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1492 Amazing Grace

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January 11th, 2015 - 09:24 AM

1492 Amazing Grace

I blew up "The Notch". I think a painting trip to Killarney and the church of the great outdoors is equivalent and much preferred to any time spent in a bricks and mortar church... It is funny that the number of this painting is also the year that Columbus visited the new continent even though the Vikings arrived in late 1000 AD - Vinland and L'Anse aux Meadows. Three of Erik the Red's children visited the North American continent: his sons Leif and Thorvald, and their sister Freydis. Thorvald died there. Leif wintered in 1001, probably near Cape Bauld on the northern tip of Newfoundland, where one day his German foster father Tyrker was found drunk, on what the saga describes as "wine-berries." Squashberries, gooseberries, and cranberries all grew wild in the area. There are varying explanations for Leif apparently describing fermented berries as "wine."

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