Roman and Mediaeval History, Illlustrated Travel Journals, Mediaeval Literature, Geology

  Happy Easter

I wish my readers a Happy Easter.

I should post a spring photo to go with it, but the view from my balcony looks more like that.

Spring showers, the cold variant

I usually have spring flowers planted this time of the year, but there's still the dry old heather from winter because the earth in the boxes is either frozen or covered by snow and the weather would kill any buds. So we'll have to go with a photo from a few years ago.

Spring showers, the warm variant

Oh, and I hate daylight saving time. Just saying.

  A Blog Award and a Meme

Kathryn from Edward II Blog has awarded me with a Liebster Blogger Award that comes with a meme. Thank you Kathryn.

'Liebster' is German and means 'favourite'.

Though I haven't done a meme for ages and it really took some effort to come up with 11 random facts about me that are not too private. The questions were somewhat easier. So here we go:

What's your favourite novel and what do you love about it?
'War and Peace' - it introduced me to so much: historical fiction (though YA authors Rosemary Sutcliff and Hans Baumann had their share in that), 19th century novels, Russian literature. The other important book would be 'Lord of the Rings' which opened the gates to Fantasy.

Do you have any pet peeves in historical fiction?
Anything badly researched. But my pet peeve is actually TV-documentary related: stirrups on Roman saddles.

What are you most proud of?
Managing to get that blasted driving license. I swear, it was more difficult than a final examn in Latin. ;-)

Your favourite and least favourite people in history? (As few or as many as you like!)
Least favourite: Caesar, Pope Gregor VII, Napoleon. Favourite (as in particularly interesting, not necessarily 'good'): Augustus, Arminius, Charlemagne, Otto the Great, Duke Heinrich the Lion of Saxony, Wallenstein.

The country, city or other place you'd most like to visit?

Which five people would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?
Arminius (I really want to ask him some questions), Septimius Severus (because he can bring the good wine), Theophanu (with apologies for German drinking habits), William Marshal (I'm sure he knows how to party and he could tell cool stories), Edward of Woodstock aka the Black Prince (because a girl needs a knight in black armour sometimes).

Facebook or Twitter or neither?

What's one of your goals for the future?
Finish those dang novels-in-working. Blogging more regularly. :-)

What's your favourite season?

Dogs or cats or neither?
Dogs. And horses.

What's your favourite hobby?
I have several: traveling, opera, photographing, history, collecting - and reading - books ....

Next part: 11 Random Facts about me:
  • I'm synaesthetic, seeing letters and numbers in colour.
  • My collection of opera DCs and DVDs would make the Met and the Scala jealous.
  • My favourite colour is blue.
  • I collect little horse figurines.
  • I buy too many blouses. Books, too, but that's another matter.
  • My first computer was an Atari, and before I had a manual typewriter. Some of my readers may need to check those out in a museum, lol.
  • I like winter, but this one is wearing out its welcome.
  • I always read more than one book at the same time.
  • I love tea and have about 20 different sorts.
  • I can do more damage with a needle than with a sword. I know where the pointy end of a swords goes; but with a needle - not so much. ;-)
  • I sleep without a pillow.

  • I'm supposed to award 11 other blogs, but most of the usual suspects have already gotten the reward from Kathryn or one of her rewardees who replied faster. And not all blogs on my blogroll are mutual links (I have many diverse interests) though they would deserve the award. But I managed to find 11 blogs I'll herewith name for the Liebster Blog Award and Meme:

    Doug Jackson
    Scott Oden (since he's back to blogging)
    Annika (you didn't think you'd escape, lol?)
    Antoninus Pius (you can do it in character, that would be fun)
    Zenobia (aka Judith Weingarten; same about the in character part)
    Stephanie Dray
    Jeff Sypeck from Quid Plura
    Curt Emanuel, the Medieval History Geek
    Charles Rutledge

    And so it may go viral on LJ, too *grin*:
    Endless Rarities
    Helen in Wales

    Play along and have fun. :-)


      Planning the Next Castle Hunt

    I've been busy planning my summer tour (I'll be off at the end of May and travel for two weeks) for this year which took me a few days of figuring out what to see, setting up an itinerary according to where public transport will get me, checking B&Bs and all that fun stuff that goes into organising a tour.

    So you wonder where it'll take me?

    Tynemouth Castle, near Newcastle

    That one should give you a hint: it's the east coast of northern England and Scotland mostly. I'm going to turn a bit south from Newcastle first, to Scarborough to explore the castle there, then take tours around to Richmond Castle, Ripon Abbey, maybe Rievaulx as well, Whitby (provided that's no longer fenced in), the Roman remains at Aldborough, and the Yorkshire Moors. The next stop will be north of Newcastle, in Alnmouth, from where I intend to add the castles of Alnwick, Warkworth and Bamburgh to my list, and maybe revisit a Border abbey as well (I had been to the Borders in 1998).

    Craigmillar Castle, near Edinburgh

    The next stop will bring me into Scotland: Stonehaven and Dunottar Castle. I had that one on my To See-list for ages. And then I'll take a long swing north and visit the Orkneys. Kirkwall Cathedral, Skara Brae, Unstan Cairn, Maes Howe, Ring of Brodgar, maybe Birsay .... there's a good list of what to see. And it will be the time of the year for the simmer dim, the white nights of the Orkneys. The way back will lead via Inverness where I plan to revist Urquhart Castle (another one from 1998) and tour Black Isle.

    Coast near Newcastle, seen from the Amsterdam ferry

    Any of my readers (including the LJ syndication feed; I read comments there) who know those areas are welcome to suggest further interesting, though maybe less well known, places; I'll gladly try to fit them into the schedule if I can reach them by public transport or a reasonable taxi fare.

    Now I only need to find out to which gods to sacrifice to get good weather. *grin*

    The Lost Fort is a blog based on my travels in Germany, the UK, Scandinavia, and other places (like Flanders and the Baltic States), with essays on Roman and Mediaeval history illustrated with lots of photos of old castles, cathedrals, Roman remains, and beautiful landscapes. You may also find the odd essay about geology or Mediaeval literature.

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    I'm a blogger from Germany with a MA in Literature and History which doesn't pay my bills, so I use it to research blogposts instead. I'm interested in everything Roman and Mediaeval, avid reader and sometimes writer, opera enthusiast, traveller with a liking for foreign languages and odd rocks, photographer, and tea aficionado. And an old-fashioned blogger who hasn't yet gotten an Instagram account. :-)