I picked up several cheap CDs of my favourite genre at the local flea market this morning, plus Jill and I being, in sync with each other, each separately bought unused marine charts of Rottnest Island from the same seller for two bucks. We've been keeping our eyes open for one of these for some time because they are quite expensive to buy at chart shops. Now we have two. We later had a laugh about our mutual purchases when we met up.
But Jill had the best find of the day at another stall. She bought three empty photograph frames for a dollar the lot and the seller included the glass framed lithograph of an 1839 water colour by Scottish artist David Roberts (1796 – 1864) titled El deir, Petra 1839. You may recognise the place as Al Khazneh, which frequently gets a mention in TV docos involving Middle East tourism. The ancient ruins of Petra are in Jordan, which apparently is still relatively peaceful. Anyone familiar with the Petra site can see the artist used a bit of Victorian imagination to remove the rough sandstone cliffs from which the tomb was hewn.
El deir, Petra 1839 - David Roberts (1796 – 1864)
Jill and I would like to spend a week or so hiking about at Petra in the same manner we periodically do at Rottnest.
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