Tuesday, 7 January 2014

December - January 7th


December flew by with a hive of Christmas feasting and activities. These involved attending such things as a show at the Galeri Caernarfon, kid’s panto at Ucheldre, school concert, soiree at Gorwel and Fiona’s plus two after Christmas family birthday celebrations.

 However, like others on the West coast of Anglesey, we suffered severe gales and high tides. The video which my friend Rob Phillips took of the storm at Treaddur Bay near us is amazing. This is the result that we witnessed when we took a walk along the prom there at the weekend.
 
The force of nature!
 

 Now back to the real world which I also enjoy so much. Things that I get involved in with Llyn Cerrig Bach and also promoting various places I visit on Anglesey. Wow – pleased to see I’ve reached 11,127 views of this site by now.
 

The highlight for me happened last night, when Neil Oliver presented the programme I’d enjoyed filming with him last June at Llyn Cerrig Bach and RAF Valley.
 
 
Jonathan Barker, BBC2 Director giving me a rest from filming to have a hug from Neil.

 
Neil mentioned my father by name and pointed out that some of the artefacts he’d unearthed were the most important Iron Age ones ever found in Britain. The whole episode was a truly brilliant tribute to him and made me feel very proud. If you missed the programme, maybe you can see it on iplayer or catchup. It’s called “Sacred Wonders of Britain” – a series of three, the last one next Monday at 8.30pm.
 

Now the schools have re-opened, my diary is filling up again with my talk visits, the first one being to Beaumaris. I love being back in the classroom with the children. Maybe I’ve entered my second childhood!
 
 
 

 

 

Sunday, 8 December 2013

November - December 2013


 
I had a pleasant surprise when I visited Llyn Cerrig Bach a couple of weeks ago.

Following my site visit with Colin Edwards, the Anglesey County Council’s Highways Principal Engineer, the growth each side of the entrance has been cut well back. As you’ll have noted in my August blog, this had to be done in order to comply with the road safety requirement before the council would allow Cadw to place an interpretation there.  As you can see in the pictures, the grass verge has now been cut way back behind the commemorative stone. I’m looking forward now to Cadw being able to place their interpretation board. According to Marion Blockley of Cadw's description, the design sounds really exciting.

Before

After cutback
 
Fiona, Gorwel and I took Awen my 9 year old granddaughter with us to a performance by Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita at the Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead. Catrin Finch is our world famous Welsh harpist and Seckou is from West Africa and plays the Kora. This African string instrument blended beautifully with the harp. They both also gave solo performances. Although we were sitting in the front row, Awen sat forward on the edge of her seat in awe throughout their performance.
 

The Ucheldre Centre is one of our gems on Anglesey. Their programme appeals to a cross section of the community. You will see from each of their three monthly programme, that they have world famous performers, local talented artists, literary and music societies – the list goes on and on!
Visit their website for yourself or phone them up for a mailed programme. I must also mention their lovely café with food baked freshly each day. Scrumptious cakes!
                                                 www.ucheldre.org  Tel:  01407 763361
You can also follow them on Twitter and Facebook.
 
Another very useful site on Facebook is - Môn – Dewch i Chware - set up by Siwan Owens, Menter Môn. I’m always perusing it for ideas to take my granddaughters to.

                        Facebook:     Môn – Dewch i Chware    by Siwan Owens

 During school half term, Siwan advertises numerous activities for young and older children to attend on Anglesey, both indoors and out. This time, I chose to take them to the outside activities arranged at the Breakwater Country Park in Holyhead. Fishing and wall climbing!
 
 

 

 
 This lovely park takes its name from the fact that the limestone to build the breakwater was quarried from this side of mountain. Engineering artefacts during its construction are displayed all around the site. There are also interesting historical information panels relating to its construction. The breakwater is 1.7miles long, was completed in 1873 and officially opened by Albert Edward the then Prince of Wales. This summer, Prince William and his wife Kate came there to start off the “Ring of Fire” Anglesey marathon. This race is organised by James Bingham, whose parents run the excellent Sandy’s Bistro in Rhosneigr.  I used to teach both James and his brother Edward at the local primary school. Between them, they have raised loads of money for charities doing incredible extreme climbs, including Everest. Their parents must be really proud of them.
 
