has listed the property as “At Risk” and in March of 2014 a group calling themselves Friends of Cambusnethan Priory was established in order to raise funds to save this historic structure. Donations can be made, and memories can be shared at www.cambusnethanpriory.com

3 Miranda Castle

mirandaMiranda Castle in Belgium was commissioned by the Liedekerke-De Beaufort family in 1866. The architect was an Englishman named Edward Milner who unfortunately passed away before the home was completed.

Reportedly, a French architect named Pelchner completed the building in 1903. The Liedekerke-De Beaufort family had been forced to flee France during the French Revolution and had settled in Belgium.

The family remained in the home until World War II when the occupants found themselves in the firing line during the Battle of the Bulge and were again forced to flee when Nazi army officials commandeered the building. In 1950, the National Railway Company of Belgium took over the property to house orphans and chronically sick children until the late 1970s. It was at that time that the house was affectionately dubbed “Château de Noisy” by the locals. In 1991, the castle was abandoned due to the high cost of maintenance. As with the previous properties mentioned, it has been subject to vandalism and fires. The municipality of Celles has suggested that they are interested in acquiring the property, but again, the owners have refused to sell. In 2013, the family applied for a permit to demolish the building but as of January 2106 the derelict building was still standing and a petition is being circulated on to save it from destruction.

2 The Liu Family Mansion of Taiwan

In 1929, the Three-Courtyard Mansion was commissioned by the Lin Ben Yuan family in Banqiao, Taiwan, to serve as a residence for the family. As leaders of the Zhangzhou immigrants, the family used the once stately home as headquarters until the end of the Japanese occupation of Taiwan ended in the 1950s.

There are numerous ghost stories regarding a suicide of a servant to the family and Japanese Imperial soldiers who occupied the building during the Japanese occupation and were wiped out during a battle on the property. Nearby trees have begun to encircle the hollow, abandoned mansion with roots and branches attempting to reclaim the land back into the jungle. Explorers have been visiting the area for so long that one ingenious entrepreneur has built a coffee shop called the Haunted Café next door to capitalize on the tourist trade. There are no plans to demolish the old mansion, and the property owners seem to welcome explorers and tourists.

1 The Tyrone House

tynone-houseThe Tyrone House, County Galway, Ireland was designed in the Palladian style by John Roberts of Waterford and built in 1779 for Christopher St. George, whose family owned a large tract of property in Kilcolgan in the 17th and 18th centuries. Originally, the entry hall boasted a life-size white marble statue of the second Lord St. George, dressed in the fashion of a Roman emperor and positioned beneath the St. George family crest.

Surrounded by fruit orchards, rose gardens, grape vineyards, and a deer sanctuary, the Tyrone house signified classical Irish design. The St. Georges also bred horses and were the founders of the Galway Races. Eventually, the St. George family left the home after clearing out the valuables which were distributed among family members.

By 1912, the manor house had already begun to decay. In the 1920s, during the Irish War of Independence, the Irish Republican Army destroyed the interior to keep it from being used as an infirmary by the Royal Irish Constabulary Special Reserve. There is a story that the elderly caretaker who was bedridden and unable to flee was taken, along with his bedroom furniture and bedding, to an outbuilding used as an office before the building was torched.

In the 1970s, the Tyrone House caught the attention of the Irish Georgian Society, but their attempt at purchasing the estate fell through. In 2004, the Galway City Council decided that the building would be purchased under a mandate similar to Eminent Domain, but the Irish government has yet to offer any funds to purchase the mansion.

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Vuur werk het land uit

 

Van de week had ik een discussie over vuur werk. Men vond dat maar niets, om het zacht te zeggen.

Okay, nu is dat een discussie waar je volgens mij nooit wil uit komen. Je heb voor standers en je heb tegen standers. En allebei hebben eigenlijk slechte argumenten.

Vuur werk moesten ze verbieden omdat …….. Ook in Rotterdam. Toen ik die persoon vertelde dat je dan toch bij de burgemeester moest zijn, want tenslotte had hij een vergunning afgegeven om op de Erasmusbrug in Rotterdam het nationale vuurwerk van daar te laten komen.

“Maar dat is anders” werd er me verteld.

Nu kan het het aan mij liggen, maar voorwerk is vuurwerk werk, en als dat verboden wilt hebben in een stad als Rotterdam, moet je toch bij de Gemeente/Burgemeester zijn, toch. En zeker mijn de schuld niet geven. Ik weet amper wat vuurwerk is, en vind het bovendien enorm gevaarlijk. Dus dat komt echt niet in mijn handen terecht. En mijn kinderen heb ik daar nooit en te nimmer in gesteund. Zelfs flink op gemopperd.

Ooit zelf een poesje (lapjeskat) gehad. Het was gewoon schandalig dat zij voor 12 jaar lang iedere oudjaar avond, naar boven vluchten en dan heel diep achter in, onder het bed ging liggen. Doods bang was ze. Kwam niet in de buurt, wan ze zou zo je ogen uit krabben. En dan was ze twee dagen onder het bed.

Alleen daar al om zou je ……..

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Verwisselen van een jaar

 

Het jaar 2016 is weer ten einde. Althans nog een paar dagen.

nieuw-jaarWas het een bewogen jaar? Weet ik veel. Wat ik wel weet heb ik een stuk minder geschreven op dit weblog dan anders. Of daar volgende jaar (2017) verandering in zal komen.

Zeker vanaf de zomer ben ik nog al thuis in de weer geweest. Andere bank, andere lamp, een Kroonluchter, kast op een andere plaats. Een paar middeleeuwse schilden, mijn harnas (Arthur) verschillende plaatsen gehad en wat meer van dit soort dingen.

Mijn dochter heeft een vriend gekregen en ook ook nog een ander huis. Geweldig leuk en mooi huis. Mijn kleinzoon is gelukkig een boefje gebleven. En Mijn Beertje is het einde van het jaar geweldig verlopen. Haar vader is door een operatie weer in goed conditie en tot slot om het goede nieuws helemaal goed te maken voor Mijn Beertje, ze is in blijde verwachting.

Dus als ik het zo bekijkt, mag ik niet zeuren over het afgelopen jaar. Dat zal ik dan ook niet doen. Wel verkouden het jaar uit gegaan en het nieuwe jaar weer in gegaan. Dus wat dat betreft, niets veranderd.

En de gordijnen er af gehaald. Die moeten ook eens een keer gewassen worden, toch. Want ondanks ik helemaal niet rook, vuil worden ze (helaas) toch. Dus het jaar maar goed begonnen. De was machine doet de rest wel van de week.

Ik wens een iedereen die dit weblog bezoek, een geweldig 2017. Maar er iets moois van.