What's in my pocket?

by Laura Basanta
(Illinois USA)

Llanddona Wern y Wylan

Llanddona Wern y Wylan

Llanddona Wern y Wylan
Llanddwyn Beach - Toward Abermenai Point
Malltraeth - Estuary Mud-Bound Boat
Rhosneigr Beach

Dear Wil


Winter has finally arrived in the US. The cold weather made me reach for a sweater I hadn't worn since living on Anglesey.

Getting ready to rush off for work, I stuck my hand into the pocket on the sweater to find something inside. When I pulled out the contents, I found two broken pieces of black scallop shells from Anglesey beach walks. I smiled at the memories of searching for just the perfect shells.

I found that different Anglesey beaches had different shells. Some beaches would have small "conch" type shells, limpets could be found at others, and small black scallops at yet others.

How can this one small island be so diverse and the beaches or sea so selective as to what kind of shell would be there and not at the beach just a few miles down the coast? And still, some beaches were mainly rock!

On our last day at Anglesey we walked along the beach at Llanddona Beach. It was late May and we hadn't seen one jellyfish. On this sunny day in May, it was quite littered with saucer-sized jellyfish that looked like sunflowers from the sea!

Ah Angleysey, your mysteries make me dream.

It's time for another cup of coffee at work. As I go to the coffee pot, put my hand in my pocket and feel my little treasure from the island I love so much.

I'll never take the shell bits out of my pocket, I'll touch the ribbed shells and think of the wind,water and wonderful people of Anglesey.

Warmest regards

Laura

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Dec 15, 2013
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Shell in my pocket
by: Laura

It's been almost 3 years since I've seen the beaches, hills and valleys of Anglesey or smelled the ocean or heard the waves. I still have my bit of Anglesey shell in my sweater. Each time I put my hand in my pocket and feel the smooth ridges and angles of the broken shell I smile with my fond memories.

Still missing Anglesey, it's people, land and seascapes and ancient monuments.

Dreaming of my special island!
Laura


Dear Laura

Your special island responds with mutual affection.

By the way, how was the road to Santiago Compostella?

In Welsh Santiago means Saint James.

Wil

Wil

Jan 19, 2012
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Witches II
by: Wil from Anglesey Hidden Gem

Hi Laura

There you go undermining me. I was up in the clouds after being called a Soothsayer. Then you correct me.

Oops! You're right. The witches came ashore and lived in the area around Llanddona, which you know as an Anglesonian, is but a hop and a skip up the coast from Pentraeth.

Be well and keep coming back to share your stories.

Nos da

Wil


Jan 19, 2012
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WITCHES
by: Anonymous

Yes, I've read about the Pentreath Witches. Actually the book I got out the the LLangefni library had the Witches of Llanddona, but I'm thinking they are the same....

Anyway, I'm currently reading a Welsh Folktale book, have just started......dreaming of Wales of course.

Laura

Jan 18, 2012
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Pilgrimage
by: Wil from Anglesey Hidden Gem

Hi Laura

Didn't you realise that Sooth is a sub-lingual aspect of the Welsh language - not.

I am so envious of your proposed journey to Compostella and St James' Church. If you've read Paul Coelho's book The Pilgrimage, then you'll already know about the devils who will seek to undermine you.

Having lived in the Llanddona area you'll already know about the Pentraeth Wiches.

Weather is better today - warmer. Although it's been clear with blue skies it's been very, very cold.

Lovely to hear from you again

Wil

Jan 15, 2012
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Pilgrimage
by: Anonymous

Hi Wil

You must be a soothsayer....

I'm planning a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella next summer and hopefully a side trip to Wales and Anglesey.

It's still in the planning stages, though. My heart soared when you talked of a lantern going up for me at Llanddona. Thanks so much!

Laura

Jan 14, 2012
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Unexpected Pilgrimage
by: Wil from Anglesey Hidden Gem

Hi Laura

Thanks for popping back and I am so glad that Anglesey means so much to you and carries you through these cold days.

You do realise that scallop shells are a sign of a specific pilgrimage. To the Field of Stars - Compostella.

It could be that your unconscious mind took action on your behalf while on Anglesey. A compulsion to return, possibly?

It is a very clear and cold night here and the sky is just that, a field of stars.

I'll send up a chinese lantern for you next time I visit Llanddona Beach.

Don't work too hard on a weekend.

My best wishes to you, your family and friends

Wil

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