Thursday, 22 December 2011

It’s a rock cannon!

In drawing up plans for the £1.3m downhill biking track an archaeologist was employed to steer the contractors away from known artefacts. During construction a previously unknown rock cannon was discovered causing one of the tracks to be re-routed around it. What’s a rock cannon? You could read the book or watch the film.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Coming soon – Blaenau sculptures

Arrival at Blaenau will no longer be just a car park then High Street. Instead a triumphal arch from the platform and thence to 4 sets of steps partitioned by 7 metre tall triangles. Needless to say everything is being made from slate, about 160,000 small rectangles, quarried and split at Llechwedd

First deliveries to Blaenau are expected in February 2012 but here’s a sneak preview of local artist Howard Bowcott and his team busy at work.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Cob 200 – grand finale birds

Throughout the year there have been many events to celebrate the 200th anniversary of William Madocks building The Cob. There has even been an excellentarticle in Natur Cymru, many thanks to Twm Elias.

view from the hide
This weekend, on 17th and 18th December, there will be a bird watching event organised by The Friends of Borth y Gest and The North Wales Wildlife Trust. The Glaslyn estuary is world famous for its winter wading bird visitors.  The Wild Life Trust will provide the experts, binoculars and telescopes.  No expertise necessary - if you would like to come along to learn about our local birds, just turn up between 11am and 3pm. Tea & Coffee available.

The hide is just by the Toll House opposite Boston Lodge with a wonderful view of birds in the water and snowy mountains beyond.