 
Everest summit
 


                    The park's latest addition is an on site café -  telephone 01407 760530.
 
 
 Next month, I hope to have some interesting news to relate regarding the launch of the comic about Llyn Cerrig Bach by illustrator, John Swogger.


Tuesday, 5 November 2013

September - October 2013


Wow – what a pleasant surprise – I’ve been waiting to see my blog views reaching the 10,000 mark when I’ve noticed tonight that they’ve suddenly jumped to 10,384 views!

Due to the Autumn term restarting, requests are beginning also for me to give my presentation on Llyn Cerrig Bach, both in schools and the community. I really enjoy these, as very often I meet up again with old friends in various parts of the island. Alan always attends when he can to help me set things up for the talk. Our first visit this term has been to the Senior Club in Llangefni, where we had a very warm, homely welcome on a cold afternoon.

 
Alan with his replicas and a few of the ladies present.
I'm afraid that this is all the news this month on Llyn Cerrig Bach so I will put my input once more on the places we enjoyed visiting on Anglesey 
 
I’m ashamed to say that Alan and I hadn’t visited Oriel Tegfryn in Menai Bridge since many a year. By now at our age, we’re wary of turning into difficult places to park. For this reason, Oriel Tegfryn  had always been such a place as it is situated on the main busy road the Beaumaris end of Menai Bridge. However, on this occasion we ventured forth and were immediately pleasantly surprised to see a huge car park in front of us! This is hidden from view from the road  by a tall wall.  No worries ever again!

 
 The Tegfryn Art Gallery was established in 1963 and is one of Wales' oldest galleries and has a long and respected history. Tegfryn has exhibited all of north Wales’ leading artists including William Selwyn, Gwilym Prichard and, most notably, had a very close association with Sir Kyffin Williams over many years.

 We had a very warm welcome from Sara the receptionist. She explained that it was mainly monthly solo exhibitions on the main ground floor gallery. The other two gallery floors had constantly changing exhibition of paintings, prints and sculpture. They have also a large stock of work in store, which can be viewed on request.
Tel: 01248 715128 if you want to double check or visit tegfryn@artwales.com
 
The day we called, we were fortunate that there were large collections on display of art by Peter Prendergast and Mary Lloyd Jones RCA. You can even register on a Collectors Plan which allows you to pay for your purchase by instalments - with no added interest!
Another highlight visit this month was attending an evening performance at Theatr Fach, Llangefni. Each term, they alternate with producing either an English or Welsh drama. This time, it was “Leni” an award winning drama in Welsh that had been translated into English. The actors were all magnificent in their respective roles.

 Cymdeithas Ddrama Llangefni is an amateur dramatic society, active from 1942. In 1955, its secretary, George Fisher (1909-1970), a schoolteacher, founded Theatr Fach Llangefni. The company received financial help from the British Arts Council. The theatre organises drama festivals, and is a member of The Guild of Little Theatres.

Although situated in Llangefni, many people find it difficult to find or even are not aware of it. This is why I’ve mentioned it on Facebook and Twitter as it’s a little gem. Directions can be found on the web.

Sorry, this other visit is on the opposite side of Afon Menai and not on Anglesey!
This month, I decided to organise a full day’s visit to Bangor University (North Wales) for many of our University of the Third Age members – Ynys Môn/ Anglesey U3A. u3asites.org.uk/anglesey

I felt it would benefit us all to become better acquainted with various departments and facilities. This will then hopefully instigate us to make  use of such things as its Archives and Library. Also, hopefully, for some to enrol on various further education courses that they have on offer.

As it was a full day, it took me and Sian Peris Owen, the College Manager of Arts and Humanities, a lot of organizing via numerous e-mails. I owe her immensely for such a successful day. She had even arranged for Dr. Andrew Edwards, the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities to give us a welcome address on arrival.
 


 
 
A big thanks also to Ffion Lisk, the Events Coordinator of The Business Centre situated across the road in the old Normal College hostels.  As I entered the quad, I had happy memories of my time in Alun Room 135 in 1955 -57.
Ffion had prepared a lecture room for us to have a presentation from Einion Thomas, the College Archivist. We were given an insight into the background history of various historical documents which they hold. One was a letter signed by Hitler, with a fascinating story of how it finally made its way to Bangor.
 
