Category Archives: Art

Bara Brith – 5* review

The year after our visit and review, the café moved to Tabor Chapel Vestry, just along the main road towards Fishguard. It closed at the beginning of 2020 at the start of the COVID pandemic lock down. The operators decided … Continue reading

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Sneak Preview

Dinas’ Primary School closed in 2002 but it didn’t take long for local people to negotiate, fundraise and recruit supporters so that it could open again as ‘Yr Hen Ysgol’. There are activities on offer now for everyone, ranging from … Continue reading

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The best of all possible worlds

Just because you are in an amazingly beautiful part of the world where population density (human) is low, it doesn’t mean that you have to miss the latest film releases or exciting metropolitan performances of High Culture. Theatr Gwaun, in Fishguard, … Continue reading

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Wynmor Owen – sculptor

Wynmore Owen comes from a seafaring family  in Llangrannog, just 25 miles or so up the coast from Dinas but he has since moved even closer. His father and grandfather were mariners and Wynmor continues this close connection to the sea … Continue reading

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Ancient ruins

I have a fondness for ruins and there’s an imposing ruined castle less than 20 miles from Dinas, on the river Teifi. Cilgerran castle served its purpose in the wars between the Normans and the Welsh when it changed hands … Continue reading

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Improving literature

When the Welsh non-conformist chapels had congregations that filled the pews and most households  owned a family bible that was large enough to record the family’s births and deaths on blank pages, the other devotional book with which most chapel-goers were familiar … Continue reading

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John Knapp-Fisher

Although I see North Pembrokeshire in bright colours, John Knapp-Fisher’s muted earthy tones  seem to faithfully portray the light and the shapes of this part of the world. He lived and worked at his studio gallery in Croesgoch on the St … Continue reading

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Pembrokeshire birds illustrated


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Full sail on choppy seas

The Windrush, shown here in glorious full sail on choppy seas, was brand new when my father’s Uncle Johnny was apprenticed on board at Bristol docks.  The ship was a three masted barque, built in Sunderland in 1891 and registered there in … Continue reading

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Ann Gent and Graham Coles invite you to rummage

From the outside you can’t tell that the Carningli Centre is an art gallery and a second-hand book shop as well as a destination for lovers of old railway signage, collectors and connoisseurs of oil lamps and indeed anyone who loves to … Continue reading

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John Cleal’s Herrings

  This shoal of herrings darts through the air on the quay at Lower Town Fishguard. It’s an arresting image, reminding the passer-by of the historic importance of the herring catch to the economy of the town. The artist doesn’t get … Continue reading

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Eirian Short – celebrated embroiderer from Dinas

I’ve noticed that many people end up at my blog when they are googling  Eirian Short, the celebrated embroiderer from Dinas. I know that there is very little on the internet about her work and I hope that this post will do something to remedy … Continue reading

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