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Llanbedr Stones / Fieldnotes by postman

For a second there I thought RM was going to stand for Royal Mail. Once in always in. postman Posted by postman
05 Dec 16ce

Llanbedr Stones / Fieldnotes by postman

Yes and yes. It's the obvious solution and has been staring us all in the face.

Our ancient heritage will never have been safer.

If we run out of RM outfits then hamburglar will do, at a push.

Evergreen Dazed Posted by Evergreen Dazed
05 Dec 16ce

Llanbedr Stones / Fieldnotes by postman

I'm extremely gratified to see the Floyd mentioned on here, but how about dressing prison inmates up in Ronald Mcdonald get up and arming them with nowt more than air freshener. keeps the cows away, possibly, and if it all goes pear shaped for the crim, tough. postman Posted by postman
05 Dec 16ce

Llanbedr Stones / Fieldnotes by postman

all this cow chat has reminded me of the 'cadbury cows' on green st. always like seeing that sign! Evergreen Dazed Posted by Evergreen Dazed
05 Dec 16ce

Llanbedr Stones / Fieldnotes by postman

'one of these days' should be continually played at every ancient site in the country. hopefully that will keep the cows away and only attract people with good taste to the monuments.

'atom heart mother' may attract the cows though. tricky one.



Evergreen Dazed Posted by Evergreen Dazed
05 Dec 16ce

Llanbedr Stones / Fieldnotes by postman

Eastenders is evil and completely banned in my house.

I got the jokey side, and i'm partially in agreement, but I hate fences so much, I hate being hemmed in, there must be another way, perhaps a farm hand with a big stick, or a gun, to shoot any cow that touches stone, they'll learn in the end.
postman Posted by postman
05 Dec 16ce

Llanbedr Stones / Fieldnotes by postman

my main point about the fence was to protect the dolmen from the cooos!
else with a bit of arse rubbing (and who doesn't like that eh?) it might get a bit fecked up or even collapse. (eastenders drum roll pls)*

the thing about it being safety from a stampede was sort of jokey, but i suppose it would work quite nicely.

i'm always a bit wary of cows in fields but more so when they have young in with them. usually not a problem, but there was one time they chased after me and a mate and luckily we were near the gate and managed to escape.

*I hate eastenders with a passion and haven't seen it for a good 10 years.
Evergreen Dazed Posted by Evergreen Dazed
05 Dec 16ce

Llanbedr Stones / Fieldnotes by postman

Whilst not wanting to provoke another long debate about what to with oncoming cattle, I'll just say I've never been charged as such, cows have ran over to me, and I've quickly got on the right side of a gate, or stood on the very thing I've come to see. You just have to exercise some common sense, think before you enter the field, always have a notional escape plan, and don't act scared.
I'm not scared of cattle in the slightest, I will walk right through a herd, talking to them all the time, it's served me well for over twenty years. Only twice have I not been able to get past them to the stones, I just went back another time, or entered the field from another direction.
Sod 'em.
postman Posted by postman
05 Dec 16ce

Llanbedr Stones / Fieldnotes by postman

I don't like fences either, particularily when they're too close to the stones they're encircling, eg at Torhouskie, but I see his point re cattle, as a result of the incident recounted in my fieldnotes for the neighbouring stone row. Still shaken up by that, I instinctively did the right thing, not that there was any other choice, but that was w a y too close, and they weren't frisky bullocks just trying it on. Anyone reading this who thinks, when entering a field with cows 'aw sod 'em', think again. No, I don't have a dog. spencer Posted by spencer
05 Dec 16ce

Gwern Einion / Image by postman

Postmen of inexplicability?
That's the title of my next book sorted.
It must have taken more than one man to raise that, and lets face it, it's a totem pole, so it would be Bastards, rather than the singular.
postman Posted by postman
05 Dec 16ce

Gwern Einion / Image by postman

Oops. Looks Iron Age spencer Posted by spencer
04 Dec 16ce

Gwern Einion / Image by postman

You haven't even noticed the bathtub Spencer thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
04 Dec 16ce

Gwern Einion / Image by postman

...and never mind the orange string (are you q u i t e sure it's not contemporary with the archaeology?) - someone's put a teiegraph pole right through the top of it. Bastard. spencer Posted by spencer
04 Dec 16ce

Gwern Einion / Image by postman

Are there postmen of inexplicability too? spencer Posted by spencer
04 Dec 16ce

Gwern Einion / Image by postman

yes thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
04 Dec 16ce

Gwern Einion / Image by postman

I did that on purpose, I'm glad you noticed.

or

There's no such thing as orange string and the only posts we saw were the posts of inexplicability.
postman Posted by postman
04 Dec 16ce

Gwern Einion / Image by postman

You've downplayed the importance of the post and orange string in understanding the monument. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
04 Dec 16ce

Llanbedr Stones / Fieldnotes by postman

Sounds like your speaking from experience.
Still don't like fences.
postman Posted by postman
04 Dec 16ce

Llanbedr Stones / Fieldnotes by postman

re Bodowyr, when i was there there were cows in the field so I think the fence is probably a good idea!

Plus if on your way to the dolmen you turn around and see a big angry bull or 40 stampeding cows headed in yr direction and it's too far to get back to the gate you can leap over the fence and be safe from a trampling.

Also you have a nice view of the hills from the safety of the metal fencing during the 3 hours it'll take them to lose interest and slowly start wandering off.
Evergreen Dazed Posted by Evergreen Dazed
04 Dec 16ce

Great Hagley / Image by thesweetcheat

Yes, even if it's new they've put it in a nice spot thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
04 Dec 16ce

Great Hagley / Image by thesweetcheat

A fine and upstanding stone postman Posted by postman
04 Dec 16ce

The Hills of Dunipace / Folklore by winterjc

I hope someone knowledgeable can help you with suggesting some mounds.

You shouldn't do your computer literacy down - you must be doing fine if you have a smartphone and can post things on here! I'd totally recommend getting along to the local library though and using their computers to see the maps on the National Library of Scotland website http://maps.nls.uk/ I was just looking at a lovely large scale 25 inch map of a wood I went to today. mmm. And zoom earth's satellite photos - oh the hours to be spent (allowable when it's cold outside)
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
04 Dec 16ce

The Hills of Dunipace / Folklore by winterjc

Cheers Rhiannon, my elderly smartphone can't, unfortunately, no computer either (nor am I comp literate, tbt - hope to rectify both soon tho). I must admit I am very curious as to whether there are other mounds like Dunipace and Droughduil north of the border..mini Silburys (?) spencer Posted by spencer
04 Dec 16ce

Waun Hir / Miscellaneous by postman

Still cant work out why I couldn't find it last time.
It's much more overgrown than my first visit in 07, I might need Eric and his whole school class to clear it, still, it's better now than before we got there.
postman Posted by postman
04 Dec 16ce

The Hills of Dunipace / Folklore by winterjc

Hello Spencer, I don't know if it's quite what you want, but if you click the 'FlashEarth' link towards the top of the main Dunipace page, it'll show you an aerial photo. Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
04 Dec 16ce
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