My logical choice for picturing descent would be the stairs to my basement – but I’ll branch out a bit instead. Here’s a steep and winding staircase from “Our Lord in the Attic” in Amsterdam. Catholic Mass was outlawed in Amsterdam in the Alteration of 1578. The wealthy owner of this house built it in the 1660s with the entire top floor as a hidden Catholic Church, complete with resident Priest. In 1888 it was converted into a museum.
We happened to walk by Our Lord in the Attic on the way to the Oude Kerk (Old Church) on the last morning of our trip, and happily had time to stop in on our way back. There wasn’t quite enough light for pictures but I tried anyway, mostly for documentation in case someone needed to explain “this is why Sandy fell headfirst trying to walk down the stairs — she’s not that awkward, it was just really steep”. But on the bright side I did make it safely down.
I was glad this next one had a railing.
Now, back to my basement. Despite my efforts it’s still a catch-all hold-all hoarder’s dream. But I’ve already posted my before/after basement stairway photos so instead I’ll include something I found not long ago. I was more than a little surprised to open a box and (eeeek!) see this…
I think that skull is a good candidate for my most unusual “What’s this doing in my basement” find. Maybe I got overly dramatic with its portrait, but tonight is Halloween. The whole neighborhood is partying. Here’s a little something we saw on our walk this evening…
They look like they’re having fun, whether they’re off toward the stairway to Heaven or a descent into Hell (or maybe just a descent into a neighbor’s basement, to be packed away until they can come out for another ride next Halloween).
Do you have any skeletons in your closet? Or, how about skulls in your basement?
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