 

We then made our way through to the “1884” Brasserie, where there was a lovely view to be had of Anglesey over the Menai Strait. The old hostel rooms have become modern accommodation for the general public to book. Many people visiting Snowdonia and Anglesey stay here. The Brasserie caters for the general public also and has an enticing Christmas menu on offer.  Everyone praised the three course lunch which we had.


 

We also enjoyed a delightful pre-lunch musical recital, which again Sian had organised for us.  Dr.Guto Puw kindly gave of his time to bring a group of his students over from the University’s Music Dept. We were all in agreement, that their standard of performance was brilliant and that they have a bright future ahead of them.
 
Vote of thanks with an anecdote included!
 

After lunch, we attended more presentations.  One was on the history of Graffiti by a PhD student, Aimee Pritchard. Two others followed by Proff. Helen Wilcox and Dr.Rachel Willie from the English Literature Dept. These were all light and informative, finishing with an interesting questions and answers session.  
 To finish off our day, Sian Peris Owen took us on a guided tour of the main University building. Sian explained the background story of the John Pritchard Hall, Ed Povey’s mural in the Powis Hall, the college chamber room, and the library etc. It was all new to many of our members although a number of us had attended concerts and degree ceremonies in the halls. All in all, it was a brilliant day, thanks to all the staff that helped me make it a success.
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and benefited educationally at the same time. This fitted perfectly the ethos of the U3A namely “Learning through Pleasure”.
 
 
 
It was half term school holiday last this week, so I took my granddaughter to an art workshop at Oriel Ynys Môn. It was arranged by Ceri Williams, their Education officer, hosted by “Britain from above” The art tutor was Catrin Williams. The children did not sit at a table for the two hours in the lecture room. To begin with, they were instructed how to form a sketchbook from an A2 sheet of drawing paper. Then they were taken on a guided informative tour of various parts  the History gallery. Here they chose what they liked most and sketched it. They then went to the Main Art gallery to view Elfyn Lewis’ exhibition. These were really colourful and appealed immensely to the children. Eflyn describes his process as “volcanic” Surfaces are layered with acrylic paint that drips or flows over the edges of the canvas, creating wonderful imaginative abstract paintings. I was lucky enough to see a film taken of him at work in his studio before I went which added to my appreciation of his work.
 On returning to the lecture room, the children were distributed with various black and white aerial photographs of Anglesey. They chose one to sketch onto a large drawing cloth, incorporating their history sketch into it. We as parents and grandparents accompanied the children throughout the two hours. Not only did my granddaughter learn such a lot but I thoroughly enjoyed myself also.
 
 
 
Look out for these school holiday workshops for children at Oriel Ynys Môn. They are advertised in the local press, Facebook and on Twitter. Oriel Môn has its own Facebook page now. At the moment you can access also by going to “events” on  www.kyffinwilliams.info
However, very soon I believe, the Oriel will have a new title to their website – www.orielynysmon.info
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 



 
 


 

 


 

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

August - September


 
It was my birthday at the end of August so we had a family get-together to celebrate. A massive birthday cake appeared, with an image on top, of me holding the Llyn Cerrig Bach gang chain. Someone had been hacking into my Pictures folder! Here I am with my three lovely granddaughters ready to cut into the cake.
 
 They also took me to the idyllic Llanddwyn Beach on a beautiful sunny day. There is this an intricately carved sculpture at the beginning of a board walk to the beach. The board walk allows people with walking difficulties or with children in prams to be able to enjoy the amazing  views across the bay towards the Lleyn mountain range and even Bardsey island on a clear day.
 
 
 
Delyth, my eldest daughter, piloted a project to establish a Trim Trail through part of Newborough Forest. It was nice to see so many people making use of the facility in order to keep fit. This is the first of many challenges to attempt. A great idea to have a gym in the fresh air.
 
