Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Amymone is back!....

We purchased this large bowl and fountain some years ago. We were told at the time that it was crushed marble and that there was not way in hell that it would crack!! WRONG!!! It turns out that it was mostly concrete with a little crushed marble in it and after about 5 years - you guessed it - it cracked!!

Never fear!

After some research (and actually getting around to doing it) the solution was found to fix her. The concrete had to be 'sanded' with a soft grinder attachment, an epoxy solution applied and then another 'membrane' solution
applied over the top of that. I had to leave for a while to ensure it dried over winter, before filling it again. It worked perfectly!

Yesterday I filled her up and turned her on (I hope she enjoyed that - LOL!!!) We now have our fountain back, and in the hotter months it will attract heaps of our local birds as it did in the past.

You may ask why we call her Amyone? Well...

Amyone was one of 50 Danaids
(daughters of Danaus - Greek Mythology). Danaus fled Egypt when he refused to marry his daughters to his twin brothers' (Aegyptus) 50 sons! (Phew they were a busy lot eh?!) Anyway he fled to Argos in Greece. His brother gave chase, and rather than put up a battle and cause death and destruction in his new found home, he instructed his daughters to murder their husbands on their wedding night.

Amymone (the 'blameless' one) did not do this because her husband Lynceus honoured her wish that she remain a virgin. The 49 heads of the other husbands were buried in 'Lerna' which was a region of springs and a former lake near the east coast of thePeloponnesus, south of Argos . Danaus was angry with his disobedient daughter and threw her to the Argive courts. Aphrodite intervened and saved her (Lynceus later killed Danaus as revenge for the death of his brothers). Lynceus and Amymone then began a dynasty of Argive kings (the Danaan Dynasty).

Amymone is represented with a water pitcher, a reminder of the sacred springs and lake of Lerna and, by contrast, a reminder that her sisters were forever punished in Tartarus (a dungeon of torment and suffering that exists in Hades) for their murderous crimes by fruitlessly drawing water in pitchers with open bases.

Hope you found that interesting!

Bye for now!...