England April 15

Sep. 19th, 2017 07:16 pm
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April 15 – Met up with clara_posts at St Pauls, then we had a quick breakfast and it was off to the Guildhall. Underneath is the remains of a Roman amphitheater and I think they did the exhibit very well. After that, we went into the main Guildhall (a bit intimidating to get into and it wasn’t obvious at all) and looked at all the carvings, etc. Off to the Museum of London next to see if there were any new exhibits that didn’t cost anything (there wasn’t). We stopped for lunch at The George, the last galleried inn in London. Very old, dating from the 17th century. Then we wandered around a bit before she had to go off to do her volunteering at the Sam Wanamaker Theater and shortly after that, I found my seat to see Othello.

Interesting stage production, only candle light with real candles, and the acting was great. The play, while lovely language, just showed how much of an idiot Othello was. Then it was back to the hotel.

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England April 12

Sep. 15th, 2017 05:20 pm
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April 12 – I had a long list of things to see and only a day to see them. So I was off pretty early, driving south first and then driving around the island. First up was The Braaid, a 9th century iron age round house and 2 rectangular ones. It was way out in the countryside (as was most of the sites I went to). It was cold as heck, the wind was whipping up, and no sun so I was shivering even with 2 layers on but the views were spectacular.

Then since I was close to a location that I’d tried and failed to find yesterday, I gave it another go and was able to find it. Cronk ny Merriu was a Viking cliff-top fortification high above the Port Grenaugh beach. It was just me and the sea gulls but I loved the views again.

The Ballakelly chambered tomb was impossible to get to. It’s on private land and although I was able to find a place to park (always a problem on Man), there was no open or unlockable gate. So I only saw it from a distance.

I also stopped at the Balladoole Viking heritage site to look at the boat burial site. There was also a keele there.

Since it was getting later and the threat of rain was increasing by the minute, I drove to Meayll Hill Circle. I was able to park fairly easily at the bottom of the hill, but the climb up the hill was hard, steep, and muddy. Also the temperature had dropped, the wind was howling, and at this point, I had 3 layers on and it wasn’t comfortable at all. But the site was amazing!!!! Six narrow Neolithic/Bronze age tombs high on the top of a steep hill, situated around in a circle. Locals call it Druid hill but no Druids there. The views were spectacular yet again even though just as I was done, it began to drizzle. The temperatures dropped further so I left.

I decided at this point to mix it up a bit so I went to Peel Castle which was out on a promontory with lots of harbor boats around. Ruins, of course, and quite extensive. Since I had a National Trust membership, I got in for free. Lovely castle and I was very glad I went. As a little aside, some guy was wandering around and I swear at first he looked just like Tennant’s Doctor Who, with the same hair and raincoat. I had to get pretty close before I could see that it wasn’t Tennant (not that I thought he was since David is doing a play in London) but I thought it was great that the Doctor would be wandering around ruins!

The Ballaharra Stones were right next to the road with easy parking nearby (finally). So a quick stop there and I walked over to the Giant’s Tomb which was in the wall in a road just up the street.

It was raining and miserable but I pressed on. I was going to try a garden estate but decided I’d rather see more archaeology since I can see gardens anywhere. And the best was next!! It was hard to find parking as it was a one lane road but there was a little layby close so I was able to walk up to Cashel yn Ard. And what a site! Neolithic chambered tombs, in a clear line plus lots of upright stones. No one there but me and the sheep. This was the best archaeological site on the island, imo. And the sun came out and it was nicer and much warmer although certainly not warm enough for me. But I did linger since the site was so lovely.

On the way out, I stopped at the Ballaglass Glen for a quick walk. It was very lovely with lots of little waterfalls and no one in sight. I lingered a bit soaking in the quiet.

At this point, it was getting late but there was still plenty of sunlight left so I backtracked a bit and went to Kirk Maughhold which was a working church but there were keeills (early Christian chapels) and lots of early Christian Celtic crosses just outside. They were all pretty worn but I could still see some of the carvings so I was happy.

Last on my list was King Orry’s Grave. Easy to find parking! There were two locations just across the street from each other. They were pretty impressive. The stones were quite large and there were chambered Neolithic tombs. This was probably my second favorite after Cashel – and a lot easier to get to.

Then I gave up and drove to Douglas to my hotel. I think I saw quite a bit!



The Braaid
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Well, Irma is a thing

Sep. 9th, 2017 07:12 pm
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So my dad and brother live in Florida, north of Tampa. I was hoping that Hurricane Irma would devolve into a tropical storm or at least go out to sea but instead, she decided to go right up the coast where my family live. Great. My dad is 97, lives in the house we own (rent-free), and my brother is just down the street. I'm really worried. There is talk of storm surges and fierce winds. I thought my dad should stay in the house. It's cinder-block and has withstood high winds before but he decided to drive north. Yeah, the 97 year old is driving north, hoping to get away from the storm.

My brother is going to a shelter at least in the area. But he told me that they don't have any insurance on the house so no matter what happens, they will be out serious money which they don't have.

I did try and get a flight out of Tampa for my dad earlier in the week, but when I looked, everything was booked. I even tried the trains but they were booked, too.

I just hope things will work out. I will be glued to my tv and hope I don't get a call.


ETA: I just got an update. My brother says that my dad didn't go after all and that he's staying in place. My brother is going over tomorrow to put more plywood up on the windows and then they are  all staying at the house until it's over. They said that they didn't want to go to the shelter because they have parrots and they didn't think they would be allowed in (whether that is true or not, I'm not sure the shelter would be any better than the house as the house is cinder-block).

Keeping my fingers crossed.

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