Merry Meet and Merry Part, and Merry Meet again

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Saturday at the Castle

The Mohawk Valley region of New York state is still in the firm grip of winter. Hundreds of acres of forestland stand stark and brave against the icy wind. We drove quite near the frosted Mohawk River with its patches of icy floes amongst the fast-running water.  Nary a sign of spring to be seen. Turkey vultures circled high in the sky, floating on air currents, or pushing against the sudden bursts of chill, harsh breezes.

Beardslee Castle stands solid and gray, weathering the century and a half of winters like a weary but dedicated soldier. The thick, ancient vines of ivy mold themselves to the stone walls looking for all the world like a great, huge serpent. A brightly colored flag flaps gaily in the wind, the only color to be seen.  Cedar hedges circle the side yard where, on a summer's day, voices will rise in laughter and happiness, glasses will clink together, and music from a celtic harp will float over the gathered friends and family.

In front of the Castle are great, tall trees that are bare and silent now. In August these trees will be in their full summer glory overseeing, with their green gaze, the nuptials taking place just below them. A tiny waterfall will add its soothing sound nearby, running and giggling over old stones.

For now, the ground is frozen, the walls stand silent, waiting for the warmer days ahead. A beautiful fairy-tale bride will join her groom and  they will pledge themselves to each other. Parents will smile, with glistening eyes, and the day will be firmly embedded into the Castle's memory, to be pulled out and treasured for years to come.

Beardslee in winter

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Lady Caer Morganna said...

Wow! What an absolutely beautiful post!!! And I love the way you describe The Castle - it sounds like total bliss to me!!!!


Jeanne said...

Wonderful post!! I can truly visualize Beardslee Castle and the surrounding area. What a magickal place. :0)
Are you keeping a journal about the upcoming wedding? A place to jot down your thoughts, experiences and lovely posts like this? It would make a lovely present for your daughter.....

Linda in New Mexico said...

From you pictures before and your description now....this sounds like the perfect location for a fabulous wedding.....yay for you and your special girl. The Olde Bagg, Linda

mxtodis123 said...

Ah yes, those upstate New York winters. I was up pretty close to Niagara Falls one year and it was so, so cold, but also beautiful. And the cold was different than the city cold. It was a dry sort of cold that didn't feel as bone-chilling as the moist cold we have here.

Magic Love Crow said...

I feel like I am in a dream ;o) Thanks so much for sharing all this Robin! Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

Beautifully written! Made me want to go there!

Have a great day!

Aine said...

Oh, this will be a wedding to remember! What a wonderful location!

Raethan said...

Beautiful!! <3 I'm certainly growing more excited, but you're better than me at imagining the castle at a warmer time ;P