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post Dec 12 2011, 10:20 PM
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I grew up on the coast of North Carolina, USA. When I was kid my grandparents would take us out on their John boat to go fishing/crabing. It's was a small flat bottom boat, so we could get deep in to the inlets. The water was crystal clear and you could see all the way to the bottom. I would dive in when ever I saw a conch and bring it back up to the boat. We'd catch flounder, crabs, clams, and squid all day. Then sit on the beach eating fried chicken or PB&J's, go swimming for a few hours, and then we'd go back to my grandparent's house to clean and eat what we had caught that day and freeze the rest.
My grandparents were poor southerners who lived in the middle of the woods. They pretty much hunted, caught, or grew 90% of what they ate. After they both died I haven't really been back to their farm. I really miss those summer adventures and all of the fresh seafood. I can still buy fresh seafood from the fish markets, but it's not really the same as when you catch it yourself..and it's still noticably fresher. I plan on buying a boat sometime in the near future so that I can take my daughter on little fishing trips like the ones I loved when I was a kid. There's nothing like it.
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post Dec 13 2011, 03:22 AM
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anywhere my beautiful wife is rolleyes.gif

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post Dec 13 2011, 09:20 AM
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QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Dec 12 2011, 03:47 PM) *
+1! Although definitely worth a visit!! Along with Silbury Hill, West Kennet Long Barrow and Avebury!!!!
I also love the lake District too Ben, but if I had to choose just one area of the UK it would have to be where I am at the moment or Cornwall!!!
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Hey, isn't that the place where King Arthur is supposed to be buried? biggrin.gif I am incredibly attracted to the stories written about him and of the Mabinogion of course! I read them when I was little and I am mesmerized to this day smile.gif

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I grew up on the coast of North Carolina, USA. When I was kid my grandparents would take us out on their John boat to go fishing/crabing. It's was a small flat bottom boat, so we could get deep in to the inlets. The water was crystal clear and you could see all the way to the bottom. I would dive in when ever I saw a conch and bring it back up to the boat. We'd catch flounder, crabs, clams, and squid all day. Then sit on the beach eating fried chicken or PB&J's, go swimming for a few hours, and then we'd go back to my grandparent's house to clean and eat what we had caught that day and freeze the rest.
My grandparents were poor southerners who lived in the middle of the woods. They pretty much hunted, caught, or grew 90% of what they ate. After they both died I haven't really been back to their farm. I really miss those summer adventures and all of the fresh seafood. I can still buy fresh seafood from the fish markets, but it's not really the same as when you catch it yourself..and it's still noticably fresher. I plan on buying a boat sometime in the near future so that I can take my daughter on little fishing trips like the ones I loved when I was a kid. There's nothing like it.


Wow, man this sounds incredibly nice smile.gif I used to go fishing too when I was a kid and catch fish for my dad, so he could grill them once he got to the mountain house. I used to spend all my summers there with my grandparents too smile.gif


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post Dec 13 2011, 11:44 AM
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QUOTE (brandon @ Dec 12 2011, 09:20 PM) *
I grew up on the coast of North Carolina, USA. When I was kid my grandparents would take us out on their John boat to go fishing/crabing. It's was a small flat bottom boat, so we could get deep in to the inlets. The water was crystal clear and you could see all the way to the bottom. I would dive in when ever I saw a conch and bring it back up to the boat. We'd catch flounder, crabs, clams, and squid all day. Then sit on the beach eating fried chicken or PB&J's, go swimming for a few hours, and then we'd go back to my grandparent's house to clean and eat what we had caught that day and freeze the rest.
My grandparents were poor southerners who lived in the middle of the woods. They pretty much hunted, caught, or grew 90% of what they ate. After they both died I haven't really been back to their farm. I really miss those summer adventures and all of the fresh seafood. I can still buy fresh seafood from the fish markets, but it's not really the same as when you catch it yourself..and it's still noticably fresher. I plan on buying a boat sometime in the near future so that I can take my daughter on little fishing trips like the ones I loved when I was a kid. There's nothing like it.


That sounds beautiful cool.gif

QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Dec 13 2011, 08:20 AM) *
Hey, isn't that the place where King Arthur is supposed to be buried? biggrin.gif I am incredibly attracted to the stories written about him and of the Mabinogion of course! I read them when I was little and I am mesmerized to this day smile.gif


Well, Avalon (or the Isle of Avalon) is where he's supposed to be buried and many people have claimed different places as Avalon. Some say Glastonbury Tor was Avalon...

As for Camelot, there is a hill near me that is called Cadbury Castle (beautiful place, one of my faves) that is the most championed cause for being Camelot smile.gif


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post Dec 13 2011, 05:01 PM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Dec 13 2011, 10:44 AM) *
That sounds beautiful cool.gif



Well, Avalon (or the Isle of Avalon) is where he's supposed to be buried and many people have claimed different places as Avalon. Some say Glastonbury Tor was Avalon...

