Roman Numeral 100000

A Lakh of Effort

Come, let us celebrate!

Betsy Beth and Beer has reached its first major milestone. The hundred thousandth word was posted on 21st January 2015, within the post Stone Tossing Giants of Kinver and Enville.

A lakh is the name for 100,000 in the Indian numbering system.

The featured image is 100,000 in Roman Numerals (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, a great resource for Public Domain images). However, it can also be written like this:


An underline increases a Roman Numeral’s value a thousand-fold, C being 100.

minibus convoy divider

Anyway, to celebrate we’re giving all our Facebook friends access to Chapter 1 of Betsy Beth and Beer – The Book.

We hope you enjoy!

Holy Austin Rock, Kinver

Stone Tossing Giants of Kinver and Enville

Many, many years ago, in the village of Kinver on the Worcestershire and Shropshire border, there lived a happily married pair of giants. Continue reading Stone Tossing Giants of Kinver and Enville

Harris Hawk

A Harris Hawk on The Darwin Walk

In 1985, the late John Sanders, vice president of the Lichfield Civic Society – a body set up to protect the city from irresponsible and destructive planning applications – devised a 10 mile walk around the perimeter of Lichfield to commemorate the link between the city and its most famous child, Erasmus Darwin, philosopher, zoologist, champion of the anti-slave movement, and grandfather of Charles Darwin.

Thirty years later, Ruthie and I embarked upon this historical walk, following the directional instructions given on the website, which we have merged into the following narrative. The directions are replicated from the official Darwin Walk website, followed by our photos and comments.

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Beech Trees at Wayland's Smithy

The Beech Guardians of Wayland’s Smithy

The Ridgeway. A national trail described as Britain’s oldest road which, from prehistoric times, has been travelled by peasants, herdsmen, Romans, Vikings and traders. It runs from West Kennett in the West Sussex Downs all the way to Ivinghoe Beacon in the Chilterns, some 87 miles away, although it originally ran from Dorset to The Wash.

The Ridgeway. Walk its length and you’ll brush shoulders with the ancient history of Albion, encountering ancient forts, long barrows, stone circles including Avebury, and the famous Iron Age White Horse at Uffington.

We took Betsy, our Mazda Bongo, on a trip to Britchcombe Farm, a campsite just beneath White Horse Hill, and after a day visiting the nearby Blowing Stone at Kingston Lisle and the charming village of Uffington, we spent the next walking the ridge to immerse ourselves in the spirituality of the place, taking in the White Horse, Uffington Castle, and a Neolithic long barrow known as Wayland’s Smithy.
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Uffington, Oxfordshire

Uffington, Dear Uffington

Oh Uffington, poor people,

Got a church without a steeple,

But, what is more, to its disgrace,

Got a clock without a face.

St. Mary’s Church, Uffington. Such splendour, and architecture of such magnificence, that it is known as the “Cathedral of the Vale”. The above quote is from an inscription next to the remains of the original clock, dated 1701, which is on display inside the church.

The old clock workings, St. Mary's Church, Uffington





The clock at St. Mary’s Church, Uffington, courtesy of

When extensive work was carried out on the interior in 1851, this clock was the only thing that was left alone. It has no face because this clock was not meant to display time, but rather to chime out the hours on a bell. (There is a similar clock housed and in working order in Salisbury Cathedral, whcih is reputedly the oldest working clock in the world, dated 1386).

So, why hasn’t it got a steeple?

This, and so much more, was to be discovered as we passed through the lovely village of Uffington, on our walk back to our campsite at Britchcombe Farm, from a day out to The Blowing Stone at Kingston Lisle

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