…and into the depths of the lake they returned

LLYN BARFOG copy Back in the Autumn I went walking, to visit some of the places traditionally associated with tales of  the Abundant Cow.  This is Llyn Barfog, up in the hills above the Dyfi estuary.  It’s a beautiful place, and is one of many lakes, seas, and river estuaries that has been home to the magical cattle that have wandered through world mythstory over thousands of years.  Cattle that are hard to win, but generous and abundant with their milk, giving to all who ask until….until….well, usually until a line is crossed, a vow broken, a cruelty perpetrated that results in the Abundant Cow disappearing back into the waters from whence she came. As was the case with the Stray Cow here at Llyn Barfog, who returned to the lake with all her offspring, “and disappeared beneath the waves leaving only the yellow water-lilies to mark where they had vanished.”