Monday, 20 February 2017

Phew!


I promised pictures of my newly finished wall-hanging, but promises are made to be broken. Said wall hanging is still in a hundred pieces and I'm trying to work out why.  What do I do with my time that stops me from finishing projects? A quick review of the last week shows three mornings filled with lycra-clad limb waving that over the years has gone by many names and now, that it is accompanied by plastic balls and elastic bands, is called Pilates.  The actual exercise only takes 60 minutes a pop but getting there and back and recovery time, write off the rest of the a.m. hours. Three afternoons were taken up with lectures - I learnt about the history of the Fertile Crescent, concentrating on Syria. Reminded myself of all I knew and had forgotten about Herodotus, erstwhile resident of Bodrum whose 2,500 or so birthday we should all be celebrating, and spent two hours in the entertaining company of Prof. Dr. Fahri Işık; hearing more about Hekotomnus and his mausoleum which, inconveniently, was built before The (Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) Mausoleum of his son which coined the word 'mausoleum' - more on that later when I've plucked up the courage. That's more history than I sat though in a week as an undergraduate. Add several kms a day dog walking plus a long walk with Jake's girlfriends Peri and Sevgi, plus an afternoon each spent at writing group and book club,  and the week whizzed past.  No wonder the wall is still bare. 

17 comments:

  1. The photo looks like a 'Still Life' ... you could leave it like that!

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  2. My dear mother used to start a lot of things and never finish them ... she still had dresses cut-out and ready to sew for me as a child when I was in my fifties!

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    1. I never got to wear the jumper my mother started knitting for me

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  3. You have been very busy, and in particular I like the sound of your lectures. I read The Histories of Herodotus many years ago which I recall being surprisingly readable - must look it out again sometime.

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    1. The translation I have is very readable

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  4. 'Thought For The Day' spend less time reviewing the week! :-)

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  5. It sounds like you had fun. And I love the still life you created, too! J and M

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    1. looks better than the finished hanging

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  6. I envy you the lectures!! Sadly, nothing like that here in Datca.

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  7. I thought Pilates was an ancient Greek philosopher :-D

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    1. Herodotus was a useless fitness coach.

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  8. Well, if you're out doing pilates, exercising and dog walking *and* taking in all that history, it perhaps doesn't matter about the bare walls. ;)

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