The Elan Valley became the first privately owned landscape to become part of the Dark Skies initiative. The area was well served as a natural area that could look up to a sky not too badly affected by light pollution. To make it even better our village lighting was changed. The old sulfurous lighting was […]
What a brilliantly successful day! The culmination of two months of preparation and hard work. For Peter and Maggie Hussey, owners of Ty Olaf, it coincides with the harvesting of fruit from the garden, jam making and post Mid Summer hedge and garden tidying and pruning. For the Bracken Trust Social Committee it is […]
Normally fruit picking, mainly, to start, strawberries, making would be well underway by the second week in June. This year it was a rather late start when we produced our first 10 jars of jam, initially of blackcurrant. The tiny wild and alpine strawberries managed a showing, which will continue throughout the summer, and a […]
All sorts of busyness outside Ty Olaf this morning. We were reminded of the time a group of guys were unloading a van beyond the Visitor’s Centre. We were inquisitive and asked what was going on. “I can’t tell you” one of the workers said, “but its going to be epic. And it was. The […]
It has been a long job but, at last, the French bed is looking ready! We bought the bed in an auction, and couldn’t believe our luck in getting it for such a price. It is made of oak and created in such a way that it is a very early flat pack, made generations […]
Re-posted from Elan Valley News With the arrival of April’s warm weather came our annual influx of migrant birds with pied flycatchers, redstarts, willow and wood warblers and blackcaps all arriving in significant numbers. One of the most attractive of these is the redstart, of which the male (pictured) is the most striking. Despite the colourful […]
Photography by Toby Hussey.
The worst possible weather for newly born lambs is rain driven by high winds, and that is exactly what we have just now. Lowland lambs are possibly a couple of months old by now, but mountain lambs are often not born until May, Here in the valley we are between the two, and new lambs […]