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Miscellaneous / Re: Coronavirus situation
« Last post by Hilary on Today at 07:59:48 AM »
A bright pink rose seen at the Sports Camp outside Loutraki in May 2022
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Places to visit / Re: The Hexamilion or Justinian Wall
« Last post by Hilary on May 17, 2022, 06:38:38 AM »
Hexamilion Wall at Kyra Vrisi / Isthmia

Looking for visible and easily accessible parts of the wall and wild flowers we came upon some near Kyra Vrisi

I found this description of the construction of the wall

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“Made of rubble and mortar core and faced with squared stones”

I was mystified by the pieces of column near the wall so was glad to find this reference

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“Every structure in the region was cannibalized for stone for the effort, either being incorporated into the wall directly, as was the temple of Poseidon at Isthmia”

The wild flowers were past there best in this area of Kyra Vrisi
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Places to visit / Re: The Hexamilion or Justinian Wall
« Last post by Hilary on May 16, 2022, 06:16:58 PM »
These photos were taken on 31st March. 2019
Since then this section of the wall has been cleaned up and I suppose all the wild flowers removed

On Sunday we went out to look at a piece of wall next to the Epidaurus road.
This stretch of wall, near Isthmia, turns out to be  another part of the  Hexamilion Wall of which there are several stretches scattered across the Isthmus, some more preserved than others.

When I started walking along an old road next to the wall I was rather disappointed as it just looked like a pile of stones but spring was upon us and there were thousands of wild flowers growing on the sides and on top.

Now I have found this reference to the construction of the wall

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”The wall was constructed with a rubble and mortar core faced with square stones “

which explains the look of it on the west side, the square stones had found another home.

The east side the wall has the appearance of a proper fortification with worked stones and two turrets.

There, although, the ground looked flat it was covered by dense vegetation hiding ankle twisting stones; because of this I didn’t try to get closer
 
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Places to visit / The Hexamilion or Justinian Wall
« Last post by Hilary on May 16, 2022, 06:05:42 PM »
This post from May 2014 was in the Ancient Corinth thread. I decided to start a thread devoted to the wall

The Hexamilion or Justinian Wall.
For those of you who enjoy seeing ancient remains.
And for those of you who enjoy seeing road and railway bridges.
Four bridges spanning the Hexamilion Wall.
Nicotiania glauca, Shrub Tobacco, and the wall.
Reseda alba, White Mignonette , Phagnalon rupestre and the wall.
 

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Places to visit / Re: Isthmia, Corinthia
« Last post by Hilary on May 16, 2022, 05:59:46 AM »
Some more photos of the site at Isthmia

Many wild flowers in May among the ruins

We walked down to see the mosaic in the Great Hall of the Roman bath which gave me the opportunity of snapping yet more wild flowers
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Miscellaneous / Re: Coronavirus situation
« Last post by Hilary on May 15, 2022, 07:35:09 AM »
A self-seeded poppy in a friend’s garden in May
Years ago my friend  told me she had ‘got rid of the poppies’ but it seems the poppies had other ideas
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Places to visit / Re: Vocha, Corinthia, Greece
« Last post by Hilary on May 14, 2022, 05:50:11 AM »
 A VENETIAN AQUADUCT NEAR ASSOS, CORINTHIA
This aqueduct was built during the time of the second Venetian rule of the area, 1687-1715. We heard about it recently and on May 1st went in search of it

 Because the water bridge is built within a river bed it is not visible from the road. Access to the bridge is either down a gravel path or a wandering walk through an olive grove. I took the walk through the olive grove and we were both suitably impressed when we caught sight of the bridge.
There were wild flowers growing around the piers and even in the holes which had been used for the wooden scaffolding. There were also some wild flowers growing in the bed of the river which was dry when we saw it but must have held rainwater in the winter
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Miscellaneous / Re: Coronavirus situation
« Last post by Hilary on May 13, 2022, 06:09:24 AM »
Chamomile in May near Assos. Corinthia
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Miscellaneous / Re: Coronavirus situation
« Last post by Hilary on May 12, 2022, 06:34:24 AM »
PINK ROSE BUSH
We walked through a graveyard on Sunday and were pleasantly surprised to see this rose bush among the plastic flowers.
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Miscellaneous / Re: Cover Drawings of the Journal
« Last post by Hilary on May 11, 2022, 07:12:42 AM »
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Journal number 108, April 2022

The drawing of Sarcopoterium spinosum and a vetch on the cover is by Maggie Niagassas

Sarcopoterium spinosum is mentioned in several issues of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN

I chose to read number 45, July 2006
THE PATH ON THE HILL, SPAROZA by Jennifer Gay

This article together with photographs can be seen here
http://www.mediterraneangardensocietyarchive.org/sparoza-intro.html

I was thrilled to discover I have a photo of this plant, Spiny burnet, which I took in May, 2014.
We were able to visit the ancient port of Ancient Corinth at Lechaion when there still was a gap in the fence 
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