When I’m asked what I do for a living, I’m tempted to cop out and refer to my previous career or give my professional title, which I still consider valid. Then, the inquisitive enquirer will want to know where I work, how I spend my day and, in a moment of awkwardness, I would have […]

Janet Webb

Today’s contribution to Friday Fictioneers’ 100 word flash fiction blog hop brought to life by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields In perpetuity. Wasn’t that the commitment? Day after day of togetherness. Except Muriel had married a mathematician and one obsessed with fractals. The patterns she loved. He generated pictures, turning shapes into works of art, covering the walls […]

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Our family holiday to the Wye Valley didn’t just include castles, we disappeared into the forest. The Forest of Dean is ancient woodland and the second largest crown forest in England. The Romans occupied the forest to mine for coal and charcoal burning and the last colliery closed in 1965. We visited a small wood […]

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I had it the wrong way round. I had a memory of Chepstow Castle being gigantic and lots of walls to climb. Perhaps it was huge for a small child, but visiting it again, it seemed less than what I recalled. On the other hand, Tintern Abbey, which I remember as lacking much turned out […]

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How to make gardens more appealing to children? Add grottoes. Henry Oakley purchased the Dewstow Estate, near Newport,  in 1893 and being a keen horticulturist, he commissioned London landscapers Pulham and Son to create a garden with subterrean elements. Without descendants, when Oakley died in 1940, the estate reverted to pastureland, the hidden aspects filled […]

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Another trip down memory lane. This time it is due to Goodrich Castle. So much has changed since my last visit over 30 years ago. I wrote a little about that during the A-Z blogging challenge. Back then there was no entrance fee, you could walk right into the ruin. The ground was grassy and […]

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I’m on holiday with my family in the Wye Valley, which spans the border of  south Wales and England. The last time I visited the area was when I was a child, probably ten or eleven. My memories are vague and I think I visited places, but maybe I hadn’t. One of those is Clearwell […]

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Hundred words!  This week’s Friday Fictioneers’ post, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields and the prompt…. Re-calculating! He’d begun the journey on a highway. Then, when an accident had barred his way, he’d followed the sage advice of his GPS. Re-calculating! He glared at the titchy screen and the red marker, which hadn’t moved. One road after […]

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Carreg Cennen Castle (CD 34)
Carmarthenshire
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Historic Sites

When it comes to property, location is everything. We all want something to see out of the window, rooms with spectacular views. What is rare for a humble dwelling, is guaranteed for a fortified castle. Whereas houses are constructed on the plateau of fields or pastures, castles are mounted on bedrock.  Cliffs are advantageous, rivers […]

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Wasn’t sure where to go with this one. Needed a little light relief in my life at the moment – so here’s my take on this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt, which is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The TV boomed – winter is coming. She groaned. “If I had a quid for every time I’d heard […]

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My contribution to Friday Fictioneers’ 100 word story – thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting. Some wore balaclavas, others Halloween masks or nylon stockings. He chose a diving helmet. It wasn’t the most practical thing. He got stuck in windows. It was heavy, making climbing walls a challenge and it obscured his vision. “Why,” […]

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