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Oxwich Bay, Wales

One of our favorite places to go on a Sunday drive is to find one of the many surrounding bays around Wales. Although i love them all, one of the best is Oxwich in the Gower. Its one of the oldest places in Wales; its a place where Kings and Princes first settled, built castles, and fought many battles. I can just imagine Celtic ships entering the bay, finding such a place to settle and a sustainable lifestyle. Finding rivers and streams, fish, the woods, stone to build and there are blackberry bushes everywhere.

Oxwich Bay is part of Three Cliff Bay, is on the south coast of the Gower Peninsula in the City and County of Swansea, Wales.

The bay takes its name from the three sea cliffs that jut out into the bay. Pennard Pill, a large stream, flows into the sea in the middle of the bay.

Inland about 500 yards from the main beach on high ground above Pennard Pill is Pennard Castle. It was built in the early 12th century, and is imbued with legends of fairies.

Individual beaches that make up this bay have their own names, including Pobbles Bay to the east of the Three Cliffs, and Tor Bay to the west.

The beaches are separated at high tide but are accessible to each other at low tide on foot over the sands. Paths lead north to Pennard Burrows, east to Pobbles, and west to Tor Bay.

Pobbles and Tor Bay are also accessible from the beach at low tide. Three Cliffs Bay is effectively part of the inlet of Oxwich Bay. At low tide, Three Cliffs Bay forms a continuous sandy beach with Oxwich Bay beach to the west. They only exist as separate beaches at high tide.

The sea cliffs are limestone, about 20 m high, and are a popular destination for rock climbers.

In June 2006 the BBC Holidays at Home programme declared Three Cliffs Bay to be Britain’s best beach. In a recent programme broadcast in the UK the view over Three Cliffs Bay was nominated for “Britain’s Best View”.

Three Cliffs Bay also appears in a music video entry for Red Hot Chili Peppers made by Swansea film company, Studio 8. It was also used in the opening titles of the 80’s TV sitcom ‘Me & My Girl’ featuring Richard O’Sullivan and Joanne Ridley.
Three Cliffs Bay has also been used in Channel 4’s Skins and was shown in an ITV advert: ‘The Brighter Side’.

The Southern Coast- Cornwall

   
   

Good Morning Wales…

A poem for you, and some photo’s from me to share; Hoping you enjoy these places and taking you there too. 
The Southern Coast…

Overly breathtaking, rising up

From the depths of the ocean,

In a land once forgotten. 

And yet somehow she still breathes
Fragrant of breath, valleys steep,
Colors of waves and light, crashing,
Where the wind is never ending. 

Cliffs rising beyond the seas,
Ancient mountain of wonderful haze. 

I am lent by a distance, that only he can navigateTo the southern most parts

Of my heart. 

Tintangle Kingdom- Cornwall

  

Good Morning Wales.
Upon these cliffs I wondered

Stone walls built to magnificent height

Once raised to the stars,

A fortress once made tall 

This place is where legends grew,

And where Kings became larger than life. 
  

Royal roots were planted steep

Came from this mystical land,

And born here rising out of the deep. 

A paradise lost on earth it did keep,

The fallow soars in the wind sweeping,

Giving shelter, kept from the rain. 
  

This castle keep housed the blood royals, 

Safe in the mountain with love and care,

Surviving the circle here, a home in the cliff,

None were fake just naked and bare,

Ancient cliffs given by nature; Arthur’s Legend,

To those once for all who dwelled there. 
  

Into the mountain, into mystic caves

Finding no fault in nature; rivers and stream 

Majestic as it just wants to be, flowing 

Free of shame, no hate, or vengeance,  

Purpose and reason came from these waters

A sacred well springing up quenching 

The mountains and valleys did drink,

To satisfy the Kings thirst for knowledge

In the mountain of life around this big sea. 
  

There is a strong connection to the earth

Here in this place there is a presence, 

I feel it; a sense of awe and wonder

It represents the chance of rebirth. 
  

Once a heaven made free; mysterious 

Free from stress and full of mirth,

Found the sunset in the high of glory

In the Kingdom of Tintangle,

When the gods were here on this earth. 
  

Tintagel Castle 

(Cornish: Dintagel, meaning “fort of the constriction”) is a medieval fortification located on the peninsula of Tintagel Island, adjacent to the village of Tintagel in Cornwall, England, in the United Kingdom. 

The site was possibly occupied in the Romano-British period, as an array of artefacts dating to this period have been found on the peninsula, but as yet no Roman era structure has been proven to have existed there. 

It subsequently saw settlement during the Early Medieval period, when it was probably one of the seasonal residences of the regional king of Dumnonia. In the 13th century, during the Later Medieval period. 

In the 1930s, excavations revealed significant traces of a much earlier high status settlement, which had trading links with the Mediterranean during the Late Roman period.

The castle has a long association with Arthurian legends. This began in the 12th century when Geoffrey of Monmouth, in his mythical account of British history, the Historia Regum Britanniae, described Tintagel as the place of Arthur’s conception. 

