Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Tuesday, 17 February 2015
Whilst staying on the Eastern Mediterranean part of Turkey, in an small coastal town called Side (pronounced see-deh), we decided to embark upon a trip to near the central part of Turkey, visiting a region of great interest, called Cappadocia, the home of the mystical ,
' FAIRY CHIMNEYS'.
The breathtaking view that greeted us.
FABULOUS! Something we shall never forget.
We boarded a coach with enormous windows that gave us stunning views of this amazing, phenomenally ancient place,
It was almost like a 3-D space movie.
Whilst we gazed in wonder, the soundtrack from the '2001 Space Odyssey' filtered through, totally awesome!
Cappadocia with the many homes that are built into the rocks, forming cave like dwellings. There are some lovely boutique hotels, in the centre along with locantas' and designer shops.. sadly, the 21st century rears it's ugly side, but then, one has to go with the times, people have to earn a living. I will only buy traditional Turkish goods.
Cappadocia is said to be one of Turkey's most extraordinary treasures.
The utter improbability of the landscape really has to be seen to be believed, with it's fairy tale cave dwellings , the amusing phallic cones and the warm colour and texture of the rocks.
The cave homes at night.
invited into one, along with several other
We were given some Turkish coffee then, an
old lady appeared and proceeded to show us
beautiful hand woven lace table cloths, they were gorgeous.
Needless to say, I succumbed, and purchased a beautiful cloth with real gold thread running through, complete with tiny hand woven tassels, edging it.
It only comes out at Christmas, Easter, and high and holy days.
I shall write again, when the opportunity arises, and publish pictures of the Fantastic fabrics, carpets and pottery, mementoes, brought home from our Fabulous Turkish adventures.
I could write forever about Turkey,,, but enough for one day..
Sincere thanks to the most famed Denise for devising this fabled and interesting blog site. ABCW has given many folk an opportunity to sit back and write whatever comes to mind for the relevant letter.
It is also most fortunate that we have the fair -minded Roger to facilitate our efforts with great fortitude.
Felicitations to one and all....... Di..xx
Tuesday, 10 February 2015
Among the many wonderful memories of our holidays in Turkey, are of a visit to the most amazing ruins, I have ever seen.
We stood on the top of a hill and looked down upon the most wondrous sight ever. There was a long road lined by pillars which lead to the Library of Celcus.
The beautiful turquoise blue sky created a wonderful backdrop for façade of the library.
Ephesus is the site of an ancient city, and it is the best preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean. It is among the best places in the world to get a feel what life was like in Roman times. Ancient Ephesus was a great trading and religious city, a centre for the cult of Cybele, the Anatolian fertility goddess. Under the influence of the Ionians Cybele became Artemis, the virgin goddess of the hunt and the moon.
A fabulous temple was built in her honour. When the Romans took over and made this the province of Asia, Artemis became Diana and Ephesus became the Roman provincial capital. It's temple of Diana was counted among the Seven Wonders of the World.
The Great Theatre.
I can't believe we actually sat in the centre of this theatre. I believe visitors are restricted to where they can walk, now, as it is crumbling in parts. There is presently a programme in place restoring it.
When I have the opportunity, I shall write more about our visits to Turkey, it is such a special place and holds many wonderful memories for us.
My sincere thanks to the ever entertaining Denise, for devising this most excellent ABCW blog site and also to Roger, for his earnest endeavours in the administration of the site.
Monday, 26 January 2015
I just love cats they are so cute! As so many people know I have a much loved cat called 'Princess Chloe'. She is the light of my life, wherever I am in the house she is never far from my side, except when she slopes off to a suitable warm place for her afternoon nap. When I am tapping away on my keyboard she curls up on my lap, occasionally making her input by tapping the keyboard.
Princess Chloe aged 13 years.
T. S. Lewis. wrote the most enchanting stories about Cats, his book called
'Old Possums Book of Practical Cats'
was turned into a musical and called CATS which was a smash hit worldwide.
Who can forget the celebrated singer and actress, Elaine Page's wonderful performance of 'Memory' in Cats'.
This recording launched her into a fabulous, enduring career, she went on to star in Evita, Chess and many more wonderful Lloyd Webber music.