 

I was very surprised to receive an email from a gentleman in Melbourne, Australia who has been following my blog. I am constantly surprised to notice how far flung some of my blog followers are around the world. His name was Earl and he was hoping I could take him to visit Llyn Cerrig Bach and also Barclodiad y Gawres chamber. Some of his ancestors were from South Wales, but he’d chosen to learn North Walian Welsh! His emails always began and ended always in Welsh. My family were rather worried about me meeting someone I'd never met and off the internet! My son Gorwel therefore accompanied me to Barclodiad y Gawres chamber and my husband came with us to Llyn Cerrig Bach. However, they needn’t have worried, as he was an extremely nice gentleman.  Since I live so close to Barclodiad, I was able to bring Earl back home for a light lunch with us.  We enjoyed a long interesting chat about the pre-history of Anglesey. Earl’s wife had been thoughtful enough to parcel a lovely gift for me with her own handmade Thank You card. Hopefully, they will both be able to visit us in the not too distant future.

 

 
 
Following on from my visit with Marion from Cadw regarding getting interpretation boards  placed by Llyn Cerrig Bach, I was able to arrange a site visit with Anglesey County Council’s Highways Principal Engineer, Colin Edwards. This was because the overgrowth each side of the entrance had to be cut back in order to comply with road safety requirements.  Both Colin and I were pleasantly surprised to meet up again since it turned out I was his Infant teacher many years ago! He has grown a lot since then and I've shrunk!
 
 

I realise that my profile states that my blog is about happenings relating to Llyn Cerrig Bach and various interesting places I’ve visited around Anglesey. However, I can’t help mentioning the thrill I had this month when I was able to see the Mold Gold Cape. It had come to Wrexham Museum from mid August to mid September. First, we walked along a passage and then came around the corner to a completely darkened room. In the centre was the gold cape, displayed in a lighted glass cabinet (you can see a reflection of the back of the cloak on the glass in my picture). Like everyone else there, I just stood in awe before taking a walk around the cabinet.

 

 
In 1833 workmen dug up a skeleton with bits of gold stuck to it whilst excavating a burial mound near Mold in Flintshire, North Wales. Because of the amber beads that were buried alongside, they think it must have been worn by a notable young woman. All the pieces were sent to the British Museum where after painstaking work they were fitted together like a big jigsaw. Due to the pieces of bronze along the inside of the neckline and a small bronze knife, they were able to date the cape to around 3,700 BC.
 
Our Anglesey Heritage website has its own address now and is also interactive. Hope you'll peruse it and also register on site in order to interact with us. As I wrote the Llyn Cerrig Bach page, I shall be mainly responsible for responding to comments and attempting to answer any questions about Llyn Cerrig Bach.

 
 
 
 

 

 
 

Thursday, 15 August 2013

July - mid August.


Last year was a wonderful one for me - the exhibition at Oriel Môn, the publishing of Llyn Cerrig Bach book and the production of a handling collection of some of the main artefacts

Needing a new project to keep me going this year, I have been approaching various organisations hoping to have interpretation boards placed near to Llyn Cerrig Bach site. I therefore arranged a meeting recently with Neil Johnston of Menter Môn, since I'd discussed the idea with him from time to time. Neil suggested I should try and organise a meeting between Menter Môn and Marion Blockley from CADW Government Welsh Heritage. I was very pleased to understand that Marion had a project already in mind regarding planning to have co-ordinating interpretation boards, not only at Llyn Cerrig Bach, but also at Barclodiad y Gawres, Bryn Celli Ddu and Din Lligwy. Since I would also like such an info.board on the RAF Spotter's Car Park which I reviewed in my previous blog,  Neil suggested that I should contact RAF base for their permission on this. It was great to know that they have at least 30,000 visitors a year!  They come from all kinds of destinations and include many families with children.

The RAF personnel officer Rob Pitt, had been posted away since over three months, so I wasn't sure how I would get this. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself speaking to the newly appointed Media and Communication Officer, Dave Williams. Another plus was, as a Welshman, he already knew about the LLyn Cerrig Bach discovery!.  Dave agreed  meet up with our group on site for a discussion. After a lot of emailing had gone backwards and forwards between myself and the others, we finally met on August 8th. Needless to say, we had a lovely morning together by the lake in the sunshine and afterwards at the  Spotters Car Park. We all agreed that to have an interpretation board in both locations would be the ideal. For this though, I had to get Anglesey County Council's agreement to improve the visibility on both sides of the entrance to Llyn Cerrig Bach.

