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The Last Supper

It’s been some time, huh?
It’s been an age.

There’s never a good place to start blogging again, is there?
I’ve got six months of adventures and art and general goings-on to catch you up on, but I thought that maybe the best place to start is today. Right here. Right now.

I was just at The Ashmolean Museum to see a special exhibition: The Last Supper in Pompeii.

In this exhibition were about 400 artefacts from the tragic city. There were pieces of homes, mosaics, practical everyday objects, and the charred remains of food; including stuffed dormice, roasted flamingos and fermented fish sauce.
Oh, and 200 yr old ketchup.

What struck me so much about this exhibit was its narrow focus.
Not the all expansive life of the Napa Valley of its day, not the crowded narrow double streets or the pumice tombs which encased so many people, but the intimacy of everyday dishes, glasses, kitchen pots.

We see a mosaic of ocean life which once was the floor of a house.

There’s artwork on walls, statues and altars to garnish favour with gods.
And everywhere there are reminders of the leading moto of that time:
Carpe Diem.

Carpe Diem because you can just hear Vesuvius rumbling in the background.

Carpe Diem because in a brief moment life could be over.

So Carpe the hell out of your Diem everyone.

Every day.

PS: I’m just going to quietly backdate posts, publish them, be calm, and carry on.

Comments: 10

  • Joanne Headington

    January 18, 2020

    Hello again lovely woman! Si nice to read a blog post again. I’ve wondered about starting again… But it’s always a matter of time Nd where to spend it.
    Happy New Year Veronica!!

  • Catherine

    January 18, 2020

    Welcome back! A bright moment in my day once again 🙂 X

  • January 18, 2020

    I’ve missed you V! I can hear your voice …. Hugs

  • Robert Frank Gasch

    January 18, 2020

    Awesome!!! So nice to see you back, Dear Veronica.

  • January 18, 2020

    Good to read you… 🙂

    Wonderful photographs and information…

    I know too the return to regular writing, life doesn’t stop, so much always to say about it; but I’ve been finding it difficult to get my words down..

    I need to start setting a time to Blog, get back in the swing!

    Take care, love M x

  • January 18, 2020

    Welcome back! I had assumed you quit blogging. Glad you’re at it again!

  • Sue Rawley

    January 18, 2020

    Hello ?

  • Sheryl

    January 18, 2020

    Ahhhhh. I get to live vicariously through your photos again. 🙂 Doin a lil happy dance.

  • January 19, 2020

    yup .. squeeze the day .. squeeze all the best parts and then inhale deeply taking it all in …

  • Karen B

    January 20, 2020

    Happy new year! Glad to see you back!

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