Places in Sketty- Singleton Park

Parc Singleton Sgeti (Welsh)

Near Wynberg House in Sketty Swansea is Vivian Road and Sketty Green.

The village of Sketty is centred on Sketty Cross which are the junction roads to Gower Road, Vivian Road, De-la-Beche and Dillwyn Road is the amazing historic Singleton Park.

When you enter Singleton Park from Gower Road in Sketty; there to the north is a walk that leads down a shallow green valley, it’s open to beautiful flanked trees belted by wide open rolling hills of green spaces.

Those along the east are ancient lime, horse chestnut, sweet chestnut and pine trees. To the west of the walk is the Gorsedd Circle of stones.

The stones are known as the Gorsedd Stone Circle. It was erected in Singleton Park, Swansea in 1925 for the National Eisteddfod of Wales’ Proclamation Ceremony.

To the south of the Gorsedd Circle, set in the bank below the east side of the old kitchens and gardens that once served the Vivian Copper Barons of Swansea. Just below is a semi-sunk, water wheel in a stone pit that brought the water up to the house.

There are orchards of trees on the bank; mainly horse chestnuts, sweet chestnuts and conifers. Their fruits have fallen, some still green into the shade labored underneath its branches.

A small stream bed, with some rocks, runs southwards to a damp area made into a bog garden. A gravel path winds along the slope.

Near the south side of the botanical garden are the footings of a stone wall, probably the remains of the south wall of the original Veranda garden.

A flight of concrete steps in the middle leads down to a path flanked by fastigiate yews and a gravel terrace with seats. On the south boundary is a fence and hedge.

All this was part of the Veranda House was first built in 1799-1800 on land which had been part of Gwerniddiff Farm, on the site of the farmhouse.

The Singleton Estate as it had now become had amalgamated some 12 farms to amass 250 acres. By 1851 the Walled Garden had become the kitchen and flower garden that once served the needs of the Vivian family.

The property where the Botanical Garden is now of 44 acres includes the garden grounds, and former Vivian plantation. The seeds that were planted have sown, taken root in soil lined essays and poetry of the earth; Tended to with great care.

In 1847 John Henry Vivian purchased Veranda House for his son Henry Hussey Vivian and his wife Jessie. Within a year Jessie had died after giving birth to their son.

Henry was distraught and resolved not to live in the house and by 1853 only the estate lodge remained, the principal part of Veranda having been dismantled. St Paul’s Church Sketty, was built as a memorial to Jessie.

The approach is the main and service drives from the north, a branch from the main drive leading to a small, rectangular walled garden to the west.

There are grounds to the north of the house that remain today and a narrow garden area, bounded by a wall, to the south. To the south of there was a rectangular orchard.

The old Veranda garden wall was retained, but a bigger area of c. 5 acres was enclosed to its north by a high; a curving wall, most of which remains today with a round tower.

The inner (Veranda) walled garden survived until at least 1914. It was situated on the area now occupied by the gardeners of the botanical garden. Its north wall is incorporated into the walled garden.

The footings of the garden’s south wall have been found in a flowerbed in the botanical garden.

The modern Swansea botanical garden has been developed on the part where the old Veranda House and Singleton Farm is now thanks to the Vivian Family.

Singleton park was originally part of the Vivian family Estate, which was purchased by Swansea County Borough Council in 1919 for use as a public park.

This is where I walk almost everyday. It is so beautiful I had to find out how it all became this and wanted to share the wonders of this place.

The brilliant legacy of Singleton will never fade. A fragile memory still lingers here in the colors of the trees and in the People who once call it home.

References;

http://orapweb.rcahms.gov.uk/coflein//C/CPG252.pdf

http://www.coflein.gov.uk/en/site/19964/details/singleton-farm

Fernweh

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About Reflection

Life is a quest,

We are here to gain knowledge,

Reflecting in the light,

Filled in the grant of satisfaction.

Make my life one worth noting.

We are here leave a mark on this earth

Before we leave it behind.

We are here on these Roman roads to find,

To discover and seek the ancient wonders.

It is during our travels,

We are to the experience;

Seeking all solace in nature,

And in humankind; finding just in all;

Enlightenment in the flash of lightning,

Our reflection in the rain,

And illumination from the moon.

This is just my reflection,

I wanted to share with you.

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Vézelay is a major site of Christendom and an incredible hilltop village. The climb to the basilica is almost a rite of passage. Over the centuries many have found inspiration here. Spiritual, literary or poetic – the essence of Romanesque art.

The Vézelay Abbey foundation was started in the 9th century when the Benedictine abbey of Vézelay acquired the relics of St Mary Magdalene and since then it has been an important historical landmark and the beginning of the Templars crusades.

In the 12th century Bernard of Clairvaux preached the Second Crusade in Vézelay. The village harbours the relics of Mary-Magdalene and became a major spiritual centre on the Santiago de Compostella pilgrim way.

At its height Vézelay had a population of nearly 10,000 people, including pilgrims from all over Europe. Its cellars, with their tall pillars, provided shelter for more people than the houses could hold!

Desiderata

Desiderata

By Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others,

even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter,

for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;

it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.

But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;

many persons strive for high ideals,

and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love;

for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.

But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars;

you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you,

no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.

And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life,

keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,

it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

“Desiderata” (Latin: “desired things”) is a 1927 prose poem by American writer Max Ehrmann.

Rome

While we were in Rome, we visited the Pantheon from which was a former Roman Temple and is now a church, in Italy. It was commissioned by Agrippa during the reign of Augustus (27 BC – 14 AD). Completed by the emperor Hadrian about 126 AD.

The exquisite building is circular with a portico made of large granite columns with a rectangular vestibule that links the porch to the grand rotunda under the dome with a central opening to the sky. I can see why Michelangelo visited so often. Certainly would be inspirational.

Almost two thousand years after it was built, the Pantheon’s dome is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome.

The height to the rotunda and the diameter of the interior circle are the same, 142 feet (43 m).

It is one of the best-preserved of all Roman ancient buildings because it has been in continuous use throughout its history, and since the 7th century.

The Pantheon has been used as a church dedicated to St. Mary and the Martyrs or in Latin “Sancta Maria ad Martyres” but informally known as “Santa Maria Rotonda”.

The square in front of the Pantheon is called Piazza Della Rotunda.

The Pantheon is Rome’s one of two most popular tourist destinations with over 4.2 million tourists per year, making them the world’s 37th most visited destination.

The Request

Small candy sweet lolly and pop,

She found a single candy sweet sublime,

Dirt covered in marshmallow drip drops.

Oh; the sour sweet with small droplets found,

Not a taste a chihuahua naturally would take.

Too sweet; sour apple, cherry and lime,

A sweet powder she found on the ground.

She loves it; so proud; look see what I found;

Trying to hid the traces up on her lips,

Wondering how she could track these tiny bits,

From under a leaf buried so deep.

So sweetly taking without requesting,

And requesting before the taking.

Car Dog Blues

They say to travel is to discover,

It is exactly that; it is to be free ,

And its true, the chihuahua’s travel with us

They have no fences,

While their domain is an endless spread,

Sometimes even at their owners expenses.

Yet as today sinks into murky hues,

And the rains descend into ribbons,

The dogs, they have no strife,

Although the toils I might,

Thinking the backseat is their den,

No signs of getting out,

It’s a case of the car dog blues.

And while the chihuahua’s lay in slumber,

In the back of the BMW,

Ready to go, warm, with belly full,

The dreams they so are peacefully seeking,

Ready to go do it again; mostly sleeping;

Waiting for me drive around the block

Just start the engine then.