Tales of Britain

By Jem Roberts

The finest, funniest stories of England, Scotland & Wales, refreshed for the 21st century. By Brother Bernard, as told to Jem Roberts.

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Stones And Old Sods

A very happy Folklore Thursday to all!

We're sorry not to have a more detailed blog for today's 'stone and earth' theme, but there is a fair excuse – it's Brother Bernard's birthday today! If you remember, this time last year he was down in Cornwall to visit Arthur/Tristan & Isolde's home, at TINTAGEL.

Of course, if you have the book (why don't you have the book?), you'll already know we boast a wonderful, updated stone circle tale – LONG MEG AND HER DAUGHTERS!

But today, speaking of EARTH, a different fitting birthday expedition has been made by this old sod, to the Iron Age/Roman/Medieval hillfort at OLD SODBURY.

As part of the birthday traditions, here a new story will be retold – this year, it's THE LAIRD OF CO', a pleasingly strange little fairy tale set in the craggy Scottish castle of Culzean. If we get to create a further edition, our retelling will be there. And who knows, now we've heard from the dearest Stephen Fry that he's 'instantly hooked' on our book, perhaps that will be recommendation enough to guarantee a special edition before the 2020s are too old!

Anyway, here's mud in your eye!

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