Tuscany

Tuscany

Did you ever see the movie, A Room with a View? It’s one of my favorites and stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Judi Dench, Helena Bonham Carter and Maggie Smith among others. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend it highly. It’s a wonderful period piece and Daniel Day-Lewis’s performance alone is worth a gander.

But as the story opens, we’re in Florence in Tuscany. We even get to see some of the city’s beauties as well as the countryside. For those of you familiar with the film, here’s a video featuring the kiss in the poppy field. 

I’ve traveled in Europe, but not in Italy. I hope one day to make the journey, though I confess I don’t travel easily. Long distances on a plane drive me to distraction. And it’s not like the pilot can pull-over so I can stretch my legs, lol.

But Italy is one of those places that should be on everyone’s bucket-list. Tuscany in particular has a long history including the Etruscans who built one of the first civilizations in the region. Etruria was eventually absorbed by the Roman culture. 

FunFacts about Tuscany (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • The Italian language was born in Tuscany.
  • Tuscany is considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
  • Tuscany is located in central Italy and has a population of 3.8 million people.
  • Because of it cultural and linguistic heritage, Tuscany is sometimes thought of as a ‘nation within a nation’. The Tuscan dialect is spoken in the region.
  • Florence is the capital of Tuscany.
  • Pinocchio was written by Carlo Collodi who was born in Florence.
  • The Medici family was one of the most famous in the region.
  • Tuscany has a number of UNESCO world heritage sites including the city of Florence and the Medici Villas and Gardens. (Source)
  • Some of the world’s greatest artists and sculptors lived and worked in Tuscany: Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci to name two.
  • The leaning tower of Pisa is in Tuscany.
  • Chianti wine is produced in the central part of Tuscany in the Chianti region.

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Deer and Antlers

Deer and Antlers

I had such a narrow understanding of deer before doing this bit of research. I thought deer had a certain kind of antler and the rest were ‘something other than deer’. I think it goes back to my dad hunting deer and coming back with the familiar antlers with a certain number of points.

It’s funny how we create our mental maps and are surprised when reality proves to be something different. Here’s the biggest surprise for me: Did you know that a moose is a deer? He’s just bigger and heavier with massive antlers, but he belongs to the same family. I honestly thought they were different families! Elk, too! All ‘deer’! I’m wondering how many of you knew this already. 

Deer border on mythic. They are profound symbols in religion, heraldry, literature and mythology. They’ve appeared in paleolithic paintings and art forms throughout the millennia. Their antlers make them unique, often majestic in appearance. 

On a more basic level, deer are ruminants. Like cattle, goats, giraffes, yaks and antelopes, deer acquire nutrients from the plant-based foods they consume through a fermentation process in a stomach prior to digestion. Remember the expression ‘chewing the cud’? The deer’s cud is regurgitated and chewed again to further break down the plant matter. The process is known as rumination.

I had to laugh, because ‘ruminating’ is one of my favorite writer words, you know, to really mull something over. I will hereafter and forever be reminded of the ruminant digestive process when I use this word. I think it will make me smile every time.

FunFacts About Deer and Antlers (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • Deer are part of the Cervidae family that include moose, reindeer, elk and other species.
  • Deer are found on all the continents except Australia and Antarctica.
  • Antlers aren’t a true bone structure and usually grow in pairs.
  • Antlers vary from species to species.
  • Deer grow new antlers each year.
  • Antlers only grow on males, with the exception of caribou (reindeer).
  • Antlers serve to attract females and are used as weapons for fighting.
  • Deer jump high and swim well.
  • Designations:
    • A male deer: buck
    • A large male deer: stag
    • A female deer: doe
    • A young deer: fawn
    • A group of deer: herd
  • Most deer are born with white spots but lose them within a year.
  • Within half an hour of their birth, fawns take their first steps.
  • A fawn stays with its mother for about a year.

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Clock Towers

Clock Towers

Time. Deep breath or big sigh. Take your pick. Time governs us all. 

Over the last few months, I’ve started using a simple timer while I work. It tells me when to stop and it tells me to hurry up because I’m running out of time for whatever task I’m performing. 