As for Camelot, there is a hill near me that is called Cadbury Castle (beautiful place, one of my faves) that is the most championed cause for being Camelot smile.gif

I thought Tintagel was supposed to be the site of Camelot??
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post Dec 13 2011, 05:50 PM
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QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Dec 13 2011, 04:01 PM) *
I thought Tintagel was supposed to be the site of Camelot??
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Maybe Tintagel was Merlin's Castle or something.. I dunno, there's many supposed Camelots wink.gif


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post Dec 13 2011, 06:13 PM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Dec 13 2011, 04:50 PM) *
Maybe Tintagel was Merlin's Castle or something.. I dunno, there's many supposed Camelots wink.gif

The mountain capped with snow in the first photo I posted is Snowdon. There's a lake there where apparently the lady of the lake arose to accept excalibur from a dying Arthur.


QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Dec 13 2011, 08:20 AM) *
Hey, isn't that the place where King Arthur is supposed to be buried? biggrin.gif I am incredibly attracted to the stories written about him and of the Mabinogion of course! I read them when I was little and I am mesmerized to this day smile.gif
The area I'm from is where a lot of the stories of the Mabinogion are based smile.gif


Wow, man this sounds incredibly nice smile.gif I used to go fishing too when I was a kid and catch fish for my dad, so he could grill them once he got to the mountain house. I used to spend all my summers there with my grandparents too smile.gif

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post Dec 13 2011, 07:28 PM
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QUOTE (llibach @ Dec 13 2011, 05:13 PM) *
The mountain capped with snow in the first photo I posted is Snowdon. There's a lake there where apparently the lady of the lake arose to accept excalibur from a dying Arthur.


Man, Arthur got around ! biggrin.gif


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post Dec 14 2011, 09:45 AM
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Ben, seriously now smile.gif next year I shall try to make my way towards your country I'll need some serious cash for the sort of trip I'm planning, but my soul will be filled for eternity and what's more important than that? smile.gif


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post Dec 14 2011, 01:49 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Dec 14 2011, 08:45 AM) *
Ben, seriously now smile.gif next year I shall try to make my way towards your country I'll need some serious cash for the sort of trip I'm planning, but my soul will be filled for eternity and what's more important than that? smile.gif


If you do, then you will let me know because you're not going to come to the UK and escape from meeting me !! biggrin.gif

Donuts will probably be involved ! tongue.gif


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post Dec 14 2011, 03:32 PM
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NC is a great place. The coast has some of the best seafood you'll find. For those who have not visited, it's well worth the trip smile.gif As far as other great places here in the states, there are the usual suspects of course, L.A., Vegas, D.C., New York, etc. All of which are worth at least a weekend at a minimum. But honestly, if you are visiting the states from Europe, you'd do best to visit some place where you know somebody so that they can show you the cool stuff that isn't listed in the tourist info.

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I grew up on the coast of North Carolina, USA. When I was kid my grandparents would take us out on their John boat to go fishing/crabing. It's was a small flat bottom boat, so we could get deep in to the inlets. The water was crystal clear and you could see all the way to the bottom. I would dive in when ever I saw a conch and bring it back up to the boat. We'd catch flounder, crabs, clams, and squid all day. Then sit on the beach eating fried chicken or PB&J's, go swimming for a few hours, and then we'd go back to my grandparent's house to clean and eat what we had caught that day and freeze the rest.
My grandparents were poor southerners who lived in the middle of the woods. They pretty much hunted, caught, or grew 90% of what they ate. After they both died I haven't really been back to their farm. I really miss those summer adventures and all of the fresh seafood. I can still buy fresh seafood from the fish markets, but it's not really the same as when you catch it yourself..and it's still noticably fresher. I plan on buying a boat sometime in the near future so that I can take my daughter on little fishing trips like the ones I loved when I was a kid. There's nothing like it.



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post Dec 14 2011, 03:34 PM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Dec 14 2011, 12:49 PM) *
If you do, then you will let me know because you're not going to come to the UK and escape from meeting me !! biggrin.gif

Donuts will probably be involved ! tongue.gif

Mmmmmm Donuts!!!!
Count me in too!!!!
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post Dec 14 2011, 06:24 PM
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Dec 14 2011, 02:32 PM) *
But honestly, if you are visiting the states from Europe, you'd do best to visit some place where you know somebody so that they can show you the cool stuff that isn't listed in the tourist info.


Ok, Todd, you're the man... cool.gif


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post Dec 14 2011, 07:04 PM
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QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Dec 14 2011, 02:34 PM) *
Mmmmmm Donuts!!!!
Count me in too!!!!
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Donut and Rock Party !! laugh.gif


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This sort of Scenery is a 30 min drive for me, great to get away from everything sometimes


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This sort of Scenery is a 30 min drive for me, great to get away from everything sometimes


Oh my... looking forward to the day when I shall gaze upon such beauty smile.gif


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post Dec 16 2011, 10:09 AM
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QUOTE (PosterBoy @ Dec 16 2011, 07:34 AM) *


This sort of Scenery is a 30 min drive for me, great to get away from everything sometimes


That is damn gorgeous smile.gif


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