Stillness #writephoto

Thursday photo prompt     "... No, we can't detect any sign of human or humanoid life anywhere... There is plenty of life in the water, on land too, mammals and birds... plenty of beautiful insects..." "What about buildings, traces of recent organised activities?" "There are ruins, covered with vegetation, some remnants of railroads... We … Continue reading Stillness #writephoto

Within #writephoto

Thursday photo prompt   This is our place now. You see: we'll be safe here, they won't find us easily. By then we will be prepared. Our spears a plenty, our axes a ready. Let them come for us, poor souls.


I have long suspected that the ancient deities - some more powerful than others, but who is it to judge? - take more than a passing interest in the life of this city, when they awake from their deep slumber, in the depth of the marvellously resurrected temples that the reconstructed museums of the island are. … Continue reading Prelude

#AtoZChallenge2015: Xenophon #philosopher and #soldier

As a child, passionate about history lessons, I was always attracted by philosophers who were also soldiers. There were quite a few in ancient times, and this Spartan hero is perhaps the archetype! "Xenophon was a Greek philosopher, soldier, historian, memoirist, and the author of numerous practical treatises on subjects ranging from horsemanship to taxation.  While best … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge2015: Xenophon #philosopher and #soldier

#AtoZChallenge2015: Utopia

Idealistic dream, vain hopes of justice and perfection, for others perhaps more dystopia? History and fiction are full of tentative or real utopia, for mankind never gives up... "The term utopia was coined in Greek by Sir Thomas More for his 1516 book Utopia, describing a fictional island society in the Atlantic Ocean. The word comes from the Greek: οὐ ("not") and τόπος ("place") and means "no-place", and strictly describes … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge2015: Utopia

#AtoZChallenge2015: Lavandula

I still see those blue scented fields in the Provence, at the foot of green and white mountains, a few steps away, the Mediterranean and its hidden secrets... "The ancient Greeks called the lavender herb nardus, after the Syrian city of Naarda (possibly the modern town of Dohuk, Iraq). It was also commonly called nard.[39] The species originally grown was L. stoechas.[2] Lavender was … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge2015: Lavandula