2020年05月07日

The power of stories

FullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgHi bloggers hope that you have had a good week. Here in London it's been cold but sunny very high winds which make being outside uncomfortable, so a good time to read. I remember when I was a child there was a radio program called Listen with Mother. It was for preschoolers, there was a song and always a story. The presenter always began with the words " Are you sitting comfortably, then I'll begin". As a child my favourite opening line for a story was " Once upon a time". I started to think about the history of story telling and the power of a good story to be able to teach people about morals, tradition, culture and so much more.
Stories have existed long before recorded history, and the telling of stories has changed forms drastically throughout the ages. From cave painting to novels to movies, stories have always been a fascination to people throughout the world.
The earliest form of storytelling that has been discovered is from the Lascaux Caves in the Pyrenees Mountains in southern France. A series of cave paintings that date back to sometime between 15000 and 13,000 B.C. depicted a variety of animals and one image of a human being. Apparently this mural actually follows a very simplistic series of events. It tells of rituals performed and hunting practices. It tells a story.
Another example of early story telling is Aesop’s fables. Aesop lived in the 500s B.C., but his stories were remembered for hundreds of years without a single shred of paper or other printed material. Oral storytelling was so powerful and people remembered them so well that 300 years later the stories were printed and continue to teach today's children right from wrong.
The examples of great story tellers are prevalent in all cultures, in England two of the most eminent story tellers are Shakespeare and Dickens.
The powers of a good story to hold our attention and to teach us is remarkable. I was remembering some of my favourite fairy stories from childhood. I loved little Red Hiding Hood and the Three Bears.
Bloggers hope all is well with you and wishing you a very good week.
Over and out London.
posted by MateoES at 20:42| diary

2020年04月30日

PICKLES

Hi bloggers well another rainy day in London but at least it's good for the trees.
I have not yet found out how much the fur on the lost sheep Pickles weighed.(last weeks blog).   Whilst I was on google I discovered another Pickles, an enormous cat.

Pickles the cat grew to the size of a dog, he found himself in need of a new home.  At 21 pounds and more than three-feet long, he couldn't find an owner or home big enough to take him in.   He was forced to roam the streets in search of scraps of food it took a lot of searching as he has a big appetite.

He was rescued by a cat protection society, and he's now got a place to live finally.  A young Boston couple saw an advert online and took pity on him.   Now he couldn't be happier he spends most of his days on their three-man sofa or eating large platefuls of cat food.  A happy ending for Pickles.

I then started thinking about pickled food, a very popular sandwich in England is cheese and pickles.  It got me wondering about the history of pickles.

Pickling began 4,000 years ago using cucumbers native to India. Pickling was used as a way to preserve food for out-of-season use and for long journeys, especially by sea.   Pickling and food preservation developed and grew in the United States during the sixteenth century with the arrival of new foods from Europe and other parts of the world.  Although the process was invented to preserve foods, today pickled foods are made and enjoyed because people like the way they taste.

My final thoughts on picking.  We have an expressions "in a pickle" it means being in a difficult situation or in a quandary.  The origin of the phrase is said to have originated in sixteenth century Holland.
In de pekel zitten which literally translates as sitting in the pickle, meaning to be drunk.  So that's it on Pickles!!
Well bloggers wishing you a good week over and out London.











posted by MateoES at 22:13| diary

2020年04月25日

THE LOST SHEEP

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Hi bloggers how are you?  Hope you're all doing well.  London is sunny and finally the wind has dropped a bit so it's more pleasant to go out.

I read a lovely story about a sheep called Pickles in Tasmania, who had been missing for years.  Pickles was lost during the devastating bushfires.  The family looked for Pickles however no luck.

The family we're having a  barbecue on their farm in an area on their farm that they don't usually visit.  The family went home and the husband continued with his work when suddenly he found Pickles.

After the family had finished their barbecue and returned to their home, Gray said she received a phone call from her husband.   Pickles is a merino sheep bred for wool.   After seven years the sheep, was very round like an enormous ball of wool.   The family are going to use the happy story to fund raise for refugees.   Guess the weight of the sheep.

After looking at ancient trees in the UK I decided to look at ancient trees in the world. It is truly amazing, these trees have seen so many enormous changes and are still standing.
A Norwegian Spruce in Sweden was found to be the oldest tree in the world in 2008. Dubbed "Old Tjikko" this tree is truly ancient it is said to be over 2,000 years old

A Cypress tree in Iran is also believed to be one of the oldest trees in the world. Its age has been estimated to be anywhere between four thousand to five thousand years old. Local legend indicates that the tree was actually planted by none other than the Iranian prophet Zoroaster.

Bloggers have a good week over and out London.










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posted by MateoES at 16:13| diary