My Heart Sings A Song Of Pride.

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I came across these photos in my 'photos tidy up' mode !!!

Initially I suppose they brought back sad memories !! I shall tell you a little more!!

These photos are of the small Welsh sea-side town called Aberaeron where I grew up.

Myself and my sister grew up in a Chapel going family and we were also prominent in the community.

However things were far from right and I suffered terrible abuse from a twisted and cruel father !!!He was imprisoned after I reported the abuse to a teacher in school when I was twelve years old.

I left when I was seventeen ;not too far away but I did not return to the town for years ;that is until about a year or so ago !!!

Our granddaughter Ellie was staying with us and out of the blue one Sunday I felt the need to visit again!!

Oh how strange it felt to return but by then I had already faced up to my childhood and had moved on so returning was not as big a deal as it would have been a decade earlier.

I slowly but surely saw the beauty in the harbour;the gorgeous Welsh Cob statue outside The Feathers Hotel (an added feature), the stunning riverside walk complete with 'Lovers Bridge' and 'The Wishing Well.'

Finally and the most touching of all was the wonderful countryside where I spent so many days exploring with my beloved Beagle Lassie at my side.

To top it all Ellie loved her day out and named the town 'Balamory' after the children's TV series.

You will understand what an apt name this was when you see the photos below.


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Here is one of my favourite songs 'I Believe' sung by Rhidian a wonderful Welsh singer with a golden voice.

In the early morning magic

Her prowess glowing;

Confucius consecrating

Each newly born wonder.

x

My heart doth lead

Each footsteps so sure;

I share with great pride

From so deep in my core.







One Harbour Of Love.

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Ellie having fun.
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A harbour of love

Nestling in a wondrous sleep

Soft waters lapping.

x

Unconditional

A strong heart sings out proudly

Courageous and true.

Standing So Proud.(A majestic statue along with some beautiful Welsh Cobs at the annual Show.)

This beautiful statue stands across the road from The Featers Hotel.
This beautiful statue stands across the road from The Featers Hotel. | Source
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Oh standing so proud

So majestic and awesome

Our own Welsh Cob.

x

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A journey so proud

Revelations cascading

My heart oh so true.

x

Yesterday's heartache

Has now so surely evolved

To today's blossoms.


The River Of Life.

Lovers Bridge.
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The Wising Well.
The Wising Well. | Source
Lovers bridge.
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Deep inside the earth

A splutter and a gurgle

Shimmering new birth.

x

Over obstacles

She will strongly meander

Learning wrong from right.

x

Learning from each day

Which estuary is mine

Sweet river of life.

I Walk On In Wonder With My lassie.

Myself and my Lassie.
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To walk on

in

sweet wonder

retracing footsteps ;

nostalgia flooding through;

memories of myself with my Lassie

by my side;

the winds of today

refreshing

and freeing

those invisible

but

oh so strong

chains from

yesteryear.


Feelings of pain and fear

diminish

and

cascade

back into the realms

of oblivion !!!

In their place a wondrous

paradise,

full of sunshine and laughter;

beauty and love;

sweet memories of

a child running through

the fields

her best friend

her soulmate

her all by her side!!!

Oh yes her Lassie

always at her heels

running together,

learning from

Mother Nature's

unconditional lessons

of

love and beauty.

Exploring

each nook and cranny

of each hill overhead ;

of each valley below!!!

Not a single

acre of love;

a golden gem

or a

rainbow's end

left untouched .

Today it all so magically

fills me

with a warmth

full of sweet love.

The ability to understand.

A comprehension

so dear

and

so sweet

made magical

from the knowledge

that I have

overcome

and today

see a wondrous beauty .

A beauty

which I so eagerly share

with one and all;

thus enabling

each heart

to flow and fly ;

as free as a bird

on the wing.

A free as I am today !!!


Some beautiful photos of my home town complete with pics of Ellie having fun.

Carnival Day.
Carnival Day.
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So easy to see why Ellie named it Balamory!!Notice the similarity between the pastel painted houses of Balamory and Aberaeron.

Balamory
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Balamory.
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Aberaeron.
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I hope you all enjoyed today's hub and remember there is always beauty behind each darkness ; and I sure am glad I returned to see the beauty on this day.

Have a wonderful day and I send you lots of love from my little corner of Wales..

Eddy.

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baluch90 3 years ago from Vienna, Austria

nice one...


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you so very much baluch and I now look forward to reading yours also

Enjoy your day.

Eddy.


JThomp42 3 years ago

So, so beautiful Eddy. Voted up, awesome, and shared. Hoping you have a wonderful day!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Eddy, I'm so glad you can once again see the beauty of your childhood town. It's beautiful, as are your words.

Enjoy your day, my friend!


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Oh Jeff thank you so very much for our kind and caring words .

Each one as always so greatly appreciated.

Here's wishing you a wonderful day too.

Eddy.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you so much Shauna as always for taking the time to stop by and leave a great comment as always.

Here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here.

