Fwd: Landscapes with Sheepdog



Subject: Landscapes with Sheepdog
Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2009 08:28:53 EDT

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These are sixties era landscapes of the village of Craigcefnparc, with one photograph of the point where the stream from teh pristien and precious Mynydd y Gwair ecology flows into the upper Lliw reservoir. I trust that the barbaric plans for wind turbines will not obliterate this ancient beauty in the name of greed. The sheepdog also has a pristine ancient knowledge and dignity. This one is my father’s black and white sheepdog Jo, who lived to a great old age for a dog, about 21 years. This type of sheepdog is descended from the wolf (“blaidd” in Welsh), and recent scholarship concludes that this type of dog has been working on the farms in Britain for maybe ten thousand years. It has great stamina and is very intelligent. This is for much longer than recently thought, and comes from archaeological work (Francis Prior, “Britain B.C.”). The pointed ears and black and white colourings must have been those of the ancient wolf in Britain. It is known from literature that the wild wolf existed in Britain up to the middle ages, there is for example one Celtic warrior of “The Oxford Book of Welsh Verse” called “Ririd Flaidd”, “Ririd the Wolf”. Also for the bear, (“Arth” in Welsh). King Arthur was probably the fifth sixth century Prince of Powys, Owain Ddantgwyn Arth, Owain the White Toothed Bear. At Grammar School we were taught “Le Morte d’Arthur” of the Norman Sir Thomas Mallory by Miss Maude Daniel, sister of Sir Goronwy Daniel teh diplomat and sometime UCW Principal. He gave me my D. Sc. degree in 1978 and was married to the Honourable Valerie Lloyd George, grand daughter of David Lloyd George, Earl of Dwyfor. I met them both at a reception in my honour in 1978 for my record breaking D. Sc. and they were both kindly, remarkable people. That of course vividly remains in my memory to this day. A quote form Sir Goronwy Daniel appears on teh home page of _www.aias.us_ (http://www.aias.us) , and I hope that I have lived up to his expectations. He originated in Ystradgynlais in the Swansea Valley, as does Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury.


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