Minoan Art and their Magnificence

One of the most notable features of Minoan civilisation was and is their artwork. The skills of the Minoan artisans were extraordinary. From the finest jewellery fashioned to the large wall friezes painted that allows us a glimpse of their life and culture. If it wasn’t for the artefacts archaeologists uncover, we’d know very little about the ancient civilisations and it is the sculptures, pottery, figurines, paintings and monolithic tributes that enables us to peek back in time.

Storage jars in Knossos. By Harrieta171 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=614359

Storage jars in Knossos. By Harrieta171 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, 

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Super Sweet Blogging Award

A few days back I received a nomination for Super Sweet Blogging Award from Patricia Awapara: Artist Writer an inspiring blogger. Go visit. See her awesome, original artwork and read her very witty posts.

Thank you again Patricia for you nomination. Very humbled.

Now for the instructions!

1. Thank the super sweet blogger that nominated them.
2. Nominate a baker’s dozen of other bloggers. (I may fall short… sorry)
3. Answer 5 super sweet questions.
4. Add the Super Sweet Blogging Award image to post.
5. Notify your nominees at their blog.


1. Cookies or cake? Cookies, so I can dunk them.
2. Chocolate or vanilla? If an ice cream chilli chocolate.
3. What is your favourite sweet? Ice cream or my mum’s tiramisu
4. When do you crave sweet things the most? When my blood sugar is low.
5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be? That’s a hard question to answer and truthfully, my students wouldn’t think I have a sweet side! I do enjoy marshmellow. Let’s leave it at that.

Now for the nominees and I do apologise for not able to name 12!

Thelma Cunningham Beautifully written and awe inspiring blog
Craig Hill Has the mosting interesting snippets of events that have happened
Edilio Ciclostile Quirky and funny comics
Rodposse Thought provoking photos
Bam’s Blog Wonderful scenic photos
Wise Counsel Amazing philosophical writings
Shian Writes Heart-felt stories
Myshadowthoughts Prose across many disciplines
emilyluxton Travel blog and reviews on museum, galleries

Birth of the Helots

We follow my characters to Messene as they zigzag across the Peloponnese so they may reach Delphi. The city was founded in the 4th Century BC but before then, and according Pausanias, the region of Messenia had small settlements.

‘…I do not believe any city called Messene ever existed; I rest this opinion  largely on Homeric epic.
…there is a line in the Odyssey which shows the Messenians were a nation and not a city.’
Pausanias, Guide to Greece, Book 4

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Where the heck has the time gone!

You know that saying ‘Time flies when you’re having fun’, well I’d like to redress and say ‘Time flies.’ That’s it. I really don’t know what happened to last week, or the week before that. In fact, this year is flying by. I am finding it increasingly difficult to find time to blog, read blogs I follow, comment on my Facebook page, now Twitter and in between all this, write, edit, maintain my home and work. Is it just me or has this digital world-the information age-created a time poor environment?

I’m quite good at organising my time but finding it harder and harder to finish jobs or even starting them. Even while writing this post I am very conscious of the time because shortly I need to head off to tutor a student. So what I’d like to know is time speeding up? I read a great book called The Schumann Frequency by Australian author Christopher Ride. It is a novel but he did refer to scientific facts. In short it’s about time speeding up and with it chaos: the increase in natural disasters, crime rate growing exponentially, basically how life is affected by this anomaly. Sound familiar? One just has to read the paper or watch the news to hear something terrible going on.

As they say, something has to give. I will still be blogging and keeping up to date with Facebook-ing and twittering but not as frequently as I have done in the past. For me it is important to work on my manuscripts, critiquing and submitting to agents, plus have a life! But I’d still like to know if others are finding it just as difficult as I am??

Now I really got to go!

The Only Greek Post in Egypt

So, my characters need to leave Egypt and head north following the Nile River. They find themselves arriving at a unique city, different to the Egyptian metropolis’ they had been to, and the city’s plan follows a formulated grid. The place was Naukratis, and the only Greek colony founded during the 26th Dynasty (circa 664 BC). It was the trading centre for Greeks living and/or visiting Egypt.

Photo by: Luciana

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The Ages of Man

I was fossicking around in my collection of books looking for sources relating to research on a new idea for a story when I happened across a thin book: Hesiod’s Theogony and Works and Days. It may be thin in size but definitely not in its telling. I bought it some years back now and remembered how much I enjoyed it. As I flicked through the pages an idea began to form, not for a story (have plenty of those) but as an added feature to my blog.

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