ROWAN'S BOAT: PART 1

 

Once upon a time I lived high in the mountains of Wales, near a gigantic waterfall. It thundered and foamed as it cascaded down from a great rocky height, through an archway and down into a deep pool near my hut. The pool bubbled into a fast flowing stream.

I was all alone, and every night as I fell asleep I used to dream of building a boat of my own, so that I could follow the rushing water along the stream as far as it went. First I built a little raft using twigs, bound together with grass rope that I had plaited but it got caught in the flow of the current and was carried away before I could catch it. I realized I'd have to build a big strong boat with oars, if I wanted to make a long, long journey. So I collected as much wood as I could and dried it in the sun during the day and stored it beside my hut at night to weather it.

I made tools from little pieces of slate and chips of granite which I found by the waterfall, so that I could cut up the wooden branches and shape them into a frame and boards for my boat.
In those days I used to eat wild garlic and berries which I found on the banks of the stream. I hadn't met your mother yet, and I worked on the boat all day.

I used to make a little fire outside my hut at night, and I slept with pieces of wood all around me. I carved the oars for the boat by using my best granite knife whilst I sat by the fire after supper. I got quite excited as the boat took shape and it seemed that my dream would come true at last. . . what would I find when I set off down the stream?..'

 

 

I made tools from little pieces of slate and chips of granite which I found by the waterfall, so that I could cut up the wooden branches and shape them into a frame and boards for my boat.
In those days I used to eat wild garlic and berries which I found on the banks of the stream. I hadn't met your mother yet, and I worked on the boat all day.

I used to make a little fire outside my hut at night, and I slept with pieces of wood all around me. I carved the oars for the boat by using my best granite knife whilst I sat by the fire after supper. I got quite excited as the boat took shape and it seemed that my dream would come true at last. . . what would I find when I set off down the stream?..'