Marion Blockley had brought a very nice couple with her, John and Freya Swogger. They are both archaeologists but also John is a renowned illustrator. He showed me the draft of a comic he is compiling based on the story  of how my father initially discovered the artefacts in Llyn Cerrig Bach. I felt very honoured that he’d also included a small piece about my involvement as a child and also my work in the community. Rather a strange feeling being a character in a comic, but having taught young children for almost forty years, I like it very much! He is also designing similar ones for the other three co-
ordinated sites.
 



John Swogger, myself and RAF Valley MCO. Dave Williams.
 
After a leisurely lunch at my house with husband Alan, we all then made our way to Cable Bay, bathed again in beautiful sunshine.  As we walked along the headland, the view across towards Snowdonia and the Eilf mountain ranges was magnificent. No wonder Prince William said in his speech at the Anglesey Show this week that Anglesey views are the most stunning in the British Isles! He and Kate have lived undisturbed around the corner from this bay for the last three years. During this time, William has been based at  RAF Valley as a Search and Rescue helicopter pilot.
Marion had pre-booked for us to borrow the entrance key for Barclodiad y Gawres' inner chamber from my local corner shop (Wayside Stores 01407 810153 ). Sadly, it has to be locked due to modern vandalised inscriptions.
I never tire studying and listening to various interpretations about the inscriptions on the stones. Marion has since emailed to me excellent images of the two stones, one of which you see here.

 
 Later that week, I was able to arrange a site visit with the Chairman of Anglesey County Council, Cllr. Gwilym O. Jones, who is also the local councillor for this area.

He agreed with me that the verges  on each side of the entrance needed to be cut right back for traffic safety. The following day, following Gwilym's request, the Chief Highways Engineer of Anglesey County Council, Colin Edwards, phoned me. He agreed work needs to be done here to improve the safety of the entrance. I’m looking forward immensely to meeting Colin on site during next week, as I was his infant teacher over 50 years ago! Another photo opportunity with a handsome gentleman hopefully!
 
In September, there’s another meeting I’m looking forward, namely  welcoming Earl Livings, a professor from Australia who came across my Llyn Cerrig Bach blog. I wish he had time to show me how to do an impressive blogsite like his. (However, I’m pleased that I’ve now almost hit the 10,000 views mark at - 9,417). Earl is coming to a conference in Oxford and then coming to North Wales for a few days. He has even learnt to speak North Walian Welsh in Australia!  Dare I say - what a challenge to others who reside here to equal!
 Another project I’ve been involved in this year which has come to fruition  this month is our website - Anglesey a Bridge Through Time.  A group of us had been working together on it for over a year under the excellent leadership of Susanne Skubik Intriligator, an American PhD reasercher in Digital Media  at Bangor University.  It has been launched by Anglesey County Council on their stand at the Royal Welsh Show. It’s an interactive site and each of us is responsible for replying to comments or queries pertaining to our individual sites. i.e. yours truly for Llyn Cerrig Bach of course!  I’m sure you’ll agree that it will be an asset in informing everyone who has an interest in the history of our island.  I hope in time, that perhaps we can have a QR placed on the interpretation boards to make it available as an app. on site  – another exciting adventure into the new technology for me!
ANGLESEY A BRIDGE THROUGH TIME
YNYS MÔN PONT DRWY AMSER
 
Hope you enjoy perusing them -
Eflyn


 





 

Sunday, 7 July 2013

June 2013


I had a lovely surprise at the beginning of June in having a request to do reccie with BBC2 Director, Jonathan Barker. After meeting him off the train at Rhosneigr, my local train station, I spent time taking him to various locations he wanted to survey from prehistory, including LL C B, This was in readiness for coming back to film with Neil Oliver the following week. Neil is from Scotland and well known as an archaeologist, historian, author and presenter.  Many will know him from the excellent series - Coast. I also drove past Cymyran Hotel, which is around the corner nearby to Llyn Cerrig Bach. He agreed it would be Ideal for Neil and the filming group.
www.hotelcymyran.com
 
                                           Jonathan at RAF Valley
 
During the following couple of days, my husband and I went around the sites they’d decided to film. We took pictures of the sites and also of suitable car parking areas! We had a very enjoyable weekend in all as it was during one of our rare sunny periods.
The following week, I met up with Neil Oliver and Jonathan at RAF Valley, where I was asked to relate on film some of my memories of handling Llyn Cerrig Bach artefacts. This was after the main hoard had gone down to Cardiff. My father, along the following few years whilst at work, would find more things such as swords, currency bars etc. He would wrap them in sackcloth and carry them home on his bike. I then used to help him wrap them in old newspaper, place them in an old orange wooden box and post them to Cardiff. I still have the letter of thanks to him from Sir Cyril Fox – but not the five shillings postal order enclosed to reimburse him the postage.

