Tag Archives: Wales

The essential accompaniment to Sunday breakfasts – Welsh diaspora, 1960s

To re-live the experience click here. (The Delysé record company was set up in 1954 by Isabella Wallich who was born in Italy to a musical family in 1916, but migrated to Britain with her family at the age of 5. … Continue reading

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Do you remember your classmates from primary school?

I love this photo of class 3, Dinas Primary School c 1953, and can give you the names of everyone in the class, including the four children who were absent on the day. Back row, from the left: David Stephens, Ken … Continue reading

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How do I love this county?

The coastal path is a pleasure and a delight; the sea in all seasons has an awe-inspiring beauty; the wildlife fascinates but the Preselis have a breathtaking grandeur that holds me in a spell and binds me to this part of Wales. … Continue reading

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Aberbach in 1930

I think this photo was taken in Dinas’ Aberbach beach in about 1930. Apart from the style of boys’ swimming costumes, nothing much has changed.

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Welsh Quilts

I’m curious to know more about these quilts. They’ve been in our family for 100 years or so. I think they must have come from Dinas (North Pembrokeshire) at the beginning of the 20th century, or perhaps earlier. They are … Continue reading

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Good teachers make a difference

I have two sets of great-grandparents who were born and brought up in Dinas. They were born in the 1840s and I don’t know whether or not they went to school. Judging from John Hughes’ depressing account of Education in … Continue reading

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Read this and rage against stupid educationalists

If you have strong feelings on the positive value of a bi-lingual education, or indeed any education at all, be warned that there are parts of this wonderful book that will make your blood boil. The Story of Education in … Continue reading

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The traditional Pembrokeshire cottage

Although Tegfan had a new roof, a new floor and a new front door in the 1960s and has recently had a new kitchen, bathrooms, roof lights and central heating, it remains, esentially a small, traditional Pembrokeshire cottage. Its walls … Continue reading

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Welsh Rugby

Just in case you are thinking of combining a visit to Tegfan with a trip to the Cardiff Millennium Stadium, here are the important dates to bear in mind: Wales v Italy  –  Sat 4th Feb 2014 Wales v France … Continue reading

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The lime kilns on the Dinas coast

There are lime kilns at Pwllgwaelod, Aberfforest and Newport, sited on the beaches for the convenience of transport which, for heavy bulky material like limestone and coal, used to be by boat. The kilns are probably about 200 years old … Continue reading

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Objets trouvés

The first time that I went to Jim Ede’s beautiful gallery house in Cambridge, I was struck by the familiarity of the found objects that sat so comfortably among the 20th Century art in Kettle’s Yard. These stones could have come … Continue reading

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Self sufficiency in West Wales

  Sally Seymour’s lovely scraper board illustrations*are based on the farm near Dinas where the Seymour family strove to become self-sufficient in the 1970s. The illustrations appear in the book  Self-Sufficiency – The Science and Art of Producing and Preserving … Continue reading

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