One of the joys of living here in Elan Village in summer is the arrival and presence of the Martins. We don’t get them up here at Ty Olaf very much for most of the time, they prefer to scour the air near the bridge for insects, but every now and then a posse have […]
We were on one of our regular walks as far as Caban Coch dam. As we went past the Visitor’s Centre we saw that the footpath had been closed by a large van with a sizeable gang of young men who were unloading it. We decided, as we got closer that they were unloading a […]
The second Elan Walking Festival will take place in early September. There will be a great variety of free, guided walks for all abilities over nine days. You can get more information, or book a place on any of the walks by ringing the Visitors Centre on 01597 810880. Walkers will need suitable clothing and […]
One of its previous incarnations was as “The Drill Hall”, at some point it was the town cinema. When we came to live here it was, almost unbelievably, a supermarket, run by a wonderful gentleman, in his nineties, still manning the cash point and driving the van, preceding the “new” thing of supermarket home deliveries, […]
Perry pears can be used in many ways, other than just making perry. Casseroles, tagines, desserts and chutney, for example
Undervalued by many, including, over the last few years, us, but now we have appreciated it as a Prince of Plants. Maximise your harvest and produce as much jam as you can! No other fruit can match it!
Our permaculture style forest garden is a thing of beauty to us, and it works incredibly well, but I had doubts about how others see it. There is a surprising level of appreciation!
“The Huntsman” a prequel to “Snow White and The Huntsman” is being filmed in part in the Elan Valley.
Goosanders nest in holes in old trees, then lead their chicks to water. We had first hand experience of this!
The Elan Valley was chosen by the city of Birmingham as the site of a succession of dams and reservoirs to provide the city with desperately needed clean water at the end of the 19th century. Not only did they create a masterpiece of Victorian engineering they turned an area of beautiful farmland into something […]