Sunday, 28 September 2008


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Recently we watched a wonderful video about the long history of Y Drenewydd (Newtown). I had expected just a few poor photographs strung together over a crackly soundtrack. Far from this, it was very informative, with live interviews, enhanced old photos and great movies. The soundtrack was outstanding, telling of the background of a small town that has gone through many and varied re-births.

Following this I was kindly given a superb collection of old photos of Newtown. Two of them, shown above show clearly the days just before Christmas, when the river Severn decided to go shopping also.

Knowing the town as I now do, I am able to judge the height of the water. It must have been very hard for the shop keepers to have repeatedly felt the onslaught of the water in this way.

The flooding was so bad that the EU offered a great deal of money to build very high walls around the town and then later, changes to the reservoir began to regulate the flow of water into the Severn.

AUTUMN - mellow time

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The mellow time is here again after a bit of a delay. From my window I can see signs of 'fruitfulness' everywhere. The mornings have been wonderfully misty & foggy. Evenings are already quite cold. But the days have been glorious. Yesterday was a time for picking the late flush of roses, going out to gather nuts (of which there were NONE) and blackberries (of which there were just a few this year). But that is how life is. A lack in one part of the garden, field or hedgerow usually means an abundance in another. The fruit trees seem once again to be bending with ripe fruit, with bags of fruit are being left at peoples doors. Down country lanes boxes are labelled 'HELP YOURSELF!


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