13/08/2009

Rambles in Wales

Here I am in North Wales again with my artist friend Marged who lives in the Snowdonia National Park - today we up near Beddgelert on the National Trust footpath at Craflwyn. It is close to the ruins of Vortigan's Hill Fort near Dinas Emrys. This is the land of King Arthur and legend has it that Merlin spent a lot of time at the fort...... in fact he lived there for a while. The ground is quite sacred! It was also the scene of a battle between the White Dragon of England and the Red Dragon of Wales - the Red Dragon won hence the Welsh flag!
Naomi Leake's sculpture 'Dresser' sits on the hillside - an empty standing dress with a copper bodice and stone cairn skirt - you can read more about her here
We carried on along the path and next was this enormous 'chair' made by the sculptor Dominic Clare
We had fun being children again..............
and this is what I was looking at .................
Oh and in case you were wondering I'm not 3ft tall but 5ft 7ins in fact!!!

15 comments:

Annie said...

I love that chair. Lovely to see these shots as I was there last month! Did you find some bilberries?

Bill Evertson said...

This looks like a wonderful trek full of surprises. I've also enjoyed reading about your adventures with "land art"; you made some fine temporary art works during that stay.

india said...

i was utterly besotted by Mary Stewart's splendid novel 'Crystal Cave' and wandered Wales some 25 years back searching for various places she named...sought in vai on the flanks of Snowdon for Merlin's foot prints...

Leslie Avon Miller said...

One of the many things I enjoy about blogging is "seeing" different parts of the world. Merlin and the dragons, castles, and such are only things of tales in my life. But here you are in the land of fairy tales, giving us a tour! I love this land art and seeing you sitting in that giant chair is a treat! You look marvelously happy!

Jeane said...

I love the dress! standing like a testament to women everywhere that we are strong! the chair! my oh my - how many hundreds of pictures do you think there are of this chair with someone sitting in it?

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Well Look at you! How wonderful and happy you look in this giant chair! You are walking in the shadows of Merlin? This is a place of powerful fairy tales...thank you for this delightful tour!!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Oh, I want that chair for my garden!!

layers said...

As I mentioned in my last comment, I visited London and Edinburgh in June. We loved Scotland and would like to go again and Wales is at the top of my list. There is something primitive and magical there.

Marjojo said...

Oh, I want to travel too! What beautiful, meaningful landscape. I love Naomi Leaker's dress, which looks so natural there. Thanks for introducing us.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

I posted my 7 random things about myself...when you have the time, drop by in your magical shoes!

lynne h said...

wow, rosie, just wow... what a magical place...

mansuetude said...

five foot seven inches! on my laptop you look to be about one and a half inches, but full of joy.

lovely

MrCachet said...

I thought "HOBBIT" when I saw you in the chair - and your view! Great Post!

Svetlana said...

What a beautiful scenery. I love the chair.

JiLy said...

what a wonderful story and such and endearing chair with you sitting so magnificently in it! Thanks for posting this wonderful story. Legends are so fascinating to read and hear about and then see remnants of!!