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Flying high

On a ladybird


I've acquired a little ladybird
She takes me everywhere
And when the children see us
They tend to stop and stare

They've never seen a ladybird
With a bear upon her back
Flying high and swooping low
With me and my ruck sack

We like to visit Anglesey
Where the Druids like to go
We visit ancient standing stones
And watch the rivers flow

And then we fly back home again
To the valleys of South Wales
And picnic in our garden
With the slow worms and the snail's

So next time you're out walking
Look up to the sky
And if you see us flying
Stop and wave say hi

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South India

Ashrams and ancient Nadi leaf readers

I visited India at the beginning of the year. It was really hot but I loved the heat. I took a ladybird to Chenni and then got picked up by a taxi that Ramana Ashram in Thiruvanamala sent to the airport for me. I contacted the Ashram -e-mail on their website- and asked them if I could stay there. I was really happy when they said Of Course you can. I spent a lot of time in the Ashram and on the hill. I’ve been before and its a really beautiful,safe place to stay. You have to be a devotee of Ramana Maharishi. You can’t just stay there and then go off here and there sight seeing and doing your own thing and jollying about.That’s not accepted! You are expected to spend time in the Ashram. The Ashram offers 3 delicious dosa balancing meals a day as well as afternoon tea. The meals served are the same recipies that were used when Ramana was living at the Ashram. There’s also a story read in the afternoon. That’s my favourite part. There’s a strong presence of Ramana Maharshi in and around the Ashram. On the 14 th April 1950 at the age of 70 Ramana left his body but he didn’t leave the Ashram.Such a tranquil place, I’m really looking forward to my visit. After my stay at the Ashram I went to Punducherry formally known as Pondichery. It lies in the southern part of India and is still in the state of Tamil Nadu.There’s a strong French influence in Punducherry,infact at times you’d think you were actually in France. Once I was there I just soak up the sun and people watched. After Punducherry,I heading off to Mamalapurum. Mamallapuram, or Mahabalipuram, is a town on a strip of land between the Bay of Bengal and the Great Salt Lake,and still in the state of Tamil Nadu. It’s known for its temples and monuments built by the Pallava dynasty in the 7th and 8th centuries. The seafront Shore Temple comprises 3 ornate granite shrines. Krishna’s Butter Ball is a massive boulder balanced on a small hill near the Ganesha Ratha stone temple. There are many stone sculptures in Mamalapuram and you can hear the chip,chip,chip of their chisels as you’re exploring the beauty of the place. Its a magical place and I love it there.During my trip, I visited the Nadi Leaf readers. The Rishi wrote these leaves and the Rishi were well known for their highly developed conscious.The leaves are located at the Vaiteeswara Temple and you can locate your leaf by having your thumb print taken, or in my case my paw print. Right for men and left for women. There’s said to be a leaf for every single person in the world, past present and future people all included. I have witnessed someone have their leaf read and believe me, its the most accurate reading I have ever heard. The reader named the persons parents, told him what his Childern do for a living as well as what he himself did before he retired. The reader went into great detail as he went on reading everything that was written on the leaf. Amazing when you think about it. And these leaves were written thousands and thousands of years ago. Blows me away the more I think of it......

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William Price

Beautiful morning out around Llantrisant today. William Price ( 4 march 1800-23 January 1893 ) was a Welsh Physician who lived in Llantrisant and I’m guessing,a little eccentric. He probably had many labels. Druid being one of them. He set up his own Druid group that attracted a number of followers. Little is known about what he preached but the locals seemed to like it. Prices first child, a son was born on 8 August 1883 and Price thought

I know, I’ll name him Lesu Grist (Jesus Christ in Welsh) He expected great things from his child but unfortunately the child died only 5 months later on 10th January 1884. Believing it wrong to bury a corpse and worrying about the pollution that would cause the earth, Price made the decision to cremate his sons body high on the hilltop in Llantrisant
Locals noticed the smoke and called the police. The police came and arrested Price and managed to take the body of his son from the fire.It was then discovered that the child had died of natural causes and Price was set free after an argument in court over the law of cremation and how the law did not state that cremation was legal, but at the same time,it also did not state that is was illegal either. It is believed that William was suffering from an undiagnosed mental illness. The most interesting people always do suffer in my opinion. ♡FB_IMG_1534178345719.jpg

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Laleston Church

I visited the little church in Laleston,South Wales today. While I was there I carefully lit a candle for my little dog who died 3 weeks ago. Dogs don't live long enough in my opinion. There was so many more good and lovely things he had left to do. I hope he's happy wherever he may be.

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I'm off to Kathmandu for a month. Booked my flight with Qatar and I can safely say it's the best flight I have ever experienced. The cabin crew are delightful and the plane very comfortable with a good selection of films and music. Currently in Doha's posh airport waiting for my connection. I'm quite tired but feeling good. This is the last leg of the journey now if I don't count the haggle at the taxi stand in Kathmandu. I've been to Kathmandu many times so I can tell you a thing or two. One thing is to just laugh when the taxi driver tries to change you 1000Nr to Boudha when really you should be haggling to around 300-500Nr Anything more and they're ripping you off and laughing at you when you get out the taxi. Another thing I can tell you is pack layers. Nepal is cool in the morning,hot in the day and cold at night. March is a hot time of year to go and November is also a good time to go although not as hot as March.Dont worry about visas as you can get your visa at the airport. Very easy to do.Off for a snooze so I'll check back later. Love Spike the traveling bear.

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