To Waste My Heart on Fear No More

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“May I have the courage, today, to live the life that I would love,

to postpone my dream no longer, but do at last what I came here for,

and waste my heart on fear no more.”

John O’Donohue

Image: Sunset over Mykonos, Greek Islands.

We Are Eternally Free

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We are in the flowers and in the trees, in the birds and in the breeze.  

WE ARE LIFE.  WE ARE NATURE.  WE ARE DIVINE.  WE ARE ETERNITY – in every moment.

LIFE and LOVE are inextricably intertwined.

The only Ultimate Reality is LOVE.

Love is the only thing that cannot be created.  But it can be re-born within us.  

It is our very essence, our true nature.  

WE ARE LIFE AND LOVE

AND WE ARE ETERNALLY FREE!!

Contemplating the Natural World

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“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement;

the greatest source of visual beauty;

the greatest source of intellectual interest.

It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.”

David Attenborough

 

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?

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.