Reading and silence

August 20, 2017 0 Comments
Reading and silence

I’m working my way, slowly – that seems the best way – through Sara Maitland’s A book of silence, and I’ve reached the part where she discusses the paradoxical relationship between reading and silence.  On the one hand, reading the way we do it today is a silent communion between writer and reader.  Silent, on […]

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Y Llwybr Madyn, 30 mlynedd ymlaen

August 12, 2017 0 Comments
Y Llwybr Madyn, 30 mlynedd ymlaen

Y tro hwn, y syniad oedd cyrraedd copa Cadair trwy ddilyn y Llwybr Madyn.  (Angen arna i edrych yn y geiriadur i weld bod ‘madyn’ yn hen air am lwynog neu gadno – y ‘Fox’s Path’ yw’r fersiwn Saesneg.) Dewis hollol naturiol oedd hwn, a hynny am ddau reswm.  Arhosais i’r noson gynt mewn B&B […]

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Alma-Tadema’s uncarnal classics

August 7, 2017 0 Comments
Alma-Tadema’s uncarnal classics

Alluring women in chiffon and sandals, bright marble benches, azure seas, flower petals falling like rain.  This was the recipe Lawrence Alma-Tadema hit on for his paintings of scenes from ancient Rome.  Thousands were drawn to buy them, or at least reproductions of them, in late Victorian and Edwardian England. It was all a long […]

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Mr Skates’s ring cycle

July 28, 2017 8 Comments
Mr Skates’s ring cycle

The row over the ‘Iron Ring’ proposed for Flint Castle seems to be over, so the time is right to think more calmly about what we’ve learnt. First, a quick summary of what happened (there is an ignominious prequel, which I’ll skip).  Cadw, responsible for safeguarding scheduled historic monuments in Wales, together with Visit Wales, the […]

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‘The Llanboidy molecatcher’ gan James Lewis Walters

July 22, 2017 0 Comments
‘The Llanboidy molecatcher’ gan James Lewis Walters

Sylwais i ar y llun am y tro cyntaf llynedd. Ar y pryd roeddwn i’n chwilio am bethau eraill yn Amgueddfa Sir Gâr, yn hen Balas yr Esgob yn Abergwili. Hongiai’r llun yn swil, mewn lle anamlwg y tu ôl i ddrws. Ei destun eithriadol ac arddull medrus a ddenodd fy llygad gyntaf. Arhosodd y llun […]

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Gwynedd Coast Path, day 17

July 15, 2017 0 Comments
Gwynedd Coast Path, day 17

Ca has joined us from Swansea.  Yesterday it took her almost ten hours to make the journey of 150 miles by train (Swansea to Carmarthen), bus (Carmarthen to Aberystwyth) and train (Aberystwyth to Pwllheli), including two connection stops of an hour each in Aberystwyth and Machynlleth, and a serious train breakdown in Machynlleth.  To put it […]

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Gwynedd Coast Path, day 16

July 14, 2017 0 Comments
Gwynedd Coast Path, day 16

We knew today’s trip wouldn’t be a popular choice – it’s just the two of us again.  The stretch from Trefor to Dinas Dinlle mainly follows the course of the busy A499 and must count as one of the Wales Coast Path planners’ biggest failures.  Presumably they were unable to engineer or negotiate either a […]

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Gwynedd Coast Path, day 15

July 13, 2017 0 Comments
Gwynedd Coast Path, day 15

Now we are two, C and me, for the toughest challenge of the week, a mountain trek from Nefyn to Trefor across Yr Eifl.  And here’s our favourite driver for the Bysus Nefyn trip, talking non-stop with the same workmate.  It’s a quick journey: there are no deviations and, like all Llŷn buses, this one […]

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Gwynedd Coast Path, day 14

July 12, 2017 0 Comments
Gwynedd Coast Path, day 14

Bus journeys to the start of walks are always welcome.  Today we’re off, the five of us, to Tudweiliog with Bysus Nefyn.  Strangely, the bus visits Nefyn, our final destination, before rattling along to Tudweiliog, but otherwise doesn’t deviate from the road to reach remote villages on either side (there aren’t many of them), so […]

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Gwynedd Coast Path, day 13

July 11, 2017 4 Comments
Gwynedd Coast Path, day 13

Finding the way to Tywyn in our two cars isn’t easy.  Turning off the road to Tudweiliog we miss a minor road to the right.  We realise the mistake and trying to correct it, but go wrong again and end up on a narrow farm track behind an alarmed family of ducks.  Retracing our steps, […]

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