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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

N for Nesbitt & Neighbours

here I am.....Mrs Nesbitt. This photo was taken a couple of days ago, at a fund raising event I had organised. It was a breakfast event where people popped in for a bacon or sausage butty.
People travelled from far and wide - in bad weather to support the event.
Years ago when ABC Wednesday was just an idea I never dreamed that we too would pop in every week and check out what was happening with our neighbours like yourselves scattered around the globe..........but we do, week in week out.....all part of the bigger picture.
Summed up I feel in the words of John Donne.....
"No man is an island entire of itself; every man 
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; "

Monday, 6 April 2015

M is for Mary.

The house of the Virgin Mary near Ephesus in Turkey.

Main entrance to the house.                        

The Sacred Chapel.


This is considered to be the last dwelling place of the Virgin Mary. It is believed that Mary was taken there by St John and she lived there until her Assumption .          (37-45).

While the site has always been associated with the Virgin, the house was unknown until a German Augustinian nun called Catherine Emmerich, (1774-1824), she had never been to Ephesus yet she had a series of visions which enabled her to give exact directions to the house and a detailed description of it's appearance.

Catherine Emmerich endured a life of suffering. She was a seer who witnessed scenes of the life of Christ with the vividness of one who was there.


 In 1891 the Lazarist  order of Izmer,  found it exactly where, and as she had described it:  a brick house of the sixth century, it's foundations dating back to the first century.

 In 1967  Pope Paul IV gave the house it's certificate of authenticity and later the house was visited by Pope John Paul the second.

The Virgin's tomb, according to Catherine Emmerich is about a mile from the house but has never been found.

The house is a busy pilgrimage site for the Roman Catholic Church, Muslim and Orthodox Faiths. They gather here for The Assumption of the Virgin on 15th August.



Selcuk Castle overlooking the town





The House of the Virgin Mary is in a municipal park  8km east of Selcuk, a

delightful town considered to be the modern day Ephesus.

I return again to my favourite place in Asia Minor ....Turkey....It is such a beautiful country, oozing with verdant countryside white sand beaches, ancient history, fabulous architecture, delicious cuisine and the most hospitable people ever.             I hope you are enjoying my journey.

Delicious Chicken Kebabs.

           Baked Mushroom stuffed Aubergine. 

Beautiful Town and beautiful people.
Hoska kalin.( stay happy).

My thanks to the MARVELLOUS Denise for devising ABCW and the METICULOUS Roger for his  memorable  administration.

Hope all had a lovely Eastertime.

Best wishes Di .


Monday, 30 March 2015

L is for Love

Nearly every Valentine's Day, I hear the same thing: "Why do we need a holiday to show LOVE?" It is akin to what is said each Thanksgiving. “Why aren't people thankful ALL the time?”

And my answer is always the same: because we are human. Yes, we should ALL be LOVING and thankful ALL the time. But sometimes, we're not. Sometimes, we are tired, or grumpy, or distracted, or overwhelmed. Our thoughts are overstuffed by the busyness of LIFE.

I, for one, need/want special days to remember veterans, or show thanks, or express LOVE, or the LIKE.

Here are some Valentine's Day statistics.

From HERE:

The music industry LOVES LOVE. The latest project from Nickolay Lamm—a Pittsburgh-based digital artist...tracked the popularity of certain keywords across more than 50 years of the Billboard charts. One of the most consistent words? LOVE.

Lamm's "History of Music" project details every song on Billboard's Year-End Hot 100 list since 1960. Each colored rectangle in the visualization represents one song, and each column represents one year of the list, organized from the top of the graph to the bottom starting with the year's most popular song. The redder the rectangle is, the more times that word popped up in the song’s lyrics. Blue means it wasn't mentioned at all. You can see not only how often a word has appeared in pop music over the decades, but what percentage of each song was dedicated to that word.

Since "LOVE" has taken a dip in our music this century, we obviously need to have show more LOVE at every opportunity. Here are the lyrics of a noted song on the topic, circa 1967:

There's nothing you can do that can't be done
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung
Nothing you can say but you can LEARN how to play the game
It's easy

Nothing you can make that can't be made
No one you can save that can't be saved
Nothing you can do but you can LEARN how to be you in time
It's easy

Nothing you can know that isn't known
Nothing you can see that isn't shown
Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be
It's easy

All you need is LOVE
All you need is LOVE
All you need is LOVE, LOVE
LOVE is all you need

From the movie LOVE Actually.

The version by some British band, the name of which currently escapes me.

Make sure you send some LOVE to your fellow ABC Wednesday bloggers by visiting 3 or 5 (or more) of them.

LAST thing: sometimes, when you visit ABCW, the LINKS are slower to LOAD than the rest of the page. If necessary, reload.

Monday, 23 March 2015

K stands for The Kykkos Monastery Cyprus.

Paphos Beach.

During one of our many holidays on the sunny Island of Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean we visited The Kykkos Monastery up in the Troodos mountains. 

At the time we were staying at the popular Paphos area, you will see Paphos on the bottom left of the map and The Troodos Mountains,  nearby where The Kykkos Monastery is situated.  





Outer entrance to the monastery.

Inner court entrance to the monastery.

The Kykkos Monastery looks quite ordinary from the outside but once you get to the inner sanctum the opulence is quite breath taking. It is the richest and most lavish in Cyprus, and is situated at an altitude of 1318 metres on the north west face of the Troodos Mountains . 

A row of icons where people line up an make their pleas then kiss the icon.

Mosaic depiction of  The Virgin Mary with the child Jesus







Dedicated to Panagia, (a term for a particular type of icon of the Theotokas) The actual icon of The Virgin Mary is covered in silver gilt and is in a shrine made of tortoise shell and mother-of-pearl,  it stands  directly in front of the Iconostasis. It  is never looked at  and remains hidden behind a protective covering. It is said whoever looks at it will be blinded.


                                   The Troodos Mountains Cyprus.  


We stopped at this mountain village, (on the left)  for lunch, view to the right from where we were sitting.


Throughout the centuries the village people in the mountains have revered the icon and have attributed miracles to it's presence. It is said St Luke the Apostle painted and carried it from the Emperor's Palace in Constantinople at his request to place it on the site where the new                    Kykkos Monastery was to be commemorated. 

St Luke carrying the icon.


 There is a lot of folk lore associated with the 'icon of The Virgin Mary', but time and space disallows me from writing more, but good old 'Mr Wikpedia' is bustin' at the seams with reams of it  should you require to read further!
My thanks to the KINDLY Denise for devising ABCW and Roger the KEYSTONE admin man for KEEPING us on our toes. 
Best wishes to you all,
Di.....  ABCW team.