Rightly some of you readers have reprimanded me for the fact that in all my time of writing Reverent Reflections I have never made any reference to St David.
With St David’s Day being this coming Friday, March 1, I put the matter right today – to save any further welshing!
The question I ask is whether you will be wearing a daffodil or a leek on Friday.
My first picture (below) is that of the flag of St David.
Now to some facts about the life of Dewi Sant (that’s St David in Welsh).
He was born around 500 AD, baptised at Porthcalis and was the monk who founded the church and monastery at Rhoysn on the banks of the River Alun in Pembrokshire .
This famous monastery offered hospitality to strangers and travellers plus food and clothing to the local poor and needy.
The original church was destroyed, but was rebuilt in Norman times and later became St David’s Cathedral.
For more than 1,000 years it has been a place of pilgrimage and still is today.
My second picture (above, right) and set of facts are on the theme of the bike.
Two keen local cyclists from Catterall have provided me with these in the wake of the great upsurge of interest in cycling today.
As a lad I had a Raleigh bicycle. The firm started off it seems in a very small shop in Raleigh Street, Nottingham, at the end of the 19th century making just a few bikes each week.
A man named Frank Bowden bought one of the bikes and then purchased the company, developing it into the biggest cycle manufacturer in the world.
The Sturmey Archer three speed gear was a great feature then and the Catterall cyclist who gave me this picture and story has still got one of these on his bike in 2013.
Samuel Archer’s invention has been responsible for many a cycle marathon win.
My last picture (right) is of some members of Preesall Playgroup taking part in a mini- marathon in times past.
If I am not careful those on it will be telling me to be on my bike for using this old picture today!