© all rights reserved.

Just click on the pictures to enlarge.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Magic mushrooms???

Posted by Picasa
Its autumn so there are mushrooms about, I wonder if you can eat these?

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Valleys cafe

Posted by Picasa
The cafe is another feature of the valleys. Many of the cafes were originally started by Italian immigrants from Bardi who settled in the valleys, and are still run by their descendents. This one is in Porth. They are still well used, offering basic food /snacks and are excellent value.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

A Sunday ride

Posted by Picasa
These were the views on our bike ride this Sunday. The pictures were taken above Ferndale and Taylorstown. Some of the best examples of ribbon conurbation you'll ever find.
I'm a big fan of the valleys and the valley towns, and they are now at their best. I dont think many people would want the coal mines back and all the pollution that came with them. The valleys and their people are now beautiful and unpretenious.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Plenty of history here

Taffs Well is situated in a gorge between Cardiff and the South Wales valley and as well as the river there have been canals and railways transporting goods through it.
RCT Images [circa 1875]

There were very few bridges across the Taff and this ferry originally used to transport the iron workers from their homes in Taffs Well across the river to work in the Pentrych Ironworks.

This is Taffs Well lock on the now defunct Glamorganshire canal.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Taffs Well

Posted by Picasa

After a long break I thought it was about time to start back. I would have liked to have said it was a break to enjoy the summer, but whilst we did had some good sunny days I feel there were more rainy ones. Anyway .....................

This is the spring that gave the village its name, and what it looks like now, a bit neglected and in need of a clean. But there is lots more information here.