Thursday, 17 April 2014

P is for Phoenix, Pompeii and Pansy

The Phoenix was a fabulous bird associated with the sun and was said to be the only one of it's kind. 

According to Greek legend it lived for a number of years before it made a nest of spices and sang a melodious dirge. The Phoenix flapped it's wings to set fire to the pile, burnt itself to ashes and regenerated into a new life. A fabulous tale!

Tacitus, a Roman senator and historian (c.56AD - after 117AD), thought that the Pheonix lived for 500 years, but others have said it's lifespan was between 250 and 700 years. The truth is we don't really know.

Pompeii is an ancient Roman town near Naples in Italy, which was buried beneath a lava flow when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. 

The site and artefacts have been well preserved due to lack of air and moisture over the centuries, giving us now an insight into the life of this special city. 

Pompeii has been a tourist destination for over 250 years, and a place which I visited in the early 1980s. I won't easily forget the experience. It was a very hot day, without any shade, and an incredible journey into a lost time.  

And there's, the beautiful pansy,  

my Mother's  favourite. I planted them in pots for her garden every Spring and Autumn. She loved to see their vibrant colours all the year round. 

Thank you for visiting the Hope and Dreams Blog. I'll be posting "Q" here tomorrow to continue the A-Z Blog Challenge.