Easter Eggsploring at Cilgerran Castle

Easter 2014

Easter is a great time of year.  Trees are sprouting fresh green leaves, daffodils are flowering, bumble bees are bumbling about and, best of all, it’s CHOCOLATE time! There are so many places to go on an Easter Egg Hunt but have you ever taken part in one at a castle? Why not head over to Cilgerran Castle to take part in a Cadbury’s Easter Egg trail.

There won’t be any fluffy chicks in the eggs this year, instead Eggsplorers are being asked to help track down the missing Dragon Eggs!  Successful Eggsplorers will be awarded with treasure of a Cadbury’s Eggheads chocolate egg.  The trail takes visitors around the castle, keeping to the ground floors, so even young children can take part.  The trail is great fun for all the family and is set in the magnificent 13th century castle, voted as having the best view from all of Cadw’s sites in Wales – and there are 120 of them.

The trail costs £1.50 plus admission to the site.  Call 01239 621339 or visit www.eastereggtrail.com

 

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Cilgerran Castle – History Man Tours

In a stunning location overlooking the River Teifi and perfectly placed to fend off attackers, Cilgerran Castle is in the village of Cilgerran, near Cardigan.

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Cilgerran Castle – © Catherine Collins

On Monday 14th April, visit the castle for the first in a series of History Man tours.  Find out about the connection between Cilgerran Castle and a Regent of England plus lots more about the life and times of this historic site.

Local historian Glen Johnson will be giving a lively and informative talk about the castle, its history, role in local Welsh history and its wider significance, including the link between the castles at Cilgerran and Cardigan.

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Cilgerran Castle – © Catherine Collins

Tours begin at 11am and 2pm – included in the normal admission terms and conditions.

For more details contact the site on: 01239 621339, follow the castle on twitter: @cilgerrancastle, email: cilgerrancastle@wales.gsi.gov.uk or visit the Cadw website: www.cadw.wales.gov.uk

The site is open every day between April 1st and October 31st from 10am to 5pm.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead and on the ground floor at all times.

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Cilgerran in winter – © Catherine Collins

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Carreg Cennen Castle in Winter

Carreg Cennen in winterVisiting castles can be great fun in winter; the views are superb and the soft light creates special effects of colour.  You could find yourselves alone on your adventure and there might be storm clouds and even a rainbow in the distance.  Even if you don’t have a great interest in history, the atmosphere of these ancient ruins has a certain allure and the bracing walk up a steep slope to the hilltop site is bound to give you a welcome boost of body heat. 

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How happily we trudged up the slope towards our second castle of the weekend: Carreg Cennen, perched 900 feet above its eponymous river.  What joys awaited us in the form of views from every arrow hole and every section of crumbling limestone wall, its grey stippled with bright white lichen.carreg-cennen-interior-2CU

The colours of the countryside are muted but delightful as if woven into a now-faded tapestry by ancient hands which spent painstaking hours selecting a range of dyes to exactly complement one another in their subtlety of tone.  Winter landscapes are not just grey; they are rich rust, peach, mauve, beige, pistachio, buff, straw and gold.   Has any paint manufacturer ever produced a Winter Landscapes range?  I’d love to mix the shades and name them.

brighterThe textures are as varied as the palette:  if you could stretch out your hand to grasp the distant delicacies of that landscape you would crumble the russet larch needles between your fingers; snap off a couple of crunchy silver birch twigs; stroke the velvet of the short-cropped winter fields, pulling a thread from each to line them up and wonder at the myriad tones of green.

Against the light, shadows create an extra dimension to the view

Against the light, shadows create an extra dimension to the view

The whole experience on a winter’s morning makes you feel as if you’ve been transported back in time or at least to the set of some film depicting the Middle Ages or even earlier: four prehistoric skeletons and a cache of Roman coins have been dug up at the site suggesting that settlers made use of the craggy hilltop long before the Prince Rhys Ap Gryffydd and Edward I arrived.passageway

There’s a wonderful vaulted passageway along one side of the castle leading to a natural cave into which you can descend if you’ve hired a torch from the visitor centre.  The legend is that a young boy was killed as he was collecting water from a spring in the cliff, so the passageway was built to ensure that water could be accessed even when the castle was under siege.

