Category Archives: Crafts

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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Stitched in a chapel to be hung in the cathedral

I was privileged to see the beginning of St Caradoc’s journey from a converted chapel, where he was being hand-stitched by Amanda Wright, to his appointed place in the great Cathedral of St Davids, where his bones are thought to … Continue reading

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The Church on the Rock

The best way to get a good view of this little building is to approach by boat which is why, I suppose, we have some fishermen from Pwllgwaelod to thank for restoring the little Church after it had fallen into … Continue reading

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