Wednesday, 23 January 2008

I need a day out . . .

I can't have a day out though - too much to do here at the moment, no money to spend and the weather is foul. It had better be a virtual day out instead. I'll make it summer, nice and hot. Lovely though the views are, I don't fancy an inland walk.



Even the foxgloves can't tempt me today.




Perhaps a little drive to the coast. . . .

Near Bosherston Lily Ponds in Pembrokeshire, is St. Govan's Head, and the tiny little chapel there, barely 18 feet by 12 feet, and although much of it dates from the 13th century, the alter and a rock-hewn seat are much earlier. It has its roots in the 6th century, when St Govan took refuge here from pirates - the very rocks apparently opened up and gave him sanctuary from his pursuers. The saint built the first chapel here in grateful thanks, and made this his hermitage. There is a little stone covering over a fresh-water spring on the beach, though I believe that has now dried up.


Here is Dale, also in Pembrokeshire. Go much further West and you will have to swim for it . . . Dale's name possibly comes from Scandinavian inhabitants, 'dalr' meaning valley in Old Norse. In 1485 Henry Tudor landed near Dale, prior to the battle of Bosworth (after which he was Henry VII). It is now very popular with schools, who take groups there to learn about the geology of the area, and also with groups enjoying pursuits on and in the water.


Just in time for a nice cup of tea and a bun before heading for home again . . .

2 comments:

MammyT said...

I love seeing the architecture,too.

Kelli said...

Thank you for taking us along on a lovely virtual trip! Beautiful pictures!
Kelli