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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

O is for OXWICH (a village in Wales)

Welcome to ABC Wednesday where this week we celebrate the letter O as in oven, ornery, oblivious, olive, obstreperous, ocean, and Olympian.  I would like to take you to a pretty little church in Wales that I visited this past summer with my friend Liz.  It's called Oxwich and is located at the Western end of Oxwich Bay on the Gower Peninsula near the village of Oxwich and the city of Swansea. 
With a population of less than 200, Oxwich boasts two castles, lots of thatched cottages, and a National Nature Reserve.  Also, there is the extensive beach on the Bay with sand dunes, towering cliffs, and shady woods.   We bypassed Oxwich village itself, but the beautiful approach road travels down through the woods and out into the salt marshes and the Reserve. After parking near the beach, Liz and I enjoyed a very casual lunch at the little cafĂ© by the water before heading along the pathway through the woods to the ancient church.  Here is a photo I took as I approached the front:
The church derives from a 6th century monastic cell. The present church was largely built during the 13th century incorporating the cell in the base of a massive embattled tower with a saddleback roof. For the millennium celebrations the tower  was re-opened into the church and the area restored as a  simple but beautiful chapel. 

Other notable features include the burial niche in the north sanctuary wall, would have marked the grave of someone of note; possibly even Illtyd himself. Also the bells: two are rung, dating from 1716 and the third, dating from the 15th century, now lies inside opposite the entrance. The massive yew tree  in the churchyard is believed to be as old as the church itself.


To the left as you look at the tower (above) and in behind I spied this old water barrel.
The church's cemetery surrounds the outer perimeter of the church building and goes up the hill in behind.  Liz and I wandered around the tall grassy area looking at inscriptions on lots of the stones. They go back centuries!!! And there are even some fairly recent ones there, too, as the church still has services to this day.  I don't want to sound "sappy," but I did feel a presence and a peace while on the church grounds with Liz that afternoon.  Hope you enjoy the very brief (12 shots) video presentation with its haunting accompanying music.
Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

12 comments:

Photo Cache said...

These small villages all over UK are pretty charming. Someday hopefully fingers crossed I get to see a few of them.

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Melody Steenkamp said...

Very appealing indeed.. i would love to visit it...

Have a wonderful ABC-day / – week
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Hildred said...

Thank you Leslie, - beautiful! You inspire me to use Smilebox as creatively as you do....

Amit Agarwal said...

Great countryside..a bygone era!

Roger Owen Green said...

TWO castles, no waiting!

ROG< ABCW

ellen b said...

Lovely place to visit. Beautiful video...

carol l mckenna said...

Beautiful place and creative photography!

Wishing you a Happy Week ^_^

Joy said...

A beautiful church of sturdy simplicity.

Powell River Books said...

When you look at all of that history, you realize what a young country we are, at least here on the coast. - Margy

photowannabe said...

So lovely. Love the Smilebox video.

Gattina said...

What a nice place ! These little old villages are always so cute !

Reader Wil said...

Wales is always an inspiring subject. I also love Wales., because we stayedthere several times camping on campsites in South Wales.. They were all beautiful.