Archive for 2024

Glyndŵr’s Way, day 11: Meifod to Welshpool

June 14, 2024 2 Comments
Glyndŵr’s Way, day 11: Meifod to Welshpool

The negatives: rain has fallen overnight; the morning’s cloudy and windy, and it feels colder than ever; our boots are still damp inside.  The positives: Eleri has fed us well over two days, to counter the hunger caused by long walking; we’re back in the fine village of Meifod; there are not too many miles […]

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Glyndŵr’s Way, day 10: Pont Llogel to Meifod

June 12, 2024 0 Comments
Glyndŵr’s Way, day 10: Pont Llogel to Meifod

Eleri delivers us by car back from Meifod to Pont Llogel, for us to make the journey in the other direction, much more slowly, and by a different route.  There’s a change in the weather today: it’s cooler, rain’s spotting in the strong breeze, and we spend a lot of time through the day pulling […]

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Glyndŵr’s Way, day 9: Llangadfan to Pont Llogel

June 11, 2024 0 Comments
Glyndŵr’s Way, day 9: Llangadfan to Pont Llogel

We’ve had a comfortable time in the Cann Office Hotel, but it’s time to set off again, without the sun this morning, and move north from Llangadfan.  We turn down a lane next to Pontgadfan, the chapel converted by Eleri Mills that I saw yesterday.  By chance Eleri passes us in her car on the […]

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Glyndŵr’s Way, day 8: Llanbrynmair to Llangadfan

June 9, 2024 0 Comments
Glyndŵr’s Way, day 8: Llanbrynmair to Llangadfan

Since Wales is hilly, and since its villages are very seldom sited on hilltops, it follows that walks away from them tend to begin with a long climb.  This morning is no exception. After breakfast in the village shop – our host Mr M. runs a shop and café as well as a B&B – […]

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Glyndŵr’s Way, day 7: Machynlleth to Llanbrynmair

June 7, 2024 0 Comments
Glyndŵr’s Way, day 7: Machynlleth to Llanbrynmair

It’s been a year since we finished the southern half of Glyndŵr’s Way, and here we are, C1, C2 and I, back in Machynlleth to start on the sixty miles of the northern half.  Ca has kindly given us a lift from Swansea to Machynlleth, so we’ve time on the way up for a coffee […]

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Ar y Ffordd Ddu

May 31, 2024 0 Comments
Ar y Ffordd Ddu

Nôl yn Nolgellau am ddeuddydd o gerdded ar Gader Idris.  Ond mae ’na broblem.  Er bod diwedd mis Mai, ar gyfartaledd, yn un o’r cyfnodau sychaf yn y flwyddyn, dyw hi ddim yn dilyn na fydd hi’n bwrw glaw o gwbl.  Ac eleni, wrth gwrs, yw Blwyddyn y Glaw, a dyma ni yn nesáu at […]

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St Illtud’s Walk: day 6: Y Creunant to Resolfen

May 24, 2024 3 Comments
St Illtud’s Walk: day 6: Y Creunant to Resolfen

We’ve now erased the dark memory of Day 5, back in November, and today the daylight hours are reassuringly long.  So C and I feel up to tackling another inter-valley stage of the Walk, from Y Creunant to Resolfen.  We should have done this as the coda to the last stage, but exhaustion and fading […]

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Gweledigaeth mewn 4,525 o ddarnau

May 17, 2024 2 Comments
Gweledigaeth mewn 4,525 o ddarnau

Yr wythnos ddiwethaf cawson ni’r anrhydedd o gyfarfod ag un o drysorau mawr Cymru.  Enw traddodiadol y campwaith hwn yw Cwilt Teiliwr Wrecsam – er nad yw’n gwilt yn dechnegol, ond clytwaith, ac er bod y geiriau ‘teiliwr Wrecsam’ yn tueddu i guddio enw ei wneuthurwr, James Williams, 8 College Street yn y dref honno. […]

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Stanley Spencer at Llanfrothen

May 10, 2024 0 Comments
Stanley Spencer at Llanfrothen

1938 was a difficult year for Stanley Spencer.  His marriage to his wife Hilda Carline had been in trouble for years.  Divorce followed in 1937, though the two never lost contact.  His relationship with the artist Patricia Preece, whom he’d met in 1929, had been close and obsessive – he commemorated it in several nude […]

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Gwen John on foot for Rome

May 3, 2024 2 Comments
Gwen John on foot for Rome

I’ve been reading Celia Paul’s painfully honest book Letters to Gwen John, a series of imaginary messages to her fellow-artist, dead for almost a hundred years.  She shares many circumstances with Gwen, and feels many close affinities, both creative and emotional.  In one of the letters, she describes a continental journey that Gwen made in […]

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