Category Archives: Crafts

Bara Brith – 5* review

Stop for refreshment at Bara Brith. Dinas’s new café  in ‘Yr Hen Ysgol’ is on the main road opposite the petrol station and it’s open from 10am to 5pm Wednesday to Sunday. The menu changes daily, the staff are all … 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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Strung along in Dinas

I wonder how many of us have a little corner in the knickernsock drawer, or perhaps an old cigar box on the desk, that acts as a final repository for small sad broken items with sentimental value: dad’s gold fountain pen, mum’s … Continue reading

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Threads

Behind this modest facade you’ll find what could be considered the HQ of the local textile craftspeople – of whom there are many. Twin sisters Catriona and Penelope, who run Jane’s Wool Shop and its lively Facebook page, have a great stock of … Continue reading

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Ty Twt: a little museum in Newport

We took the long route from Tegfan (Dinas) to Ty Twt (Newport), going up the mountain behind Dinas, along the ridge to Carningli and then down to Newport. It was a wonderful walk and at the very end, as we … 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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The teasing teasel

As long as I can remember there have been teasels growing wild in Cilwenen.  As a child in Dinas, I used to walk down to Aberbach along the Cilwenen road and my aunt (who knew that if you wasted not you … Continue reading

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The saga of the stick and its surprise ending

Back in the early days of the Cwm-yr-Eglwys regatta, the committee organised on an ambitious scale. In addition to the usual swimming, rowing, sailing and donkey walking (the furthest donkey taken out to sea) there were also prizes for needlework, home-grown … Continue reading

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Solva Woollen Mill

Solva Woollen Mill, established in 1907, claims to be the oldest working woollen mill in Pembrokeshire but Tregwynt Woollen Mill, not far up the coast, has been run by the Griffiths family since 1912 and is a close contender. What’s not in … 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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How Dinas out-shone London

These were the railings of my childhood. Growing up in postwar London, all we had were stumps where iron railings had been removed to aid the war effort. Thousands of tons of decorative iron work, as well as aluminium and … Continue reading

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