Tag Archives: Holy Island

North-easterly: A Final Grace

“…Manifest thy light for my regeneration, and let the breadth, height, fullness and crown of the solar radiance appear, and may the within shine forth!” Abbe de Villars, ‘The Comte de Gabalis’ “We’ve just got to the top of the … Continue reading

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Discovering Albion – day 8: Sunset

We walked up to the Heugh, a high point of the island, to watch the sun set in the west. Once there was a fort here and some of the ruined walls remain, providing a little shelter from the prevailing … Continue reading

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Discovering Albion – day 8: A Tide of Silence

Winter on Holy Island, it seems, is silent save for the song of the waves and the cry of the gull. The visitors had left; the locals all seemed to be indoors. It was as if we shared the island … Continue reading

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Discovering Albion – day 8: Out to the Castle

We had found a pub and, duly watered and warmed by the coal fire of the Crown and Anchor, had wandered out to look around. The tide was still out, but the few visitors were already making their way back … Continue reading

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Discovering Albion – day 8: Marooned

For with the flow and ebb, its style Varies from continent to isle; Dry shod o’er sands, twice every day The pilgrims to the shrine find way; Twice every day the waves efface Of staves and sandalled feet the trace. … Continue reading

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Solstice of the Moon: A flying visit…

There was absolutely no way we were going to drive to our destination without getting sidetracked. Where would be the fun in that? So we decided that the first place that would take us from the main road north would … Continue reading

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Encounters

During our recent visit to Holy Island, while some visited the castle, Stuart, Gary and I wandered the isle then repaired to a café where we had all arranged to meet for a light lunch. Knowing the place of old, … Continue reading

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Impressions #midnighthaiku

 

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Of Ash and Seed – Pawns to castle…

As we hurried through the castle grounds in Beaumaris, a lone seagull was dancing. He seems to be marching on the spot, marking a rhythmic time with his feet. Worm-charming, said my companion. I didn’t even stop to take a … Continue reading

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Of Ash and Seed – The mound in the dark grove…

“We might have to go back to the hotel…”  I didn’t look around as I was busy following the car in front and anyway, the snowy mountains of the mainland filled the horizon. My companion had been distracted during the … Continue reading

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