I am not feeling my best again today - did the grocery shopping yesterday morning, got home and suddenly felt quite unwell. In the night my lungs felt like they were brewing a chest infection. Jury still out on that but some crap being coughed up. Sorry, if TMI!
I cannot go out and garden and oversee kittens, so we have opened the French windows and they are coming and going as they please and Pippi is much closer to home. Phew.
Firstly, a photo of the remains of Crickhowell Castle. It was originally a wooden edifice (as they all were when the Normans began controlling Wales), built around 1121. The name of Robert Turberville is linked with its building. Around 1242 the castle began to be rebuilt in stone, the instigator of this work being Sir Grimbald Pauncefote who had married the Turberville heiress Sybil. On a tourist board in the car park, it mentions Lady Sybil cutting off her hand and sending it in payment as a ransom in order to free her husband (who had been captured when on Crusade). But perhaps all is not as it seems, as this wonderful blog which I've just discovered explores. I hope that the blog owner does not mind my linking to their blog. The Turbervilles (John) also had land holdings in Dorset, and are linked with Bere Regis. If you know your Thomas Hardy, you will remember that Tess of the D'Urbervilles was also descended from them . . . on paper anyway!
Sker House, almost on the beach near Porthcawl, also has links with the later Turberville family, and a Jenkin Turberville lived there in the 16th C.
All Turbervilles are descended from Sir Payne de Turberville who came from France in 1066 at the time of the Norman conquest.
Here is a LINK to more information about the castle.
I had a little perambulation around the town, and came across this little tower on a side street, but I don't know its significance.
Then we turned left to look down the street. This reminded me of Chagford.
Finally, the road home. This is the A40 and that crenallated gatehouse is where Keith would dearly love to live!