At the end of our bracing walk around the castle, we took coffee and flapjack in the delightfully spacious function room with its massive oak beams and old pew benches.

Sadly, at 11am we had no excuse to pretend that it was lunchtime in order to sample the Beetroot and Goat’s cheese pie or one of the deep rustic cakes: rhubarb crumble cake being particularly scrumptious looking.

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If you would like to visit Carreg Cennen and other castles in the beautiful Tywi valley, why not stay in one of our Carmarthenshire holiday cottages

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A winter walk in Waterfall Country of the Brecon Beacons

Sgwd Ddwli Uchaf

Sgwd Ddwli Uchaf

A day out in the winter can be well spent admiring the effects of recent rains on the dramatic waterfalls in the southern part of the Brecon Beacons near Ystradgynlais.  Choose from a number of walks of various lengths and difficulty; wrap up warm and take your waterproofs.

If you visit Carreg Cennen in the morning, it’s possible to fit in an afternoon walk in the acclaimed Waterfall Country of the Brecon Beacons.  Starting from the village of Trapp, you drive through some extraordinary woodland on a minor road before reaching Brynaman and the Black Mountain Centre.  It is open only on weekdays from 9 am to 4.30 pm but is one of the few places to get a bite to eat on this southern edge of the Black Mountain.  The Centre has tourist information as well as art and heritage exhibitions.

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Travel east, bypassing Ystradgynlais until you see a signpost for Henrhyd Falls.  These are the highest falls in South Wales at 27 metres.  If you have time the same day, continue east to the Waterfall Centre at Pontneddfechan near Glyn-Neath.  There are fabulous walks from there around the falls on the Nedd Fechan or Mellte rivers.  Or you can drive north to Ystradfellte and begin a walk from there.  It is best to check at the Waterfalls Centre first as some of the paths can be very muddy after a spell of wet weather and some are more demanding or dangerous than others.

A miniature canyon by the path

A miniature canyon by the path

The woodland is ancient and moss creeps up tree trunks and over stones; there are many textures and colours to admire such as the miniature canyon shown in this photograph.

River fanatics like me will exclaim at how tempting it is to jump in and sit in the natural jacuzzi pools or in the shallows to enjoy the massaging jets of water rushing over your skin.  Of course it’s always too cold to do this without a wet suit, but some hardy bathers might chance it in the summer.

Sgwd Gwladus

Sgwd Gwladus

The waterfalls are delicious; you can quench your thirst just by looking at them.  The calmly flowing water above the Sgwd Gwladus cascade pushes gentle, barely rippled, shallow arcs of water across the gleaming bedrock, smoothly contrasting with the rushing torrent which abruptly bursts into life, throwing itself into the unfathomably deep pool beneath it in an agitated froth.

Depending on where you’re based, you might choose to drive back across the A4089 mountain pass which takes you to Llandovery.  The moorland is bleak and bare but textures and views are extraordinary.  There are mountain ponies grazing and the newly surfaced road cuts through the yellow-tinged landscape like a rippling black snake.

The mountain pass is steeper than it looks!

The mountain pass is steeper than it looks!

Lamb confit at the Castle HotelA welcome end to the day in attractive surroundings can be found at the Castle Inn Hotel in Llandovery, where the chef has created a tempting and original menu offering vegetarian options such as falafel with home-made flat bread.  I had lamb confit perched on top of a mound of mashed potato with a few winter greens.  It reminded me of Carreg Cennen.

If you would like to visit the Waterfall Country in the Brecon Beacons, why not stay in one of our Carmarthenshire holiday cottages?

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Suzanne and Branwen Munn invite you to Gŵyl Ffilm Emlyn Film Festival – 1 and 2 March 2014

Gŵyl Ffilm Emlyn Film Festival

If you are looking for something to brighten the endless wet and dreary days of February, The Attic Theatre in Newcastle Emlyn is hosting an exciting two day event: Gŵyl Ffilm Emlyn Film Festival will be held during the first weekend of March and may well be the answer to hopes for an early spring!

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Filming

The Attic Players have, with help from the local Emlyn Circle, recently invested in some new, high definition projection and surround sound equipment, to enable them to screen films in addition to the high quality live entertainment regularly presented in this bijou theatre.

