Welsh Stone Cottage on the Preseli Hills of Wales with Magical Views

The Preseli Hills
The Preseli Hills

Fron Ganol


Set deep upon the Preseli Hills

Shabby now three hundred years old

Surrounded by sparkling trills of brooks,

set free from mountain hold

The old stone yard with delicate blossoms adorned

Fuchsia softly drapes the walls of galt and slate

Ghosts of people passed are mourned

we ponder and await our fate

Arfron now it says upon the gate

Butterflies of summer feast on nectar sweet

with murmurings innumerable

And constant journeys here and there

with destinations deep and imponderable.


This is a poem about "Arfron" the sweet Welsh cottage in the Pembrokeshire National Park that I share with my brother. It is rugged and solid, all embracing and assailed by salt air from the sea beyond. It is a place of peace and inspiration. It's original name was "Fron Ganol", ( Middle Bank). The Fron is a tiny hamlet in the National Park.

This summer the garden was filled with butterflies and bees visiting the wild lilac tree, It is built of the healing blue stones used thousands of years ago to build Stonehenge. Originally a shepherds cottage, it was given a second story in the 1930's with a beautiful view of the coast and the sea beyond.

We have recently spent two delightful dry weeks there. No phone, no internet. A new roof has just been fitted so it is more cosy than ever. How precious are our weeks in Wales.

Rock and Trees

The Cottage
The Cottage
The nearby moor.
The nearby moor.
The view of Fron Deg nestling below
The view of Fron Deg nestling below
A local cottage
A local cottage

Another Building made from Blue Stones

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Alexander Mark 7 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

A beautiful poem by a beautiful lady. The pictures only add to it. Thank you!


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks for stopping by Alexander. It is truly a magical place. Maybe you will visit Wales one day.


GraphicPenury 7 years ago

Very well done Mum! Can't wait to visit there myself one day soon. xoxo


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Joy At Home 7 years ago from United States

How soon can I come visit you? ;-)

This hub is pretty enough to make me cry.


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks for commmenting Phil.xx

Glad you liked it Joy. The kettle will always be on for a convivial cuppa whenever I'm there!


Linda Myshrall 6 years ago

I don't know which is more beautiful... the poetry or the photography. I'm gonna go with a tie at 18 on a scale of 1 to 10. Really, really lovely. Thank you.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Linda, thanks for dropping by. I appreciate your kind comment


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quicksand 6 years ago

The pictures are pretty good. :)


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thank you for your kind comment, Quicksand!


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Kosmo 6 years ago from California

I've always loved the English countryside, especially the area where those ancient folks quarried the blue stones used at Stonehenge. By the way, your poetry is evocative and readable. Thanks. Later!


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hey, Kosmo thanks for stopping by and your kind remarks. The cottage and the blue stones are actually in Wales. The countryside there is more rugged. The amazing thing is how did they get the stones to England?


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

If YOU have written that poem, the I hate you! .. :-))

I shall never be able to write as well s that and it is depressing ...


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Oh go on! you can do it. Thanks for dropping by again.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Oh Gypsy what a wonderful hub and we only live just a few miles away from these hills.

I have to vote up up and away.

Take care and enjoy yor day.

Eddy.


Gypsy Willow 4 years ago

Thanks for the comment Eiddwen, how wonderful to live in that glorious neck of the woods. i love it there but only get to visit a few times a year.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

I know and I love walking on these hills taking photos the same time.

This hub was indeed one of my favourites.

Eddy.

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