A Higher Force to Guide Us

img_7295img_7338-2img_7249-2Live in the present moment to stay in the Flow of Life.  

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

Lonely Planet Chooses North Wales

North Wales has been chosen as one of the best places in the world to visit.  It comes in at number 4 in ‘Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Best in Travel 2017′, and is the only region in the UK to make the listing.  So a great opportunity for me to showcase some of my favourite places in my beautiful homeland. 

And the stunning Italianate Village of Portmeirion

Croeso i Ogledd Cymru!  Welcome to North Wales.

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?

Portals to Heaven

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Everybody needs beauty as well as bread,

places to play in and pray in,

where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”

John Muir

Photos: Stunning skies over  Llyn Celyn and Llyn Tegid, North Wales.

Pursue Only Those Things That Capture Your Heart

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January.  The first month of a new year.  The perfect time for new beginnings and a fresh start.  Today is the first day of the rest of my life and I intend it to be the catalyst to a fantastically fulfilling future, one where I will live the grandest vision of myself and where I will inspire and give hope to others.   This will be me making my stamp on the world by following my heart and living my dreams, thereby fulfilling my destiny, a true living legacy.

“Certain things catch your eyes,

but pursue only those that capture your heart.”

Old Indian Wisdom

I Will Build My Altar in the Fields

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SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAI will build my altar in the fields

the blue sky my fretted dome shall be,

And the sweet fragrance that the wild flower yields

Shall be the incense I will yield to thee.”

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Images: Walking by Llyn Celyn, North Wales  by Isabella Rose.