July 19th, 2012

Stargate - View


I did wonder what I coculd do here, as it's a part of the world I have yet to visit.  Then I remember this brass plaque.  My dad was a lecturer, who retired back in1986, but he still loves the story of this image.  He had been chatting to a  student from Iraq and somehow the subject got onto ancient history.  The man was suprised about how much history dad knew about Babylon, Persia, etc.  Dad explained about the Bible history, especially in the book of Daniel, and the conversation went onto other subjects.

The following Septemeber the man returned for the next year of his course and brought this back with him from "home" ... it represents the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, a Ziggurat and one of their ancient god-statues.  to dad, as well as the history, it was lovely for him to think the conversation had meant something to his student.  This hangs in the hallway of their house.




At long last! I was given these gooseberries last weekend by my parents neighbour. I have eaten half already, made intooa sponge pudding .... I shall stew these later. And, for those who aren't sure, they are one fruit that does need sugar added to them!




Clearly I didn't wield the camera for this one - but I did scan it from a very old photo...

This is my mother's uncle Charles Augustus Christian, photographed in 1919. He spent much of his life in the King's African Rifles and then became an instructor for the Kenyan Police force in the 1930s, finally dying in Mombasa where he was doing something for the British government during WW2.

Charles Augustus Christian

Actually we have more photos of him - but they are currently on loan to the local museum as he is to feature in a display to commemorate the centenary of the 1st World War through 2014.