Night Sky Map

Last night there above from my view of the night sky from the Swansea Valley… above is the Constellation Orion. It was a very cold, clear and frosty night.

Out of all the constellations in the night sky, it’s one of my favourites and one of the most well known.

The constellation Orion not only has Greek, but origins in Sumerian mythology, specifically in the myth of Gilgamesh. Sumerians associated it with the story of their hero fighting the bull of heaven, represented by Taurus.

They called Orion URU AN-NA, which means “the light of heaven.” Their name for the constellation Taurus was GUD AN-NA, or “the bull of heaven.”

https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/night/uk/swansea

The Interactive Night Sky Map simulates the sky above Swansea on a date of your choice. Use it to locate a planet, the Moon, or the Sun and track their movements across the sky. The map also shows the phases of the Moon, and all solar and lunar eclipses.

And just looking up at the winter sky, I just can’t help but notice this celestial wonder; probably the most striking of all the constellations.

Orion is on the celestial equator, visible from the northern hemisphere. A constellation of seven bright stars.

It is the true north; a winter constellation right here over Wales.

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BBC Radio 4 – In Our Time, Owain Glyndwr

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the fight for Welsh independence in the early 15th century
— Read on www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00027xk

List of Castles in Wales | Historic UK

List of Castles in Wales | Historic UK
— Read on www.historic-uk.com/HistoryMagazine/DestinationsUK/CastlesinWales/

A Bishop Palace

In Lamphey Bishop’s Palace was the retreat of choice for those medieval bishops seeking solace from the everyday stresses of Church and State.

The medieval bishops of St Davids were worldly men who enjoyed the privileges of wealth, power and status. Lamphey did not disappoint. A palace fit for a queen…or at least the occasional bishop.

What we see today is mainly the work of the dynamic Henry de Gower, the bishop of St Davids from 1328 to 1347. Thanks to his vision, elegant Lamphey became the ‘away from it all’ palace for high-ranking members of the clergy keen to play at being country gentlemen.

Bishop Gower’s great hall, 82 feet (25m) long, is a particularly fine architectural achievement and its sheer grandeur would have impressed even the most privileged of bishops. Equally well-preserved and detailed in their architecture are the western hall and inner gatehouse.

Lamphey’s gilded existence came to an abrupt end during the reign of King Henry VIII when many Church estates fell into the hands of the Crown.

About Sustainability

What keeps you warm in winter?

Of course it’s about wearing layers, silks and wool. Sheep help us do just that. Wool is a very important part of a thriving in winter. Think of Swansea Wales like a watershed; an area of land that drains collected water to a common outlet. Thus creating sediment, land and crop bringing benefit to those who live here allowing flocks and humans to thrive in abundance.

When you come to Swansea, you will not only notice the rain, and ocean, bays, beaches and tides, but you will notice the sheep in the landscape; bringing sustainability be it fibre, water, energy, food and life.

Sustainable to me means awareness and it is the first step in seeing what’s around you in a different way; as an organically-formed and interconnected system based on natural resources and economic activity that are unique to a particular place.

Honouring that system validates traditional livelihoods and gives rise to innovative ones, especially when combined with influences from elsewhere. Rain, land and water in abundance.

That’s where sustainability comes in: a local economy regenerating itself, with citizens working together in practical and imaginative ways to look after their natural assets and rethink ways to keep us warm, clothed, fed and fulfilled.

Personally, I love sheep; my face still lights up at the feel of a second-hand wool jumper in a charity shop or a new one at Christmas.

Wool is a necessity here; sheep and land and water generated the hat and scarf..,and a cashmere jumper is to timeless I and imagine its coziness over many years to come.

Thank you (Diolch) w. for reading.

Winter Solstice

We have approached the winter solstice in our hemisphere; a day which has takes place on December 21. An anniversary to be celebrated.

We are here in Wales. The morning has come beaming down on the Gorsedd stones in Sketty bringing the longest night of the year. It is our ancestors that celebrated this season as the “Yule” before it became known as “Christmas.”

So, this is the winter solstice. It’s the onset of the seasons over the length of a full year; it is the last and the cycle in the season of our winter.

For the next three days, December 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, the Sun will rise and set on the exact same latitude, on the exact same day and the exact time and the same degree for three days.

And in this winter cycle, it is the time it takes for the Earth to orbit the sun in a year or 365.25 days.

We will celebrate our fourth cycle together in this precession of the equinoxes resulting in this day, a difference in the Earth’s orbital on this one day.

We are the measure of these cycles under this fixed background of stars; Taking a solar year for the sun to reappear again; returning to this same position in the sky again.

Could these be the same stars that appeared over 2000 years ago over a little town called Bethlehem…Oh star of wonder.

And they say there are 1,440 within the minutes of a day, and only minutes between the solar years. This is the eve of our winter solstice.

These dates have been recorded for the last 26,000 years by the ancients. Stonehenge is proof of the equinoxes and the solstices shifting and repeating backwards in the calendar.

The winter solstice are the days and nights becoming the winter under this moon and these stars above;

The winter solstice is the reference point for the timing of the celebrations of Christmas and all the times we share together here in Wales

All the Colours of Green – continues

Time has just flown by and Christmas is only six weeks away.. Do you ever think one might could tire of seeing the same places everyday?

I think I will never tire of Wales. And all my thoughts will not expire ever after all; for in that time I have had to see real wishes come true, it’s here where I have found hints of life and love and home and then there is someone here now to cling to. He calls me his ray of hope; and his pinken every morning.

People ask me all the time; “Do I miss Texas?” I reply; I miss people; mostly my sons and family and my old friends. But my home is here now.

So there are moments so I might know that this is just the beginning, discovering that there are places beyond narrow one. I have seen massive green forest, farms and gardens, medieval castles, palaces and cathedrals.

I am American girl in Wales, where my duality is to reason all; it is one with every living breathing moving particle is one is the absolute. I will stay here and I have no desire to return to the States.

Duality is an illusion. It must be this narrow place inside me that contains my infinite love for one and the same. Julien is my gravity and advanced physics and mathematics.

Only when the heart has experienced longing or suffering and pain can we understand that what is important and that which hopes hangs onto, finding that love is the only shimmering effervescent realm of continual creation.

Note- “All the Colors of Green” is available at Amazon on Kindle.
Thank you to all my followers and for reading.

Enjoy!-
Love, M.