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The Hanging Gardens of Clovelly

Updated on August 23, 2016
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Nadine was born in Holland and emigrated to South Africa in 1971. She has always been an entrepreneur and is a self taught artist .

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The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

That was and still is the original title of this article!
A Greek historian named Diordorus Siculus described the gardens as being 400ft wide by 400ft long, with walls as high as 80ft. He lived in the time of Julius Caesar and Augustus, and his own statements make it clear that he traveled in Egypt between the years 60 and 57 BCE and thereafter spent several years in Rome.

What got me started with this new garden project is Matthew Reilly’s novel titled: The seven ancient wonders. This novel is absolute fantasy and it should be read with that in mind, but I could not put the book down. His story is more an Indiana Jones style adventure , but It did make me do some research on the real gardens of Babylon. Some claim that the hanging gardens did exist but not situated in Babylon but rather in Nineveh the capital of Assyria.

From piecing together clues from ancient texts, some academics have uncovered evidence that the gardens were in fact produced not by the Babylonians and their king Nebuchadnezzar, as has traditionally been assumed, but rather by their neighbors and foes, the Assyrians under their monarch, Sennacherib, around 2,700 years ago. Who knows?

The story goes as follows

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The story goes as follows

In the ancient text its written that king Nebuchadnezar’s wife Amyitis was feeling homesick, after she was taken away from her father’s homeland of Medes. When she was married to Nebuchadnezzar to seal an alliance between the two nations, she found the rough and sun-scorched terrain of Mesopotamia to be unpleasant and depressing. The king ordered the gardens to be created to give her a place where she could feel at home, with more lush greenery reminiscent of her own homeland. In ancient days Medes was known for its mountainous terrain and beautiful plant life, so the gardens were created in a manner fitting that image. According to scriptures King Nebuchadnezzar was known to be a great builder. He ordered the construction of many streets, walls, temples and palaces, including a grand palace that came to be known as 'The Marvel of Mankind'

The ruins of what used to be Babylon

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The ruins of what used to be Babylon

Iraq's famous ruins of Babylon can be found about 56 miles south of Baghdad, next to the Euphrates River. Babylon is estimated to have been constructed over 2,600 years ago, in Biblical times; rulers like Alexander the Great, Xerxes and Herodotus all reigned from the city. The ruins, which include Nebuchadnezzar's palace and the Tower of Babel, were made of mud bricks, so not much could have survived due to the swirling desert sands which buried parts of the city.

After its decline, enterprising criminals nabbed many of the site's mud bricks and other ancient artefacts. Saddam Hussein rebuilt the ruins in the early 1980s; his new vision of Babylon was harmful to the original ruins, scientists say, because he used cheap, modern materials on the site's ancient foundations. In the early 2000s, when U.S. and Danish troops were in Iraq attempting to bring down Hussein, there were troops stationed in the ruins; army officials acknowledged their damage to the site in 2006. What a great shame!

How was it done in ancient times?

The Hanging Gardens were on a terrace supported by brick arches. Nebuchadnezzar's building projects included surrounding his capital city with a double wall 10-miles long with an elaborate entry called the Ishtar Gate.

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The so-called Hanging Gardens have plants above ground, and are cultivated in the air, with the roots of the trees above the (normal) tilled earth, forming a roof. Four stone columns are set beneath, so that the entire space through the carved pillars is beneath the ground. Palm trees lie in place on top of the pillars, alongside each other as (cross-) beams, leaving very little space in between.

Nobody really knows, but I strongly feel that again our ancient ancestors had knowledge and skills that was lost due to planet Earth’s shifting cycles.

Who was Nebuchadnezzar II?

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Who was Nebuchadnezzar II?

He was a Chaldean king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire, who reigned from about 605 BCE to 562 BCE. He is known for rebuilding much of Babylon and restoring it to its former glory.

His father was Nabopolassar, the king of Babylon. Growing up, Nebuchadnezzar was raised as the crown prince of the nation. He learned about the Babylonian gods, the laws of Babylon, and how to fight and lead an army. While still a boy his father led a revolt against the Assyrians.

The Assyrians were one of the major peoples to live in Mesopotamia during ancient times. Nebuchadnezzar's father died while he was away at battle, so he became the general of his father's army.

In 605 BCE he marched against the armies of Egypt and Assyria. He fought them at the Battle of Carchemish where he crushed them removing the last resistance to the Babylonian Empire in the Middle East.

Carchemish was an ancient city-state located in what is now southern Turkey, along the border with Syria on the west bank of the Euphrates River near the modern town of Jarābulus northern Syria.

