I was born into a family of farmers, and bought up in a rural part of the Welsh Marches: my formative years where spent on my Grandparents farm in the mid ’50’s to early 60’s. My Mother’s family I’ve traced back to 1598! In fact they’ve moved very little in all that time, and still farm in the area that they moved to in the early 1700’s.
Believe me – it was a magical childhood!
My late Grandfather saw to it that I was schooled in certain country ways before he retired. I was taught the simple things, that now seem second nature to me; how to tell the time from the sun; the compass points from the sun and the green and growing and basically to revere nature – Mother Nature. He taught me about the Four Winds, the Three Fates, and those that have gorn on before us and much much more.
In short, he schooled me in the Old Ways.
My research, in fact my search, for what it was he taught me, has been a long and is an on going path, which has lead me through many different twists and turns – all very enjoyable, I must say, but very Crooked Path indeed!
Some of you have requested I tell my story of these far off days, so I am gathering my whits and putting down on paper (so to speak!) the memories, which you can find under the category My Story as well as some under Memories.
I wish to thank my dear friend The Chattering Magpie for gently nudging me in this direction with his subtle (not 😉 ) hints.
I’ve always lived up and down the Welsh/English border, known as the Welsh Marches ->
It truly is a magical place, a no-mans land, where you’re either Welsh or English (but never both) at the drop of a hat! It’s well known that the people of this area were Lorded over by the Marcher Lords; hedging your bets became a way of life, and has seamlessly integrated into many ways; typical behaviour is to sit on the fence and see how the thing is going, and when it looks like one side is greener than the other, then that’s the side to jump down on 😉
In the early 1970’s I spent six months or so in the Isle of Man – now thats an interesting place to live! I also spent some time up in Orkney, and am very fond of those wide open spaces, where the land is full of archaeology – recently I visited Cornwall for the first time, and was very impressed with the lay of the land there – I love to travel when time and money allow it.
I craft – I love to draw and paint – a keen photographer and writer; I love to create 🙂 for friends and clients of the magical ilk.
And I spin – did I mention that! By hand with a drop spindle ~ I highly recommend it for magical folk! 🙂 More recently, I’ve upgraded to a spinning wheel, and how a loom too – as well as knit and crochet 🙂
My blog is about me; the things I like and the things I don’t; the things I do and the things I don’t and all that comes in between! 🙂
Every thing is copyrighted to me; none of my words or pictures may be reproduced with out my permission, but links are very welcome so please feel free.
© Cymraes 2008-17.