On my way home from the train station I took a detour, pulled into the Sontley Road car park, and looked out over French Meadow. It was such a lovely evening with beautiful skies, and sometimes I like to just stop and look.
When I think of the history of this area - the industry, the people who have come and gone - looking into the night sky makes me think about how life goes on, and how it changes. The French Meadow is dark now. It is a beautiful, open plain with a natural lake teeming with birds, wild fowl and flowers. The River Clywedog which runs through the meadow, was once the life blood of the area providing power for the water and corn mills. Now nature has reclaimed it.
I love this quote by Carl Sagan, taken from his excellent book:
“Before we invented civilization our ancestors lived mainly in the open out under the sky. Before we devised artificial lights and atmospheric pollution and modern forms of nocturnal entertainment we watched the stars. There were practical calendar reasons of course but there was more to it than that. Even today the most jaded city dweller can be unexpectedly moved upon encountering a clear night sky studded with thousands of twinkling stars. When it happens to me after all these years it still takes my breath away.” ~Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: a Vision of the Human Future in Space.