Wednesday, September 27, 2006

FAIRY GLEN

A short drive from home took us on through the valley to the foothills of the mountain and it was from here we embarked on our walk a week ago.

We set off from this tiny hamlet, comprising of a cluster of cottages and an ancient church which looked exquisite bathed in September sunshine and autumn colours. As I've often said, the sound of running water is ever present in this area, so the very least I expected was to see a mountain stream on our walk.

What we did encounter was way beyond my expectations, yes, we quickly came upon a mountain stream tumbling its way over rocks and, as you've seen before in pictures I've posted, the banks were mossy and shaded by the overhanging trees with glints of sun shining through the leaves. However, I can only describe what lay before us as the most magical of sights, a fairy glen of mossy greenness with a series of white tumbling water falls.

The pathway we took closely hugged the side of the stream as we made our way ever upwards. The air had a wonderful smell of earthy dampness and it was difficult to hear each other speak over the sound of falling water. There were times when, we were so close to the side of the waterfall, we could touch the icy water as it cascaded over sheer rocky drops and other places where deep pools reflected inky darkness.

Strangely shaped rock formations stood like totem poles standing sentinel along the banks. This magical place could easily have been taken from a fairy tale about goblins and elfin creatures and yet it was so incredibly beautiful, however, its not a place I could walk alone.

I can do no better than let me pictures show this captivating and yet mysterious scenery.




19 comments:

Dawn said...

Such beauty...thank you for posting these lovely photos....

HORIZON said...

I love going for walks like this- when l have the time. I love the fresh mossy smell, knarled old trees and dappled shade. Puck's Glen is a close walk for us here- just a short climb and a different world. Wee Sam finds this place magical. Glad you enjoyed your ramble. :)
Keep well.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful pictures. This looks like a truly 'enchanted' spot...not sure I could walk alone there either. Thank you for sharing ...

Kerri said...

Marion, this place is magical indeed! How lucky you are to be only a short drive away.
Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures with us.
I'm glad you're feeling well enough to go on little jaunts like this. It's so good for the senses to get out into the fresh air, and this place must surely be a great mood booser!
Did you take any pictures of the cottages and church?
We're having wonderful September sunshine today!

Connie and Rob said...

That just looks like it is something from a fairy tale. It is just beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

Hope you are doing well. Take care,
Connie

Britt-Arnhild said...

Looks like a Tolkien landscape :-) Very charming.

Connie and Rob said...

Oh my this looks like something we might dream about. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures.

Hope you are doing well. Take care,
Connie

Alice said...

I shall return to these lovely photos time and again throughout the coming months when I want to be transported to somewhere cool, green and damp, ie. a long way from here.

Marion - that really does look like somewhere from a storybook. I'm just trying to imagine the sound of the waterfalls.

Thank you so much for sharing your delightful walk with us.

It's a FLIP-FLOP World said...

Marion, I tried to send you comments once and I thought they had sent but my internet went down so here I am trying once again.
Your pictures are just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing them with us. It is so nice to see where you live.
Glad to see you posting. I love it when you do and am always happy to see you!!
Sandy

Sue said...

Marion,
It was such a pleasure going on this beautiful walk with you! I love to walk near the sound of water!
Hope you're feeling better with each passing day!
((hugs))

Lisa (oceandreamer) said...

I have come to your blog site a few times now (I even emailed you) - the places you visit and now this one have actually given me a lump in my throat from their beauty. As one who loves and believes in faeries this does indeed look like a place they would dwell. How lucky you are to have such places for a bit of a wander about. It's nice to meet you Marion and I look forward to more of your nature walks.
Lisa(oceandreamer)

PEA said...

Oh my, what an absolutely gorgeous place for you to discover while on your walk!! It's definitely very magical looking...are you sure there were no little faeries dancing around??? lol Such beautiful pictures, Marion, thank you so much for sharing them with us! I would have a hard time tearing myself away from such a place! Hugs!

Lulu said...

how beautiful

Sigrun said...

Tank you Marion, that is the Wales I like!

Sigrun

patsy said...

the place certainly looks like a fairey land. great post.

Annabelle said...

Hi Marion,

I just noticed your from Wales....I love Wales so much that I actually visited in 1977.Portmierion was magical. I need to walk the dog and the neighbor's, so I'll come back this afternoon and check out your site; bye for now.

Annabelle

Annabelle said...

Oh Marion,
You have a beautiful site. I never got my wish {to live in England} but I certainly feel like I'm there by viewing all the pictures that you have posted of your country. From the story of "The ghost of Minster Lovell to the beautiful sceneries of sheep grazing in winding country sides of Heredfordshire, the quaint villages of the Cotswolds and the Mossy Fairy's Glen and the churchyard surrounded by mossy icing.....just breathtakingly beautiful! You have a lovely home and I love George!!!Nice to have found you!

Annabelle

Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

Thanks so much for visiting my blog Marion. We are 10 months behind in Coronation Street! It`s just been Christmas 2005 and Danny is plotting against Mike to get the business. Terrible man! Both my husband and me watch a half hour episode each weeknight faithfully. Best show on tv!
Your blog is wonderful.

tea
xo

homemakersheart said...

I bet is was breath-taking! You should be a writer. Your description is delightful. I enjoy seeing your pictures of your outings. You know, when I need a "break" from the day, I log on to your blog to get lost in the beauty of your pictures you post. Thank you Marion!
Hugs, Dee