Quern-stones are stone tools for hand-grinding a wide variety of materials … in Cornwall Saddle Querns were used for grinding corn for bread.
|c/o BBC - Saddle QuernsWayside Folk Museum|
This object is part of a project ‘A History of Cornwall in 100 Objects’ … the three Bronze Age Saddle Querns were all from Zennor parish outside St Ives.
|A more modern method of grinding corn|
c/o Wayside Museum, Zennor
These type of Querns were replaced by rotary Querns in the Roman period, and then by water-powered mills. These can be seen at the Wayside Museum, Zennor.
A Quern could not be a Quillet – it could not be Quibbled with, nor could it be a Quiddity … “a trifling argument, a quibble” from Medieval Latin quidditas “the essence of things” …
Quillet is a secluded strip of land planted with early flowers, often found in the West Country, Cornwall in particular …
… there the little sheltered fields of flowers – Cornish violets, daffodils, narcissi, anemones – are grown for human happiness and perhaps originally commercially to be sent up to the big smoke (London) once the railway had arrived.
Shakespeare makes merry with Quillets – Love Labour’s Lost; Hamlet; Othello; while Puck is recognised in A Midsummer Night’s Dream:
“… Skim milk, and sometimes labour in the Quern
And bootless make the housewife churn; …”
|The Wayside Folk Museum, Zennor|
The detail could be Quibbled with, or even Quilleted with … but it seems that small thin and narrow allotment style strips of land used for cultivation apply too …
That is Q for Quern and Quillets – just don’t drop a Quern on a Quillet, having Quibbled with a Quiddity neighbour, you would spoil your Quirky planting ... from Aspects of British Cornish …
PS: a Quoit is a single-chambered megalithic tomb (also called a dolmen), I could have used Q for Quoit but felt I've covered Standing Stones and tombs in various posts, particularly under N for Neolithic, so thought I'd go for something different.
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