This blog is created for the
followers of Brian John's Angel Mountain Saga of eight novels,
dealing with the life and times
of a very imperfect heroine,
Mistress Martha Morgan of Plas Ingli. She lived at about the same time as Jane Austen but struggled to survive in a very different world.
Total paperback sales for the series are now over 85,000 copies, with 100,000 sold in all media.
Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Martha's Bluebell Wood
We have been here for 37 years now, and until a few weeks ago I thought I had got to know the area pretty well. But then I discovered a new footpath, just a few hundred metres from the house. It's an established public path, shown on the 1:25,000 map -- but because the upper part of it is boggy and overgrown, and was blocked by a very large fallen tree near Gelli-deg, I had not penetrated very far along it. But now the National Park rangers have cleared the obstruction -- and the path is opened up for all to enjoy. It runs from near Yet-y-Rhos and then follows the valley side more or less southwards for about a kilometre, emerging out onto the Gwaun Valley road near Blaencwm. It passes through a mixed woodland at first, opening up gradually into a gorgeous woodland of tall beech trees and with (at this time of year) a carpet of bluebells. In places the path is defined by stone banks -- so at one time it may well have been usable by carts and other wheeled vehicles. So it must have been a key part of the local footpath network in the days of Mistress Martha and her family.
I have missed a trick there. It should have featured in at least one of the stories of the saga, given that it is only about a kilometre away from the site of Plas Ingli...........