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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

ABC Wednesday, Greece, H for Hosios Lukas

On our way  we visited several churches and monasteries. This monastery is dedicated to the holy Lukas who was a hermit and healer.
Osias Loúkas was born in Aegina in 906 AD.
When he died in 953 the first monastery cells and the first small church were already built.

In 1011 this late-Byzantine  church was finished.



This post is dedicated to the letter H, and we thank Mrs. Denise Nesbitt for creating this meme. You can participate in this game. You only should find a photo or a subject in poetry or the name of a famous person....beginning with H.

And... please refer to Mrs. Nesbitt and the ABC on Wednesday. You can also put the logo in your sidebar or post. If you have any problems please contact one of the team members.

 

The interior of the church is worth seeing too! With many frescoes about the life of Jesus.

 

 


Jesus appears to his disciples and shows his wounds to Thomas



Jesus washes the feet of his disciples




 

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Our World Tuesday,ABC Wednesday , G for Greece

This week we have arrived at the letter G, which inspires me to write something about Greece, the cradle of the western civilisation.
Greece is having a very difficult time now. We hope that their new government can help them back to a better economic situation. We hope Creece will stay in the European Community.






Wikipedia says:"

The Phaistos Disc, found in the Minoan palace of Phaistos in Crete.


Greek territories and colonies during the Archaic period (750-550 BC).

The earliest evidence of the presence of human ancestors in the Balkans, dated to 270,000 BC, is to be found in the Petralona cave, in the northern Greek province of Macedonia..........  Neolithic settlements in Greece, dating from the 7th millennium BC, are the oldest in Europe by several centuries, as Greece lies on the route via which farming spread from the Near East to Europe.



The first time I travelled to Greece was in April 2007. We started in Thessaloniki where we stayed 2 nights. One of the first sights was the church in Philippi dedicated to Lydia, a seller of purple.
(Acts 16: 11-22).
Wikipedia:" Tyrian purple , also known as Tyrian red, royal purple, imperial purple or imperial dye, is a bromine-containing reddish-purple natural dye. It is a secretion produced by one or more species of predatory sea snails in the family Muricidae, rock snails originally known by the name Murex."





                        Inside the church there is a magnificent dome, the painting of which is representing   
                         Jesus being baptized by Johnt he Baptist.Look at those colours!





Outside the church a service was going on near the water where Lydia was said to have been baptized by Saint Paul.

After Philippi we went to see the ruins of an agora where Paul preached in a  former court of justice,
which was called"basilica" by the Christian community.









Some parts and sights I shall write about in other posts, but now I can show you something of Delphi,


 Every body has heard the expression "it's an oracle of Delphi", not knowing what it means.

I'll write more about it later.
Delphi was considered to be the centre of the world in ancient times .
Legend has it that Zeus took two eagles and let them loose in two opposite directions. The place where they met was called Delphi.





Wikipedia :
Delphi is both an archaeological site and a modern town in Greece on the south-western spur of Mount Parnassus in the valley of Phocis. In myths dating to the classical period of Ancient Greece (510-323 BC), the site of Delphi was believed to be determined by Zeus when he sought to find the centre of his "Grandmother Earth" (Ge, Gaea, or Gaia). He sent two eagles flying from the eastern and western extremities, and the path of the eagles crossed over Delphi where the omphalos, or navel of Gaia was found.".


















 A visit to the Meteora was very surprising. See later post.

 A church dedicated to Saint Sophia



                                                         
 Acropolis


These are just a few photos of Greece, more are to follow in the next few weeks.

Greece is a country of ancient religion and Christianity, a country of highly developed culture and impressive architecture surrounded by beautiful nature. 


 We arrived at the sixteenth round of ABC Wednesday and the letter G. See more lovely and interesting words starting with G. Click on the logo in the sidebar and refer please to the ABC on Wednesday meme  and Mrs Nesbitt.

Welcome to Our World Tuesday! This meme continues in memory of the work of Klaus Peter, whose "that's My World" brought people together from around the world every Monday to share the wonders therein--big and small.Please click on our  logo for "Our World Tuesday" in the sidebar. Thank you Team of O. W. T.!


