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?”
Walking in nature brings me into the present moment. I have no thoughts of past or future, no worries or anxieties. I slip into a state of mindfulness, fully present in the moment. I become aware of my surroundings. Everything seems bright and beautiful and so alive. I sit on a bench and immerse myself in this awesome place.
I feel the earth beneath my feet and I kneel to observe more closely the profusion of wild flowers growing in the woods. I watch as they lift up their pretty heads to the sun, sighing in sweet ecstasy. I sigh too. Their simple pleasure is contagious.
I have come to love this solitude and communion with nature. My heart sings and my spirit dances with delight. I am a little child again.
“Keep close to Nature’s heart…
and break clear away, once in a while,
and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.
Wash your spirit clean.”
Photos: The Bluebell Woods at Moss Valley, North Wales.
“Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel & kiss the ground.”
Images: Moss Valley, Wrexham © Isabella Rose Photography