Showing posts from November, 2014

A Medieval Life?

I am a big fan of experimental archaeology.   I believe that in order to understand the past it is very useful to recreate situations and try things out for yourself.  So, I am a big fan of Ruth Goodman and her historical chums who have for the last few years been bringing different era farms to our tv screens.  Now they have embarked on a new historical subject... Secrets of the Castle.  I watched the first episode and was instantly hooked. Ruth Goodman is an expert in the housewife, home maker stuff and while the boys were getting to grips with stonemasonry Ruth was busy making their lean-to into a medieval home.  And it suddenly struck me how much like my own home it was.  Yes I know, I can hear you laughing... its nothing like my home as you can see but... there are similarities... I live in just one room.  Yes my room is very large compared to the medieval one, and mine is a proper room, not open to the elements, but all the same there are some very similar aspects... mi

A Strange Visitor

We are mid paint. It's only taken a year but at last we started painting the inside of the house.  Work progresses slowly but at least the worker is clean and tidy about doing it.  Which makes all the difference when you have to live in the house while its being painted.  Well done Steve... keep at it... the end is in sight! While painting around the window area Steve exclaimed... 'My goodness look at that!'  And there he was...... ....chirping away in the tree. Well.  He must be an escapee methinks so we hastily put some crumbs out onto the table on the veranda and called to him... in both English and Spanish as well as some pretty bog standard trilling that one imagines makes sense to captive birds... And yes he came round to the veranda and perched quite close. Then he flew to the table but before he could eat anything, Fergus got excited and rushed over to him, at which he flew up to the bar that runs around just below the veranda roo