The tall fellow in the middle is my great grandfather Thomas Edwards who at 12 years old crossed the ocean from Wales in 1854 with his parents and siblings and then crossed the plains from Nebraska to Utah. He did not remain in Utah but chose to live in a small community called Almo, Idaho. I am not sure but I think the two fellows with him who love clowning around are the Jones brothers from Almo. His mother is buried in Ogden, Utah and his father who lived to celebrate his 100th birthday plus 4 months died in Liberty, Idaho where his daughter lived and he was buried there in 1893. Link: Good Fences
The Knights Templar had been given land in Llangarewi (Garway)
by King Henry II in 1180. These warrior monks immediately rebuilt the
Saxo-Celtic Church in the usual circular nave and square chancel style,
imitating the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The chancel survives
but the circular nave has only been revealed through excavation. The once
detached fortress-like tower was later built as a place of safety during Welsh
border raids. The Knights had their Commandery on the site of the present
Church Farm and the income from this Manor helped pay for many Crusading
campaigns in the Holy Land. The place was so important that it even gained a
visit from the Order's Grand master, James de Molay, in 1294.
Footings from the templar era
The areas of Much
Dewchurch, Orcop, Garway, and other villages throughout the Golden Valley
(Michaelchurch, St. Margarets, Peterchurch and Dorstone) were all part of Wales
before the border was changed during the Norman Conquest.
My third great grandmother is buried here. Nancy Ann Castree was raised in Much Dewchurch, Herefordshire, England and then married Samuel Eames from Orcop.
The ceiling inside Garway Church
Inside Garway Church
One of the cottages that was built by Samuel Eames, my 3g grandfather. He was a stonemason and built many homes in Orcop, Garway and Michealchurch. These little villages are next to the Black Hills of Wales. Linking to InSPIREd Sunday
There is not much light on cloudy days here but just a bit of blue sky to the east over the mountains. The building on the left on the hill is part of the equestrian park; below is a playground for the kids.
This was taken in American Fork, Utah. Out little towns here in Utah blend together so that you never know when you have left one town and are in another one.
Part of the equestrian park and so many fences you can't tell where one takes off and another starts. Looking west.
Still in the equestrian park looking southwest.'
While everyone else is still having winter, we seem to be going into spring with 60 degree weather. We are in a drought here and need more snow in our mountains.