Month: August 2014

Ruins of Dinas Bran {Poem}

So I mentioned that I had written a couple of poems while I was on our trip to Europe.  Of course there were fantastic views everywhere to inspire poetry, but I was also given an itch to write after visiting Dove Cottage, home to William Wordsworth. This is my attempt at a poem about the castle ruins we hiked up to – looking over the pretty town of Llangollen in Wales.

Be warned: This is not great poetry, but I share it anyway because it’s a fun way to express thoughts {I encourage you to give it a try!} and this poem doesn’t rhyme- on purpose – LOL.

Here are some of the photos of Dinas Bran Castle ruins and surrounding views:

View going to Dinas Bran ruinsDinas Bran Castle ruins view

View of Llangollen from castle ruins above Wall of Dinas Bran castle ruins Dinas Bran castle ruins above Llangollen in Wales

Ruins of Dinas Bran
by Lisa Marie Watson

Stone upon stone, forming misshapen walls
On a ruin-crowned hilltop,
Silently guarding quaint village below.
Ruins royally dressed with all nature’s finest:
Tapestries woven with sky blue and cloud
Meet carpets of green with white woolen spots.
Heavy the hush that falls over the rocks,
Listening for memories sung by the wind,
Broken only by echoes of bleating hill sheep.
Far down the path leads,
From stones to village,
From stillness to bustle,
Castle history forgotten.
But an upward glance at rock guards near the sky
Brings whispers of past back to mind.

Hope you enjoyed a little glimpse of our time in Wales! And the next poem I’ll post does actually rhyme – you’re welcome.

With Love,
from Lisa Marie



Well Hi There

OK, so much for blogging while starting a full-time job. Obviously I kinda failed at that. I’ve been at my new job for about 5 months! Which may mean that I’ve consumed more Starbucks than usual.

Scotland Starbucks
A latte on The Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland.

My brain is trying to get used to keeping track of so many different things all day! Not that I didn’t before, but it was nothing like this. However, I am happy to say that the ol’ brain seems to be working like a charm. The job is going well and I have learned SO much and am having fun. Plus how many people get to be spoiled by having an office 5 minutes from home plus the flexibility to work from home when needed?

I’m still trying to get the rhythm of home & work. Dinners have suffered and I’m having to accept the fact that I just need to go back to making really easy meals for a while. I’ll gradually work my way back into some of the more complicated ones. It’s been an adjustment but my family is good with it all. And my son has been doing all the dishes this Summer. Yessss.

Summer has been so busy! Not just with working, but our family joined my son’s school trip to Europe for almost 3 weeks!! It was fabulous and exhausting all at the same time. I don’t even know how I could begin to post pics here because there are so many, and trying to tell you all about the trip would be like writing a book, but I was inspired to write a couple of poems on the trip and will share those along with a couple of pics – in another post soon. Up next is a camping trip with our church and then Boom…school starts!

How about you? What’s going on? What’s new? What fun things have you done this Summer? When do the kids go back to school? Do share! That is, if any of you are still around – LOL! :)

Hugs and kisses to you or handshakes if that’s more your thing!

With love,
from Lisa Marie