Well, it's good to be back home, but the summer's over and the work season has begun again. June brings in a lot of rainy weather as usual, so the storms are probably going to last for a while. I wonder if anyone here felt the earthquake that happened just recently... at first I thought I was just imagining the shaking, but then it sunk in around 15 seconds into the rumble.
Just for fun, I've been experimenting a bit with the look of my social networking hubs. I can't get over the vibrant allure of malachite as an artistic natural texture. I've had the chance to see massive examples of this semi-precious gemstone during my trip to Russia.
Large vase-like decor and pillars as tall as trees were just some of the magnificent examples of Russian craftsmanship through history. They made use of gold-gilded walls and statues quite a lot as well. Even the tops of many cathedrals had a large amount of gold covering them. I found out that the gold gilding process back then made use of a mercury-gold mixture poured as a hot coating over the object. The mercury would later on be separated, leaving the object to shine brightly because of the gold cover. -That's what our guide mentioned anyway.