Geoffrey told the story that Arthur’s father, King Uther Pendragon, was disguised by Merlin’s sorcery to look like Gorlois, Duke of Cornwall, the husband of Ygerna, Arthur’s mother.

References: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tintagel_Castle

Good Morning Wales – Walking in Wales

Singleton Park Botanical Garden, Wales, UK

Good Morning Wales

There are days when we go places, taking  long walks. It’s when I  take long walks in the park; walking with the dog, it inspires me and even if rather it seems, that he is walking me. I don’t mind. 

And even if its pouring down rain, he doesn’t seem to care, neither do I.  My feet get wet down to my socks finding I have to change them at least three times a day.  Wool is best and I usually find a pair of his, hoping he doesn’t mind. 

The dog is named Bo and is part chihuahua; he is like our child. I think he’s more Welsh and maybe even part Golden Retriever, and he doesn’t seem to mind the cold or the rain, he like to retrieve; visiting every canine we pass by. 

Singleton Park Woods, Wales, UK

He carries himself with great confidence of spirit; and only a foot tall at that, through the park we do not missing one tree or a friendly person or another dog, rain or shine. And on these walks, it’s something I look forward to and on a daily basis. It’s like I never see the same thing twice. 

Living so close, just a few blocks from Singleton Park is glorious. I can see why he chose to live here. 

 

Scultured Garden, Singleton Park


These immaculate grounds are astonishing, originally part of the Vivian family estate, which was purchased by Swansea County Borough Council in 1919. 

The park covers 250 acres of land.  It’s just across facing the Swansea Bay, right on the beach.  It includes a botanical garden, Egyptian Studies Museum, boating lake, Swansea University and a hospital and cottages. 
 
Some days I’ll find a park bench and start writing, waiting looking out towards the bay, s feel of the breeze in hopes that you will pass by. 

Then there are days when I just watch, looking at other people and in those eyes, just a glimpse, they will be crying, never looking up, staring at their feet, like wildflowers, ignoring all the beauty around them. 

  

I feel it more than I can see it. The glazed eyes begging for help or a friendly word, but concerned that everyone who passes will be too busy. 

So I know I am blessed, to be content with the day; just to be walking in Wales and wearing your socks. To feel you here, the beauty of this place; and just be happy to nod my head, in appreciation, to say, “Good Morning and Thank you and that I love you.”

 
And to be be walking in Wales with you. 




Good Morning Wales – Real Love

  

Good Morning Wales

Hearing a story the other day inspired me to write about finding real love. When your child falls in love for real, the very first time. When he said he just misses her and wants to be with her. They are just beginning. 

Knowing how that feels; remembering how I felt when his parents welcomed me with such open arms. I’m just a simple girl from Texas who was lucky enough to fall for their boy. Both of his parents are extraordinary and to be accepted is lovely and settling.  

I think when someone finds a partner it is a wondrous thing.  I don’t think any of us are meant to be alone. Maybe that is why our creator made two of everything in the beginning. 

There might just be a person out there made for everyone. With so many people in the world, you know when you’ve found the right one if you take the right steps. 

That kind of attraction is hard to be mistaken; I think it must be love and mutual affection can grow to love. 

Sometimes, there’s your soulmate and then there’s the person you’ll spend the rest of your life with. 

Then when you discover that the other half of your soul was the one you chose to be with? 

So many nights, so many hours. Nights that lasted forever. Nights that bore deep into my soul and brought out light I’ve never known existed. 

As I sit wrapped in thoughts of you. No longer shall I write a love is only about physical or sexual need, but it’s about companionship, supporting one another and enjoying the same things. Sometimes it’s just being together in the same room; reading or watching TV.  

Today I write these words which paint a portrait of a dozen fairy tales that have come true for me and that is my wish and hope others will find it too. 

Thank you for reading. 

Good Morning Wales – Proper Trimmings

  
Good Morning Wales,

Where were my manners, “Oh Dear.” 

This morning the gardeners came to take care of the grass and manicure the shrubbery.  There are two of them. Both different, but both very Welsh. One is in the front grooming the roses and the other in back whacking and trimming  the boxwood shrubs. 

They are doing a really nice job. So I told him, the head gardener. And he replied, “thank you, except my man in front working on the roses hasn’t had his tea.” 

So then I apologised for not offering. He said that’s all right; where you from… America? What part?”  

I replied, “Texas.”

He said, ” ah, no tea there, yeah?” Two sugars and lots of milk, he replied. 

Both of us laughing about it and agreeing. I went right to it, making their tea. I served them both, tea and biscuits; Two sugars and lots of milk in large tea mugs; apologising for my shortcomings. 

They were grateful, they even brought their dishes back in and set them on the counter and then thanking me. 

Good thing I had picked up a box of tea biscuits, (cookies) yesterday at the Shops or I really would be in a bad way with the gardeners. 

I would certainly hate for them to feel deprived of a proper tea with biscuits while trimming the shrubbery. 

Photo: Mosaiculture Exhibition