Sunday, 22 September 2013

~ Equinox haiku ~


Emerald green waves
backlit by Equinox sun.
Autumn strokes my face.
21st September 2007

Monday, 9 September 2013

~ Snippets of Summer ~ Part One ~ Two Walks ~

Early on in the summer, there were two walks on consecutive days along the Coastal Path with my friend Jude, and Tilly's old friend Dilwyn.

Tills, on the left, and Dills



In Solva three years ago
It was the first walk we had done together since Tilly became ill over two years ago, and she was terribly missed. Dilwyn is so lovely; he gives me even more love than he used to, whenever he sees me now. He knows that I miss our darling girl.

Solva harbour...there is a woolen mill in the village, where Jackie Morris often goes to sign her books, which are for sale there...I love giving them as gifts.


What time can do...


There were mysterious caves...


 and seals far below us...


I love that they are as curious about us, as we are about them....


....and this belly roll...

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You can hear my friend, Jude, speaking....

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There were orchids galore...


and my first introduction to squills...aren't they beautiful...


there were a few Sea Campions that had not yet 'gone over'...


Choughs were paired up and nesting....


These ponies were so quiet and peaceful...I had precious moments of stroking velvet noses, and whispering love words into curious ears.


We visited St Non's Chapel, which is a ruin, and I cannot find the photo I took of it....maybe I only imagined taking it....it had that kind of effect. I did take this image though. The stone is propped up in the corner of the ruin. If you visit the link I've put above, you'll see more about all of it. The modern chapel had swallows flying in and out with great acrobatic speed to feed their babies. They nest there every year, and the Irish nun we spoke to puts newspapers on the floor underneath, and leaves the door open permanently, until the chicks have flown :~)


 We drank from St Non's well....and it did 'do' something for me...lifted a heaviness that has been there for some timeI noticed that I was happily busy throughout the summer....without effort. I liked it. It is time to visit and drink again.



An unexpected and pleasant surprise, was coming across a little hut along the trail, which provided teas, delicious home~made cakes and ice~cream. We had Earl Grey tea, blueberry oatcakes and toffee fudge ice~cream. Mmmm.

This little one was one of a family of Finches who were quite happy to ask for us the share our goodies....and we were more than happy to do so....he was within easy touching distance here....my camera would not focus well.




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A, what was once typical, Welsh cottage. I miss them. I stopped to look at this one and dream of the slower and quieter time I knew 'back then'.


The Blue Lagoon of Abereiddi is rather lovely, and quite well known now. 


Some of the ruins at its entrance...

There were so many of these along the path...I moved most of them away from where feet might have squashed them....

I think they turn into this. Isn't that the cutest :~)))


I liked the interesting gothic looking rock formations....


and the monster profiles...



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These two days did me so much good. I cast aside all worries and 'round~and~round' thinking and allowed myself to just be ~ breathing in everything I saw, smelled, touched, tasted, heard and imagined. Another walk is imminent....I can't wait.

On Thursday, a little bee was on our windowsill, obviously exhausted. Whenever we see this we offer honey to hopefully revive them. 

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It worked this time :~))) It had been feeding for about ten minutes here, and soon after I stopped the video, it started to buzz, and was soon flying out of the window....smiles all round.

On Saturday, Our Boy had his 20th birthday.




It was a great day. We bottled the Lemon Balm wine....and drank one of them! :~)) We're not used to it, so we got sozzled!


Cheers.
Iechud da.
Cariad mawr.
H x

Sunday, 18 August 2013

~ For Grace ~

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She was weaving in the Rosemary
with a steady, perfect rhythm,
and I wondered...
do they do it perfectly from
the first try,
or like me,
 do they have to 
practice?

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These also brought great joy to us three, when they were born on our garden fence many years ago.
  
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Although I harvest nettles for drying through the summer, I make sure I leave plenty for the butterflies who lay their eggs on them. In the greenhouse at the moment, this is happening....


I love how they wrap themselves inside so as to be safe from birds.

Peacock butterfly caterpillar
It will turn into this....although this one is a little tired and has lost its vibrant colour....


I think this one is a Red Admiral caterpillar:

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 Some of the things that have been made here this summer...

Mullein flower remedy
Yarrow and Mullein flower remedies
 
raspberry jam
Our first attempt ever, at wine~making. Lemon Balm.
The wine is nearly ready to bottle. We have loved watching the air bubbles releasing, getting slower and slower.

What have you made this summer....?

Cariad mawr
H x