Category: Ancient Sacred Sites

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Whispers in the West – part one

Whispers in the West – part one It was early on Friday afternoon. Lizzy, one of our Companions in the Silent Eye, had assembled us for the start of three days of delightful discovery on the western fringes of Pembrokeshire, centred on the lovely town of St David’s, home of one of the most remote cathedrals in Britain. As promised, we met, on the … Read More Whispers in the West – part one

“Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 30 – ‘After’”

After the Mist This post is in response to Hugh’s Views and News photo challenge with the subject of ‘After” At the end of our lovely weekend in St David’s, Pembrokeshire, we woke, on the Sunday morning, to a thick mist outside the small hotel’s windows. It was still present, but clearing as we set out to gain access to the coastal footpath that … Read More “Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 30 – ‘After’”

History and Mystery on Caldey Island – Part Five, Warriors of the Heart

History and Mystery on Caldey Island – Final Part (5) , Warriors of the Heart Their age is uncertain, but most observers place them as medieval. I’m no expert in ancient Christian symbolism, but, on my first visit to Caldey, a decade prior,  I knew that the uncovered plaster etchings on the lower walls of St Illtud’s church were unusual. My first reaction was that … Read More History and Mystery on Caldey Island – Part Five, Warriors of the Heart

History and Mystery on Caldey Island – Part Four, Two Ships

History and Mystery on Caldey Island – Part Four, Two Ships There were two ships on that day, each of them spoke of other dimensions…One completed our journey back from Caldey, in a way that could only be seen as symbolic. The other was the vessel called St Illtud’s church, whose foundations, and, perhaps some of the contents, had carried the ancient wisdom of the … Read More History and Mystery on Caldey Island – Part Four, Two Ships

History and Mystery on Caldey Island – Part Three, Ancient Suns

History and Mystery on Caldey Island – Part Three, Ancient Suns I had to crouch down to get the shot of the ancient sun, above. These wonders of ancient history occupy a very quiet and almost hidden place on Caldey Island, one I had stumbled across eight years ago, when we paid our first visit here. Then, the twenty or so plaster (reproduction) engravings … Read More History and Mystery on Caldey Island – Part Three, Ancient Suns

History and Mystery on Caldey Island – Part Two, Layers of the Cold Eye

History and Mystery on Caldey Island – Part Two, Layers of the Cold Eye At the eastern end of the main complex of Caldey Abbey a stone stairway leads upwards to one of the most enigmatic parts of the island. St David’s is the parish church of Caldey Island. This may seem a strange notion, given that the impressive Abbey is next door, but … Read More History and Mystery on Caldey Island – Part Two, Layers of the Cold Eye

History and Mystery on Caldey Island – Part One

History and Mystery on Caldey Island – Part One Caldey Island lies a half hour boat ride from the beautiful Pembrokeshire resort of Tenby. Tenby is bustling and vibrant. Caldey is a quiet and contemplative, and feels like a very different world. Bernie and I had visited Caldey many years ago. Back then there were some unanswered  questions in my mind, following our short … Read More History and Mystery on Caldey Island – Part One

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