Thursday, 19 February 2015

We are not at war with Islam...






 Barack Obama says:

"We are not at war with Islam"...


"Religion is not responsible for terrorism, people are..."


"I’m thinking of a little girl named Sabrina who last month sent me a Valentine’s Day card in the shape of a heart.  It was the first Valentine I got.  (Laughter.)  I got it from Sabrina before Malia and Sasha and Michelle gave me one.  (Laughter.)  So she’s 11 years old.  She’s in the 5th grade.  She’s a young Muslim American.  And she said in her Valentine, “I enjoy being an American.”  And when she grows up, she wants to be an engineer -- or a basketball player.  (Laughter.)  Which are good choices. (Laughter.)  But she wrote, “I am worried about people hating Muslims…If some Muslims do bad things, that doesn’t mean all of them do.”  And she asked, “Please tell everyone that we are good people and we’re just like everyone else.”  (Applause.)  Now, those are the words -- and the wisdom -- of a little girl growing up here in America, just like my daughters are growing up here in America.  “We’re just like everybody else.”  And everybody needs to remember that during the course of this debate. "

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

ABC Wednesday, F for Free- Range

Free Range Eggs for Sale


Free Range Chickens





ABC is created by Denise Nesbitt. It has been an enormous success. We arrived at the sixteenth round and the letter E. See more lovely and interesting words starting with F. Click on the logo in the sidebar and refer please to the ABC on Wednesday meme  and Mrs Nesbitt.

 

Wikipedia says:" Free-range eggs are eggs produced from birds that are permitted outdoors for at least part of the day. The term "free-range" may be used differently depending on the country and the relevant laws.


Eggs from indoor-only chickens might also be labelled Cage-free, Barn, Barn-roaming or Aviary. This is different from birds that are reared in systems labelled as Battery cages or Furnished cages."

You will understand that I 'll never buy eggs produced  from birds in battery cages. There are people who say that the "battery eggs" taste less good, as the chickens are confined in  small cages and are forced to produce eggs without a break.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

ABC Wednesday, E for Edith an Edwardian Lady





Small uprightStJohn's Wort  Stinging Nettle, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Sweet

Branched Bur Reed, Common Flowering Rush  
  Spotted Palmate Orchis,  Rosebay Willow Herb

 




Giant Campanula and Common Agrimony



All my friends and relatives know that  I collect English books. During the time I was studying English I got many beautiful books. And one day I got "The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady" by Edith Blackwell Holden, in English and not long after this also the Dutch translation of this book.
The book consists of a collection of poetry and drawings of plants, insects and birds.


Wikipedia says:

"Edith Blackwell Holden (1871–1920) was a British artist and part-time art teacher, known in her time as an illustrator of children's books.. Much influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement, she specialized in painting animals and plants. Holden was made famous by the posthumous publication, in 1977, of her Nature Notes for 1906 under the title The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady. She was living in Gowan Bank, Kineton Green Road, Olton, Solihull in 1905-6 when she recorded the notes. The collection of seasonal observations, poetry, and pictures of birds, plants, and insects —which was never even considered for publication when it was composed—had the nostalgic charm of a vanished world seven decades later. It became a world-wide best seller."

 

 




Hazel Nuts and Acorns




ABC is created by Denise Nesbitt. It has been an enormous success. We arrived at the sixteenth round and the letter E. See more lovely and interesting words starting with E.Click on the logo in the sidebar.



                          Meadow Buttercup, Common Bugle, Yellow Heartsease,          
                                                 Large Flowered Bitter Cress,  Yellow Weasel Snout



Monday, 2 February 2015

Our World Tuesday, ABC Wednesday, D for Daffodils.

These photos were taken in March 2007.


Welcome to Our World Tuesday! This meme continues in memory of the work of Klaus Peter, whose "that's My World" brought people together from around the world every Monday to share the wonders therein--big and small.Please click on our  logo for "Our World Tuesday" in the sidebar. Thank you Team of O. W. T.!

 

 With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC, and thanks to Roger. For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar. This week we are looking for words beginning with D.




Here's a video for the non- native speakers, like myself, easy to understand.