Friday, 22 July 2011

Rhyswg walk

After this morning's kiln unpacking I cleaned and tidied while it rained outside.
By midday the weather was lifting and I'd had enough!!
The last scraggy bits of cloud were lifting from the top as I left the highest houses in the village

Stone ridges set across the old road, now a path, to divert rainwater and keep the surface from being washed away in heavy rain.

It climbs steadily , then the trees open out and you can see up the side valley, Cwm fapi, known as "the lappy" . They have begun, this year, harvesting trees planted by my Man and others, in his first job when he left school. Hard, cold work.

After the halfway breather on the fire road, up and up and up again.

The bracken is taking the path over now, without someone walking up and down every day.
Flat at last! The pony stallions shelter along this stretch, you can see how their hooves have cut up the sward.

up again, to the top of the old road by Ysgubor Ton (Meadow Barn)

Then along the old parish road and out along the mountain to the tree that you can see from nearly every part of the Mountain Common

As I arrived the clouds parted to reveal the sun!

Then I sat and had lunch, by Col's Tree. Finding peace and tranquility and companionship in spirit.


English Rider said...

So many beautiful paths to choose from and such a connection with Nature and those who have trod those paths before.

Michèle Hastings said...

what a beautiful countryside you live in... lovely places to be "alone" with your thoughts.

yeractual said...

A lovely walk, day out. And the picnic by the tree must have so much meaning to you/for you. The damned bracken doesn't half encroach and take over on those Welsh Hills. It really does need the paths/tracks to be regularly used to keep it down a bit. When we were on the hillside above Crickhowell, the hill sheep did the job pretty well, keeping tracks and trails across the common open all year round.

gz said...

The problem with the bracken is that there are not enough Commoners excercising their rights. I'm not sure who'd be dealing with it on the paths though. As you say, neds more use by walkers.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

oh gosh, I love Wales :) I have probably told you many times my grandfather was a tiny little Welshman, last name Thomas, like so many of you :)

gz said...

Gary, that's new to me!
Depends upon where he was from...some apparently common names aren't common in some places!! If you do decide to do some tracing, start with the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth- copies of everything there! There you go, come over in 2013 to the ICF in Aberystwyth, combine with family research!!

Kerry O'Gorman said...

A trek well worth the symbolic trail markers of your life with Col...lovely terrain.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful x