. Deep loving relationships can develop between people and a place, in the weaving of understanding and depth of empathy that grows between them. Places are individually unique, their personalities a combination of past experience and the genetic makeup of the clay which forms their physique, just like us. The very history of a landscape is etched on her physical features, just as own history is so indelibly etched on ours.
Places laugh, mourn and sing with us. Places heal us, enfold us, protect us, sit up with us, inspire us and teach us. Yet, so few of us stop to think that a place itself could have a broken heart - or get stuck in the past, or feel angry, abused and violated just as we can. 'Feelings' of place, however, are far stronger and even more complicated than individual human emotions. Our emotional capabilities and expression are in truth, but small reflections of the awesome powers of the land.