 

 

Lights, Camera, Action

Lights, Camera, Action

The festival will be a public event showcasing short films, documentaries and music videos produced by local directors including work by Lleucu Meinir, Chris Dodd, and Ben Walton, as well as several pieces by talented young film makers from Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn including British Film Institute “Kids for Kids” winner, Hattie Morrison. Music videos by local artists will also feature, including, among others, Rye Milligan, Danielle Lewis, Alex Dingley, The Shaws, star*key and George Higgins.

Tunnel Vision

Tunnel Vision

A highlight of the weekend will be the screening of the GoldHill Productions feature film “Tunnel Vision” which has been made in collaboration with the Attic Players over the past year, many of whom appear in the film. “Tunnel Vision” is a supernatural thriller that has been written and directed by Branwen Munn and Suzanne Munn. The film was shot almost exclusively around the Newcastle Emlyn area during spring and summer 2013, and has been in post-production ever since.

Frank, Cat and Beryl in Tunnel Vision

Frank, Cat and Beryl in Tunnel Vision

 

The Attic Players hope you will enjoy with them the diverse selection of fascinating material on offer over the two days of screenings at the Festival. Be sure to make a note of the dates to avoid disappointment: Saturday March 1st from 3.00pm-8.30pm (finishing with a showing of “Tunnel Vision”) and Sunday March 2nd from 11.00am-4.30pm (please note, finish times may vary).

Tickets for the Festival cost £6 per day or £10 for both days and are available from “Fair and Fabulous” in Newcastle Emlyn (just over the road from the clock tower), or online at AtticPlayers.org.co.uk.

Screen shot of Tunnel Vision

Screen shot of Tunnel Vision

“Tunnel Vision” will also be showing after the Festival, again at the Attic Theatre, on March 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th at 7:30pm. Tickets for those screenings are £5 and are available from the same outlets. Find out more about the film at GoldHillProductions.co.uk.

Watch the trailer here:

Listen to the star*key song:

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Guide to West Wales events for DT100, The Dylan Thomas 100 Festival

Dylan Thomas crossThe Dylan Thomas 100 Festival (DT100) is a year-long festival of events being held in 2014 to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Wales’s most famous writer. We’ve gathered together all the events being held in West Wales and listed them below in our handy Guide to West Wales Events for DT100, The Dylan Thomas 100 Festival.

New Quay on Cardigan Bay

New Quay on Cardigan Bay

HRH Prince Charles, Royal Patron of DT100, said “I cannot help feeling this is one of the great legacies of Thomas’s poetry – that it inspires people to appreciate the incomparable landscape of Wales.” Fittingly, many of the events enable you to explore a variety of West Wales landscapes since they include walks, boat trips, pony treks and carriage rides. Events are being held in different parts of West Wales but principally in Laugharne and New Quay, places where Dylan Thomas spent several years of his life and which inspired much of his work.

In addition, Aberystwyth will host performances of the acclaimed new production of Under Milk Wood plus a long-running exhibition at the National Library. There are also events in Swansea, the town of his birth; and London, where he lived with his wife Caitlin during the war, returning to Wales to escape the bombing.

With events being held in a variety of locations, there is a good chance that you might be within reach of one if you are staying at one of our cottages. If you haven’t booked your stay yet and one of the events below particularly inspires you, you can search for a cottage nearby using our cottage search, selecting the appropriate date and destination.

Guide To West Wales Events For DT100, The Dylan Thomas 100 Festival

SUMMARY OF EVENTS

9 – 12 April in Aberystwyth: Under Milk Wood performances at Aber Arts Centre
February – November in Laugharne: Events at The Boathouse
2 – 5 May –in Laugharne: Dylan Poetry and Theatre Weekend
4 May in Laugharne: Canoe trip at Laugharne (Part of the Odyssey)
17 May in Laugharne: Walk and picnic for adults and children (Part of the Odyssey)
17 May in Laugharne: Walk and boat trip/performance (Part of the Odyssey)
23 – 26 May: Dylan festival of walks around New Quay, Laugharne and Swansea
6 – 8 June: Laugharne Castle Poetry and Film Festival
14 June: Classic Vehicle run to Laugharne
28 June – 20 December: Major Exhibition
5 July Aeron Valley: Pony trek (Part of Odyssey)
26 July: Horse carriage ride and coach around Llansteffan and Laugharne (Part of the Odyssey)
23 August: Walk in New Quay; Meal and performance Llangrannog (Part of the Odyssey)
19 – 21 September Laugharne: Dylan music and film weekend
26 – 28 September Laugharne: Dylan radio and comedy weekend

