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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
Stop for a moment...
...in a beautiful and peaceful place.

As always happens, when I have a few days packed full of activity, I have no time to blog! This should have been posted yesterday.

Friday was another day of walking with my old university friend. In the morning, she came with me to walk Brith and it was very pleasant and mostly sunny. Brith loves the extra company, so we had a good walk and he was even quite relaxed when we saw a sheepdog helping a farmer move a small flock of sheep out of a field and into a trailer. The trailer was completely blocking the lane and we had stopped well back, so as not to disturb the farmer in his work, but Brith was OK and once the Landrover and trailer had driven off, we finished our walk.

Then after a sandwich lunch, we drove up to the Cregennen Lakes which have featured regularly in this LJ. By now the weather had deteriorated and it was looking rather dark and threatening, so we decided that climbing the ridge was probably not a good idea and instead we walked along the lower path that runs beside the lake. We followed the path all the way to the tarmac road, then took a moment to look in this tiny cemetery.

Graveyard, Islaw'rdref

The chapel is now ruined, but the graveyard is still in use.


Then we made our way back to the car via a couple of rough tracks and a short stretch across open moorland.

Current Mood: tired tired

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nutmeg3 From: nutmeg3 Date: June 22nd, 2013 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love old cemeteries, and that one's especially pretty. Who was Gwynfor Nannon?
del_c From: del_c Date: June 22nd, 2013 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think that's Gwynfor Evans, a Welsh politician who died a few years back. What "Nannon" means I have no idea.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 22nd, 2013 06:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is indeed Gwynfor Evans. Nannon seems to be a pet name derived from Rhiannon, which was his wife's name.

I am somewhat mystified as to why they are both buried in this cemetery which really is about the most obscure cemetery you could ever hope to find. According to Wikipedia, Gwynfor was born and brought up in South Wales, Rhiannon was born in Liverpool. His funeral (according to the website run by the family) took place in Aberystwyth and when he and his wife died, they were living in Carmarthenshire in Mid Wales. Yet this does seem to be a grave, not just a memorial stone. I know there is some link with this area because, back when he threatened to go on hunger strike in order to fight for the Welsh channel S4C, local rumour had it that he was going to retire to a small isolated cottage very near where I took this photo. I think it's the wife who has family in Meirioneth, so that must be the connection.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 22nd, 2013 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I probably should have explained. It's the two first names of the husband and wife who are buried there. Gwynfor Evans and his wife Rhiannon.

The inscription at the bottom reads:

Nid yw cariad yn darfod byth.

Which translates loosely as:

Only love is everlasting.
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