The Last Supper

January 18, 2020

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.

In Wales, helping Catherine with her new house
Alice in the Palace

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10 Comments

  • Reply Joanne Headington January 18, 2020 at 8:37 am

    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!!
    X

  • Reply Catherine January 18, 2020 at 8:41 am

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

  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm January 18, 2020 at 10:34 am

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

  • Reply Robert Frank Gasch January 18, 2020 at 12:30 pm

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

  • Reply Marian January 18, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    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

  • Reply Debra She Who Seeks January 18, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    Welcome back! I had assumed you quit blogging. Glad you’re at it again!
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  • Reply Sue Rawley January 18, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    Hello ?

  • Reply Sheryl January 18, 2020 at 7:16 pm

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

  • Reply Daryl January 19, 2020 at 9:13 am

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

  • Reply Karen B January 20, 2020 at 6:46 am

    Happy new year! Glad to see you back!

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