May God give you… For every storm, a rainbow, For every tear, a smile, For every care, a promise, And a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, A faithful friend to share, For every sigh, a sweet song, And an answer for each prayer.
Died 460 Feast Day: January 25 Patronage: lovers, sick animals
Daughter of Welsh king Brychan Brycheiniog, Saint Dwynwen fell in reciprocal love with a young man named Maelon, ultimately rejecting him for her deep desire to join the religious life. In a dream, she was given a drink which freed her from Maelon’s attentions, at the cost of turning him to ice. She then prayed that Maelon be released, that all lovers find happiness, and that she never have the desire for marriage. Saint Dwynwen became a nun and lived out her days on Llanddwyn Island off the west coast of Anglesey.
I had a visitor from the other side of the planet this week, and we had two adventures; one was travelling to see Carl Honore talk about Slow Everything but especially education and the role of the arts, and the other was a trip to the seaside with a flask of tea, a box of butties, two tomatoes, two tangerines and a dog with his ball. It was fun.
I have been here so very many times, and this time I noticed the coloured strata in the rocks.
The tide was low enough for us to sneak between a gap in the rocks to
the beach called Porth Twr Bach to find a brilliantly multi-hued outcrop, with an amazing mixture of colours and textures, christened “mélange” by Edward Greenly, the geologist who first described them. These are dark green lavas, bright rose pink quartzites, purple manganese rich shales, blue-black intrusive dolerite dykes and honey coloured limestones. The geology of Lllanddwyn Island is quite a thing.