                                    With Neil Oliver after finishing filming my piece.
 The following day, as pre-arranged with Jonathan, Alan and I met up with Neil and the filming group on Holyhead Mountain. This is the site of the Tŷ Mawr Hut Circles - known in Welsh as Cytiau'r Gwyddelod (literally translated - Irish Huts) They are located across the road to the South Stack cliffs and the RSPB centre. Travelling a little further up the mountain, you can look down over the cliffs and see an amazing view of South Stack lighthouse.

No one is sure how old this settlement is, suggestions range from the Neolithic to the Dark Ages. Most probably it is from the Iron Age. There are twenty bases still to be seen which you can walk amongst. Finds from the site include flint arrowheads, part of a stone axe and pottery remains that date from the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age as well as later a small hoard of Roman coins found within one of the huts.

 
                                                          Neil filming on Holyhead Mountain

Down the road from where I live is Barclodiad y Gawres – again literally translated as The Giantess’ apronful ( stones that she dropped when she flew over from Ireland according to the fable! That evening, since they were so near my home, I met up with Neil and the group again. Amanda had brought us all a picnic to enjoy whilst we watched the sun setting over Holyhead Mountain and the Irish Sea. Beautiful. Here Frances Lynch, our own expert on Anglesey’s prehistory, explained to Neil on film, the significance of the site. She has
published an excellent book “ Prehistoric Anglesey”.
Barclodiad is a Neolithic burial chamber with a passage in the form of a crucifix. It has six stones with carvings of spirals, zig-zags, lozenges and chevrons. I had never seen it light up so well – usually I’d be stumbling around with my flash lamp like everyone else!


The site is cared for by Cadw, the Welsh Heritage organisation.From April to October at weekends and bank holidays it is possible to enter the chamber. You need to pre-book by phone for the key holder from the Wayside shop in Llanfaelog to come there to accompany you. ( 01407810153)

To finish off the evening, the filming crew had carried boxes of food and drink for an evening picnic. We sat chatting whilst watching the sun setting like a red ball of fire over the Irish Sea and Holyhead Mountain. Bliss!
Sadly, it was time to say our goodbyes after becoming really good friends over the last few days.


Recently,work by the Welsh artist Bedwyr Williams has gone on public display in Venice. Bedwyr’s exhibition - The Starry Messenger - forms the official Welsh presence at this year's Venice Biennale. Designed at his home in Rhostryfan in Gwynedd, Wales, the installation at a former Venetian convent features sculpture and a video performance. It is inspired by amateur astronomy, and features a replica observatory and areas of near-darkness. This international contemporary art event takes place at venues across the Italian city every two years. Bedwyr commissioned my son, Gorwel (remembered mostly by many as the Super Furry Animals producer ),to do the sound tracks for it.  Bedwyr asked him to recreate “that sound when you’ve been in the house all evening and you go out at midnight.” The exhibition was launched in June and is on until November.

 
During June I arranged a day’s visit for of 40 of our local U3A members to Amlwch on the north coast of our island. First, we visited the new Heritage Centre at Amlwch Port. The old copper bins have now been transformed into a fascinating H C telling the story. I arranged for Alison Price from Menter Môn to give us an informative talk on the history on how the copper was mined and shipped around the world from here. You can pick up a card representing one of the people from that time and scan it for information at various interactive spots. There are also excellent interactive educational panels We then walked over to the GeoMôn centre situated very close by. Here, Dr. Margaret Wood, a renowned geologist, guided us through the various ages of Anglesey rocks.
 
