Not the Best Of Times, But Not the Worst of Times



I was munching away on my latest fad, cottage cheese and red-skinned peanuts on sourdough toast, and I found myself wondering what history would consider the worst time to be alive for us humans.

It looks pretty bad right now, and, sorry for the spoiler, it’s going to get a lot worse what with the planet doing its best to bring about end of days and democracy a joke. Then there is the price of food, the health service in meltdown and that Russel Brand getting outed as an evil predator, just as he gets going on big pharma. Not to mention new covid variants that make your throat feel like you swallowed barbed wire and you just have to stay under the duvet with your Lemsip for a few awful days

Oh dear, oh dear!

So feeling the gloom descend, as I wrap myself in my electric throw and sit back to admire my view, while I still can, methinks a little scroll through my ever trusty laptop, courtesy of Dr Google might help me find even worse times than this.

Well, what do you know? about midway through the sixth century AD looked pretty rough…

What with a giant volcanic eruption in Iceland resulting in an ash cloud that lasted for 18 months enveloping the whole of the northern hemisphere in darkness, the resulting drop in temperatures led to mass crop failure. Doesn’t that kind of put a wet weekend in dear Pembrokeshire in the shade? Though I have to say that by the end of the winter here, I feel like I have been sucking air through a wet sock, and my mood is that of a hibernating bear  with insomnia.

No food banks in 536 AD, so lots of people starved, and I mean LOTS – starvation and the volcanic eruptions just kept on coming.

Covid hasn’t been a barrel of laughs but in the sixth century you might have been forgiven for thinking as you starved in your hovel in the dark that the emergence of the bubonic plague was a bridge too far. That little beauty rampaged across Europe inflicting its boils and buboes and ultimately killing about 25 million people.

Now I am not suggesting some folks aren’t having a very tough time now in 2023, but as the winter begins to make herself known (not my best time of year) I was searching for some humour. After all, at time of writing, it’s only 13 weeks until Christmas, and everyone knows how happy that makes me.

Seriously though, for folks who are having a really tough time in 2023 see below:

For information on help with homelessness please contact Homeless Pembrokeshire

There are food banks and charities all over Pembrokeshire. We suggest if you are facing issues with hardship you have a look on Facebook for the nearest services to you.

The VC Gallery offers opportunities to alleviate isolation through an array of projects

For the rest of us… who might just be a bit peed off… aren’t we lucky its not 536 AD?

Kitty Parsons

Kitty has forgotten how long she has been here now but she loves Pembrokeshire for its beauty and it's people. She spends her time searching out stories for, swimming in the sea , drawing and painting as Snorkelfish and eating cake. She says " has been an opportunity to celebrate this beautiful county and its people. Keep the stories coming. We love to hear from you."

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