I know, it is out with the old and in with the new as 2011 begins, but old things are intriguing. What was it like for the generations that lived before us? Thinking of the people in the 'olden' days makes me wonder about people in other lands presently living much the same as in medieval times. Many people in the world still do not live as we do in comfort and relative safety. People still suffer from lack of food, of warm and comfortable shelter, modern conveniences, and enough clothing to cover them. Some have the same tools used thousands of years ago and lack education to know of ways to improve their circumstances. A large number of people have no knowledge of God and thus have no means of having hope for a better future.
My wish for this new year would be for all of us fortunate folks to keep the deprived persons of the world in our awareness and prayers as this new year begins and progresses. Our gratitude for all we have will certainly increase, and the motivation to reach out to others in need will be ever present in our hearts. Just think how Christ changed the world with love and kindness in just a few short years of his ministry! A miracle! One small act of kindness by everyone in the world would have the power to make this new year the year that changed the world.
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Below are pictures we were lucky enough to catch of Rhuddlan Castle as the sun was setting around 4 p.m. The castle grounds are closed in the winter months, but you can see it is an imposing figure on the bank of the river.
Rhuddlan castle-1086. 'Rhudd' is the old Welsh word for 'red' and 'glan' means 'bank'. The Normans left us with 'roe', a word derived from the French 'le rous.' meaning redhead. 'Roeland' is first mentioned in 1086 but by 1277 it was known as Rhuddlan and Edward I's chose location for a mighty scary castle.
Castell Bodelwyddan Castle-19th Century
Bodelwyddan Castle is a Victorian county house which holds a treasure trove of art and heritage that brings the 19th century back to life. 'Castell' is the Welsh spelling. Everything in Wales has the Welsh language and English translation.
|"We have sheep on the castle grounds," was what I heard the security guard reporting on his walkie talkie. I wonder if this has been an ongoing problem for a century?|
|You have to admit the sheep lend an idyllic charm to the scene|
During the First World War, the Castle was used as an Officers Mess and recuperation centre. At this time the ground were used for training purposes and you can still see the practice trenches in the parkland today.
From 1920-1982, the Castle was home to Lowther College. It was a leading public girls' school. Many weddings, festivals, and activities are held most of the year in this lovely atmosphere.
More castle history and pictures can be found on www.cadw.wales.gov.uk and www.bodelywyddan-castle.co.uk. For Conway, try www.conwytowncouncil.gov.uk.
An example of the Welsh language:
'Castell a tref gaerog' means 'Conwy castle & walled town'. 'Safle treftadaeth y byd' means 'A wold heritage site'.