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4/20/2009

That 'Doh!' Moment

Remember that picture from Friday? The one that's here? Go look - I'll wait - in fact, click on it and bring it out big so you can see what I'm talking about.

In that picture, if you look down along the coast line, you'll see two headlands jutting out into the sea. It's the second of those two headlands - the one with the bump at the end - that gave me that 'Doh!' moment I refer to in the title of this post.

One of the highlights of that trip to England was the daytrip we made to Tintagel, the "Camelot" castle, the legendary birthplace of Aurthur. ( Well, one of them, anyway.)

That second headland? That 'bump'? That's Tintagel! I never realized that until I was looking at the picture during the day on Friday. I brought up Google maps and by golly, it's Tintagel!

What you see below is the landward side of the 'bump', and some of the stonework that has survived 800 or more years up there. This castle is REALLY unusual, but I will go into THAT whole thing later this week.

 


Just to give this a little scale - do you see the cave at the bottom of the rock in the photo above? Well, take a look at the picture of #2 Son and Bitsy, standing in the mouth of that cave, below:

 


And then, below, find a picture of those two, again. This time, they are amid the stone work on top of the big rocky headland.

 


That was all fun and good. And if you like, we'll explore Tintagel a little more, later in the week. But the real treasure, for me, was seeing this:

 


on the drive down to Tintagel. England, much as it looked hundreds of years ago. And it's still there.

Ndinombethe.

18 comments:

Stephen Baird said...

great photos. love the church at bottom.
nikonsniper

Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo said...

so jealous. Would have loved to be there!

Jientje said...

What a great place. Looks inspiring, does it not?

moneythoughts said...

Thanks for sharing your nice photos. Can you tell us about the stone walls in the bottom photo.

Joyce-Anne said...

Of course, I'd love to see more. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful place.

Bama Cheryl said...

Your photos take me back there instantly. Thanks!

Shadow said...

you googled a place you were at... you are too funny. i'd have thought you knew where you were, heee heee heee

Cathy said...

wow--that would be inspiring!

NicoleB said...

I love these glimpses into England.
Beautiful (despite the weather).

M+B said...

I have so few photos of my time in England, but I am so enjoying this journey with you :)

Cat said...

Wonderful photos - I would rather like a trip there - it would stir my creativity I think!

Nan said...

You gotts read "The Once And Future King" by TH White. Excellent story, right up your alley. I have to take the boys to Tintagel!

Employee No. 3699 said...

I'm enjoying this tour you've been giving us. I, too, am curious about the walls in the last picture.

Momisodes said...

Wow! I would have never guessed the cave at the bottom was so mammoth! Really does show the scale.

I can see why you love the last one as well. It certainly looks like a snapshot from a time long, long ago.

Ree said...

I love your photos.

Hyphen Mama said...

I like to sit back and see through the eyes of the poor fool who had to stack those stones 'just so'. Can you IMAGINE the work that went into each and every one of those walls?

I could drone on and on about how much I love being around all the old ruins, but I won't.

LceeL said...

Stephen Baird: Thank you, Stephen.

Kelley: My only wish is that I had had a better camera than that little point and shoot.

Jientje: It is.

Moneythoughts: Field walls take the place of fencing - the walls made from the stones moved to clear the field.

Joyce-Anne: Thank you, Joyce-Anne.

Bama Cheryl: You are more than welcome, Cheryl.

Shadow: I HAD to use Google maps - it was the only way I knew to confirm what I suspected.

Cathy: It is very much so.

NicoleB: Yes, it is a beautiful place. Full of history.

M+B: I'm sorry you don't have more photos - but I'm glad if this helps.

Cat: Always, always, always worth the trip.

Nan: Yes, you do. Just don't be intimidated by the heights.

Employee: Walls, made from stone cleared from the fields they contain.

Momisodes: It's a big cave - and really, really, creepy.

Ree: Thank you, Ree.

Patsy said...

Wow -- I want to go back so badly! and not on a tour bus.