Nebuchadnezzar was a major figure in the Bible, especially the Book of Daniel. In the Bible it is written that he asks Daniel to interpret his dreams when no one else can. In Biblical times; rulers like Alexander the Great, Xerxes and Herodotus all reigned from the city.

Who was Queen Amytis?

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If this is all true I do not know, but I found this text in the following blog

I would also love to read this following novel:

Who was Queen Amytis?

Amytis was either born to Cyaxares, the third Median king, and his wife, or to Cyaxares's son and daughter-in-law. In either case it is believed she was conceived out of wedlock.

In 582 BCE when she was illegally deposed by her husband, King Ahasuerus (Astyages) Queen Vashti of Media ruled an empire from India to western Turkey and from Georgia to the Sudan.

A descendent of Queen Nefertiti, grand step-mother of Cyrus the Great and daughter of the Medes’ leading general, she was entrusted with the fostering of the seminal Aryan civilisation by her father-in-law King Cyaxares, who brought the Median Empire from its tribal origins to a parallel and allied power to King Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon.

Babylon the city of great beauty

Although the location of the city of Babylon has been known for a long time, there is no true evidence and visual representations of the ancient construction about the hanging gardens, apart from 16th century interpretation of their description from the ancient texts. Regardless of that, the gardens have become a symbol and a myth that will never be forgotten, serving as inspiration to green engineering and vertical design solutions in modern construction.

Modern hanging gardens

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Modern hanging gardens

Two residential towers in Milan, Italy that will house over 900 trees are bringing green architecture to the forefront of building design in a period where architecture is facing upheaval.

  • Vertical Gardens

More vertical gardens with instruction on how to start one.

A Modern-Day Hanging Gardens Of Babylon HOTEL!

Designed by WOHA, the block-long "hotel and office in a garden" sits on a narrow plot that opens onto Singapore’s central business core and is situated across from a verdant parkland and near the riverbank.

  • String gardens
    More links can be found on the internet about string gardens

Hanging Vegetable gardens

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  • Hanging Vegetable gardens

    This website is super cool. They suggest that when we go to that garage sale over weekends, we might just pick up just the right number of teapots, to hang your own geraniums, or herbs, or hang tomatoes in a celebrating vertical vegetable garden that was unheard of before!

    And then In the modern age, public parks have replaced private retreats. Yet some things remain perennial. The climbing tiers of Osaka, Japan's Namba Parks echo those of not only the 16th-century Villa di Pratolino in Tuscany but also the reported arrangement of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

    Imagine walking along one of the winding garden paths of this volume, one can get lost in reverie. With their grottoes, fountains and elaborate topiaries, 18th-century gardens such as those at Versailles and Sanssouci in Potsdam, all these were as much architectural as horticultural achievements.

    I love growing succulents and to create growing arrangements with them for around the home and take a photo of them to add it as a design onto Zazzle Redbubble and Society6 products.

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Hanging Gardens of Clovelly

This will be the name of my forthcoming workshops in about nine month’s time. Yes it’s then that I will give birth to this project! For years I have been intrigued by the stories about one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon has nothing to do with my own hanging basket gardening project as such, but when we purchased our home in Clovelly in 2005, that is the vision (in a very condensed version) of what I want our garden to be become known for.
The Babylon gardens were seen as hanging because it rose to a great height, and its main plants were substantial trees, not succulents and flowering baskets, like my photo.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      You have written a very interesting and informative Hub. I had a hanging garden once comprised of many baskets of blooming plants hanging from a wooden fence. It got a lot of compliments.

      Voted this UP, and shared.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Nadine, this is a fascinating look at the origin of vertical farming and hanging gardens. They certainly add beauty to any structure. With the way your house is situated, adorning it with hanging gardens will be breathtaking from all angles.

      I hope you keep us posted on the progress!

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      We so often hear of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon but how many of us really know anything about them? This was a terrific history lesson!

      Vertical farming is becoming more popular as more people live in city settings or just don't have room for flowers. You certainly did both subjects justice.

      Voted up, useful, and very interesting.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      As a former history teacher, I knew quite a bit of this, but you managed to fill in some gaps with some new information, and for that I thank you.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Nadine, this is another very interesting hub. I do love the hanging gardens, they look decorative. A lovely and educational article with great illustrations m'dear. - Up votes from me!

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      How beautiful, Nadine. Your photograph collages are lovely. The Hanging Gardens have always been a curiosity of mine. I love history and antiquities, so thank you for filling in some lacking information. I really like the photos of the hanging succulents, but every time I get succulents, the squirrels eat them. We tried one of those upsidedown tomato pots, but it didn't work for us. Voted up and beautiful

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      A delightful read Nadine. I love the hanging gardens and the hanging vegetables. Your art work is beautiful indeed. I also enjoyed the history you provided. I had some hanging tomatoes last summer and hope to have more plus some plants.. Voted up...

