Going west…on the road

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We were heading into the west… over the border. Our destination? Friday. Other than that and the hotel we’d booked for the night, we had few plans. For now, it was Wednesday morning and we were enjoying roads that took us through pretty Cotswold villages and past churches, ancient sites and inns where we would normally have given in to the tempatation to stop. We had a long drive ahead.

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The Silent Eye’s Whispers in the West weekend was due to begin Friday afternoon on a beach near St David’s, the westernmost point of Wales. We were due to be in Ireland, yet once again, the prospective house-move had rearranged our plans, though at least, this time, the move had finally happened. A couple of extra days in Wales would be good.

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We did have a first destination. It is always good to have somewhere to aim for, even if you get sidetracked… which we usually do. The idea of the Silent Eye landscape weekends is to start with a loose structure… a list of places of historical and spiritual interest… then see what happens. They are not guided tours… although we are guided around these places by a companion who knows and loves them. They are not walking holidays… though we walk a lot. They are not teaching sessions, though we share and learn a good deal. They are not structured rituals, though we approach them with the same intent and reverence for what each of us, individually, holds sacred. They are times out of time when the world and its cares are allowed to take second place, where companionship and discussion have time to unfold. Times when there is space for the spirit to be moved where it will, within the beauty of a landscape that speaks to the mind, heart and soul through the experience of the senses.

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We knew that we would be going back in time with many of the sites we would visit over the weekend, but we had time to skip across the continuum for a while and would start a mere thousand years ago. There was a place we had both long wanted to visit and it was this that saw us heading towards a small Herefordshire village.

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Between the 5th and 7th centuries, it lay in the Welsh kingdom of Ergyng. By the 9thC, the political landscape had shifted and it was part of the great kingdom of Mercia. After the Norman invasion of 1066, the area was known as Archenfield and governed as part of the Welsh Marches. It was not until the 16thC that it finally became part of Herefordshire.

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The Welsh name of the village was Llanddewi Kil Peddeg, meaning the ‘church of St David’ and  ‘cell of Peddeg’, immortalising a forgotten hermit perhaps. Today, we know it as Kilpeck, home to the most extraordinary little church…

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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7 Responses to Going west…on the road

  1. olganm says:

    I love the trips where inspiration takes us places. Beautiful. Thanks, Sue.


  2. Helen Jones says:

    I do love reading about your wanders, Sue – you do come across the most interesting things. I’m really looking forward to the workshop in September 🙂


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