I see that Ailsa has already posted a new travel theme, and I haven’t done the last one yet. Here are my photos for the ‘Hidden’ theme..
The Bignor Roman Villa site in West Sussex, was discovered in 1811 by a farmer who was ploughing his field. The earliest buildings date back to 190 AD, and the mosaics which had been hidden for centuries, are really lovely. Here is an example.
Whilst excavating the mosaics, a couple of child skeletons were uncovered, which had obviously been buried in the foundations. Our guide told us that the Romans did not consider infants to be fully developed people, so when they died young they were not given a proper burial, but just interred wherever a spot could be found, which in this case was under the floor.
My next two photos were taken just inside the gate of our housing complex in Florida. It’s always reassuring to see the Sheriff’s car parked there 24/7, and in all weathers too, even if he is hidden by the dark tinted windows. It must be unbearably hot sitting there all day in this heat, and I was feeling quite sorry for him.
On closer inspection though, the hidden Sheriff was revealed, and turned out to be nothing but a faceless dummy wearing sunglasses. 😀 This really gives meaning to the cliché, “Being lulled into a false sense of security.”
I hope you enjoyed my pics for this theme. To visit Ailsa’s blog, and to see her new theme, just click here.
I love that shot of the mosaic. It’s very beautiful. 🙂
Yes, the ancient Romans really did great mosaics. 🙂
I cannot hold my laugh when I read about the dummy in the sheriff’s car. Seems that such practice is adopted everywhere. In my country, you can find police statues erected to guard some places that known to be places with high rated car accidents, especially in town-to-town highway.
Glad I made you smile, Chris. I think we need a lot of these dummy cops on our roads in South Africa, but they would probably get knocked down or stolen. 😕
Great and varied take on the theme 🙂
Thanks so much. 🙂
The saying, “Knowing where the skeletons are buried” takes on a whole new meaning with that mosaic. I know of a couple empty squad cars here, in the city. They’re on busy stretches of roadway and serve to slow down the speeders. No matter. Your shots are great replies to the challenge.
Hahaha….yes you’re right there. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed my pics.
Wow! Imagine finding such a treasure when plowing! That must have been an exciting day at work for the farmer. More exciting than the day of that dummy police officer!
Yes, I imagine it was far more exciting, CG. 🙂
Those mosaics gave me an idea for the room I want to do-over AD 😉
Can quite see myself laying little tiles all over the floor – but the end result would be quite spectacular!
Cool hidden pics as always 🙂
Thanks, 68. You’ve always got some project on the go. 🙂
The Cops we have here are dummies, too, but they animate themselves to go for lunch.
This comment would be funny, if it wasn’t so scary.
Ha ha, How long before the bad guys find out he’s a dummy? 😀
Well it’s a secret, but as I’ve just told all of you, I guess the secret is now out of the bag. 🙂
Hope you never have to call the dummy for help!
I certainly hope not, granny.
you surprised me with
“Whilst excavating the mosaics,
a couple of child skeletons were uncovered…”
Yes, I’m sure the people working on the excavations were also surprised.
I guess your hidden sheriff is a good deterrent 🙂 Marvellous photo of the mosaic of Bignor Villa 🙂
Thanks so much, Christine. 🙂
Oh, that is beautiful mosaics for sure Sylvia. I wouldn’t mind finding that under my house too. 😀
Sad about the children hey? Shame…
Whahahahah! And here you were feeling sorry for a dummy. 😆
Well, at least it deters anyone who thinks of doing something criminal. 😀
Great shots and post hon and thanks for sharing. *big hugs*
Thanks so much. Yes that little skeleton is very sad. Glad I gave you a few smiles with the police dummy. 🙂 xx
I’m not very unique. The mosaics are lovely, and the auto cop is … lulling. I’m almost ready to fall asleep, but I’m too horrified to think about how unsafe you are to fall asleep comfortably. 🙂 Be safe 🙂
Dear Marsha. I feel totally safe here, unlike when I’m in South Africa these days. Love to you. Have a great weekend. xx
Interesting hidden items! Must have been a little chilling to find the skeleton.
Does the police dummy give out tickets?
I would imagine it was something of a surprise to find the skeletons in the foundations. 😦
The police dummy is quite harmless…..and faceless too. 🙂
Maybe it was easier for the early Romans to deal with their loss by not considering their child to be a full fledged person. Anything to avoid the pain, I would imagine. That was interesting to read, and I liked your picture.
And YES, I’m always thrilled to see police patrolling the area, until I wonder why they’re patrolling the area!!
Have a wonderful weekend!!
Hahaha….Yes one does tend to wonder where the danger might lie. Hopefully the police car is just a deterrent. 🙂 Thanks for your thoughtful comment on the child skeleton.
The tile is beautiful.
Yes, and there was so much more to see. The floors must have been really spectacular when they were first done. 🙂
Interesting. Not fully develoed humans?!?! YIKES! Still interesting and great photos.
Thanks, Gemma. 🙂
There are dummy pilots as well 😉
😆 Thanks for the laugh, Ralph.
I love the mysterious mosaic face – my maternal grandfather was a mosaic artisan who worked on buildings in Durban, Mozambique, and all up the East coast of Africa in the 1940s and 1950s.
Thanks, Bluebee. What a fascinating bit of family history. I wonder if some of your grandfather’s work still survives.
I used to have a city policeman living next door to me. I sure liked the secure feeling of his patrol car parked next to me. Pity he upped and moved away. 😉
Yes, his presence must have felt reassuring, Gunta.
I was thinking the police in the was definitely run his engine to keep A/C going for sure. It was a dummy after all. The puzzle is solved.
Yes, he would definitely need the A/C. This why I was rather suspicious that there was no-one in the car. 🙂
I love ancient Roman mosaics and when I was in England last year I visited several sites… couldn’t make it to Bignor this time but it’s on my list.
It’s a very interesting place to visit, and the guides there are so informative.
Sad little skeleton 😦
I know. 😦
I did indeed enjoy !
But if everyone knows these cop cars exist . . .
Good comment, Gilly. 🙂
Always find it fascinating to hear about mosaics or treasure turning up in farmer’s fields AD. This is a superb example !
Oh your dummy cop .. *giggle I expect he attracts a lot of attention 😉
Thanks, Poppy. I think this cop is just part of the furniture now. “Familiarity breeds contempt” as the saying goes. 🙂
beautiful mosaic tile…I enjoy learning interesting facts from time past! lol…I’ve seen those dummy police cars in Florida many times…I guess it makes people think, right?
Thanks, Heather. Yes, I guess that cop car does make people think twice. 🙂
Great photos and i do like your informative text ! // Maria 🙂
Thanks so much, Maria. 🙂
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I did enjoy your pics… specially the Cop car empty for all to worry about…
Thanks, bulldog. At least there are plenty of cop cars to go around here. 🙂
How funny re the dummy. But I would be relieved. Why would your complex need guarding 24/7? My sister and her husband (who live in Fl) wander off without locking the front door 🙂
I think they just have too many cars, and have to find a use for them. There’s usually one outside the club house too, but I know that does have a real person in it, ‘cos he waves. 🙂
Fascinating story about the Villa, about the other culture. And the photo of the hidden police Dummy made me smile and shake my head. Have a wonderful weekend.
Thanks, Marion. Glad I made you smile. 🙂