Autumn Glory at Moss Valley

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“Reading about nature is fine,

but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully,

he can learn more than what is in books,

for they speak with the voice of God.”

George Washington Carver

Images: Autumn Glory at Moss Valley, North Wales

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct World Heritage Site

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The Aqueduct as viewed from the little stone bridge upstream

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The little stone bridge upstream, as viewed from the top of the Aqueduct

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Pontcysyllte [Pont-ker-sulth-tay]  is the tallest navigable aqueduct in the world and carries the Llangollen canal high up over the Dee Valley.  It was given World Heritage status in 2009.  Thomas Telford and William Jessop worked on the design.  They were the greatest canal engineers of their day.  

The aqueduct comprises a cast iron trough mounted on stone pillars, spanning the valley 126 feet above the river.  It is 307 metres [1007 feet] long and has 18 piers, 39 metres [126 feet] high, and 19 arches, each with a 13.7 metres [45 feet] span.  It is fed by water from the Horseshoe Falls near Llangollen, and holds 1.5 million litres of water.  Each year the aqueduct is crossed by more than 15,000 boats and 200,000 pedestrians.  It is an adventure to be experienced by all.  

When I was there last week the sky was blue and Autumn had begun to appear, but it was very windy high up on the aqueduct.  I managed to walk halfway across and then had to steady myself against the railings in order to get the photograph of the little stone bridge spanning the river upstream. [There are only railings on one side and a narrow parapet for pedestrians.  Then the trough that carries the canal, then nothing – just a great big drop 126 feet down!!]

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Talacre Beach and Nature Reserve

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“Come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned…

Just think of happy things,

and your heart will fly on wings, forever,

in Never Never Land.”

Peter Pan

Life is Eternal

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“I am the daughter of Earth and Water,

And the nursling of the Sky;

I pass through the pores of the ocean and shores;

I change, but I cannot die…”

Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1820

The Legend of Gelert, Beddgelert, Snowdonia

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IMG_2190-2Gelert’s Trail, the path running alongside the river, leading to Gelert’ Graves

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According to legend, this stone monument, situated in a field alongside the River Glaslyn, marks the resting place of Gelert, the faithful dog of the mediaeval Welsh prince, Llewelyn the Great. The story, as written on the tombstone, reads:

“In the 13th century Llewelyn, prince of North Wales, had a palace at Beddgelert. One day he went hunting without Gelert, ‘The Faithful Hound’, who was unaccountably absent.

On Llewelyn’s return the truant, stained and smeared with blood, joyfully sprang to meet his master. The prince alarmed hastened to find his son, and saw the infant’s cot empty, the bedclothes and floor covered with blood.

The frantic father plunged his sword into the hound’s side, thinking it had killed his heir. The dog’s dying yell was answered by a child’s cry.

Llewelyn searched and discovered his boy unharmed, but nearby lay the body of a mighty wolf which Gelert had slain. The prince filled with remorse is said never to have smiled again. He buried Gelert here”.

This Moment Is Your Life

IMG_3091IMG_3089IMG_3043IMG_3016IMG_3014 “Be happy for this moment.

This moment is your life.”

Omar Khayyam

 Walking in the Bluebell Woods at Moss Valley, Wrexham, North Wales.  

May 2016.

Happiness…..NOW

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“Happiness, not in another place, but in this place…

not for another hour, but for this hour.”

 Walt Whitman

What a beautiful place is Llyn Brenig.   Situated in the unspoilt countryside of the Denbigh Moors, on the border between the counties of Conwy and Denbighshire, it is one of the largest lakes in Wales.

There are nature trails, archaeological trails, picnic areas, water sports, a visitor centre, an exhibition telling the story of Llyn Brenig and its archaeological history, and a restaurant with good food and great views from the terrace.

LLYN BRENIG VISITOR CENTRE
Llyn Brenig, Cerrigydrudion,Conwy, Wales, LL21 9TT

Telephone: 01490 420463

Photos:  Walking at Llyn Brenig, April 2016