Category Archives: History

For England and Saint… Who?

Today – 23rd April – is Saint George’s Day. But even without the lockdown, you’d see few English folk celebrating. Of the Four Nations of Britain, it’s only we English that let our Patron Saint’s Day pass without a fuss. … Continue reading

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When I saw this fantastic cap on a bollard close to the old Maddermarket in Norwich, I was intrigued. The Maddermarket used to sell… madder, the plant used to dye medieval woollen products various shades of red. Hence the sheep … Continue reading

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Hand-axes, our first achievement While microliths marked the meso age Pottery, coiled and burnished, served neo farmers But copper and tin alloyed ushered in our worst epoch 27 words written for Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt: Epoch

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A Pointless Port

The port of Great Yarmouth isn’t as busy as it was 100 years back, or even 50 years), unable to take the container ships and its fishing industry lost. Now its main business is the support and supply of North … Continue reading

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The Wall

There is a wall around our town, which aptly fits Maria’s Antonia’s #2020picoftheweek challenge title of Around Town. Of the many intact stretches of the wall, I picked this one cos… well, seems someone might be living there. The wall dates to … Continue reading

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What Pegman Saw: Worth His Salt

Bronimir sat upon the table, not his usual place at all. He sat between a yeasty loaf that made his clay mouth drool and the smallest imaginable dish of salt. His family wanted something of him, and he knew what … Continue reading

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Crimson’s Creative Challenge #61

Welcome to my weekly challenge—open to all—just for FUN, FUN, FUN Here’s how it works: Every Wednesday I post a photo (this week it’s that one above.) You respond with something CREATIVE Here are some suggestions: An answering photo A … Continue reading

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The Lady’s Maid

Up before the family stirs, rooms to clean, beds to turn, slops to empty, floors to wipe, rugs to lift and outside shake, grates and irons to clean, fires to lay in hearths and stoves, doors to answer, gloves to … Continue reading

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What Pegman Saw: People of the Bear

My father’s grandfather died… when the bloody-handed red-garbed men from Rome thieved our gold. Those same red-garbed men set stone-on-stone within our valley. They bridged the rivers, built a road, and built a town. No seer needed to see where … Continue reading

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Sunday Fungi: Fly Away

And can we have Christmas without Fly Agaric? But who’s been eating off the *fly*? From the Rhine to the Volga and beyond, the Fly Agaric was long the symbol of Christmas. It is the red of the baubles on … Continue reading

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