 
She explained how the bedrock geology of Anglesey comprises a complex collage of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks that were formed between 300–650 million years ago.
In this picture of Margaret and myself, she explained that can be seen behind us, were formed under the sea about 530 million years ago during the Cambrian Period. Around 450 million years ago when Anglesey was in the southern hemisphere the rocks then on the margins of Antarctica at the southern edge of the Iapetus Ocean moved northwards as the Iapetus Ocean closed. Scotland which was on the northern shores of the Iapetus Ocean then suffered a collision with Anglesey and the southern continents. This resulted in the rocks being folded and cracked (faulted). The fault you see on the photo was the result of the collision, known in Britain as the Caledonian Orogeny (Mountain building period). You will notice that the right hand side of the hillside to the right of the fault, has dropped down 15 to 20 feet all of which happened during the collision under water. This would have caused a huge tsunami as big as the one in Indonesia in 2004. Sadly, the time to leave came too soon, but I shall be re-visiting with my grandchildren during August.
Please note, the Young Geologists Club for the over 8 will meet at Oriel Ynys Môn, starting Wednesday July 31st. 1.30 – 3pm (01248 752009 to book). £1.50 each child.

 
 My friend Margaret Rookes and I enjoyed a lunch at Quay’s Café - walking distance up the road from the port car park. We had lovely different salad each followed by a choice of homemade cakes or scones, I even bought a similar takeaway teatime treat to take home to my husband!
Next stop was Parys Mountain, where we met up with Lionel Joyston, whom I’d pre-booked as our guide.
 
                                           with guide Lionel Joyston
 First, Lionel guided us along the footpath from the entrance to the visitors viewing platform.  From here, you have an incredible view across the massive Great Open Cast. It allowed us to see clearly down to the bottom of the mine.  No wonder the BBC filmed some shots for Dr Who, the popular sci-fi series, here,  The bare, heavily mined landscape give the mountain a strange appearance which was also used to film scenes for the science fiction, Mortal Kombat.
 
 
At the platform, Lionel gathered us around him to tell us how Parys mountain was mined for copper ore in the early Bronze Age, nearly 4,000 years ago as identified by sub-surface debris. The main ores mined  here were silver, gold and lead, copper.  The copper from the mine was used to sheath the British Admiralty's wooden ships of war, to prevent the growth of seaweed and barnacles and to protect the wood from attack by shipworms.This increased the speed and maneuverability of the ships, and enabled them to remain at sea for longer since there was less need to return to port to maintain them.
In the distance, you can see the Summit Windmill which was built in 1878, in the hope of reducing pumping costs for the deepening mine shafts. The windmill was unique in Anglesey in having five sails.
 



                                      up above the Great Open Cast
Everyone agreed that we’d had a wonderful enjoyable and informative time informing us about the unique history of our island.
For the more adventurous, you can book guides that will take you on underground tours. You’ll be able to go down a shaft via a narrow steep ladder and then explore the various tunnels. In my younger days I would have loved to have done this!  Fascinating pictures of this adventurous tour can be seen on the web. www.parysunderground.co.uk

I attended three book launches by Anglesey authors this month!The first was “Screen of Brightness” a new collaborative collection of poems by Fiona Owen, my daughter in law and Meredith Andrea. They first launched in Birminghambut I attended the second launch at Bangor. It was a very proud moment for me. Also Fiona and Gorwel gave a small musical recital, singing in harmony old Welsh folk songs and English songs which they’d composed both the music and words.
Another book launch I was invited to on Anglesey, was by Chas Parry-Jones at Ucheldre Arts Centre, Holyhead: “Equalising the day.” This again is a selection of poems by Chas, which contain many based on reflections of his childhood in Bryngwran, Anglesey.
www.ucheldre.org to see what's on.

 
The final one was to “Montage” .This is a bi-lingual book in Welsh and English inspired and written mainly by the Benllech Writers Group. It contains stories and poems written personally by the contributors about their memories and knowledge of our island. I was asked to contribute an article in Welsh about Llyn Cerrig Bach. During the book launch Proff. David Crystal, as its Godfather, was invited forward to baptize the book. He had been part of a book launch in Czech Republic. Following in their tradition, he literally baptized our book with red wine! There were loud gasps echoing around the room. David then explained that it was the custom then to auction this first book, which resulted in raising a lot of money! We did not do this, as he had intentionally truly soaked the book!
 


 As almost an octagenarian, I'm still battling with blogspot. For those who know - how are you allowed to arrange pictures where you'd like them to be on the page? Also, I keep saving and saving as I go along but find that things have moved when I look at it again! Ughhh.