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On shoelaces

July 12, 2024 0 Comments
On shoelaces

We like to think that, even if our politics and economics show few signs of movement towards improvement, we live in an age of continuous technological refinement.  Digital inventors now deliver tools like artificial intelligence that dazzle us, jaded though we are by constant stream of wonders. But back in the analogue world some of […]

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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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Six Ways

January 19, 2024 6 Comments
Six Ways

When I was a small boy there were certain places outside Hoylandswaine, the village where we lived, that I always thought of as my own, special spaces.  They were nowhere in particular – a corner where two roads met, or a pondside, or a patch in the woodland that spread from the bottom of our […]

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St Illtud’s Walk, day 5: Pontardawe to Creunant

November 10, 2023 2 Comments
St Illtud’s Walk, day 5: Pontardawe to Creunant

Forestry isn’t my favourite walking environment, and today has done nothing to shift that prejudice.  It all began so well.  Well, fairly well.  Today C. and I start out by bus.  But since our last encounter with St Illtud, First Cymru has done its best to destroy our local bus timetable.  It now takes nearly […]

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