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Oh where is everyone? The sky is blue and the sun is hot and it is too fine to stay indoors. All morning I have been making notes for the tour of 'Historic Cowbridge' that I am supposed to be leading tomorrow. I am not nervous: is that a good or a bad sign? Perhaps I am getting demob happy.

I have a feeling that the next few weeks will be quiet, the customers concluding that I have already given up. Certainly it is quiet today. So I think I will go out for a walk, Sadly the castle isn't on my 'historic' route as it is a good ten minutes walk from the centre. Yet all the accounts differ, historians not even being able to agree whether the town originally had four gates or three. Today only a single one remains.
They were demolished because they were narrow. Back in them there days stage coaches and farm wagons were bigger than even today's 4 x 4s. Think Constable's Haywain.

And there was once a Guildhall and a Market Hall in the middle of the High Street. I still don't see how that was possible, even if you take away the pavements. I shall go and look and measure. The Guildhall was 25 feet wide, apparently by 100 feet long. But we move on. I contend that the only reason Cowbridge is where it is is because the Neolithic people like their straight lines and geometrical patterns a habit they bequeathed to the Romans. What would Neolithic Cowbridge have been like? The High Street much the same I guess, though without the shops and with some sacred place where the church now stands.

The Neolithics died out when the climate changed and the weather became colder. Then in the middle ages the weather got warmer and Cowbridge (and Europe) flourished with great new Cathedrals and so.
Then it got colder again and we all languished. A warm spell and we have record economic growth and we fly to the moon which will be followed by some catastrophic climate catastrophe as I can't see mankind ever changing its destructive ways. And so it is one civilisation after another at the mercy of the weather. SadSadUploaded Image

Posted at 18th Oct 2018 - 02:49PM   Posted by Fennie   Afternoon Lark Comments: 5

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Camilla's Avatar Apologies Fennie, have not logged on much these past two days, what with Patch being poorly and was out for the day yesterday.

Yes similar weather here yesterday too, lots of lovely warm sunshine.

Best of luck with the tour today in Cowbridge, perhaps we may be able to see a video of it that would be good.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 19th Oct 2018 at 09:37AM

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Fennie's Avatar I doubt it Camilla. Probably just me and a dog. Had a rotten night last night for some reason. I feel I haven't been to bed at all. Yet I am quite relaxed about the tour. Just worried that feeling half asleep I shall be forgetful and won't 'sparkle.'
Have to take some Anadin an hour before.

Sorry to hear of your traffic problems, Camilla, but glad Patch is better again.

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Posted by: Fennie on 19th Oct 2018 at 10:07AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar I've been catching up on restocking shelves before we have our summer holiday at the end of the month, we'll be straight into the run up to Christmas by the time we come back.
Spent yesterday de-labelling more than a dozen jars and fancy bottles to make some more fairy lamps and candle holders - they get decoupaged with mulberry paper and stuffed with fairy lights or a tealight, they're quite popular for Christmas presents.

Do you get nervous before performances Fennie? Perhaps your love of history makes this one exciting rather than nerve wracking.
Have you ever come across any old paintings or etchings of old Cowbridge? there are one or two 18th Century ones of old Inverness with what are now City centre streets that are just muddy tracks with thatched black-houses and shoe-less urchins. It would be fascinating to see what it looked like in medieval times or before.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 19th Oct 2018 at 10:27AM

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Fennie's Avatar Actually I should prefer to be nervous. Nervous is fine, it gives you an edge. What I can't stand, as now, is just feeling zonked. Feeling in desperate need of sleep but being unable to sleep - a sort of hung over feeling - when you can't remember things properly, have a headache and generally feel ill and yet you have to be sharp and on the ball, smiling, remember people's names, give a talk that flows, have all the relevant facts at your fingertips, be able to improvise and answer questions fluently, make the people laugh and generally be memorable and sparkling. Oh dear. And I have been sleeping well recently, too. Cool

Posted by: Fennie on 19th Oct 2018 at 11:12AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Hope it went well Fennie, I'm sure you were sparkling once you got underway.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 19th Oct 2018 at 06:08PM

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