Normal (?) Service Resumed and… Books! (The Monday Morsel)

Oh it’s so good to get back to a normal blog routine! Whenever I’m away from my 14th Century studies for more than a few days I get a bit ‘homesick’ and find myself drifting back to the books.

Mind you, in retrospect I really needed some rest time. I started the week with a toothache which ended up as a dental abscess for which I needed antibiotics and a couple of visits to the dentist. The the antibiotics then played havoc with my body, so I needed more treatment for that. And then, to cap it all (and probably because of all that had gone before) I had what I term a ‘time of fuggyness’. I had a couple of days when I would get half way through a sentence and then forget what I was talking about – or I would go into a room for something and when I got there I couldn’t remember for the life of me what it was. I had trouble talking, reading, in fact doing anything that required me rubbing two braincells together. Actually – if you read the post on oak galls you will notice an unusual (for me) amount of typos – all due to fuggy brain syndrome!

Thereupon followed 2 more days of sleeping for long periods. And now I’m right as rain (what a strange saying). But, ugh, I sooo hate fugginess! What made it even worse this week was that I had a fuggy attack during a lesson and I lurched from either monotonous rambling to looking rather confused as what I was supposed to say next, or – even more embarrassing – mixing the whole sentence up completely. I think the students must have thought I’d lost the plot!

Anyway, despite the fuggy intervals I still managed to get a few things done, the most pleasant of which was a repeat visit to Chepstow castle and Tintern Abbey on what turned out to be a beautiful sunny day (out of the cold blasts of winds, anyway). I also started on one of the books on my reading list for my uni class which was Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson. Now, apologies to any who love the book – and I know they exist – but I have found it to be terribly hard going and with stories that make even Eastenders look cheerful. I reckon if I’d tried to read the book in one go I would have ended up hurling myself off a very tall building! Saying that though, it is good writing. I just wish it had a bit more get up and go!

On a happier note, I also received a nice little parcel from Amazon this week containing my long-awaited delivery of Ian Mortimer’s new book: The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century. I expect that Alianore will want to do the full review on this, seeing as she helped Ian with his first draft – so I will merely say this: It’s fantastic! Buy it! Read it!


About Jules Frusher

With an MA in Creative and Critical Writing, I am passionate about the written word. The other great loves of my life are all things Medieval (especially Hugh le Despenser the Younger) and animal behaviour (especially canids and corvids). Give me a castle in the wilderness (with Broadband!) and I'll be happy!
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