Tatty Sunshine

Every year I wait patiently for the first daffodils I see in full bloom, and it’s almost always on the hospital campus that I find them.

If it’s still January when they appear, I’m thrilled to bits, they’re my own little spring watch and make my heart sing. Do you have your own special sign that winter’s loosening it’s hold?

Varied Votives

One of the places I enjoyed most in Tuscany last year, was Fiesole, somewhere I knew little about until I got there. As well as the amazing Roman theatre, there’s the Civic Archaeological Museum, packed with displays and information about the Etruscan, Roman and Longobard history of the town. I was enthralled by these little votives, especially the dancing satyr, so I’m sharing these variations on the theme of Etruscan bronzes, for this weeks photo challange. I believe they were excavated in the 19th and early 20th century.

Fiesole lies five miles to the north east of Florence,high in the hills and you can catch a frequent bus close to Piazza San Marco.

An obelisk scene

Paula is showing us two variations on a scene, a lovely little waterfall where she’s used a slow shutter speed to create smooth water. Both images are beautiful and I couldn’t chose between them.

I’m not quite sure if this is what Paula’s looking for in her Thursday Special, but here are three shot of the obelisk at Mamhead. It’s high above the Exe estuary, but the weather was dire when I was there recently, so no nice view that day.

Here it is from the path
I wonder what’s at the top
Ah okay, a shiny thing

you can join Paula, she’d love to see you!

#speculumselfie

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust was established by James Maxwell in 1999 after his wife died from that hideous disease. Jo wanted to ensure that every woman affected by cervical cancer could get the support and information they needed.
This week, January 22nd to 29th is cervical cancer prevention week, so if you’re behind with your screening go now. Apparently take up has fallen in recent years and up to 25% of women don’t get checked, particularly younger women.
Perhaps you’re one of the ones that don’t go because you’re anxious about it, if so this page on the Jo’s Trust website will help to reassure you.

Ngozi is my daughter, this is what she says on Love your Cervix #speculumselfie
the Facebook page she’s created,

It’s the end of a busy week at Ngozi Towers, not least because I’ve just launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the importance of cervical screening in the prevention of cervical cancer.

I have teamed up with over 30 other CSP, reusables and pants makers to offer a huge range of discounts and freebies to women who take and share a #speculumselfie when they go for their smear test.
I’d really appreciate it if you could Like / Follow / Share this page to help us spread the word for a really good cause.
And if your smear test is due, or even overdue, please make the call on Monday!


Don’t be one of the nearly 4 million, go take a speculumselfie now!

http://facebook.com/speculumselfie/

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/speculumselfie

Silence

San Gimignano in Tuscany, was on my must visit list for some time and the opportunity to see it finally arrived last September. It has a reputation for being horribly touristy so I went prepared for armies of people. I was pleasantly surprised, a Monday in mid September turned out to be a god day to visit, there were plenty of people but it wasn’t as expected.

When I saw this weeks photo challenge, Silence I thought about bells, how they are silent most of the time these days, just the Sunday church chime and the occasional practice ring. Do you hear bells very often, perhaps if you live in a village?

These bells at the Loggia of the Judge in San Gimignano are unlikely to chime again.

Silence prevails, that’s rather sad don’t you think?