DETAILS OF EVENTS

9 – 12 April 2014 Under Milk Wood

Clwyd Theatr Cymru presents Under Milk Wood at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
Directed by Terry Hands, former director of RSC, this production opened at Clwyd Theatre, Mold, North Wales on 6 February 2014 and features an all-Welsh cast starring Owen Teale. The play will tour Wales to 19 April and go on to tour the world. It has already received critical acclaim, including a 5 star review from The Guardian.

28 June – 20 December Dylan Exhibition

At the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth, a major multi-media exhibition plus a series of newly commissioned events. Includes partnerships with the dancer Eddie Ladd, Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch, the poet Damien Walford Davies and visual artists Pete Finnemore and Russell Roberts. More details on the National Library of Wales website.

February to November 2014 Dylan Thomas Boathouse Events

Workshops, Poetry Readings, Exhibitions, Music, Art
For information, tickets or to buy a brochure go to: The Dylan Thomas Boathouse, phone 07748 270439 or email dtboathouse@carmarthenshire.gov.uk.

6 – 8 June Laugharne Castle Poetry and Film Festival

Film screenings, poetry readings, talks and creative workshops
Details on the Cadw website.

Dylan Weekends

To celebrate Dylan Thomas’s Centenary, the team responsible for organising the annual Laugharne Weekend are showcasing Dylan’s diverse talents in a series of special festival weekends
2 – 5 May: celebration of poetry and theatre
19 – 21 September: music and film
26 – 28 September: radio and comedy
Tickets and more information: The Dylan Weekends

Llanelli Ramblers Festival of Walks

23 – 26 May inclusive: Some walks around New Quay and Laugharne. From 2 to 12 miles. See the Llanelli Ramblers website

Under Milk Wood Classic Vehicle Run

14 June: Vintage vehicles undertake annual outing to Laugharne prior to Festival of Transport in Swansea on 15 June

Dylan Odyssey

4 and 17 May; 5 and 26 July; 23 August 
See more information and Terms and Conditions on page 21 of the brochure which you can download here. Book online or by ordering a brochure and using its booking page.
Note: Except where indicated, these activities are unsuitable for wheelchair users.
You may take dogs on the 17 May walk, but other events are not suitable for dogs.
For all outdoor events, please take comfortable footwear, waterproofs, warm layers; sun cream and hat. For the canoeing event, also take a change of clothing in case you get wet.

Odyssey Event: Dylan Thomas’ Taf Estuary: Sir John, The Gulled Birds and The Argentinian
Date: Sunday 4 May 9.00am to 11.00 am
Details: Canoe across the Taf from Laugharne in the company of experts John Goodby and Jeff Towns to explore the estuary which bridged two of Dylan Thomas’ worlds.

Odyssey Event: The Thomas Children’s Laugharne: The Rats and Mably the Dog
Date: Saturday 17 May 10.30am – 12.45pm
Details: Take the family and your dog with storyteller Daniel Morden and Dylan’s granddaughter Hannah Ellis as they follow in the footsteps of the Thomas family, who used to walk this route for summer bathing picnics, stories and games

Odyssey Event: Dylan Thomas’ Laugharne: The Boat, The Pelican and Brown’s Hotel
Date: Saturday 17 May
Details: Tour, meal and performance by Guy Masterson, nephew of Richard Burton. Option to attend evening meal and performance only.

Odyssey Event: Caitlin Thomas’ Aeron Valley: The Ponies and The Red Lion
Date: Saturday 5 July
Details: Join writer, editor and critic De Jasmine Donahaye on horseback to retrace Caitlin’s tracks on one of the routes she rode during the Second World War. Talk by National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke on Caitlin’s poetry and influence on her husband. Option to attend evening talk only.

