Reg researches Puckles – #MuseItUp #DaffodilAndTheThinPlace

Reg’s Dlog (Well, what else would you call a dog’s blog?)

Reg risks life and limb to read the board
Reg risks life and limb to read the board

The last time I dlogged, I was wondering what to call myself and I may have inadvertently cast aspersions on the Old Girl’s ability to choose names for the characters in her stories.
Take her ebook, ‘Daffodil and the Thin Place’.
Well, I ask you, fancy calling a girl Daffodil! The Old Girl disagrees. She said she liked daffodils.
Well, I like meat, but I wouldn’t name a puppy after it.

But I’m nothing if not a fair dog and I have to concede that Daffodil is a name that is apparently used in France and it’s not the worse name I’ve ever encountered. So, I take it back. Daffodil is an acceptable name. But I’m sure there are some other stupid names in ‘Daffodil and the Thin Place’ and I decided to find an example.

I didn’t have to look far. The school that Daffodil goes to in the Victorian times is called Puckles. Well, how silly is that?

But the Old Girl claims there really was a charity school and it was called Puckles.

Puckles? Really?

Close up of the sign
Close up of the sign

But  apparently, she’s right. And the proof is in the photos. I risked life and all four limbs to read the information which is displayed in St. Nicholas Church and I needed quite a lot of help to find out what it said. At first, I thought the problem that I had with reading, was the proximity of my nose to the words and the stress of abseiling down the sign as I read but then I realised it was something completely different. Now, I’m not one to criticise because my spelling is rather inconsistent but I don’t think I ever confuse ‘f’ and ‘s’. But whoever painted this sign, seemed a bit vague about them.
Take the first sentence for example – it looked like it said ‘John Puckle of this parifh by his laft will dated the 6th May 1617 Gave all his copy hold lands to the maintenance of a School mafter for teaching a Competent number of poor children of Bafildon or Layndon…’

It all became clear once the Old Girl translated. I found that I had a sneaking admiration for the man. How generous to leave money for the education of poor children from Basildon and Laindon. I wish I’d met him. I wonder if he left any money to a dog’s home? I wouldn’t mind betting he did and if he didn’t, then I expect he just ran out of money and he would have, if he could have.

The Old Girl told me that a small amount of money is still used to provide educational resources for school pupils in Laindon, so Puckle’s legacy lives on which is fuper. Forry, I mean super. Sorry…

Well, if you want to read ‘Daffodil and the Thin Place’, click here to go to the Muse It Up Publishing website or go to your favourite ebook retailer.

All profits from the sale of ‘Daffodil and the Thin Place’ will go to St. Nicholas Church, Laindon with Dunton, so it’s all in a good cause. Why not buy a copy? Why not buy two?

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