Q is for Quaint
Apologies for the large gap, I’m going catch up to Q,R,S and T today
The reason for my lack of posting had been twofold. The first is my laptop broke down making posting difficult which is why I did not post of then Thursday as promised and the second is I was away in Wales all weekend with no computer access.
I went to a little cottage that is owned by Liverpool Hope University, nearby was a small Church called Saint Philips and the nearest town to us was called Barmouth.
My first thought when seeing each of these places was “oo... Quaint.” But I never really knew what the word meant.
So I searched into Google and got this:
having an old-fashioned attractiveness or charm; oddlypicturesque: a quaint old house.
strange, peculiar, or unusual in an interesting, pleasing, oramusing way: a quaint sense of humor.
skillfully or cleverly made.
Obsolete . wise; skilled.
I think the first definition is the most accurate to what I experienced. I am after all a city boy, but despite that I have spent a fair amount of my time in the countryside. What I really notice whenever I stay in the countryside is my ability to get up early without feeling as tired and my ability to eat breakfast as soon as I get up.
Something about the atmosphere and environment changes me. I would be very curious to know if anyone else has noticed a similar thing.
I think I feel most at home in more Quaint settings, or should I say, at peace. I know my good friend Nel is equally fond of old fashioned houses and cottages. Maybe when she is a rich author she’ll by me out in Ireland.
Wales itself is a quaint little country and gets what I can only describe as an unjustified negative attachment. Wales is beautiful and Welsh people are lovely and kind and I would even go as far to say that there is not a well established community of people who practice bestiality.
I don’t believe humans were ever supposed to live in the vast communities that we do. I would even be tempted to go on a village or tribal basis (only in the point of view of working with nature rather than against it)