Sunday, January 28, 2007
This is the pub and church in Lisvane, a "village" just north of Cardiff. I say village as it was many years ago, but it has now been engulfed by new developments.
Its very common to have a pub and a church near each other in a village, beacause both in their own way are centres for the community. Think of local weddings and funerals, a few beers before the ceremony and then some more after. Religious and social meeting points.
A big incident on our ride today, one guy came off as he was going downhill, and slid into a car coming up the hill. We had to call the ambulance, as it turns out he has a broken elbow and a badly sprained wrist. He is home safe and sound now, so alls well. I think this is only the second accident in about 15 years, so not a bad record for the club.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Cantref reservoir in the Brecon Beacons
However just listening to the radio this morning I hear that there has been more snow in the Midlands.
Monday, January 22, 2007
and they built this for walkers and cyclists!!!
Under here lies the past wealth of Wales
I have been having trouble posting to Blogger so just trying out a new format. I posted these using Picasa. All appears to be ok at the editing stage, but the pictures are sometimes replaced by the dreaded red cross in a box later on, we shall see!
Anyway it was a good cycle ride and the weather behaved itself. 42 miles and nearly all of them off road. We earned our beers.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Then on the way back into town I passed these cranes which were resting after the weeks work of changing the Cardiff skyline.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
I still feel all dewy eyed looking at it.
Monday, January 08, 2007
2007 is its centenary and hopefully there will be some sort of event to celebrate it. Lots of primary schools are nearby, so for many children its their first introduction to a library. I know the school that our children went to had a close association with this library.
Talking to the librarian on Saturday she was complaining that the building is cold and damp with some leaks in the roof. The running costs of these old buildings is very high, but they are such an integral part of the local community that it would be a pity to loose them. The high ceilings are very wasteful of energy, but it was built in an era when heat conservation wasn't considered important and Welsh coal was king. Cardiff was one of the largest coal exporting ports in the world. Now there are no commercial mines in South Wales and the port has almost ceased to exist, lets hope we hang onto the libraries.
Friday, January 05, 2007
Following on from the inspiration Annie gave me in her blog, here's the first of my library pictures. You realise that having said "first", I am now committed to going out and photographing the others in Cardiff. Lets hope the rain stays away for a few weekends.
Boy have we had some rain over the last few months!........... and after a while it just gets to you....enough is enough. Talking today to a colleague, who is also a photographer, she feels the same, and we both wished for some dry, crisp, clear weather. We shall see.