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Some things to ponder while you drink your coffee/tea/hot chocolate/G&T/whatever.

The word of the day is CAMELOT - meaning 'an ideal time or place, one regarded as enlightened, beautiful and peaceful'.

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Posted at 13th Sep 2010 - 10:12AM   Posted by Arosebyanyothername   Coffee Break Comments: 7

Fennie's Avatar Now that is a very long way from Camelot, isn't it?, though it may well be 'an ideal time or place, one regarded as enlightened, beautiful and peaceful'. I certainly regard it as so. I always imagined that Camelot must be on the river Camel in Cornwall, indeed some legends place Arthur's death at the battle of Slaughter Bridge across the Camel. Not very peaceful, perhaps, though the Camel looks the spitting image of the Celé, so much so that I am surprised there aren't more salmon in it.

Posted by: Fennie on 13th Sep 2010 at 10:44AM

Fennie's Avatar Sorry to be hogging the comments but the derivation seems to be from camelo-dunum, shortened to camelod, mispronounced to camelot. Camelo-dunum is Roman for a town growing out of a military camp or military enclosure. So Cowbridge, I suppose, was a kind of Camelot as the Romans marched west towards Neath. It should be CamPelo-dunum, but the Roman were careless with their 'p's, (and 'q's presumably). Campelot, though, doesn't have quite the same ring for a place bewitched by sunlight and charm. But it would be just fine for a campsite or the name of a theatre perhaps.

Posted by: Fennie on 13th Sep 2010 at 10:53AM

Ivy's Avatar TSTS I always wondered about the strange name of a river in the south-west of England! From childhood on I used to swim in the Camel and found it's name quite odd. I even imagined it was because of the humps it has ( well if you look on a map!) but than, which natural river hasn't got humps? Actually Tintagle , where King Arthur was supposed to be born isn't anywhere near the Camel so I never brought it into connection. (Well not anywhere near in relation to travelling times in the middle ages not in modern times when it is about an hour's drive)

Posted by: Ivy on 13th Sep 2010 at 11:47AM

Salle de Bain's Avatar My ears always prick up when I 'hear' mention of Cornwall on here!
Wikipedia says that 'the name Camel derives from the Cornish language for 'the crooked one', a reference to its winding course'. Don't know about that, but I do know that a nice fizzy glass of 'Cornwall' (they are not allowed to call it champagne due to EU rulings) from the Camel Valley Vineyard is jolly nice and everything has a 'winding course' after a few of those!
Anyone done the Camel trail along the bike path recently? Once you spot the bridge, you know it's only a matter of minutes to the Padstow pastie shop for lunch....or Rick Stein's if you are a bit posh! Personally I like the pork and apricot pastie they do in Padstow, but then that's not really a pastie is it...mutter mutter?

Posted by: Salle de Bain on 13th Sep 2010 at 02:14PM

Ivy's Avatar My pet hate is Rick Stein ! He's the reason Padstow is overcrowded . People actually go mad in the streets when they see him! Yes I have done the camel trail from Padstow to Bodmin and back. But not recently , unless you call 5 years recently. Before they actually built the cycle path my sister and I used to sit on the old bridge,with gaping holes then,( the bridge not us!) catching crabs for dinner. Well we never got many as most of them let go half way up! Hubby loves his "Atlantic Dry " as I don't like wine I only tasted it once.

Posted by: Ivy on 13th Sep 2010 at 04:12PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Thank you for doing our first Coffee Morning of the new twrm

Posted by: Westerwitch on 13th Sep 2010 at 04:29PM

Salle de Bain's Avatar I agree Ivy, Padstow is so horribly overcrowded these days isn't it...not a bit the way I remember it.

The Camelford - Bodmin part is a bit tiring don't you think...slight uphill slope? Then i am very unfitRolling Eyes I just remember lots of that Himalayan Balsam along the side of the river...very pretty...but invasive. Good job there's a pub at the end of that leg Laughing

Posted by: Salle de Bain on 13th Sep 2010 at 05:42PM

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