We Are Who We Believe We Are

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Photos: Winter at Trawsynydd Lake, North Wales.

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Excerpt From My Journal 12th April 2012

WE ARE WHO WE BELIEVE WE ARE.  All obstacles are only in the mind. There are no limitations apart from those the mind invents. If I believe in those limitations, if I truly believe that they are tangible and that they really do exist, then so they are, and so they do.

To believe in anything is to feed it, nourish it, strengthen it.  Believe in obstacles and they will bar the way.  Know, instead, that they are only fleeting inventions of the mind, and so they will be.

It is the lower mind that sets boundaries and puts limitations on our dreams.  The heart is forever free-thinking, willing to take chances, to live its dreams. 

We can change our destiny, and that of the world, by changing our thoughts and beliefs.  We can turn any situation around, because nothing is ever set in stone, even if it is written in the stars, and even if it has been prophesied for millennia.

A Higher Force to Guide Us

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No need to plan ahead.  Respond to life as it happens.

When we’re in the Flow of Life, we are naturally trusting in a Higher Force to guide us.

We let go of trying to control everything ourselves.

Get back in the Flow of Life where everything happens naturally at the right time.

Photos: Llyn Celyn, North Wales  October 2016

Simply BE

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“We are human beings not human doings –

so let’s start acting like it by taking the time simply to BE

and appreciate the beauty of the world.”

Richard Branson

Images: Autumn at Llyn Mair, North Wales  October 2016

The Divine Quest

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“A lake is a landscape’s most expressive feature.

It is Earth’s eye, looking into which the beholder

measures the depth of his own nature.”

Henry David Thoreau

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When I visited the lake at the end of October, the peace and tranquility were palpable.  I have come to love this solitude and silent communion with nature. My heart sings and my spirit dances with delight. I am a child again.

As I sat, entranced, I was reminded of the words of the Indian guru, Paramahansa Yogananda:

“Each minute of life should be a divine quest.”

This was one of those precious moments, an eternal moment frozen in time, as the world faded away and my heart soared.  

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Llyn Mair [Welsh for ‘Mary’s Lake’] is an artificial lake near Maentwrog in the county of Gwynedd, North Wales. It was created in 1889 by William Edward Oakley, as a 21st birthday present for his daughter Mair.  The position of the lake, bordered with ancient oak woods, and its tranquil appearance, makes this a popular picnic site for visitors, and it is also a starting point for a number of local country walks. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llyn_Mair]

The Rhythm of Life

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“My soul is smitten with wonderment,

spellbound and bedazzled

by the glorious serenade of the rhythm of life.”

Image:  Llyn Gwynant, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. 1st November 2015.

Welcome to Bala Lake Railway

 

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Croeso i Rheilffordd Llyn Tegid [Welcome to Bala Lake Railway]

“Home of Alice, the Little Welsh Engine”

Yesterday I made my way to Llanuwchllyn, a little village at the southern end of Bala Lake in North Wales. 

I wanted to try out my new lens – a Tamron 18-300 zoom lens, so I decided to take the narrow gauge steam train which runs alongside the lake, a return journey of approximately nine miles.

For the next hour or so, the little train chugged and weaved its way along the track and I enjoyed some great views of the lake, which is nestled among the nearby mountains of Arenig Fawr, Aran Benllyn and Aran Fawddwy, in Snowdonia National Park.

On reflection, it probably wasn’t the best place for experimental  photography, given the nature of the journey!!

http://www.bala-lake-railway.co.uk/

 

And Still The Bell Tolls

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Llyn Celyn is a large reservoir constructed between 1960 and 1965 in the Tryweryn valley in North Wales.

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It is 2½ miles long by 1 mile wide, and has a maximum depth of 43 meters [140 feet].  It can hold 71,200 mega litres of water.

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The reservoir is contained behind a rock gravity dam.

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At the far end it passes between the mountains of Arenig Fawr and Arenig Fach, in Southern Snowdonia.

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Construction of the reservoir involved flooding the village of Capel Celyn and adjacent farmland.  When the valley was flooded in 1965, the village and its buildings, including the post office, the school, and a chapel with cemetery, were all lost. Twelve houses and farms were submerged, and 48 people of the 67 who lived in the valley lost their homes.  In all some 800 acres of land were submerged.

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Many of the stones from the original chapel were re-used in the construction of the Tryweryn Memorial Chapel, at the Bala end of Llyn Celyn.  

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Families who had relatives buried in the cemetery were given the option of moving them to another cemetery. Consequently, eight bodies were disinterred and the remainder left. The removed headstones are located near the memorial chapel.IMG_2601

People say that in times gone by, when the water level fell very low, you could walk over the little bridge leading to the village.

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But nature has a way of renewing herself and, fifty years on, the tranquil beauty of this area is enchanting and strangely haunting. And when I need to find myself, you will find me here in this oasis of calm and tranquillity. 

“Hush!”  Is that the wind rustling in the trees?

Or is it the chapel bell tolling out beneath the waters of Llyn Celyn?