Odyssey Event: Dylan Thomas’ South Carmarthenshire: The Heron & The Horse-drawn Carriage
Date: Saturday 26 July 10:30am – 5:30pm
Details: Trip in horse-drawn carriage between farms and cottages well-known to Dylan Thomas (including Fernhill & Blaen Cwm) with talks and readings en route by National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke and former Archdruid and poet T. James Jones. Lunch in Browns Hotel, Laugharne and talk. Afternoon visit to Llanybri and Llansteffan and another favourite pub, the Edwinsford Arms, the Thomas family graves and home of his friends, Editor Keidrych Rhys and poet Lynette Roberts

Odyssey Event: Dylan Thomas’ Ceredigion Coast: Llareggub and The Black Lion
Date: Saturday 23 August
Details: Guided walk through New Quay with National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke and Dylan Thomas biographer Andrew Lycett visiting places which inspired Thomas or where he spent time writing or at leisure. Meal in Pentre Arms in evening. Performance of excerpts from Dylan’s work by actors Adrian Metcalfe & Helen Griffin. Option to join others in Llangrannog for meal and performance only.

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4 Favourite Beaches for 4-legged Friends

Dog walking on a deserted beach is one of the many pleasures of living in West Wales.  Most beaches in West Wales are dog friendly for most of the year.  Out of season it is a special treat to seek out a favourite stretch of sand and give both human and doggie legs some welcome exercise and fresh air.

There are plenty of stunning beaches to choose from; tiny quiet bays, huge expanses of sand, easy to get to and ‘a bit of a challenge’ – here are just a few of our favourites:

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Newport, Pembrokeshire

Newport, Pembrokeshire – Newport Sands (or Traeth Mawr – Big Beach) is almost a mile of flat sand stretching across the bay.  Park at the beach head and enjoy the wide open space with views towards Mynydd Carningli (The Mount of Angels) which sits above the town.  Afterwards head into Newport where there are plenty of pubs and cafes for a welcome hot chocolate or a bite to eat.

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Poppit Sands

Poppit Sands – North Pembrokeshire – almost on the border with Ceredigion, Poppit Sands is one of the most popular dog walking beaches. At the mouth of the Teifi Estuary it is a lovely sandy beach with dunes and plenty of space, so despite its popularity it never seems crowded.  Park in the beach car park and afterwards try Bowens, the famous fish and chip shop in St Dogmaels village or The Coach House cafe (part of St Dogmaels Abbey).

Freshwater West

Freshwater West

Freshwater West – near Castlemartin in South Pembrokeshire the beach is surrounded by sand dunes and the area is home to many types of seabird, seals, otters and the occasional dolphin.  Head inland to the pub at Hundleton or on to Pembroke for refreshments.

BarafundleBarafundle – voted many times as one of the best beaches in Britain this secluded bay backed by sand dunes and pine trees with limestone cliffs at each end is perfect for your best friend.  After a good walk, take tea at Stackpole Quay or head along the coast to Tenby.

For information on taking your dog to a West Wales beach throughout the year take a look at our Dog Friendly Beaches page.

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I love the beach!

 

 

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Walking the Coast Paths of West Wales – Amroth

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path, 186 miles of breathtaking coastal scenery. What could be better than starting out to walk the path all the way to St Dogmaels from the half mile long, flat sandy beach at Amroth.

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Amroth Beach

The southern start of the path, Amroth has pubs, cafes and shops for essential energy and walking supplies.  If you have time for a paddle when the tide is out, look out for the remains of a petrified forest, destroyed 7000 years ago where fossilised animal bones and Neolithic flints have been found.

Take a detour around Amroth Castle, on the north side of the coast road.  Surrounded by a high wall with an entrance archway at one corner, the present building is a 19th century country house built in the style of a mock castle.  Head inland (about a mile) to visit the Anglican Parish Church of St Elidyr, which is a grade II listed building.

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Amroth

If you are keen to get walking, the 11.5 mile section from Amroth to Lydstep will take you along tramways and through tunnels, or at very low tide, it is possible to walk all the way from Amroth to Saundersfoot along the beach.

