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Richard Abbott
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Living in London, enjoying family, writing about the ancient world
Living in London, enjoying family, writing about the ancient world

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For this week's blog, I am posting an extract from my planned prehistoric Cumbrian novel, tentatively called Quarry. I hadn't intended to make a start on this just yet, but it kept nagging at me. So here is a short section from very early on, possibly the actual beginning.
For the full extract, check out http://richardabbott.datascenesdev.com/blog/index.php/2018/09/19/a-first-extract-from-quarry/
- this is the opening paragraph
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Bran woke, all at once as the unfamiliar sun kissed his eyes. He had bedded down the previous evening at the edge of a stand of short trees, all bursting into greenleaf. A broad swathe of grass ran down to a round pool...
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Bonus points to anyone who can not only identify the high ground mentioned, but also the tarn in the picture…
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This summer, while pretty devastating for some plants, has done wonders for others... here is the grape harvest - not that there will be endless cases of Chateau NW11, but it's way more than any previous year. The figs are looking plentiful, but whether they wil ripen depends crucially on the next few weeks. And one olive!!!
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18/09/2018
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So here's the picture I promised in another thread. Some of you know that I've been exploring Ullswater (Cumbria, in the Lake District) recently, and I decided that, if rowan trees are anything to go by, this was where the Entwives toddled off to. If any of you see Treebeard before I do, be sure to tell him...
This was a particularly fine one fairly low down on the eastern shore of the lake, but there are others of all shapes and sizes all around it.
From Bregalad's song...

O rowan mine, I saw you shine upon a summer's day,
Your rind so bright, your leaves so light, your voice so cool and soft:
Upon your head how golden-red the crown you bore aloft!
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And finally for today, some flower pics from #Grasmere village itself... I realised while selecting these that they are the first flower pics I've posted since Diana Milne died a while back. RIP.
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15/09/2018
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While I'm in #Cumbria mood, here's some snaps I took during a walk the other day from #Grasmere over Silver Howe and back down via the early stages of Wray GIll...
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A rare piece of #Grasmere #Cumbria advertising from me - Grasmere Brewery and The Good Sport have just appeared in the 46th edition of the Good Beer Guide, published by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), in a total of 88 Cumbrian pubs and 40 breweries. Press release is at http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/16868028.countys-finest-included-in-beer-guide/, and a couple of pictures follow.
I'll be up in Grasmere more or less full time from early November, so if you're around, drop into The Good Sport and have a look!
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This week's blog post - some nearby red dwarf stars, and why they are good places to look as part of the search for alien life... and some connections with The Liminal Zone ...
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Something occurred to me today, that LLL is in some ways rather like Dune, except on a city scale rather than interstellar. For example you have the same rivalry between different specialised groups - in Dune these are the Bene Gesserit, CHOAM, Bene Tleilax, the Guild etc. Within a group you have an expectation of total loyalty, but each has its own long-term agenda which usually is at odds with others. I haven't developed the parallels further, but I suspect I could with time. Does anyone know if Lynch ever talked about Herbert as an influence?

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This week's blog... a third Lake District journey, this one alongside Ullswater along the ancient HIgh Street trackway, which was subsequently used by the Romans. And with a digression into a rather unusual church as well...
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This week's blog - back in the Hardknott Pass, this time talking about the spectacularly sited Roman Fort of Mediobogdum...
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