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Monthly Archives: March 2010

Images of Wales

North Wales landscape photographer Pierino Algieri peddles Delweddau Algieri Images online to UK and overseas customers. Algieri, whose Italian father was held as a prisoner of war in Llanrwst, prefers slow manual cameras to digital. His collection of nature and landscape prints consists of numerous shots of Snowdonia and landmarks in North Wales. Most of my favorite […]

Lusting for Leeks

For months, I’ve been craving leeks. No matter what recipe I try, they never taste as good as they should. Granted, cooking is not my forte and the supermarket specimens are often suited for the compost pile—a problem unlikely to improve significantly as winter crops are replaced by spring. Not long ago, I briefly satisfied […]

Picton Reopens for Season

Picton Castle has reopened for castle, garden, and gallery tours until September. During Easter week, you’ll find the castle decked out in spring flowers, Easter eggs hidden along the wooded trail, and children marching in an Easter bonnet parade.   Nestled among 40 acres of woodlands, Picton Castle is located in Pembrokeshire off the A40 […]

Wales and the History of the World

Described as a “series that reveals some extraordinary stories about Wales and the history of the world,” the four-part BBC series, Wales and the History of the World, piqued my interest. The 30-minute episodes, which are hosted by Eddie Butler, cover “Firsts,” “Trade & Industry,” “Conflict,” and “Objects.” All the episodes that originally aired on […]

New University Preps for Fall Enrollment

The University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College are working together to form a new university in South West Wales. University of Wales Trinity Saint David expects to educate its first class this September. The university will “provide a distinctive and unique curriculum with a strong emphasis on Welsh cultural heritage and bilingualism.” The […]

Test Your Rural Skills

Coppicewood College isn’t a traditional school, yet it teaches traditional skills. The college “promotes and supports sustainable woodland management and runs courses using traditional methods and tools.” Courses cover topics like green woodworking, coppice practice, hedge laying, garden structure weaving, round wood timber framing, and sustainability. Students are taught to use axes, bow saws, draw […]

The Welsh Fairy Book

Ever wonder why the red dragon is the emblem of Wales? Or why the robin’s breast is red? Perhaps you need to know how to get rid of fairies…or maybe you’re looking for a curse. The Welsh Fairy Book holds the answers, assuming you believe in fairy tales. Originally published in 1908 by W. Jenkyn […]

Purple Moose Brewery

Although I’m not a beer drinker, the Purple Moose Brewery and its award-winning beers caught my attention. What’s not to love about a purple moose? With creatively named brews like Stag Light Ale, Dark Wobbly Antlers, and Muddled Moose, I could almost like beer…. Established in 2005, the microbrewery is located in Porthmadog, North Wales. Its […]

Window-Shopping for Celtic Merchandise

Celtica, Caernarfon, shopping, souvenirs, Celtic gifts

Upscale Camping

If you enjoy the outdoors but are unwilling to sacrifice all creature comforts, fforest might be the place for you. Located in West Wales outside Cardigan, fforest is billed as “a hotel with woodland corridors and canvas rooms.” Accommodations range from three types of tents to croglofts (small crofter’s cottages that are perfect for winter […]