April 13th, 2012

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Montgomery Castle

A couple of weeks ago I made my regular springtime visit to my aunt, Mary, who lives in a town called Welshpool, which is in Wales, not far from the border with England, a bit more than half-way up. Apart from the obviously important thing of seeing Mary and doing a few odd jobs for her, it's also a handy place for me to use as a base for a few days to have a look around and find places to visit. Although she's not originally from the area, she's lived around there for a long time, so I know it fairly well. While I've been to lots of places of interest over the years, there are always new places to find. 

This was a perfect example of that. I've been to the little town of Montgomery loads of times. But I'd never visited the castle before. To be fair, there isn't much castle left, and, to be a little unkind, it's hardly more than a pile of old stones that could once have been in the shape of a castle. But it has a wonderful commanding view of the area from high up on a hillside overlooking the town. The day I was there was a very hazy one and you couldn't actually see very far, but I can imagine what it could have been like.

So, starting with a picture of the church in the town below, I give you what's left of Montgomery Castle.


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I suppose you could call it 'The Highland Clearances'

To jump ahead a little from the photos I'm in the middle of posting here, I'd like to mention something I've been doing lately. Just as I'm getting back to posting regularly after too many gaps in recent months, for a number of reasons - all too complicated and uninteresting to detail - I found myself dashing headlong into something at home that I would have preferred not to be involved in. I may have preferred not to be involved, but circumstances and a certain personal willingness told me otherwise. Don't worry, I'll explain.



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