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      What a great hub! You cover this subject so well and you must have done a lot of research. I love the images and Biblical references, too - and your own version of the Hanging Gardens. Voted it up.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is fascinating, Nadine. Your hub is both enjoyable and thought provoking. Good luck with your garden.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Nadine, this is so interesting and informative. I learned so much about the Hanging Gardens,. The very name has always fascinated me and the history, the story, the sheer wonder of the place has made me think more about it. I'll be keeping this in mind as we work in the garden - thank you - great hub.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Very interesting and intriguing story. I recently mentioned the gardens in my Poem, In Search of Love. Wish you well in your project. Salaam!

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Many thanks for being the first two read and comment on my post. Due to our internet problems it took me several days to post this article.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi shauna nice to read your comment about our home. Yes i must keep updating on my new adventure with plans, now that we have many power cuts and are cutoff from the internet unless we buy data for my tablet, which i,m now typing from.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Dear Mary thanks for reading my history lessen. I had to find a way to combine my three projects. Writing for hubpages, my local business and my online product designs. I ended up learning a lot more about our past.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Excellent story told in a fascinating way. Thank you I learned a great deal.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Billybuc many thanks for your great comment. The research for this article reminded me of my schooldays when we needed to use the library as our source to write an essay. The internet today is so much easier.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What a wonderful hub Nadine. I have always been intrigued by the story of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon as well as the other of the Seven Wonders of the World. You offered a lot of interesting information here with great photos and videos. I love Matthew Reilly books..can't get any better action/adventure. I think I have read every one. He is an Aussie after all. Good luck with your project "the Hanging Gardens of Clovelly". Voted way up.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Susie that you for reading my article and thanks for the compliments about the decor.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      So glad you see you under my comments. Sad that the upside down tomatoes did not work for you. I have not tried it yet.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Oh Ruby so you did have some success with hanging vegetables. Thanks for your vote.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Greetings from Cape Town to Australia. I have lived in Croydon - Victoria during the late sixties. The research was great fun, glad that you enjoyed my post. Thanks for the vote.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you Alicia for your well wishes. So far we have three succulent balls hanging in our courtyard.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I'm so glad that my article was both informative and creative. I wrote it also as a education project that would be easy to read and remember.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I'm so glad that my article was both informative and creative. I wrote it also as a education project that would be easy to read and remember.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Many thanks for your comment and I will look up your poem.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Eric its always nice to greet my older hub page friends. I feel I have neglected you all this year by only posting one article so far. Thanks for your comment.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Dear Jodah I'm so glad to meet someone who liked Matthew's books. I've only read two of his books purely for entertainment, but his adventure story made me look up about the real story of the hanging gardens from Babylon. I must have been guided.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Beautiful photos. Nadine this is an impressive hub. Hanging gardens are such a great idea. You have made it all look so incredible. Informative, interesting and useful. Voted up!

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      DDE so glad to read your comment. It was about time that I posted an article. Thanks for your vote.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      This is a really interesting hub you have written, Nadine.

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      Marie Flint 2 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      I see your love of landscaping in this one--it's only natural you'd want to research an ancient garden, and research you did--kudos for that!

      Voted interesting.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I my friend from Hawaii. Glad you liked my post.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for your visit Marie. I got an email about two images you could not see, but I'm also using Firefox and I do not miss any images from my site? Thanks anyway for pointing it out, just in case. Yes indeed I love any creative landscape.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      All image are working for me.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Jodah I'm glad that my imagery makes all the difference.

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      Tieneke 22 months ago

      Found this article on Google and loved learning about our history in this way. Many thanks

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      Nadine May 22 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks you much Tieneke for leaving a comment on this article of mine. I see that you are not a hub page member. You might consider joining us?

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 22 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      How did I miss this lovely article before? It's informative and, although I knew some of the historical parts you have put it all together so well and made it so interesting. Wishing you great success in your project, but I'm wondering why you call it 'Clovelly'? Is there a suburb in Cape Town with that name?

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      Nadine May 22 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Bronwen thank you so much for your comment. When I discovered that this hub was suddenly demoted to a no-featured article, I changed the title by taking away the name Babylon and changed it to Clovelly, the name of the suburb where I live in Cape Town. I now hope that the hubpage staff might change the address link for me so that Google will not mark this title as being plagiarized.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 22 months ago from Norfolk

      I love the hanging vegetable gardens. I recently did a hub on lining a hanging basket with an old woolen jersey and I have to say they have turned out great. I am watching with interest as the tomatoes and strawberries begin to fruit. I love that the slugs and snails don't get to the lettuce either.

      I think I will be doing some more of these, especially useful in a small garden like mine.

