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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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Gwynedd Coast Path, day 12

July 10, 2017 1 Comment
Gwynedd Coast Path, day 12

We’ve stayed in cottages, houses and old chapels in previous walking weeks, but never in a penthouse.  But here we are, in The Penthouse, in a building that’s part of the sea front at Pwllheli.  It’s a replacement for the old West End Hotel, built by Solomon Andrews, the original developer of the grand seafront […]

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Remembering Walter Conway

June 30, 2017 5 Comments
Remembering Walter Conway

In the last couple of weeks I’ve been in and around Tredegar – Tredegar as it is today, but mostly Tredegar as it was in the first part of the twentieth century.  Most people know about the town’s best known resident, Aneurin Bevan, and many know about Bevan’s pre-War experience of the pioneering services run […]

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Henry Holiday’s Boojum

June 23, 2017 3 Comments
Henry Holiday’s Boojum

Martin Gardner, in his annotated edition of Lewis Carroll’s comic poem The hunting of the Snark, includes all of the wood engraved illustrations made by Henry Holiday for the first edition in 1876.  He also reproduces a drawing Holiday made for the book, but which never appeared – a picture of the Boojum, which makes […]

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What if it’s true?

June 19, 2017 0 Comments
What if it’s true?

The Baptists of Mumbles have a way with words.  Outside their chapel, on the corner of Langland Road,  a glass-fronted box attached to two buttresses contains a large poster.  The posters, which change every three or four weeks, have become famous, in the pages of the South Wales Evening Post if not beyond, for their […]

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