Eddy.


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Lisa Luv 3 years ago from Conneticut, USA

First I want to give you a big HUG! This is a wonderful heartfelt and also a great healing poem. The following is my favorite verse

"My heart doth lead

Each footsteps so sure;

I share with great pride

From so deep in my core."

You are a gifted and well rounded writer... Voting up and sharing as much as I can! Thank you so much for sharing...


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MrsBrownsParlour 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

I am in tears from your story, this song, and the beauty of your soul. You have done what very few people can---walk through evil and darkness and come out the other side shining with light.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you so much Lisa your words mean so very much and here's to so many more poems for us both to share on here. Have a wonderful day my dear friend.

Eddy.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you so much Lurana ;your words mean far more than I can ever say.

Today it means so much to me to try and help others overcome amy obstacle which stops them from being the true person they could be. No one has the right to take this away from us and I say this with great determination.Here's to many more hubs for us both to share on here my dear friend and have a wonderful day.

Eddy.


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Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

Beautiful Eddy and glad you had a good day with Ellie and that you were able to get past your bad memories from the past. Wonderful and hope you are having a great day now. Have voted and shared, too!!


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coffeegginmyrice 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

Beautiful Wales. Beautiful Words. Beautiful Photos. Beautiful You.


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kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

Beautiful words, fantastic pictures of your country side and also of your family. I want to join you for a walk!


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onegreenparachute 3 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

Good Morning Eddy,

Thank you for the gift of this hub. There are lessons of 'letting go' for me in your words.

Voted up and shared.

Hugs, Carol


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wildove5 3 years ago from Cumberland, R.I.

Your writing is as beautiful as the landscape of your home! Thanks for sharing your journey both past and present!


dreamseeker2 3 years ago

I am happy to hear you could overcome the past pain this beautiful place once reminded you of, Eddy. I'm sorry to hear of your past abuse and that from a father. : ( But, you have done a wonderful job sharing the past and present with a perfect blend of beauty and hope. A merging of one's life once known to that of one which lived on to see better days. : ) Beautiful pics and poem! Thank you for sharing it with us.


Joanne M Olivieri 3 years ago

Eddy, first your words and the memories of your childhood touched my soul. I am so glad you returned and found the beauty there. Your words/prose are beautiful and the photos are simply stunning. Well done and voted up!


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you so much Janine for stopping by and your comment means so very much. Have a great day.

Eddy.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Your comment is so greatly appreciated coffeegginmyrice.

Eddy.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

I am glad you enjoyed this one and here's to many more for us both to share on here.

Eddy.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you once more for stopping by Carol and for leaving a great comment also.Lots of love and I wish you a great day .

Eddy.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

You are so welcome wildove and I also look forward to reading many more of yours too.

Eddy.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you so very much too dreamseeker2 ;yorui comment is so greatly appreciated and have a great day.

Eddy.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you so much also Joanne ;it was so nice to return and i am so happy that I did so.That was the final ghost to face and I hope my stopry helps many others to do so too.

Eddy.


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Annie Miller 3 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

So beautiful ... in it's entirety - your poems and photos. Thank you for this, Eddy.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Hi Eddy

A return to your youth---it is a wondrous thing for sure. I love the photos you have shared and the way you have painted the loveliness of your journey. Awesome...thank you for sharing this personal part of your life.

Angels and blessings are on the wya :) ps


Valleypoet 3 years ago

Your childhood town is a beautiful place....it's truly a case of light overcoming darkness that you can see that beauty too..thank you for your inspiring story Eddy:-))


DJ Anderson 3 years ago

What greater gift can there be than to share one's self; the good, the bad, and the ugly.

You have done so, quite beautifully, Eddy. Your story would touch and speak to the most cynical heart. Your photos of Aberaeron are picturesque and the horses are majestic. I am so very glad that you chose to share a picture of yourself and your precious best friend, Lassie.

It is the young, the weak, the elderly, and the vulnerable who suffer at the hands of an abuser. You are a courageous woman to meet up with your past and walk out a winner.

The song that you chose complements your hub perfectly.

And, I am so very glad that you shared your story with us.

Thank you and God Bless,

DJ.


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kj force 3 years ago from Florida

Eiddwen...Looking at the pictures that abound with beauty...so sad that the memories you hold are so dark...Thanks you for a beautiful write and sharing such a personal experience....


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

It is wonderful that you can return to your place of birth and enjoy the beauty. Time is a great healer. Beautiful poetry Eddy...


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. What a wonderful journey down memory lane Eddy. Great pics. Looks like a lovely place and your poetic words just make it perfect. Love those horses. Passing this on. Hugs.


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Awesome and beautiful. Great photos too. Enjoyed reading and voted up.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Wow! You have truly done a pure job driving your point home.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you so very much to

ANNIE

PS

VALLEYPOET

DJ

KJ

RUBY

RASM

VELLUR

MARTIN

for each and every wonderful comment which are all so greatly appreciated.

