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I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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Happy New Year to all readers and contributors. Late I know as one month has gone into the New Year. School has just returned from our summer holidays and again parents are lined up to collect children that they are too afraid to let make their own way home from school.
This morning I thought of our ex next door neighbours and their children. How lucky I thought that they lived next to the park and river and had that entire area as their garden to ride their bikes, skateboards and swim in the river. Then I wondered if they were allowed out without parental eyes watching them. Probably not. Although most people in the dog park are regulars and would notice anything amiss can you take the chance. Lucky for the kids their parents are adventurous outdoors people so they often get to be there.
As children we lived next to a park with a river flowing through it and we weren’t allowed past our boundary fence. I can remember only a few occasions we ventured over without an adult being present and on all those occasions there were more kids than just the two of us. What were my parents frightened of. Us drowning in the river? We were both strong swimmers. Perhaps a spate of well publicised murders such as the one at Wanda Beach. We didn’t know, we didn’t think about it but I know my Mum came up with stories to explain her actions. Terrifiying stories that stuck even to this day.
Can you remember any tales of fear that your parents used to stop you going out of bounds. Please join in giving your location at the time of your memory and your generation. An explanation of the generations and the purpose of the prompts along with conditions for joining in can be seen at the Times Past Page. Join in either in the comments or by creating your own post and linking. Looking forward to your memories.
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One of the stories told to us by my mother ensured that we didn’t leave this beachy area of the river. It was a wonderful river to explore and one day we did just that, putting the fear of God into my mother. She was angry when we were found only a little bit further downstream. She then told us in vivid graphic detail death by quicksand. We could have the quick death by struggling against the sand as it sucked us in or the slow one by keeping one hand raised as though we were wanting to ask a question in shcool and allow the sand to slow engulf us. Keep the mouth closed and tip the head back so that the nose would be one of the last orifices to have sand enter. And pray. Hope that someone came along and could find then necessary log to put across the sand – this would sink slower otherwise our rescuer would probably find himself in the same predicament. She went on to tell us of the woman who’d sunk in this way, in this stretch of river. I have no idea whether this was true or not. Perhaps this could be my next research project but she did succeed in stopping us from wandering.
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Each month Paula gives us five words to display as we like, whether it be one word or all, one photo or many. The words this month are: crepuscular, coded, lofty, scintillating, and detox
Crepuscular views are seen at twilight and the unfinished buildings are stark against the orange sky.
Thank goodness for the Rosetta Stone that unlocked the code allowing heiroglyphics to be read which in turn unlocked the ancient history of Egypt.
Whether it was guards surveying from their lofty positions high above the crowds milling in the ancient temples
or tourists aloft looking down on the sights of Luxor, the Valley of the Kings and the great expanse of the Sahara with the Nile snaking its way through the desert valley being aloft was the best way to observe.
Scintillate – emit flashes of light; sparkle. The whirling dervish satisfied this criteria
as did a 2am bus ride into the Sahara.
Not only did the glass bottles catch the light and emit flashes of light the essential oils scintillated the senses.
The Egyptian diet which was predominantly vegetarian would have been a good way to detox.
I love museums but the idea of travelling en masse with a bunch of people fills me with dread. Invariably I want to linger at items that no-one else is interested in and those that are explained in depth often don’t hold a lot of appeal to me. Not so at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Currently housed in a beautiful old colonial building, which has outgrown its function, the museum is home to the largest collection of Egyptian antiquity and is arranged by kingdoms.
We started at the old Kingdom which took in the reign of Menkaure approx 2490 to 2472 BC. Our Egyptologist guide gave us so much information it was impossible to take it all in but visually we started to learn the history of Egypt.
The chambers and hallways were full of people .
This statue was fairly normal for an Egyptian statue
until you looked at it from the side
and then the rear. The Falcon symbolised the Eye of Horus and the God Ra and denoted divine kingship.
Dwarves were held in high esteem in ancient Egypt and there were several dwarf gods. Indeed, dwarfs still seem to be fairly common in Egypt as we saw more than I have seen anywhere else in the world whilst we were in Egypt.
From the Old Kingdom we moved to the Middle Kingdom 2100 -1650 BC
These are ancient but roger and I brought one that looks identical to the middle right.
Then into the New Kingdom 1650 – 1070 BC
Examples of the inside of the tombs depicting the passage of the afterlife, the workers (not slaves as commonly thought but craftsman held in high esteem) and every day life.
We progressed up to the upper level
and found coffins
intricately carved pieces of ivory.
Probably the best known of Egypts antiquities is King Tut (Tutankanem) head piece. In Egypt he is seen as a very minor king and almost not worthy of mention. To us however, he is the epitome of Egypt being the only tomb to have been found intact in the Valley of the Kings and is surrounded by the mysterious deaths of those who entered. Photographs were forbidden inside but there was a small vantage point outside the room where I could see the head piece and I couldn’t resist getting a shot despite it not being a great one.
Rooms full of mummies. They had to be kept at specific temperatures and humidities to preserve them for generations to come.
Even though thousands of years old I still felt a pull of the heartstrings when I saw the size of this little mummie. The earliest mummies were done naturally by putting them in shallow graves in the dessert where The hot dry sand quickly removed all moisture from the body. However, when they started to use coffins they found that those placed in the coffins before the sand did not preserve as well and they started mummification procedures which involved embalming and wrapping in linen strips.
There were artists who did some beautiful portraits.
and the extreme opposite
and the boat that would take the deceased into the afterlife.
We only had an afternoon at the museum and it really wasn’t enough to see everything. For me a full day would have been better but I’m sure that museum buffs could easily fill in two days. We’d seen the pyramids and having seen the museum I felt that I had a greater understanding of the sights that I would see in the days to come.
The museum is moving however, and will soon close at this location. A world trip of the artefacts is planned and if it happens to be on at a museum near you I recommend a visit. I’d hate to be the person packing this lot up. It has been here since 1857 when the Egyptian government saw it as a way to keep the artefacts safe and in the country where they belonged. It has become too small and some items never see the light of day. Protecting them from the elements is also an issue and hence the purpose built grand museum of Egypt located at Giza (near the pyramids). Being purpose built it has climate control and interactive displays and much more. Of the 50 hectare site the building will occupy more than one third of it and for the first time will display the entire contents of Tutankhamun’s tomb.
I will probably never see this new museum but I’m glad to have seen this old one.
In response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge where this week we can choose any subject as long as it is black and white.