TimeThe reason? I’ve taken on several big projects over the past year-and-a-half. My newsletter is one of them, this blog is another and my giveaway endeavor with Felicity Heaton and Best Romance Author Giveaways is a third. Add to that my continual need to stay connected to my latest book and we’re talking t-i-m-e. So, a timer it is. To be honest, it works very well for me and helps me move from one project to the next with a fair amount of ease.

Clock towers have helped entire communities stay on task. Or at the very least provided a means of bringing villages, towns and cities together in times of need. 

Here are a few FunFacts about Clock Towers (source):

  • One of the earliest known clock tower is the Tower of the Winds in Athens. It has 8 sundials and one water clock. (See the public domain photo on Wikipedia.)
  • Before the 1950’s, most people didn’t have watches. Before the 1700’s most people didn’t have clocks in their homes.
  • Clock towers started as striking clocks that sounded the hours with a bell or a gong. The hours were struck with their number: one for one o’clock, two strikes for two o’clock, etc.
  • Clock towers were placed in or near the center of a community and were frequently the tallest structures around.
  • Eventually, dials were placed on the outside, often on all four faces of a square tower, to allow the townspeople to read the time at will.
  • The tallest free-standing clock tower in the world is the Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower at the University of Birmingham, UK.

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Fantasy Landscapes

Fantasy Landscapes

This is a fun post for me today. I’m fascinated by what goes on in the minds of visual artists. I enjoy creating my book covers, but I haven’t really explored doing the kinds of fantasy landscapes that I’ve included in the blog today. 

Fantasy Landscapes is meant to be a visual feast, so lets get to it!

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Cats and Kittens Sleeping

Cats and Kittens Sleeping

As I wrote this post, my cat, Sebastien, was lying nearby in a deep sleep and dreaming. He wasn’t exactly growling. It was more like a growling conversation he was holding with some imaginary creature in his dreams. I thought it apt that my muse would fall asleep to inspire this post, lol!

I’ve had cats all my life. I’ve loved the comfort they’ve brought to what can be at all stages of life a troubling existence. I don’t know what I would have done without the bond and affection a pet brings.

Cats and Kittens SleepingI’ve had both cats and dogs and loved them all. I’ve grieved the loss of each of them as well. I have only one cat now, a tabby who I often call ‘Puppy’ because he sticks close. DH and I are his pack. 

He’s a typical cat and sleeps at least twice as much as I do. But that’s fine with me. It just means I get to reach and out pet him, watch him wake and smile at me, then fall back to sleep. My favorite way he sleeps is when he’s on his back. It’s such a position of trust and for that reason alone I love it.

When he’s sleeping or dozing, he’s excellent company especially when I’m working on a book, designing a newsletter or finishing a blog. As I type this, he’s in a doze right now. His tail is twitching with his ear hooked in my direction. But he’s still getting his much-needed rest.

FunFacts about Cats and Kittens Sleeping: (Source) (Source)

  • Cats doze often. This is a state between awake and deep sleep. Cats can get a lot of the rest they need while dozing. You can tell if a cat is merely dozing because their tails will often twitch, their ears will rotate to take in sounds, and their eyes aren’t always completely shut. Cats can slip into a doze while sitting up.
  • Cats sleep up to 16 hours a day, though this can increase to 20 with old age.
  • Kittens sleep around 18 hours a day. Also, a specific growth hormone is only released while they sleep, so sleeping it is!
  • Cats need this much sleep because of their hunting patterns. The tracking, chasing and killing of prey requires tremendous energy. Sleeping and dozing recharges them.
  • One-fourth of a cat’s sleep is spent in deep sleep. Cats close their eyes tightly in this state or cover their eyes with a paw or even their tail. Cats dream as well. We’ve all seen paws anxiously chasing something, whiskers twitching. We’ve even heard cats growl in their sleep, like mine.
  • Some cats even snore.

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Camels

Camels

Sometimes, when I’m surfing for photos, I find a pic that stops me. When that happens, I know it has triggered something within and I need to explore it.

This past week, I found a photo of a camel and all kinds of desert-like things began to flow through my mind. One aspect of camels intrigues me the most: They were used for transportation.

CamelsThe image of a caravan of camels is one of the oldest images in the world and conjures up all kinds of things. In one of my favorite movies, The English Patient, our hero suffers terrible burns from a plane crash and is cared for by a caravan of Bedouin.

