Saturday, 3 November 2012

Ffald y Brenin







Last week
I asked some friends if they would take me
to a very special place




Ffald y Brenin
(which means Sheepfold of the King.)






This is a retreat centre
that came into being over 20 years ago





It's founders believed that an old farmhouse
and buildings





situated on the top of the Preseli Hills





should be converted
to a Christian Retreat Centre





Years of hard work
has made it the most wonderful place to be...
...whether for one day or more!






I walked out nearly to the cross
and looked back at the centre through the trees
I just love all the curves and shapes!









The views from the windows are incredible!





The circular building at the top
is the Chapel.

There was a large rock
in the way of the building work...
it was found to actually be....
a part of the mountain




So they built the Chapel
around it!




Just a few photos of the front








This is the entrance
and look who is coming in!




Thank you to all who wrote such wonderful and encouraging comments on my last blog.

It really helped!!
What supportive friends you all are.

I hope to reply to each one individually but it may take me a while!
I value your comments!





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42 comments:

  1. Your pictures are gorgeous. I wish I could spend some time in that beautiful place! Great post!

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  2. Your coming along well. look at you. Cant keep the lass down. Beautiful smile as always.

    How blessed you are to go see this beautiful country not too far to have friend drive you. I guess.

    All the pictures are breathtaking.

    The land its self is so peaceful.Like I think 6 and 7. Wow!

    The others are very unique.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  3. This is a lovely place for a retreat and it is so wonderful that it is being preserved. I love the photo of the cross with the ray of light coming down from the clouds! The views are amazing. Thank you for sharing this amazing place! xx

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  4. What a beautiful place! I know I've said it before, but I can't imagine living somewhere, with such beauty EVERYWHERE YOU TURN. You are a lucky Lass, indeed!

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  5. What a lovely place. I have only seen beautiful sights like this in books! It must have been wonderful to walk out near the cross with the light shining thru the clouds. Thank you so very much for sharing part of your world. May God bless you, Mildred

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  6. What a beautiful place! Your photos captured it nicely. Hope you enjoyed your stay.

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  7. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I missed your last post but just went and left you a message there- God bless- xo Diana

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  8. How wonderful,I could feel the peace,love and blessings from here.This is a place that I could and need to sit and soak in the wonderfulness of it all.Thank you so much for sharing this today I feel very priveledged to be a follower of your blog.xx

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  9. The photos are wonderful Joan. What a lovely place to visit!

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  10. Beautiful photos Joan.

    Wishing you a happy week

    ~Fiona

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  11. so beautiful :) looks like paradise! thank you for sharing. I felt peace through your photos. thank you :) xxo

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  12. What a magnificent place for a retreat. The buildings and grounds look like the have been there for centuries. I would love to visit here....

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  13. Oh this place is magnificent it looks like a perfect place for peace and reflection. Beautiful thanks for the tour. Hugs. B

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  14. This is a place where I could be:
    myself;thinking of the important things,giving thanks,and settling my mind. It looks to be a quiet place! Thank you for sharing and for these glimpses.

    Dear Joan, I didn't comment on your last post although I have read it. At the time of reading I found similarities in it that coincide with my own life. Its hard to see your life partner suffer....to change before your eyes....its hard to accept changes and see ones life work dwindle before your eyes. In my opinion the hardest is to accept that no one is in the wrong just that they hold different perspectives.
    I am sorry to hear you are in so much pain. It would also scare me if I had to take morphine due to its addictive properties but you can't live in constant pain......there must be some quality of life.

    Take care now

    Amanda x

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  15. What a beautiful placed to visit Joan! I envy you!!! Rest up now.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  16. What an amazing place to be able to visit - I would love to have that opportunity someday.

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  17. What a special place! And you're so lucky to be able to visit. You look very well in that photo with that gorgeous wrap! Good for you! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  18. Joan,
    How beautiful this is! Such a respite it would be for the soul to spend time here. I am amazed at the beauty of the stone and what toil of labor it must have taken to move, construct, create such inspiration.

    And there you are, walking to the chapel, looking beautiful and happy. Dear friend you have to enjoy such beauty! I love your wrap . . .
    Love, Lynne

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  19. My goodness, what a stunning place! I'm so glad you shared these and gave me the opportunity to visit :-)

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  20. So interesting and a treat for the eyes, Joan. Glad you are getting around. xo

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  21. That is a really beautiful place!

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  22. oh and I love your header, gorgeous!

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  23. What a beautiful, inspirational place to be. So glad you had a wonderful day.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  24. How perfectly beautiful. That is my idea of a Christian Retreat center...so peaceful and inspirational. Thank you for sharing your special place with us.

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  25. Oh my Joan, this is a gorgeous place. Right out of a picture book. So happy that you are feeling well enough to get out and enjoy such beauty!
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  26. Wow...what a beautiful place...and post!

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  27. This is my first visit with you, and I LOVED seeing this wonderful place in Wales. In fact, when you said Preseli I realized this amazing Christian retreat is built where the bluestones came from for Stonehenge, and that thrilled my heart because I adore anything Stonehenge-related! :-) But, the views are magnificent, and the retreat could not be in a more wonderful place. And, truly the Chapel is built upon the Rock (I am sure in more ways than one!) :-) God bless you and yours...I hope to visit with you again!

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  28. Each one of your photos could be hanging on a wall. So lovely. I would love to take a walk there.

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  29. Dear Joan, What a wonderful, peaceful place to visit; the scenery is so breath taking. I so appreciate your sharing your homeland with us.
    Hugs, Noreen

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  30. That looks such a lovely place to recharge your batteries in this busy work. X

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  31. Joan, after reading your previous post, it was wonderful to see this one which obviously took your mind off some of the issues expressed in the earlier one. We all need to get out and recharge and your friends certainly helped you to do that for awhile. Thanks for sharing the beauty.

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  32. I love this place... and the cross outside is so wonderful... I've set it as my desktop wallpaper, I hope that's okay...

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  33. What a wonderful place. I hope you are utterly refreshed.

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  34. What a very beautiful place - I love the old stone buildings, and the chapel built on a Rock. :)

    I hope you enjoyed your day there, Joan.

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  35. It looks so beautiful and magical ! Your pictures transport me to where ever you are and it's so wonderful !

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  36. What an incredible place, and restoring I'm sure x

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  37. Oh I have not seen you post for awhile and was wondering if you are doing OK. I truly hope so. HUGS B

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  38. Beautiful, beautiful photos! I wish I could be there...looks so lovely!

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  39. Thank you So much for joining us at LAWN TEA!! I've so enjoyed your posts, and even when you haven't posted a new one, I just click in now and then for the grandeur and beauty of your header picture.

    I'm sending this link to my friend Kim, for she sent me pictures of this very site from her trip this Summer.

    rachel

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  40. So beautiful. What a place of peace.

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