Macavity by T S Lewis.
Macavity is a mystery cat : he's called the hidden paw -
For he's the master CRIMINAL who can defy the law.
He's the bafflement of Scotland yard, the Flying Squad's despair.
For when they reach the scene of CRIME - Macavity's not there!
And they say that all the CATS who's wicked deeds are widely known
( I might mention Mungojerrie, I might mention Griddlebone)
Are nothing more than agents for the cat who all the time
just controls their operations the Napoleon of crime!( 1st and last verse)
This is part of T S Lewis's .
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.
My thanks to the creative Denise for devising ABCW and the careful Roger for being the administrator, also not forgetting all the little helpers in the team, Wil, Gattina, Joy Leslie, (come back soon leslie we miss you), Pheno et al,All good wishes to my new found friends in ABCW, and hoping to make many more, from Di xx
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Hilaire Belloc has to be amongst my favourite poets I particularly liked his funny poems, here is one of them it is called.......
In little girls is slamming doors
A wealthy banker's little daughter
Who lived in Palace green, Bayswater
(By name Rebecca Offendort)
Was given to this furious sport
She would deliberately go
And slam the doors like billy-o!
to make her Uncle Jacob start,
She was not really bad at heart,
But only rather rude and wild;
She was an aggravating child....
It happened that a marble bust
of Abraham was standing just
Above the door this little lamb
Had carefully prepared to slam,
And down it came! It knocked her flat!
It laid her out ! She looked like that.
Her funeral sermon (which was long
And followed by a sacred song)
Mentioned her virtues, it is true,
But dwelt upon her vices too,
And showed the dreadful end of one
Who goes and slams the door for fun.
Hilaire Belloc 1870 -1953 was an Anglo French writer and historian. He was also a known orator, poet, sailor, satirist, man of letters, soldier, and political activist.
His most enduring legacy must be his verse, particularly his humorous 'Cautionary Tales For Children. A great favourite with our family which included 'Matilda Told Such Dreadful Lies' and was eventually burned to death. I was tempted to include this too but time and space disallows! So more of Hilaire Belloc at a later date!My thanks to the bonny lass Denise for creating ABCW and our brainbox admin man Roger for keeping us all in line... Best Wishes Di.... ABCW team.
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Archimedes was born c.287 B.C. in Syracuse Sicily. He was an ancient Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer inventor and astronomer.
Little is known of his early life and it is not known whether he married or had children. His father's name was Phidias and was an astronomer, little is known of him and his life.
An amusing anecdote about Archimedes tells of how he invented a method for determining the volume of an object with an irregular shape.
A votive crown for King Hiero, who had supplied the pure gold to be used and Archimedes was asked to determine whether some silver had been substituted by the dishonest goldsmith. Archimedes had to solve the problem without damaging the crown so he could not melt it down into a regular shaped body in order to calculate it's density.
Whilst taking a bath he noticed that the level of the water rose when he got in, and realised that this effect could be used to determine the volume of the crown. His theory was proved that the density was lower and cheaper that less dense metals had been added.
He was so excited that he jumped out of the bath and forgetting to get dressed he ran through the streets naked crying 'Eureka'- Greek meaning, " I have found it".
Amongst many of his theories and inventions he invented the hydraulic screw.
This was used to pump bilge (water) out of the hull of a ship that he designed called the Syracusia.
The hydraulic screw has many uses particularly in irrigation by transporting water along channels.
137 years after Archimedes death the Roman Orator Cicero embarked upon a search for Archimedes tomb. It was eventually discovered near the Agrigentine Gate in Syracuse
|Cicero discovering the tomb.|
There is so much more to write about this remarkable man, and as I've long had a deep admiration of his works, I hope to write more as we proceed with ABCW ROUND 16.
My favourite yarn is his 'Eureka' moment. This is something I learned in primary school during science lessons. I can remember sniggering, with the rest of my class mates, at the thought of a wrinkly old man running through the streets stark naked !
EUREKA ! indeed.
My thanks to the AMAZING Denise for devising ABCW and the much ADMIRED Roger for keeping us all together, in our quest to write about whatever captures our imagination.