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Sharing My World 2017 Week 5

February 5, 2017 37 comments

Here is my post for Cee’s Share Your World series.

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What is the most incredible natural venue that you’ve ever seen in person?
Ooh, too much to choose from! I’ll just state “Cornwall” (I have’t been around many places).

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How many siblings do you have? What’s your birth order?
I’m the older of two brothers.

If you were a shoe, what kind would you be and why?
I don’t want to be a shoe, to be trodden on all day. But if I had to be I’d be something comfortable. A pair of those fluffy slippers which look like bunny rabbits.

What is the strangest/weirdest thing you have ever eaten?
I’m not at all adventurous when it comes to food. In Cornwall we’re all about pasties and fish and chips. I do eat very spicy stuff, but not exotically spicy, just spicy sauces on normal food.

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I did go out on a limb once and tried calamari. Didn’t like it.

Sharing My World 2016 Week 45

November 13, 2016 35 comments

Here is my post for Cee’s Share Your World. How did it get to be week 45? I’m not ready to start thinking about Christmas. Not ready, I say.

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Describe your own outlook on life in seven words or less. (NOTE:  does not  have to be a sentence.)
Just take it day by day.

Where do you like to vacation?
I just stick around here.

Candy factories (sweets or treats including chocolate) of the entire world have become one and will now be making only one kind of candy. Which kind, if you were calling the shots?
I really like anything with a chocolate outside and some kind of squishy inside, like praline or whatever, so I’ve decided to team up with Dawn over at The Day After (Lingering Visions) and have a Lindt truffle factory. We only need one more vote to make it happen. It’s the law! Who’s with us?

Complete this sentence: Something that anyone can do that will guarantee my smile is… 
Smile at me. It would be rude not to smile back. And it’s nice to be smiled at.

Sharing My World Week 45

November 16, 2014 31 comments

It’s “me” time again here on the old blog, with Cee’s Share Your World series.

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What is your favourite colour?
Blue, violet-blue, that sort of colour. This sort of colour, which was in my garden during the summer.

I love this one, whatever it is. Such a lovely colour!

I love this one, whatever it is. Such a lovely colour!

In what do you find the simplest of joys?
I quite like sitting near water when it’s warm as sunny, preferably with no-one else around. Maybe here, at Tintagel.

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Or here, at Golitha Falls.

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Would you prefer a reading nook or an art, craft, photography studio?
I don’t need any of these things! As a singleton, I can read or do crafts and whatnot anywhere I like :-). If I had to choose though, I would go for a reading nook, whatever that is.

What is at least one of your favourite quotes?
There are so many great quotes out there that I can’t remember any of them.

Since it’s quite topical, here’s a conversation snippet from one of my favourite comedies, Blackadder Goes Forth, which was set in the First World War. A sad commentary on the inadvisability of using a deterrent to keep the peace (the nuclear deterrent today?).

Captain Blackadder: You see, Baldrick, in order to prevent war two great super-armies developed. Us, the Russians and the French on one side, Germany and Austro-Hungary on the other. The idea being that each army would act as the other’s deterrent. That way, there could never be a war.
Private Baldrick: Except, this is sort of a war, isn’t it?
Captain Blackadder: That’s right. There was one tiny flaw in the plan.
Lieutenant George: O, what was that?
Captain Blackadder: It was bollocks.

Welcome to Camelot

June 25, 2014 24 comments

On Monday I went for a trip to Tintagel, a little village on the north coast of Cornwall. It’s a tiny place, but boasts more car parks than you could believe. Why, I hear you ask?

I parked in the “Sword in the Stone” car park. Does that give you a clue?

It’s supposedly one of the possible locations of King Arthur’s court, he of “Round Table” fame. I’ve been to Tintagel several times, but this time I coughed up the £6.10 to go onto the castle grounds (owned by English Heritage) for the very first time.

Kastel Dintagel (Cornish) or Tintagel Castle (English!) was built by Richard, Earl of Cornwall in 1233. It is said that Richard built his castle on this spot to link him forever to King Arthur, who according to legend was conceived and born here.

The phrase “Earl of Cornwall” is interesting in itself – in 1337 Cornwall was promoted to a Duchy (the first in England), and it now has a Duke (Charles, Prince of Wales and Duke of Cornwall).

Anyway, enough of this history/myth/legend! Here are some pictures. The cliff-top part of the castle is actually on an island. You wouldn’t believe the number of very steep steps involved crossing over. I got a good workout 🙂

If you click on any of the pictures, you get a little slideshow thing of larger versions.