Here's so many more hubs for us all to share on here.

Eddy.

Eddy.


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Rehana Ferdinando 3 years ago from Colombo

What a beautiful hub! I am going to follow u so that I can read more of your hubs.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you so very much Rehana and I look forward to following you also.

Enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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epigramman 3 years ago

....... Just breathtaking dear friend - I wish my mum could see/read your fabulous hub presentations and sincerely beautiful words - well I guess she does - through the eyes of her son.

And you are so right - we must all look for the light behind the darkness ......sending to you warm wishes and good thoughts from Colin and his cats at lake erie time ontario canada 1:45pm where early spring has finally arrived, I think, and (lol) hope.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Oh epi thank you so very much for this wonderful comment ;it really is so appreciated and I also think that I would have liked your Mum.

Have a wonderful day my dear friend.

Eddy.


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

This was another great visit, Eddy, for it gives me a chance each time to get a little piece of you.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

All lovely tributes, Eddy! Awesome! Sharing!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Late but finally here, Eddy! Way too much to do this week and time is getting away from me, as it usually does.

Lovely memories. We really can go home again, can't we? I would label this sweet melancholy. Yes?

I smile every time I see pictures of Ellie...what a beauty.

Thank you for sharing with us all.

love,

billy


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dghbrh 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Sooooooooo beautiful dear Eddy.....it felt so nice to have a walk with you and Ellie among the breath taking beauty here. Your poem is simply mind blowing exactly like the photos itself. Enjoy life and I quite agree with you. Voted up beautiful and sharing as well.

deergha


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DREAM ON 3 years ago

I am moved the way you took the bad from the past and let it pass.Brought the beauty of the world to each of us in such a unique way.God Bless your wonderful heart.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

This is such a beautiful Hub in SO many ways. I took a trip down memory lane about two years ago when I visited the little town I grew up in. Sadly the little shack I lived in is now gone, but I still walked the very ground I walked as a child.

I'd sure like to visit Wales: maybe one of these days.

Voted UP.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you so very much to

DEB

MICHELLE

DGHBRH

DREAM ON

MARY

for each and every wonderful comment.

Here's to so many more hubs for us all to share on here.

Enjoy your days.

Eddy.


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

You have come a long way my friend - which is why you were able to go back!

we are all products of our upbringing - but - only to a degree. WE and only we have the ability to set our own life-course, but - it takes GUTS, BALLS, and COURAGE!

You emulate all 3 - YES, BALLS TOO! (just cause we're not born with 'em doesn't mean we don't got 'em..)

We have much too much in common, dear Eddy - AND - horses are my favorite animal on the planet..

Beautiful - both the hub - and you!

Stay you!


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Oh Leslie thank you so very much ;this comment coming from you is so greatly appreciated. I will spend the rest of my days on here sharing and hopefully inspiring.

How richer is my life since joining HubPages??? Far more than I can ever say and it has brought me a precious friend who also has GUTS,BALLS and COURAGE in abundance !!!

Here's to so many more hubs, thoughts and all else for us both to share on here for a very long time to come.

Eddy.


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

A golden voice indeed. Thank you for sharing your visit, Eddy. We once had a Beagle, too, and the children called him Charlie.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Hi Eddy,

I'm glad you have all that behind and moved on. It's nice you see the beauty of the place again.

Voted up.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you so much Blossom and Beagles are indeed wonderful characters as I am sure your Charlie was too.

Enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you so very much rajan your comment as always so greatly appreciated.

Eddy.


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Eddy, I know you has a beautiful poet, but recently you have surprised me with your photography.

I loved these lines very much

A harbour of love

Nestling in a wondrous sleep

Soft waters lapping


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Oh thank you so much Vinaya ;these words of yours are appreciated so much.

I never knew I had an interest in photography until recently and would leave the photography side of it to my partner but slowly I gained the confidence to take over that side of it too.I have a good camera and love experimenting.Have a wonderful day Vinaya and thanks again for the great comment.

Eddy.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

I so enjoyed your hub and verses. Your pictures are gorgeous. How sad to have the memories from childhood but how wonderful to have the newly made memories of this beautiful place.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you so much KK G; your comment is so greatly appreciated. Here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here.

Enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Such a sweet share, Eddy. I thought the horses were all so beautiful. Lovely photos were inspiring and one can see why your childhood memories were special.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you so very much Dianna and here's to a wonderful Easter for you and your family.

Eddy.


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Highland Terrier 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Wales is truly beautiful. It has to said that you should be very proud of herself to have over come the abuse and lived your life.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you so very much Highland Terrier ;your comment as always so greatly appreciated.

Enjoy your day.

Eddy.


Sueswan 3 years ago

Hi Eddy,

"Yesterday's heartache

Has now so surely evolved

To today's blossoms."

Beautiful my friend! Thank you for sharing your hometown of Aberaeron with us.

Voted up and sharing

Hugs

Sue


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you so very much Sue and your comment as always so greatly appreciated.

Eddy.

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