The Magnet of Love

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Photographic Art:  Caernarfon Castle, North Wales.

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Notes from my journal this morning:

I dreamt I saw a large planet surrounded by innumerable small planets.  Each of the smaller planets was being held and drawn by the magnetic force of the large planet.

On awakening at 5.30am, I knew exactly what my dream meant:

“The large planet represents The Infinite, God, Providence, the Universe, The Source, The Great Spirit, The Divine – call it what you will.  It all amounts to the same thing: There is Something far greater than us, a Power beyond our imagination and comprehension.

This Power is drawing us from the darkness into the Light by the Great Magnet of LOVE.”

The Weeping Window of Poppies

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Poppies: Weeping Window is a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies seen pouring from the ramparts  to the ground below, originally part of the display at the Tower of London in 2014.

It can be viewed at Caernarfon castle in North Wales until 20th November 2016 – the first venue in Wales to host the sculpture, to mark the centenary of the First World War.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986, Caernarfon Castle, built by Edward I in 1283, is under the guardianship of Cadw, the historic environment service of the Welsh government. [Cadw is the Welsh verb ‘to protect’]

The Wales for Peace Project explores the question: “In the hundred years since WW1, how has Wales contributed in the search for Peace?”

Harlech Castle, North Wales

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Harlech Castle is located at Harlech, in Gwynedd, North Wales.  The mediaeval fortress was constructed by King Edward I towards the end of the thirteenth century, as part of his ‘Iron Ring’ of castles, built around North Wales to subdue and conquer the Welsh.

The castle was built on the top of a cliff, close to the Irish sea, and was virtually impregnable.  The sea originally came much closer to Harlech than in modern times, and a water-gate and a long flight of steps leads down from the castle to the former shore, which allowed the castle to be resupplied by sea during sieges. 

The castle ruins are now managed by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, as a tourist attraction.

Along with Caernarfon Castle, Conwy Castle and Beaumaris Castle, this monument has been part of the Castles and Town Walls of Edward 1 World Heritage Site since 1986.

“Men of Harlech”, the nation’s unofficial anthem, loved by rugby fans and regimental bands alike, is said to describe the siege which took place here during the War of the Roses, wherein a handful of men held out against a besieging army of thousands. [The Wars of the Roses were a series of wars for control of the throne of England. They were fought between supporters of two rival branches of the royal House of Plantagenet, those of Lancaster and York. The name Wars of the Roses refers to the heraldic badges associated with the two royal houses, the White Rose of York and the Red Rose of Lancaster. Wikipedia]

Castle in the Clouds

 

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When I visited Flint Castle yesterday, I was privy to the most wonderful display of fluffy white clouds, billowing against a cobalt sky.

Flint Castle stands on the banks of the Dee estuary, in Flintshire, North-East Wales. It was built between 1277 – 1284.  

The castle was the first of a chain of fortresses built by King Edward I, in his campaign to encircle and conquer Wales.  Its most impressive feature is a solitary round tower.

It was the final refuge of King Richard II, before he conceded the crown to Henry IV.

Flint Castle is now maintained by Cadw, a Welsh Government body, that protects, conserves and promotes the building heritage of Wales.

Access is free and via a path. Most parts of the castle are open to the public.

 

Welsh Castles: Caernarfon Castle

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERACaernarfon Castle is a medieval fortress in Caernarfon, Gwynydd, North-West Wales.

King Edward Ist of England conquered Wales in 1277 and set about fortifying the rebellious area of  North Wales. He began work on the strategically important Caernarfon Castle in 1283, when the Prince of Wales, Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, mounted an uprising.

The site enabled Edward to control traffic along the Menai Strait – a very important objective for his continued supremacy in the area.

There was a motte-and- bailey castle [a fortification with a wooden or stone keep, situated on a raised earthwork called a motte, accompanied by an enclosed courtyard, or bailey, surrounded by a protective ditch and palisade] in the town of Caernarfon from the late 11th century until 1283 when King Edward began replacing it with the current stone structure. The Edwardian town and castle acted as the administrative centre of North Wales and as a result the defences were built on a grand scale.

There was a deliberate link with Caernarfon’s Roman past – nearby is the Roman fort of Segontium – and the castle’s walls are reminiscent of the Walls of Constantinople.

Caernarfon Castle was neglected until the 19th century when the state funded repairs. It is part of the World Heritage Site “Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd“.

In 1911, Caernarfon was used for the investiture of the Prince of Wales for the first time. He later became King Edward V111. In 1969 the precedent was repeated with the investiture of  Charles, Prince of Wales.

Caernarfon castle is a beautiful castle and well-worth a visit.  

Welsh Castles: Conway Castle

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Built for King Edward I, by Master James of St George, the castle is amongst the finest surviving medieval fortifications in Britain, from the grandeur of its high towers and curtain walls to its excellent state of preservation. An estimated £15,000 was spent building the castle, the largest sum Edward spent in such a short time on any of his Welsh castles between 1277 and 1307

Two barbicans (fortified gateways), eight massive towers and a great bow-shaped hall all sit within its distinctive elongated shape, due in part to the narrow rocky outcrop on which the castle stands.

Some say it is the most magnificent of Edward I’s Welsh fortresses. To get the full picture, head for the battlements. Breathtaking views across mountains and sea.

For more information on things to do and see in the area, visit www.attractionsofsnowdonia.com

Images of Conway Castle, North Wales by Isabella Rose [September 2013]