When I’m putting a paranormal world together, one of the first things I have to figure out is how my people move around. In the Guardians of Ascension — a multi-dimensional world — the winged vampires of Second Earth could ‘fold’ as in dematerialize. They could also levitate. And of course, they could fly using their wings. In the Blood Rose Series, levitation became paramount. But in both series, my characters loved their motorcycles and cars as well. What I haven’t done in a series, is to utilize an animal, like a dragon, as a form of transportation. I might have to do that next.

Camels have been used as pack animals for a very long time. The oldest reference I came across was from 2500 – 3000 BC, the former in Asia and the latter in Somalia and southern Arabia.

Camels are amazing animals and have been used in many cultures as a food source for a highly nutritious milk as well as for meat. Camel hair has been used for tents, clothing, bedding and accessories. Think camel hair coats.

FunFacts about Camels. You might have to read the source to believe some of these stats!

  • Camels live between 40 to 50 years and have gentle dispositions.
  • Camels can run up to 40 mph in short bursts and up to 25 mph for longer distances.
  • The humps contain fatty tissue. They do not hold water.
  • Camels are amazingly suited for extremes of temperature. One example: when a camel exhales, moisture from its breath gets trapped in its nostrils and is reabsorbed.
  • A camel can drink 53 gallons of water in 3 minutes.
  • The camel’s long legs create a cooling distance between its body and the hot desert earth.
  • Camel’s mouths have a thick, leathery lining so that they can chew thorny desert plants.
  • There are three types of camels.
    • Dromedary: One hump, inhabits Middle East and Horn of Africa
    • Bactrian: Two humps, inhabits Central Asia
    • Wild Bactrian: Two humps, inhabits northwest China and Mongolia, and is critically endangered

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Seeds and Pods

Seeds and Pods

I have used seed pods over the years in wreaths I’ve made for my home or in silk floral arrangements to add texture. In fact, the lotus seed pod has been one of my favorites. You can see it pictured in the photo below. This arrangement sits in my work area.

I’m fascinated by how unique seed pods are and how much they can differ from plant to plant. For the pics in this blog, I put the name of the plant on the seed pod photo. Enjoy!

FunFacts about Seeds and Pods (Source)

  • Seed PodsThe double-coconut is the largest seed in the world and can measure up to 1.6 feet around the middle. Coconuts have an air space between the nut and a fibrous coating. The air space allows the coconut to float so it can travel hundreds of miles on water to a new resting place.
  • Seeds provide the world’s daily food from cereal and toast to sandwiches, pasta and pizza.
  • Orchid seed-pods can hold as many as three million seeds.
  • Seeds have a variety of delivery systems to help them move away from the parent plant: Some seeds or pods have hooks and cling to animal fur or clothing, some seeds have wings, some pods create a pepper-pot and sprinkle the seeds over a large area, some seeds have air trapped in them so they can float on the wind, some seeds have wings, some seed pods simply explode. And of course, some seeds create a delicious fruit or vegetable and get moved around that way.
  • Seeds can survive the cold. 10,000-year-old seeds found in the frozen soil of Canada were grown and produced flowers.
  • Occasionally, the seeds of plants can be very dangerous such as the deadly nightshade – two berries could kill you – and the seeds of the Castor-oil plant. One bean of the latter has the capacity to kill an adult.

Nature is fascinating and creative.

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Park Benches

Park Benches

Few things spark my imagination more than a park bench. I always wonder, especially when I sit down to rest, how many people have sat in that same spot. Who were they, even that same day? What were their struggles? Were they young mothers trying to keep their children entertained? Were they elderly wanting nothing more than to feel the sunshine and breathe the fresh air?  Young lovers? The homeless? Or maybe a pigeon or two?

Park BenchesA few years ago, I was in the city of Dover in the south of England. While my friends shopped, I decided to sit on a park bench pretty much in the center of things, just to watch the people go by. Pigeons were everywhere and I happen to love these friendly birds. But there was a young woman on a nearby bench who must have come there often. The pigeons weren’t just clustered at her feet — no doubt she’d fed them — but they were roosting on her shoulders and arms. She seemed to enjoy it immensely. I enjoyed watching.

I went on a Google search to try to find out how many park benches there were in the world. I didn’t have much luck. I did however find one site that said London has 50,000 park benches. (Source.) I imagine there are millions of park benches on planet earth and we are grateful for them.

What are your favorite memories of sitting on a park bench? 

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