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Camilla's post reminded me of Llanfrynach church just outside Cowbridge. Built in the 12th century and still without electricity or water (I blame austerity!) but in a lovely spot. It has lost its village sadly as the villagers decamped up the nearby hill, perhaps to escape Glendower's troops, and never came back.

This isn't a good picture - taken from the back of the church rather than the front. For some reason the front is sunny and the back gloomy. Perhaps because the back faces north. But it was all that I could find handily.

One day when I was there the churchyard was carpeted in campula (?) - anyway, the little pretty blue flowers that cover ground and walls.

Once a year in High Summer the church comes alive with sung evensong and concerts. You have to book as the church is only small.
But I think evensong should be sung in the gloom. '.... and save us from all the perils and dangers of this night.' Lord now lettest thou they servant depart in peace according to Thy word. Yes, definitely better in a cold, freezing and foggy gloom with torches needed to find one's way home through the perils and dangers of the night, which in our case were usually the cowpats left on the unlit road by the farmer's cows walked home for milking.Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 22nd Apr 2019 - 11:51AM   Posted by Fennie   Monday Lark Comments: 11

Camilla's Avatar Morning Fennie and All, or should I say good afternoon nearly.Very Happy Thank you for posting, and a such a lovely post it is too. I adore Churches so much history in them and it's architecture.

There is probably still an EvenSong in the church where I used to live before near Salle, a magnificent church and almost like a Cathedral I have to say it is one of my favourite churches. Camilla and Charles often attend there most years too if there is Classical Performance these though are usually on a sultry sunny afternoon. I have attended before quite magical.

Posted by: Camilla on 22nd Apr 2019 at 12:43PM

Camilla's Avatar Well some news for you.... I was walking past Claire's cottage on the way back from the dunes with Patch yesterday afternoon, she is a good friend of Elaine my dog boarder who lives just opposite Claire. Claire and I were discussing plants and flowers and she was saying how much she was overjoyed that I bought her large Brittany oil painting recently when she gave it to Ray's charity stall... We have the same taste she remarked. Then she asked me if I would like to become the Chief Correspondent for our village of Winterton for the local Gazette magazine weekly.. 'I know you love writing she said to me and I think you would be the most perfect lady for the job. Eeek.! scary. It is quite inviting though and a challenge but I have not lived here long and have to say I am just getting into the community spirits. I need to know what is going on in Winterton if my writing is anything to be this space.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 22nd Apr 2019 at 12:53PM

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Posted by: Camilla on 22nd Apr 2019 at 12:54PM

Fennie's Avatar What an opportunity, Camilla! From such small career beginnings are careers made. Accept on the spot and don't be shy. Ask people what they think, visit the scouts, the WI, the church, the shops; attend every football match and tennis tournament. Let the squire take you to lunch, the vicar to tea and the Rotary Club to dinner. Readers of 'The Gazette' (are any papers still called 'the Gazette?') will be as amused by your jottings as we are. You could start with a piece about the seals on the beach and write about how Norfolk is sinking beneath the waves; include a recipe for Winterton prawns and Norfolk lobster; pursue the police, there's always a local crime or two. 'Is Winterton Norfolk's safest place?' you could ask one week and the next week your headline might be 'London gunman targets beach café.' (But misses!). Yes you could have very much fun.

In case you didn't know I am not being entirely serious but I am sure sales of the Gazette would increase. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 22nd Apr 2019 at 03:44PM

Camilla's Avatar Thank you Fennie, Very Happy will let you know more once Claire has spoken with me again soon, the next edition of the mag comes out on Friday I think I never knew there was this sort of mag, we have the monthly newsletter booklet put through the door for our village and the surrounding area's, ie., Hemsby, Caister and we have the free local newspaper for these villages delivered to us every Thursday, but never knew about the Gazette. There is the Mercury paper Fennie a tad like the Eastern Daily Press, I know the EDP comes out on a Friday perhaps she meant this and not Gazette.

Posted by: Camilla on 22nd Apr 2019 at 05:59PM

Withy Brook's Avatar Interesting, I look forward to hearing that you have accepted.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 22nd Apr 2019 at 07:14PM

Camilla's Avatar Thank you Withy.

Posted by: Camilla on 22nd Apr 2019 at 10:27PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Shall we get you a trilby with a press pass ticket sticking out of the band?

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 23rd Apr 2019 at 10:26AM

Camilla's Avatar A trilby... i think I deserve a top hat.. Very Happy tad like Mad March Hare wears in Alice with 10/6 sticker popping out .Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 23rd Apr 2019 at 01:45PM

Fennie's Avatar Ah 10/6! Mind, 10/6 were 10/6 in ma day. You could go posh on 10 shillings and six pence. That's what my trainspotting compendium cost and I really had to save up for it. I have it still would you believe!

Posted by: Fennie on 23rd Apr 2019 at 07:00PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar I was thinking more trilby and trench coat like a reporter Camilla. Laughing

HO went to a fancy dress party once as a Paparazzi - with his camera (of course) his tweed jacket, a giant Sun newspaper press pass around his neck and a t-shirt underneath graffitied with a pair of boobs and the legend "Show us yer tits love!" BlinkEmbarassedLaughing

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 24th Apr 2019 at 11:54AM

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