We were in need of a break so we thought we would combine an unearthly early hospital appointment for a scan with a few days on Anglesey.
There are a few places I know that I would call perhaps mystical and have a calming, restful quality about them and I long to spend time there. Lindisfarne is one , at least not in the height of the summer season and away from the touristy spots; another is Ynys Dwynwen on Anglesy . Both of these are of course islands which are cut off on high tides. Dwynwen might not be as big as Lindisfarne but in its out of the way spot it is also very much quieter and just the place we needed to sooth the soul.
The weather was glorious and I knew I was in for a hike but it was just what I needed and the aches and pains were well worth it. There is a marked pilgrim path which we hadn't done before , longer but oh so worth it .
We started out through the forest
Then we veered to the estuary
There was an abundance of wild flowers . One of my favourites were the orchids in all shades of pink.
There was a wonderful bank of wild hearts ease in all shades of blues , white and yellow ; amazing how they cross pollinate. If only I could grow them in my garden ; here they thrive in the sandy soil. They certainly do ease the heart :)
Then miles of deserted white beach which in the sunshine and turquoise sea looked tropical. Don't you just love it when you get so much space all to yourself ?
Along the way we see some interesting things including a sculpture made with debris washed up in storms complete with photos from the sculptor.
Is this a crocodile hiding under the seaweed? See the ridges of its back ?
At last we see sight of the island or should I say islands. Also in the far distance out of camera shot is Ynys Enlli another island on the pilgrims list which is at the end of the Lleyn peninsula.
This is the view from the causeway looking toward the mainland off Anglesey and the beach of Newborough, again not many folks about .
We spent a few hours relaxing in the warm sun before the long walk back, happy but exhausted and I slept that night like a log. My thoughts that day turned to why islands are quite often holy or sacred places and I wondered if it was something to do about pushing the boundaries as far as we can, both physically and emotionally? I don't know, but I do know that I need to go to these places to get the 'balance' back in my life. It also brings out my creative side and I spent a lovely day yesterday dyeing .
Well blogger is being awkward and this is the third time I have done this post and I am hoping it will post now .
We have both been very busy creating and I will tell you in the next post all about the FO's , another cardigan finished , cowl, moebius ,beaded waistcoat, weaving . Ah yes weaving , another weaver is born and its not me, its my beloved other half . Oh and fleece, fleece , fleece overflowing from every corner; we are now officially the owners of a fleece mountain with so many beautiful ones . Catch up with you after Woolfest ;)