Woke Up This Morning….My ‘Nod’ To Valentine’s Day…..Bartholomew’s Poem Of Love….‘The Lost Land’….. Imagine Being There….

by Bernie Bell - 07:46 on 14 February 2023

Woke Up This Morning….

I woke up this morning, at 7 o’clock.  Looked out the Living Room window and saw the moon, poised over Wideford Hill, then reflected in the pond in our meadow as the sun was rising…..

Not a very clear picture, but the best the camera could do.  What a way to start the day.

We’ve seen the moon in the pond once before, when the day light was going, the moon was rising, and was reflected in the newly filled pond…..



My ‘Nod’ To Valentine’s Day…..  https://theorkneynews.scot/2020/02/14/hearts-in-nature/


Bartholomew’s Poem Of Love….

A Marriage

Over the wires your voice
came leaping into my ear
like a sparkling rainbow

Me in my hotel room
you on the front porch
enjoying the evening breeze

We talk as though we're holding hands
after a long day— sharing our warmth
despite the miles traveled

Sleep well
I'll be home tomorrow
to continue our adventure



‘The Lost Land’…..

Will and Bran are told that they must go to the Lost Land.

There are tales of a lost land out from the coast of Wales by the area where they are staying. 

I lived in a flat in an old mansion called Plas Cwmcynfelin, above Clarach Bay.  From the Bay I could walk along the coastal path to Borth, passing  Wallog on the way.

Stretching out from the Bay at Wallog is a spit of rounded stones known as Sarn Cynfelin, and the story was that it was all that was left of the way to a lost land. 

Those of a pragmatic turn of mind explain the accumulation of stones as being due to tides and currents… https://historypoints.org/index.php?page=sarn-gynfelyn-wallog … but the olds stories are of a lost land - a Welsh Atlantis.


I don’t know which is so – but I loved that place – walking out into the sea, but not getting wet.

The Wikipedia entry mentions the drowned trees at Ynsylas…. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarn_Gynfelyn

I remember seeing those too – but not as clearly as this man did….


The sea covers, and the sea reveals.

Here’s an all too true tale of a village in Wales being ‘lost’…..  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-64560239

It’s not just the ancient Romans who have a tendency to dominate and take from other groups of people.  Imperialists, are Imperialists, through time.


The Maze of Mirrors…a truly worrying concept.  Took me back to  ‘Over Sea, Under Stone’…..Cornwall…… and the Rocky Valley carvings….


Will kept his head, thought it through….and remembered…..


Imagine Being There….


Here’s my favourite film of a  murmuration……


Experiencing the real thing is something else again. 

At one time, I worked in the Stroud Unemployment Benefit Office and at the end of each working day, one of my tasks was to take a bag of documents to the Job Centre at the top of town. This meant that I passed a line of trees on the way and, at the right time of year, there would be a huge gathering of Starlings there getting ready to roost - chattering,  busy, flying about.  There were street lamps which lit the scene, and I’d stand and watch.  Not a murmuration, but a close encounter of the Starling kind, which has stayed in my memory.

And now, here in Orkney, huge flocks of them form murmurations in the sky and sometimes descend on our garden – it’s like a scene from ‘The Birds’…… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fJh2gIBOto , but I know they won’t harm us and I love to watch them.


Here’s one I made earlier….. https://theorkneynews.scot/2020/04/18/holding-back-the-waves-at-the-swandro-dig/




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