A Marked land.


 

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Around the farm where we are staying the history dates back 1000’s of year’s man has made his mark on the land. As I walk around I hope the only mark I make on this land is what I record. However I drive a car and live in a world were the marks of everyday life is often a blight on the environment.

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location Plas Lligwy Moelfre, Isle of Anglesey- open all year just a short walk from the road and signposts from Moeflfre roundabout.

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Trwyn Du Lighthouse


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A spot I love and 2 years since I last visited Black Point.

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A ‎Cylindrical tower lighthouse with balcony stands at a height‎ ‎of 95 feet. Trwyn Du Lighthouse is situated between Black Point near Penmon and Puffin Island, at the eastern extremity of Anglesey, marking the passage between the two islands.

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Opened: 1838 and Automated: 1922 The lighthouse also has a bell which is rung by the action of the waves.

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Whimbrel


The Curlew is a wader I am familiar with they are  found in wild habitats around the UK. In April and May numbers of their smaller cousin, Whimbrel, will be moving through the UK towards their northerly breeding sites. I was watching this Curlew this morning when I noticed what I believed to be a Whimbrel in the same shot. Far on the other side of this coastal pond  at Penmon Anglesey so at maximum distance but I am happy with these distance picture. The Whimbrel is a 1st for me.(only taken nearly 60 years!)

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Soldier’s Point Hotel


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Built in 1848, Soldier’s Point Hotel was formerly the residence of a Government engineer Charles Rigby who built the harbour breakwater at Holyhead. He was also an Anglesey magistrate and commanded the 2nd Anglesey Artillery Volunteers.

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It is an example of an early Victorian castellated building, and has two stories, and had barred windows and curtain wall towers.

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The hotel closed in the 1960’s. Many plans for redevelopment have been put forward but the future of the site has been put at even more risk following a catastrophic  fire in 2012.

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After the storm


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Following a pounding of a ‘perfect storm’ of gale force north-easterly winds and spring tides  Storm Emma smashed Holyhead Marina destroying around 80 boats. This pile of boats is not an old scrapyard but vessels cleared following the storm on 2nd March 2018.

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Over 80 boats founded causing damage of  millions of pounds.

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A Church by the sea.


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Seeing a sign for a Church on a Headland and a dead-end sign caused a quick right hand turn towards the sea up a single file road near the pretty little harbour town of Cameas.

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Stopping as the road ended at a small car park I spotted the Church. Nothing grand a typical low very plain and strong-looking building with a bell housing at one end. Locked up and closed. Built on a site on the edge of a cliff dedicated to St Patrick and dating back to 440AD. The legend is he was shipwrecked and he found refuge in a cave on the shore below where the church stands today. Saved he founded a church on the headland to thank god for his life.
The churchyard is right on the cliff top and the grave plots have views to die for  well almost. The church was so typical of a small Welsh Church I knew what the inside was like and how simple it would be.— How wrong I was as I was leaving the grounds and met a women coming up the path “Shame but it is locked up”. I said. “I know she said I have the key”.

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St Patrick’s was restored by Stanley of Aiderly in 1884 he was a Muslim and he used rich blue glass tiles around the altar bringing colour’s of the East and his religion to this little Christian Church.

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The Church was badly damaged by an  arson attack in 1985 but thankfully restored and is here for us to see today when open.

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Numenius arquata better known as  the Curlew.

The largest European wading bird, recognisable on estuaries or moors by its long down curved bill, brown upper parts, long legs and call . The Curlew here is seen from the van window as I am sure he would have flown if I had opened the door. Spotted on the shore on The Menai Straits North Wales.

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