Thursday, 20 October 2016

Evening Treat on Aberdaron Beach

We had one of the lowest tides of the year last night in Aberdaron and very little on shore wind. This opened up the huge mile long beach and I decided to go for a walk after work to coincide with the low point of the tide at 6:15pm. On my return from the eastern end of the beach (the Dragon's Caves) I was treated to a spectacular sunset with the fading light reflecting on the wet sand in glorious colours.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Sacred Land comes to Aberdaron

We had a total of 28 participants at the Franciscan inspired Sacred Land weekend from the 7th to the 9th of October. The subtitles were "Moving from Information to Inspiration" and "Taking the Mind into the Heart" and the content and the brilliant presentations certainly lived up to this billing.
Walking down to the site St Mary's Church and looking across to Bardsey, burial place of 20,000 Saints
A talk by Martin Palmer on thr relationship between Environment and Religion
A visit to St Mary's Well by the more adventurous and nimble amongst us
A introduction to storytelling in the Welsh Tradition by Dafydd Davies Hughes at Felin Uchaf

Dawn Eucharist at the Church at Penlech

Friday, 14 October 2016

Meal for 30 Sir?

Last weekend we hosted the Sacred Land weekend in our house, Manaros. After a lot of furniture shifting we managed to set the main room and conservatory up for 26 people. Really, there was enough space for 30 people sitting down for dinner. We had 8 people staying in the main house in four ensuite bedrooms, the balance stayed in a variety of hotels and B&Bs and private houses in and around Aberdaron. Dinner was self service and to a budget. However, there is no reason why a high quality special celebratory meal could not be served, perhaps with crab and lobster, fine wines and champagne, to anyone wanting to host a special birthday party. Judging by our experience this weekend, a very convivial evening would certainly follow.

After shoving the sofas up against the wall there was plenty of space for 2 big tables in the main room, one of which usually serves as the patio table.
Copious quantities of tea and cake got the weekend off to a good start.

The conservatory had a nice bistro atmosphere with two tables and some lamps.

With a few cushions even the outside deck chairs were comfortable.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Surfs Up!

With the storm now abated it is Monday and surf is up. Here are some photographs of some customers from Manaros enjoying the challenge of the waves.

Challenging conditions as high tide approaches. 

"Life Roaring in the Veins." 

Thrills and spills at the sea edge.

Going back for more.

A stormy old day in Aberdaron

At high tide the sea funnels up the river. Flooding is caused when a very high tide coincides with a south westerly wind and heavy river flow due to rain. Fortunately on Saturday the rain held off.
The recent August storms came as quite a shock. There are now 5 flood warnings in Gwynedd and Conwy. The music festival at Llanbedrog, Glass Butter Beach, was washed out on Saturday.
Aberdaron Bay at high tide on Saturday morning.

The sea wall took quite a battering.

Not exactly beach weather!

Nefyn Maritime Museum Revisited

The recent stormy weather has made us and our customers search for indoor attractions and there is none finer than the Nefyn Maritime Museum. It has a number of great advantages. It is open everyday except for Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:30 am to 4 pm. It has a cafe and some interesting items, toys and cards that can be bought as souvenirs. It is free to enter but please buy some raffle tickets to help this voluntary group continue to keep the museum open. It has free parking. Most of all it has some fascinating exhibits relating to the time when Nefyn was a great seaport, a place of trade and maritime services and a prosperous fishing village.

The Museum is situated in the old church in Nefyn and can be found by reference to its famous tower and weather vane. 
There is good parking and an excellent disabled access.
There is a small lecture theatre within the museum and a colourful display of flags.
Nefyn was a famous port for herring and this fish forms part of the coast of arms of Nefyn.

Nefyn beach and its Fishermen in the 19th Century.
There are a number of interesting exhibits such as this carved wooden figurehead.

There are many model boats and paintings of ships.
Here is the remains of a skull of a killer whale found on a nearby beach in the 1990s

There are a number of exhibits which would be interesting to children. A play ship outside and also dressing up boxes. This is a model of a cabin full of bunk beds in which the sailors would have slept on sea going vessels. The sound of the sea and the creaking of the timbers amuses children of all ages.

Looking Forward to the R.S. Thomas Festival 2017

It has been announced that the R.S. Thomas festival 2017 will be held on the 9th, 10th and 11th of June, with the overall theme of R.S. Thomas and the Church in Wales. The main speakers will be Professor Helen Wilcox, Professor M. Wynn Thomas and, someone known to everyone, the Lord Williams of Oystermouth, the Right Reverend and Right Honourable Rowan Williams, sometime Archbishop of Canterbury and Archbishop of Wales and now Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge. This is very good news.

Dr Williams will be preaching at the Communion Service at 10 am on Sunday the 11th. He will be staying with his wife in the village for the whole of the festival and we are all looking forward to meeting him. I wonder what he will make of us?
If you are interested in more information about the festival then please contact the organiser, Ms Susan Fogarty,