Winterbirth, Weird Art, and Wales
Don't worry, it's not about more pics of the two snow showers we got this spring, but about a novel by Brian Ruckley, first in the Godless World trilogy. According to the reviews, this Fantasy trilogy is losely based on a darker version - if that's possible - of Scottish geography and Dark Age-ish history, with magic, battles, and some interesting twists. Sounds like a read right up my alley, so I ordered the first book from Amazon.de. The second, Bloodheir, will be out in June.
Ruckley has a blog where he sometimes posts photos of Scottish landscapes (here, here, here, and here) and Northumbrian castles.
Well, not so weird, actually, because one can make some sense of it, but I needed a W for the alliteration. There is a new feature in the Junkerberg cemetary outside Göttingen.
If you look through the stones, you can distinguish the shape of a cross. A number of those stones has been arranged in the lay of a church, with an altar and some stone seats in the centre. Several walkways meander through it, giving different views of the cross-stones. I can imagine that once the trees have sprouted leaves and grown a bit, it will be even more interesting.
If everything goes well, I'll be off May 14 - 28, which gives me two weeks to explore Roman remains and great whopping castles. I'll take a four corner trip, so to speak: Cardiff, Pembroke, Caernarfon, Chester (ok, the last is just outside Wales, but it has too much Roman stuff to be missed). From those places I should be able to cover a good number of interesting sites, even by public traffic. Some on my list are Caerleon and Caerwent Roman remains, the castles of Caerphilly, Chepstow, Pembroke and Manorbier, Caernarfon castle and the Roman remains of Segontium, plus the castles of Beaumaris and Dolwyddelan.
The only part of the trip I'm not looking forward to is the transfer Pembroke - Caernarfon, an 8 ½ hour journey with several changes of buses and trains, and King Arthur knows if there'll be the chance to see a bathroom any time. I could rent a car, but I really don't feel like driving on the wrong side on single track roads. Or on normal roads, for that matter.
So if anyone feels like picking me up in Carmarthen and give me a ride .... *grin*
A little lake, also in Junkerberg cemetary
It's still a low winter sun in those pics, because I took them back in January.