Wordless Wednesday: Gilded
Wordless Wednesday: Gilded
Last year I photographed singer/songwriter Anna Neale at The British Museum, performing songs from her album River Man as part of the museum’s Up Late In Pompeii event. While Anna and the band were setting up I took the opportunity to wander around the exhibits.
I can honestly say that the most popular and crowded piece in the museum was the Rosetta Stone! Not surprising really, it is, after all, probably the most famous piece of written language in the world. The inscription comprises of three languages, Ancient Greek, Demotic (common Egyptian script of the era) and Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs (language of the Gods). I spent just a few moments in front of the stone trying to capture some images of these beautiful scripts!
This week’s images are my interpretation of the scholastic journey of the rediscovered Ptolemaic Decree. International scholars spent decades decoding these inscriptions, starting with the Greek, before using recognisable Egyptian names to begin translating the other two languages, which contain almost the exact same text. This discovery finally unlocked the mysteries of the Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs, whose meaning had been lost to the world for around 1500 years!
Blue Monday: Blue Eyes
It’s amazing to think that Rachel and I have been friends for over twenty years now! We bonded like sisters at college and she’s been borrowing my clothes and make-up ever since 😉 Little Nate joined the family a year and a half ago.
Nate is such a beautiful little boy and he’s inherited his mum’s lovely blue eyes. His arrival does mean that they can’t stay with us in our little home any more. After they left yesterday I realised just how weird it feels that neither my wardrobe or make-up drawers have been raided!
A glowing family portrait of Rachel, Joe and little Nate. Spending precious time with them creates a warm glow in my heart too!
Round and round she goes
Chasing the light and hiding
In the Earth’s shadow
Tugging on my soul
Rising and falling tides of
Her luminous gaze
Highlighting our own paltry
This pockmarked visage
Bearing witness in silent
For in her absence
Life is an insubstantial
Myth or faerie tale
This is my sister and brother-in-law on top of Combestone Tor on Dartmoor in Devon. Helen and Kevin are both keen photographers with their own brand, Eros Imageworks. We spent this Easter weekend with them and on a crisp, sunny Saturday we ventured onto the moors to enjoy the stunning landscapes and get some photography in 🙂
Combestone is the most accessible of all the Tors, with a car park right next to the Tor itself and no hills to climb. Perfect for anyone like myself with disabilities! We almost had the Tor completely to ourselves, just a few dog walkers and occasional tourist. There was a brisk wind that had the light clouds scuttling overhead, bringing with them some dramatic light and shadow to this majestic landscape.
Dartmoor is a wild landscape filled with historic tales, myth and mystery. The Tors seem to encapsulate all of that magic within their monolithic presence. With the wind whipping through your hair and unspoilt vistas, stretching out to the horizon in all directions, it feels as if the entire history of Planet Earth is laid bare before you.
Blue Monday: Tea For Two?
Happy Blue Easter Monday everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good weekend?
Simon and I went down to Devon to stay with my sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Kevin, for Easter. We went for a drive over the moors on Saturday which brought back some happy, childhood memories! After visiting the one easily accessible Tor, Combestone, stopping off at Widecombe, where my Silent Sunday photo is from and seeking out some of the Dartmoor ponies, we decided a cream tea was in order!
There’s one place on the moors that absolutely HAS to be visited for the ultimate cream tea – Badgers Holt at Dartmeet. Situated at the meeting place of the East and West tributaries of the River Dart, stands a wonderful tea shop with just about the best scones, cream and jam I’ve ever had! Not only do you have the beautiful countryside and fabulous food, there are also a number of peacocks on the grounds. They’re such colourful and enigmatic birds! They’re also partial to a spot of cream tea themselves 😉
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