Back in the UK, almost the first thing Gek and I did was to join the local library. But this book I read in Singapore whilst awaiting our leaving date. A very interesting look at the Islamic, Hindu and Confucian views of humanity and their struggle to understand the runaway success of a seemingly chaotic Western Enlightenment view coupled with the attendant industrial revolution. al-Afghani for Islam, Liang for Confucianism and Rabindranath Tagore for Hinduism; all three looked to Japan as a model for reaping the benefits the West had to offer without losing control of their own societies, ie without democratising . They are still struggling with this puzzle even today, The Islamic State is currently using Western invention and production with it's Jeeps, guns, missiles, computers, the internet etc. whilst at the same time trying to destroy the system that gives them clout. Hopefully, we are perhaps seeing the death throws of extremist views, extremist views on anything. But I will not hold my breath.
Isn't she great? Well, Gek is wonderful, the car is just great. With plenty of room for four passengers and fold-forward rear seats for carrying our 'kit' at other times, this little monster fits the bill a treat.
Cottage style accommodation at Hooke. Since i had 'misplaced' ie lost, my Canon battery charger there are no pictures of the hair raising ride Dylan gave me in his Lotus 7 look-a-like Tiger something or other. White knuckle doesn't really cover it.
After a couple of homely days with Sarah and family, we motored up to Nottingham via Tewksbury,
stopping in the town for a bite to eat. This is full size, not in miniature scale.
After getting our feet soaked on the last couple of outings, we decided to invest in more appropriate foot wear to cope with the pathways in Wales's autumnal weather. Guaranteed for 5,000 miles. Should be just about enough for us.
As well as booted, Gek is suitably suited in a Gortex, all weather coat, complete with woolly hat. Looks the business, does she not.
The first test for the boots was a rather easy walk across the Hengoed viaduct. Ystrad Mynach is at the junction of four railway lines built in the 19th century, only one of which is still used by trains. The other two have a new lease of life as cycle and path ways, including the one that was carried by this impressive viaduct.
The views up and down the valley from the viaduct are quite something, even in the mist and rain.
On the other side, back to the overgrown railway cuttings which go on for miles.
This was our third visit to The View in two days. I think we like it. We are to buy. On this visit we chatted with the immediate neighour, Rob and the opposite neighbour Ron. I had told Gek before we left Penang that within hours of moving into a street in Wales, the neighbours would be round for a chat. In this case, we haven't moved in yet and within 15 mins we are on friendly terms with next door.
Five minutes walk round the corner the local pub. Very local pub it is too.
On the very top of Hengoed Hill a chapel established in 1710 with the present building going up in 1829.
From the foot path behind The View.
Gek in her new Berghaus all weather coat. Could be doing a bit of rambling by'er in the coming months. And yes, that is a blue sky you see there.