Cowart's Common Room
Sitting in Gatwick Costa

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Here is the rather wonderful image of the festival with Wales as its favoured nation. A blend of harp and hands and of course the red dragon. With all these Celts about I am left wondering where I belong - with the Irish, land of my grandmother, with the Scots, the land of my birth (and indeed parentage) or with the Welsh among whom I have lived since 1977. I feel both all and neither and yet I don't feel English, certainly not among all the folk.

Here is a picture of the little house in which we stayed. Built on top of an old mill dam. This view is of the front.

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And here is the son of our Clisson Twinning Committee hosts, fishing from the terrace in the mill pond at the back of the house. (He didn't catch anything).

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And here is the mill pond looking away from the house.

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All rather lovely. The house only had two bedrooms and altogether there were eight of us (and a single bathroom!). One couple were sleeping in their van. Being on my own I had to sleep in the sofa.

But it was all very convivial - a bit like playing at scouts or guides.
And very hot! Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 7th Aug 2018 - 02:48PM   Posted by Fennie   Sitting in Gatwick Costa Comments: 10

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Squeezing lot's of people into a few rooms is all part of the fun of a weekend like that isn't it? Laughing

I hope you have come home exhausted but inspired to embrace all of your Celticosity wherever it may come from... SlĂ inte!

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 7th Aug 2018 at 05:10PM

Fennie's Avatar Next time, FN, will have to come too. We should be delighted to make you an honorary citizen of Cowbridge and Wales! And if I saw rightly there is a flight from Inverness to Nantes. Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 7th Aug 2018 at 05:26PM

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Meanwhile he is a lone piper (pipess?) outside the Lorient Town Hall. Despite the Crawford tartan nd the Scottish looks she was actually French. She was excellent too. Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 7th Aug 2018 at 05:30PM

Withy Brook's Avatar Looks a lovely place. I am sure you enjoyed it. Hope you are not too exhausted after sleeping on the sofa.
As for ones roots -
My father was called Evans and his father's line is Welsh, with a tiny touch of Irish many generations age. His mother was Scottish and her line can be traced back, via Henry ll, to the brother of the Black Douglas who was a mate of Robert the Bruce
My mother's forbears were all English. The Doxfords can be traced back to the time of William the Conquerer (Sp?) They originated in Northumberland and took their name from the place, Doxford. They moved to Sunderland in the 17th century. Her father's family we have not managed to trace back far, but they were from the north east.
I get very upset by all this business of independence as I am a mongrel!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 7th Aug 2018 at 06:48PM

Fennie's Avatar I agree, Withy. But a celebration of culture brings people together more than it drives them apart. Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 8th Aug 2018 at 07:50AM

Withy Brook's Avatar I agree with that Fennie. It is more the independence thing by Scotland and even Wales that upsets me.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 8th Aug 2018 at 11:40AM

Fennie's Avatar Scotland voted decisively to remain in the UK when the UK was part of the EU from which Scotland derived a feeling of being a community of regions as well as economic benefits. Scotland's relationships and alliances with France in particular go back a very long way. But now Scotland is being taken out of the EU against the clearly expressed wish of her people and folk there are most unhappy.

Given a choice between the EU and the UK, I believe Scotland will opt for the EU. Of course with sadness. It would be preferable to all remain together.

For much the same reasons Northern Ireland is re-considering whether leaving the EU - with all that entails for peace in that unhappy province - is worth the candle of continued union with Britain. The recent referendum on abortion in Ireland has been a game changer and the polls tell us there has now been a marked swing of opinion in the north towards union with their countrymen in the south and thereby remaining in the EU, eliminating the border issue and guaranteeing the future economic benefits on which the NI economy depends.

It is England, sadly, that is trying to go independent and break away leaving a trail of havoc in its wake. I don't want to see the breakup of the UK either - I am entirely with you on that - but I fear it will be the unintended consequence of Brexit. So both of us are upset for different reasons. Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 8th Aug 2018 at 12:58PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar I suspect in the aftermath of the Brexit shambles many non nationalists will indeed consider voting along with the SNP for separation in order to stay within the EU that many feel more of a kinship with than Westminster.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 8th Aug 2018 at 06:03PM

Camilla's Avatar It certainly is a Brexit shambles at the moment seems to go on for ages.

Fine Pipers Fennie, do the family in France have fishing rights over their lovely terrace? Looks a wonderful place Fennie.

Posted by: Camilla on 10th Aug 2018 at 11:16AM

Fennie's Avatar They don't care so much about licenses in France, Camilla. But I expect they do.Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 10th Aug 2018 at 04:52PM

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