LLanbadrig- Church of St. Patrick

A place to turn up your coat collar and watch the sun’s rays lengthen the shadows, St. Patrick’s Church at Llanbadrig sits on a lonely headland. Dating back to AD440, it’s one of the oldest sites on Anglesey.  The Welsh name Llanbadrig means ‘Church of St. Patrick’.  Legend has it that Patrick was shipwrecked on Ynys Badrig, found refuge in a cave and water in a nearby well and later founded the church to give thanks to God.

I love that feeling of remoteness and serenity, and there’s something wonderful and unfathomable about the Welsh language too.  I suspect that it will appeal to my friend Paula, who is patiently Waiting over at Thursday’s Special.

What was I waiting for?  Why, the church to open in May, of course.

Wishing you all a blessed Easter.  Fuller details and a peak inside the church can be found at Anglesey-Hidden-Gems.


  1. It’s many years since I last visited Wales, decades actually, although I have driven through it when I got the ferry from Dublin to Holyhead a few years ago. I remember it as a beautiful place, so it was good to read your Welsh posts.

    1. I have memories both wet and dry but they all go back a long way. Anglesey was an excellent addition and a great excuse to meet up with some friends. A very happy belated Easter to you too (and I’m cutting it fine 🙂 )

    1. And don’t you just love the Welsh language? It’s like talking gibberish legitimately. Any Welsh ancestry? Just teasing 🙂 🙂 Many thanks for your company.

    1. I planned a lazy time, Dianne, but you know where planning leads, don’t you? 🙂 🙂 The son and his lady decided to land so, much scurrying about, buying food and changing beds. But it’s nice to have them here. Peace (and a long walk, I hope 🙂 ) will resume tomorrow. Easter hugs, darlin!

  2. Jo it seems that these ancient departed souls have a most blissful resting spot. The shadows of the stones in the bright sunshine create such gorgeous lines. Happy Easter to you my friend.

    1. Hi Gilda, and happy Easter! 🙂 I was just thinking about you, to send a link to Rosemay, but not sure if you’ll get it if I put it here, and I can never reach your site from clicking on your comment? Woe is me 🙂 🙂

    1. We followed a little country lane with no sense of the church being there until we came to the gate. Definitely a place you could sit and think (except in a howling gale 🙂 )

  3. A clever twist, clever woman! And a beautiful walk with a chatty commentary. I’ve been walking with you. You certainly know how to choose a lead photo – they’re always magnificent. Unless of course I’m like a newly hatched duckling, imprinting on what I see first! Perfect weather here, so I’m not envying blue skies.

    1. I can imagine you having to pray long and hard if the winds were howling, Carol, but it was still and beautiful that day. 🙂 Happy Easter to you and the gang. Anything planned or is Greg working?

      1. We have our daughter and her partner arriving to stay this afternoon for two nights. Tomorrow we’re having my Mum, Dad and sister over for a family lunch and celebration for Glen’s birthday. We’re hoping to Skype with our other daughter in Toronto who turns 30 on Monday. It will be a lovely family day. Glen isn’t working until Monday night. How about you?

      2. Wonderful! Enjoy every second and happy birthday to Glen 🙂 (sorry- I got his name wrong. 😦 – us poor old forgetful codgers!) Nothing special for us but our son will be home with his lady soon.

      1. RJo – thanks for asking! I just pushed ‘publish’ a couple days ago, and am taking a last look before I post a self-serving note about it on my blog 🙂 This one was soooooo much more work than I’d planned.

    1. Hello Anna 🙂 🙂 Sorry I haven’t managed to catch up with you yet. It’s been anything but peaceful around here lately, but I’m expecting a quiet Easter.

  4. So many great places! I was in Wales as a kid and never have visited since – gotta go! Your pictures are lovely – great light and colours, among other things – and as Paula wrote, quite inviting. Thanks for letting us be part of the experience. And … happy Easter, Jo!

    1. It has the most beautiful landscape, Tobias, but many of my experiences in Wales have been coloured by the weather. Anglesey was very kind to us 🙂 And thank you!

    1. My feet didn’t want to walk any more after trekking after Islay all day, but Lynne had mentioned a church on a headland and it was worth one more effort, Tish. 🙂 Thank you!

      1. I would think so. It was getting cool and we were walking quite swiftly as we didn’t know how far round the headland the church was. If I ever tiptoe that way again… 🙂

  5. I loved especially to see what the cemetery offers. I think that everywhere cemeteries offer surprises and art. Beautiful photos. Thank You for this post. Happy Easter.

  6. the third from above, with the open gate is such a cool shot, very inviting. We won’t have to wait for long. Thanks Jo! This is a very pleasant surprise 🙂

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