Notes on CWMNEWYDION-UCHAF, Ceredigion 2010

A small cottage – empty for a number of years – the slates at the extremes of the roof are beginning to deteriorate. Inside, peering through the dirty windows, the usual garb of the empty cottage; signs of a simple life, well used minimum furniture, a dining table with a plastic table cloth with all the crockery placed on top, teapots, cups, plates etc.

A ladies bike with basket in another room, a pew bench, wardrobes and chest of drawers, boxes of bottles. I would have liked to have seen upstairs. A sealed museum of a couple’s life, free from human dust, birds nests nestled on top of electricity boxes, perhaps a TV Licence reminder from 1990’s or a Yellow Pages from 1980’s? Who knows?

Random things are always to be found: Piles of Country Life magazine in the service quarters of Rhuppera Castle in Caerphily; the actual deeds of Caermeirch in Pontrhydygroes; diary pages from the 1870’s in Aberglasney in Llangathen; years and years of fertiliser receipts in Dolgor’s at Devil’s Bridge; a chest of travel books at Ceulan Mill in Talybont; a room of cheap chandeliers at Gwynfryn at Llanystumdwy and then there is all of the graffiti scratched in stone and wood, some recent and some ancient; at Pembrey Court in Pembrey and Pencoed Castle at Llanmartin. And then yearly names and dates in Bothy’s in and around the Cambrain Mountains such as at Nant Rhys, Claerddu Cottage and Moel Prysgau.

Such things enrich and qualify long walks, searches, explorations and help enclose the memories of visits to properties I may never visit again.
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CWMNEWYDION-UCHAF, Ceredigion 2010

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