Woman with child, circa, 2000-1800 BC, terracotta.
I photographed this figurine in the wonderful British Museum, London on my visit in 2016.
The flattened form of these distinctive terracotta sculptures has led to the term “plank figurines”. They have been found in both graves and settlements, but their function is uncertain. They are usually interpreted as either a mother goddess or a woman with a child. Not all examples hold children however, and the sex of others is unclear. Nonetheless they are probably connected with fertility, childbirth and sexuality.
Isn’t this a beautiful heritage example from ancient times in Cyprus?
It’s not a painting, it’s just a photo of the sunset painting the sky.
Another magical May sunset in Paphos, Cyprus.
Linking with Skywatch Friday…
Sunset last night turned from this…
and finally to this…
Loving the skies this month in Paphos, Cyprus.
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Barbary Nut (iris Sisyrinchium), flowering in the wild in Cyprus. They flower for a couple of weeks only, the heat wilts them…
It’s spring and I’m away from the desert now, so it IS very easy being green, green is everywhere…
It IS Easy Being Green!
Fresh and clear blue beach walking days with fluffy, scudding clouds in Cyprus, during March.
Can you feel that breeze in your face on the beach-side walk?
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Its a short little door post this week. My (not-so) trusty computer is still in rehab.
In my Cyprus village I pass a lovely little door most days, one of the old iron-work doors that were so popular on the island, probably during the 1950’s to 60’s.
I’m so noticing doors now, since I joined this weekly event. Previously I flashed past it on my way to somewhere, but this morning I stopped, shot and admired.
I received some sideways glances, but smiles all around when I indicated that I was admiring. It’s nicely kept too…
The door plus the little house it belongs to…
Linking with Thursday Doors, a weekly event hosted by Norm Frampton. Pop on over, hit the blue button and check out some more of today’s doors…
Today’s window is from the small village of Kelokedara (Greek: Κελοκέδαρα) located around 33km east of the town of Paphos, Cyprus at an altitude of 700 metres between the Pauora mountain and the Xeropotamos valley. Continue reading
Just one unusual door from the old town, Paphos, Cyprus this week.
I need new doors for my house here, so I’m starting a project to have some traditional Cypriot doors copied for a porch extension. Continue reading
Happy New Year to you all.
Home in Cyprus it’s time to search for windows locally. Thunderstorms are making the task a wet one, but I did manage to find a little gem today. Continue reading
I’m celebrating the Christmas holidays in my Cyprus home this year and as Christmas 2016 passes and the New Year bringing 2017 into our lives is not far away, sad news today to hear of one my favorite singer’s untimely death, the iconic George Michael. His Greek Cypriot roots allowed this small island to claim some affiliation with this talented singer/songwriter. RIP, George.
Today’s Monday Window post is from the small village of Armou (Greek: (η) Άρμου). Continue reading
This week it’s spot the window!
Close by my Cyprus home is the village of Lemba, home to the unique Cyprus College of Art.
The founder, Stass Paraskos , a prominent Cypriot artist, together with fellow artists and students decorated the boundary of the college with many avant-garde works, creating a sculpture wall over 25 years. Continue reading
I featured an unusual window in the small Cypriot village of Emba in this Monday Window post. At the same house, the door is worthy of a post, which should have been last week’s offering for Thursday doors, but as I was felled by a nasty summer cold, my Thursday doors didn’t happen. Continue reading
Day tripping to Limassol town in Cyprus, lunching at the new and rather glamorous Limassol Marina, then a visit to one of the property developer’s site offices. Continue reading
Just one window this week. Not far from my home in Cyprus, on a journey I take frequently, I pass an old house in the centre of the village. Continue reading
Up in the hills above my home in Cyprus is a beautiful little monastery called Stavros Tis Minthis which dates back to the 12th century. Continue reading
No, it’s a Cypus sunset, no-where near Italy…
Before sunset, from Mirage, Paphos, Cyprus…….
Linking with Skywatch Friday, pop over and check out the sky today……
August the fifteenth is a Bank holiday in Cyprus. The Eastern Orthodox church celebrates the Feast of the Assumption. This day, dedicated to the Virgin Mary or Panayia as she is known here, is not a day of mourning for her loss, but a celebration of joy for the union of the mother with her beloved son, the blossoming of nature, the flood of emotions, and the return of people to their native land. Continue reading
After sunset at Coral Bay, Paphos, Cyprus…..
Am apricot sunset at Coral Bay….
Linking to Skywatch Friday a weekly challenge for sky lovers…..
Windows on my worlds….. Continue reading
Morning all… Fresh figs picked from the tree for my breakfast….
Breakfast figs from my tree…
Returning to Omodos in Cyprus, a small village in the Troodos foothills, the narrow cobbled streets of the traditional village are perfect for a door hunter….. Continue reading
A very typical Cyprus door, note the high, round handles, operating an inner latch… you see these in mountain villages on the old houses…often a door to a courtyard entrance rather than a house, hence the solid wood structure.
Offset by pink bougainvillea, a traditional pot and some rather lovely stonework, I wouldn’t mind a set of these at my house!
Linking with Thursday Doors , pop over and see doors for this week….
Traditional Cyprus stone village houses are so appealing to the eye, especially when there are blue skies and fluffy clouds to offset the background. Continue reading
Fifteen kilometres below the summit of Mount Olympus in the Troodos mountains in Southern Cyprus lies the picturesque village of Omodos. One main, wide cobbled street runs down the centre towards the Monastery of the Holy Cross. Flanked by mulberry trees the road is lined with cafes and restaurants and it is a popular mountain village to visit. Continue reading