Jayni Bloch's Moments: Blog https://www.jaynibloch.com/blog en-us (C) Jayni Bloch's Moments jayni.bloch@gmail.com (Jayni Bloch's Moments) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:35:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:35:00 GMT https://www.jaynibloch.com/img/s/v-12/u864526341-o881129341-50.jpg Jayni Bloch's Moments: Blog https://www.jaynibloch.com/blog 80 120 The Island of Ischia, Italy https://www.jaynibloch.com/blog/2019/5/the-island-of-ischia-italy I usually let my intuition guide us to where to go on trips. Again, I were delighted with my discovery...not knowing what to expect, going blindly into the journey with Gerald, visiting a place that drew me on a map, without knowing what we would find. I think I am a true adventurer...I like to go off the beaten path and not where all the crowds go. Gerald is a wonderful travel partner because he trusts my gut as I have proven my expertise in feeling out places in the past. Visiting the Medieval Argon Castle off the island of Ischia (Italy), was an amazing experience. I want to live there please! Ischia is a volcanic fishing village Island in the Gulf of Naples. It is known for mineral rich thermal water that bubbles up in hot springs. I loved the ocean atmosphere, fresh food and lovely people. At the privately-owned castle, we had freshly squeezed blood-orange juice and saw the remains of the sun temple and ancient crypt of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption with its precious frescoes. The castle's current name originates from the dynasty that most influenced the characteristic appearance of the island: Alfonso I of Aragon in the 15th century AD. The pre-existing Maschio Angiono, constructed with mighty defensive walls, led to the digging of a tunnel in the rock for pedestrian access. The third generation of the Mattera family now takes care of the Castle, guaranteeing the public access 365 days a year, carrying out any necessary maintenance and restoration work and promoting cultural events which bring it to life. The lawyer Nicola Ernesto Mattera's initial intuition to buy the island in 1912, is still found today in his heirs, the complete enthusiasm and confirmation of the righteousness of an act to save the energy of art and the castle, that, seemingly inexplicable at the time, has ensured the rebirth of a protagonist of the History of the island and the entire Kingdom of Naples. a wonderful placebo visit and enjoy. In 1967 the Castle was proclaimed a national monument by the then Ministry of Public Education. Some of the heirs of the first buyer, in particular Gabriele Mattera (1929-2005) with his wife Karin and Antonio Mattera (1927-2013), passionately dedicated their lives to the restoration work of the manor by promoting cultural events and carrying out restoration works. In the years between 1965 and 2003, the Castle was reborn: from the mass of ruins overgrown by brambles, every year the Castle regains some of its architectural dignity while retaining the romantic charm of the signs of its history; the restorations are carried out with great sensitivity and taste, always in keeping with the "light hand" method that preserves the patina of Time and the Spirit of the Place. During these years, the restorations took place at a relentless pace, ensuring the opening of the highest part of the Castle to the public by the late '90s. Information gained from the website https://www.castelloaragoneseischia.com/en/the-history-of-the-castle?fbclid=IwAR11zQZKHsVUljPndmfGvgUsLY2RvBvIh6XxuXWEfxjUDk5I0F8WnhaMego

 

 

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jayni.bloch@gmail.com (Jayni Bloch's Moments) Argon Castle Ischia Italy https://www.jaynibloch.com/blog/2019/5/the-island-of-ischia-italy Wed, 01 May 2019 13:17:31 GMT
Dancing in the Moonlight https://www.jaynibloch.com/blog/2018/1/the-moon-decides Dancing in the MoonlightDancing in the MoonlightDancing in the Moonlight

Dancing in the Moonlight

Is it you, Moon, who stirs this tinge of pain in me?
Is it you that stir the memories out of the deep darkness of old?
Is it you who brings this whirling joy of hope and comfort in what can be?
Is it you that makes me touch the corners of eternity in visions;
that brings forth the flow of possibilities in creation?
Is it You in me that decides how to be?

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jayni.bloch@gmail.com (Jayni Bloch's Moments) beauty creation memories moon possibilites https://www.jaynibloch.com/blog/2018/1/the-moon-decides Tue, 02 Jan 2018 05:04:42 GMT
Finding Unexpected Beauty https://www.jaynibloch.com/blog/2017/11/finding-unexpected-beauty One November day, the park around the pond seemed dull and unexciting, almost uninviting, but I took up the courage to go for a walk anyway.

Like the ice beginning to form on the water, I breathed the approaching Winter as it crept closer and closer.

Nature was burnt-out, bent, and dry. Life has departed, and snow started to cover death with a crispy shelter.

Every foot-steps soothed my awareness into a cold silence, as my eyes began to open to unexpected beauty.

Textures, colors, and contrasts became exaggerated. Tall and green juxtaposed against short and brown; black dried berries against corn colored grasses, hunted by fluttering chickadees; glimmering white-gold leaves against the watery background; bulrushes standing tall in the wind. Nature is showing her graceful gifts of a passing season.

I take it in with joy.

How unexpectedly Beautiful.

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jayni.bloch@gmail.com (Jayni Bloch's Moments) beauty winter https://www.jaynibloch.com/blog/2017/11/finding-unexpected-beauty Thu, 23 Nov 2017 16:56:08 GMT
Trees in Winter https://www.jaynibloch.com/blog/2016/2/trees-in-winter I love the trees in winter...they show their strength and character so clearly and profoundly as the harsh cold sweeps over their bodies. Despite the white-out periods when snow covers life in white, there is still signs of subtle color to be found in the black white and gray landscape.

Trees teach us about being rooted. When we root ourselves energetically to the Earth, we find a life-force that supports our spiritual growth as if we are nurtured by the Earths Love; the Earth energy.

Someone asked me the other day what to do when they have lost their cultural 'roots'. This is happening to so many of us these days. I believe that we lose our cultural roots so that we can find new spiritual roots. Our spiritual 'tribe' is a new sense of being part of humanity and the Earth in a renewed way - as aspects of a whole world, and we are all evolving somehow to support development on Earth and each other through our co-operation. 

Go out in Nature and lose yourself in the company of trees to find peace and healing. Appreciate the beauty around you and share that beauty with dignity and respect.

Blessings,

Jayni

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jayni.bloch@gmail.com (Jayni Bloch's Moments) Beauty Energy Strength Trees Winter https://www.jaynibloch.com/blog/2016/2/trees-in-winter Sun, 21 Feb 2016 22:00:52 GMT