Another nicely squared block of stone in the wall ~ Tallis Steelyard

Reblogged from Jim Webster, aka Tallis Steelyard:

Another nicely squared block of stone in the wall

I confess that I hold all skilled trades and crafts in high regard. I care not if a man is a farrier, a white smith or a poet, if he is an exemplar of his chosen art, then in my eyes he is the equal of any. Even the clerk who can write down his columns of numbers in a fair hand and then make them dance for his pleasure is somebody whom I am happy to consider my equal. Each in his own way has grasped the essential poetry of his art.

But then over the years I have done many things, worked with many skilled men and learned much. I was a clerk for Miser Mumster and learned the joy of numbers. I have trimmed the feet of orids, I am carpenter enough to be able to replace planks in the barge, and have even worked as a builder, not merely a builder’s mate.

It was this latter skill that I was called upon to display not too long ago as these things are reckoned. I had somehow become enmeshed within the coils of the shrine of Aea in her Aspect as the Personification of Tempered Enthusiasm. Thus I will often drop in and am occasionally asked to help out in some minor capacity. In all candour I cherish my connection for the never-ending stream of stories the shrine produces.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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4 Responses to Another nicely squared block of stone in the wall ~ Tallis Steelyard

  1. jwebster2 says:

    Just obeying orders can get you into a lot of trouble 😉


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