It's November which is Thanksgiving month in the US of A and I am grateful for my Welsh Heritage and the blessings I have had to travel to my ancestral lands where the bones of my ancient fathers and mothers lie. I've been twice in recent years, 2010 and 2016. Both trips were great adventures with dear family and friends.
"Hiraeth" meaning, homesickness, longing, or in Portuguese "saudades," as we have no adequate English translation, compels me to share photos with a bit of context. I hope to convey a bit of that Hiraeth to family and friends. My wife says we can return this next summer with the compelling need to visit the replacement headstone monument our extended family put up for my 4th Great Grandfather in Llanfoist Churchyard.
But we start the first day of our 2016 trip on the banks of the River Wye in the small, ancient parish of Aberllynfi, the mouth of the Afon Llynfi into the Wye, and the surrounding parish of Glasbury.
I woke early and went out in the mist to explore the churchyard at St. Peter's just down the road:
|The back of St. Peter's Churchyard, Glasbury, Powys Wales (formerly, the Breconshire side of the River Wye)|
|Three Cocks Inn, Aberllynfi, Glasbury, Wales, early in the morning.|
|Ah! Welsh Breakfast! Note the Mushrooms making it genuine Hobbit fare.|
|Me at the baptismal fount. Many Vaughans and innumerable cousins were baptized here as we try to link them all.|
In the photo above, the main entrance is the door to the left. The open door on the right leads to the vestry. I love the stained glass above me which depicts a knight receiving a crown of glory from the one, true Lord.
|St. Peter's and the foothills of the Black Mountains from the Glasbury Village side of the Wye.|
|The 12th Century door to Hay Castle on the left. Later medieval construction on the right.|
|The Three Horseshooes, Felindre (Velindre) Village.|
Note the red post box built into the corner of the pub. If you zoom in you can see that it is an original "V R" for "Victoria Regina" meaning Queen Victoria who started the British postal system. (Well, Parliament probably did, but she signed off on it).
|Twmpa in Welsh, or "Lord Hereford's Knob" in Saxon Oppression.|
|Roger Vaughan (1734-1797) and Elizabeth Powel (1732-1803) on the left. An as yet unconnected William Vaughan on the right.|
We ended our wonderful day with a rainbow over Llyn Safadden or Langorse Lake.
The little island to which the rainbow is conveniently pointing is a man-made crannog from the 9th or 8th Centuries, CE. It was a home of the Kings of Brycheiniog, very likely ancestors of mine even if I didn't inherit a crown. The roots go deep here.
Continue to Day 2