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The Words around Barnard Castle

I have a friend who lives in the U.K. (lucky) and he regularly contributes wonderful stuff to my various websites including pictures and articles about any castles that he visits.

He just recently visited a castle called “Barnard Castle” and of course he sent me lots of pics, and wrote a great essay about it. You can check that out right here.

When I create a webpage like this for something that someone sent me I usually do a little research so I can understand better what I have and how I can best transmit that to my web visitors. Maybe I can add a little something to it.

Well… for Barnard castle one of the first things I did was crank up google maps. And of course the castle is there.

I started looking around the castle and the various little towns nearby and what did I find? I felt like I was dropped directly into middle earth! Yes. It is because of the wonderful names of things in just a few square kilometers around it.

I got to share some of my discoveries with you.

There is a bakery called “The Moody Baker” and an Inn called The “Ancient Unicorn Inn”

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A restaurant called “Fryer Tuck Restaurant” A patisserie called “Bramble Pie”.
How about the Taj Mahal Takeaway, the Three Horseshoes and the Coach and Horses Inn.And while I have a head of steam going here lets take a look at some of the areas and roads.

There is:

Evenwood, Butterknowle, Wackerfield and Dickens Road!
Huderthwaite, Romaldkirk, Langleydale and Mickleton!
Churchill Road, Eggleston, Thringarth and Bowbank!

With a yarn mouse a deerbolt and a White Swan  all along the Deepdale Beck!

All of this makes me think of Tolkien and the wonderfully rich language he created and used in his writing. He was a philologist wasn’t he? And it is easy to see his inspiration. There are just so many wonderful names, words, and places in the United Kingdom. These words are just a joy to read and say! And I believe this is one of the most important things about Tolkiens work – the simple joy of language.

Well… let me end off this whole thing with a take out restaurant near the castle called “Jennifers”.

Aww…. Jennifer! Seems to me you let everybody down. “Jennifers” is just too plain and modern. You should get on the same sheet of music as everybody else. How about you rename the place to “Lady Jennifers” That might work.

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A trip to India

Just got back from a vacation in India and it was quite amazing. I had a really good time. India was a bit of a peculiar trip for me though. It had been calling me for a while. Here is the thing, if I could get personal about it.

I don’t travel for the usual reasons. Places call me. Simple as that. I was called to Greece, was called to Ireland, was called to Egypt and more.  India called me for a reason too…

I am at a place where I am looking for someone to share life with. A good woman. Somebody unique and special. It has been on my mind for quite a while. I love that, sharing life with a woman.  But due to a range of peculiar circumstances it hasn’t been my privilege for the past few years. But I have been feeling a deep Saudade and it is time now for me to find someone, or for someone to find me. I feel that.

Well, back to the reason of India. It is all about the Taj Mahal. It was built by the Shah of India as a mausoleum for his wife who died from complications of child birth.  While nothing can assuage the pain of such a loss the Taj is still something special to behold.

So, when contemplating the search for love and the woman to share life with where else should a man go but the Taj? And I went…..

I went to contemplate…..

I went for inspiration…..

And I found some small fragments of inspiration in the shadow of the beauty that is the Taj Mahal.

I will not go into any details though. Where my life line extends and crosses with yours is not at this place.

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