There is a shady, woodland section between Saundersfoot and Tenby, one of the few woodland sections on the coast path.  From Tenby, walk along the beach, or follow the railway line to Lydstep.

At the end of your walk take one of the coastal bus services back to the start and relax in one of our cottages in the area.

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Take a break at Saundersfoot

 

Watch out for Blog posts about places along the West Wales coast during the coming months……

 

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A Christmas Eve Custom – Noson Gyflaith

Do you look forward to indulging your sweet tooth during the festive season?  If so, you might like to try the Welsh custom of Taffy (toffee) making on Christmas Eve.

Noson Gyflaith (Toffee Evening) was part of the Christmas or New Year festivities in parts of Wales earlier this century.  Families would invite friends for supper and during the evening the entertainment would include games, making toffee and storytelling.

Taffy pot on stove - National Museum of Wales

Photo from The National Museum of Wales

A heavy pan would be set on the stove and sugar, butter, lemon juice and water used to produce a thick toffee which was poured onto the hearth or a slate or stone slab. Then, it was all hands together as everyone joined in to pull and twist the toffee until it became golden yellow in colour.  It was quite a skill to pull the toffee to the correct consistency and shape.  In south Wales housewives were known to sell the toffee from their homes or from market stalls, a six inch strip for a penny!

 

Many families stayed up all night on Christmas Eve before going in procession to the Plygain service,  a morning service with carols, very early (3 or 6am) on Christmas Day.  To pass the time they decorated their houses with holly and mistletoe and made toffee.  It is said that when testing to see if the toffee was ready by dropping spoonfuls into icy cold water, the resulting shapes could show the initials of a young person’s future love.

Taffy making courtesy of the National Museum of Wales

Taffy making courtesy of the National Museum of Wales

 

However you choose to spend Christmas Eve this year, we wish you a peaceful and happy festive season.

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda

 

 

 

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A Child’s Christmas in Wales

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With the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth being celebrated in 2014 and Christmas nearly here, it seems appropriate to be reading one of his enduring and celebrated works; A Child’s Christmas in Wales.

Dylan thomas bookA prose work, based on a piece written for radio, Dylan Thomas recorded it in 1952.  The story is a recollection of Christmas from the point of view of a young child and is a romaticised version of Christmases past, portraying a nostalgic and simpler time.

He recalls, perhaps as many of us do, that it ‘was always snowing at Christmas’ but not just any old snow, he says ‘December, in my memory, is white as Lapland, though there were no reindeers’.

With his friends he gets up to mischief, running around their little Welsh town, ‘our hands wrapped in socks, we waited to snowball cats’.  Perhaps the town is Laugharne, in Carmarthenshire, where he lived at The Boathouse and worked steadily in the Writing Shed with its inspiring views of the estuaries leading to Carmarthen Bay.

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The Boathouse, Laugharne

 

There are comical characters; the aunt who likes a drop of parsnip wine, The Uncles, ‘there are always uncles at Christmas’, Auntie Bessie, terrified of a clockwork mouse, Auntie Dosie who had to have three asprins.

 

 

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Not forgetting the presents – ‘Useful Presents: engulfing mufflers of the old coach days, and mittens made for giant sloths’. Then the ‘Useless presents: a false nose and a tram-conductor’s cap and a machine that punched tickets and rang a bell; never a catapult; once, by mistake that no one could explain, a little hatchet; and a celluloid duck that made, when you pressed it, a most unducklike sound’.

Finally, Christmas comes to a close and the town settles down to a quiet and peaceful night in a passage which echoes of nostalgia: ‘Looking through my bedroom window, out into the moonlight and the unending smoke-coloured snow, I could see the lights in the windows of all the other houses on our hill and hear the music rising from them up the long, steady falling night. I turned the gas down, I got into bed.  I said some words to the close and holy darkness, and then I slept’.

Statue of Dylan Thomas, Maritime Quarter, Swansea.

Statue of Dylan Thomas, Maritime Quarter, Swansea

Take a tour and see Dylan Thomas’ Boathouse for yourself.

Stay in a Cottage in the area

Follow the West Wales Dylan Thomas Trail

Visit the Dylan Thomas Centre

 

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