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      Nadine May 22 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for your comment sally, especially since the staff at hubpages have seem fit to Unfeatured this article. I have changed the one word in the title: from Babylon to Clovelly, but I'm not sure if it will ever be noticed because I cannot change the address link.

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      Souradip Sinha 22 months ago from Calcutta

      It's a very nice article. Why have they unfeatured it? Write to the Hub Team and see if they feature it. Else you may just create a new Hub by copy-pasting the texts and changing the titles. It will take some time though :(

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      Nadine May 22 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for your comment and suggestion. I think I will do that when I feel like it. I also have not found an Hub team address to write to. I have written to one moderator inside the box that pops up with you follow a new member, but she has not yet replied.

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      manatita44 22 months ago

      My Second visit to a most beautiful story and an excellent, well-written Hub. It is great to know of your ability to create and your dreams also.

      Make sure that you have a flower or plant with my name (chuckle). Much Love on this cool morning here in Londres, Nadine.

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      Nadine May 22 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment on the one article which is NOT featured in hubpages, but nobody at the H staff is replying to me why?

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      manatita44 22 months ago from london

      Me again, my Sweet.

      I have gone over the Hub to try and find out why it's not featured. Should be! Seems such a beautiful Hub! Are there any copyrighted pictures or adverts? Anything being oversold or infringed? The problem could be in one of your pictures or book sales pitch. Are the pictures all sourced properly?

      Generally Hub Pages answers. If not, try to edit your Hub and then their highlighted areas should show. My Love and best wishes. -Manatita

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      Nadine May 22 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Many thanks for your tips. All the images are mine, and I have edited it several times. I wondered if it was the title, therefore I change the word Babylon to Clovelly, but I cannot change it in the address bar. I wait for Google to go past it again and see if it changes. If not them I will remove it, and publish it onto Wikinut, but that would be a shame.

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      manatita44 22 months ago from london

      I find it strange that they are not responding. Approach them like a tree bending and offering its sweet fruits, then ask them what is wrong. They will tell you. Much Love.

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      Nadine May 22 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      You are such a darling to respond into this article. I simply cannot find any link or an email address on the website to any of the moderators. I looked, but I end up on the page were all the points about Unfeatured problems are mentioned. I've done my best and now give it no more energy. I rather try to finish my novel so I can publish it as an ebook. xxx

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 22 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      I do hope that your problem is sorted soon. Would it help if you asked about it in the question section?

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      manatita44 22 months ago from london

      I am thinking like BlossomSB. Ask in the Forum, and sometimes, as well as we Hubbers, the Moderators answer also. Your point about writing your book is great, though. For me my poetry and prose are astounding, and still I am usually between 60 and 85 in terms of score. Small matter to me, but we are all different. Still, Continue to believe in your ability. God bless.

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      Nadine May 22 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Dear Bronwen ( BlossomSB ) many thanks for your reply about this post being Unfeatured and why. I have done that and included the article link, but I received replies like a link to the helps files, or clearly from members who never read the hub by the suggestions they mentioned. I joined Will Apse on his forum who asked the same question and he received some comments that were very helpful and by telling my story, one member was very helpful. She suggested to send an email to the staff or ask Christy Kirwan for a personal review of your hub, but I could never find a Hub page with moderators their email addresses. I did read one of Christy,s hubs, left a comment and wrote to her in the welcome box that pops up when you follow a new member, but I never got any response on both accounts. Now I better use my time writing for my blog and or for other websites until this gets sorted out. I did see on my stats page that Google has not been past my two posts in question, so who knows it might have been Google that blocked the article?

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      Nadine May 22 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for your positive views, and yes I replied to BlossomSB but sadly no moderator has of yet replied to me. Not yet anyway. I suppose everybody is very busy.

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      Nadine May 22 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      this was the comment received about why this hub was Unfeatured.

      Hi Nadine,

      I looked over both of the Hubs.

      They both appear to exist primarily to sell products or promote another site and as such are spammy.

      If your sole purpose on HubPages is to create promotional material, then it is likely that HubPages is not a good fit for you.

      Hi Matt

      Your comment was very disturbing. I found Hubpages when a friends suggested this platform as a marketing tool for our authors so they could share their topic by writing articles on it. I never even knew from the beginning that articles could earn the writer money! That was new to me. I tried promoting Hubpages to our Authors and two made a start but they never pursued it. They thought it was not worth their while, while I carried on. ( I wonder now if they were right?)

      Most of my articles are derived from the research I do for my novels and sometimes I combined them with a personal touch that readers might find of interest like I did in both posts.

      I’m now somewhat put off and my enthusiasm for hub pages has dwindled.

      Nadine

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