Sunday, April 13, 2014

St Fagans : The National History Museum Cardiff

St Fagans is a place I have visited many times with my two boys Daniel and Aaron. The last visit was a few short weeks before Daniel died in 2007. I have so many fond memories of time spent here whilst Daniel was having Bo bath therapy centre at the Cardiff hospital. We spent many weeks down here over the years, learning ways to help special needs children. Many new techniques to help create positive behaviour both physical and mental programmes. It was an amazing technique to learn, once the mornings were over we had the days to ourselves. St Fagans was one of our favourite haunts.
St Fagans is free to enter and offers you am insight into the history of Wales. Many old Welsh house have been picked up, dismantled from their original setting, rebuilt with care and attention to detail.

Starting off we visited Kennixton Farmhouse a red house with a fireplace at centre. A quaint little house with an old pigsty through the back which told the story of the pig.
Many people kept pigs in the olden days. Villages would take it in turns to slaughter a pig to feed the village. The whole pig was used. Nothing was wasted. The bristles used for brushes, the ski  for leather, blood for black pudding and even the bladder  was used for a football.
Moving on we pasted the watermill heading towards Llwyn-yr-Eis Farmstead. The little pond had some pretty black ducks and a gobble gobble turkey all resting nearby.  The farm house was immaculately presented to a high standard with lovely old furniture.  Outside was a kitchen garden with a delightful orchard and raised vegetable beds.
Great excitement prevailed as we  took a look in the barns, stables paddocks and pig sty's inside we were greeted by baby lambs and piglets.  How fab, sadly two lambs had been rejected by their mother and were being bottle fed. They were so very cute. The piglets all stayed in a bundle. Mummy pig was in a sty at the back looking a bit agitated seemingly quite friendly. Leaving the farm was quite sad it was a lovely chilled experience.
We poked our heads in two more pretty thatched cottages before finding the old  shops and bakery.
The old shops were quite fascinating stocked with old fashioned things for sale. Stepping back in time.

Next stop was Rhyd-y-car terrace.  A set of terrace properties which step back through the ages along with the gardens.  They are an original set of terrace houses which have been set out steadily going up in years of habituation, from the 1800's to the 1980's. The terrace houses are quite fascinating.
Next stop was an Aluminium prefab bungalow set out in a decor of the 1960's.
We wandered down the battle of St Fagans driveway after the prefab towards the old tutor farm Y Garreg Fawr Farmhouse a lovely old building which straight away you can see is a fine example of a Tudor build.
Next we headed for St Tello's Church. Standing out with its white washed walls. Inside it was beautiful many biblical portraits littered the walls making it extremely colourful inside.
Oakdale Workman's Institution is a spectacular old building with contrasting colours of green. I found this one quite spooky to enter for some reason. It was really nice inside with well set out rooms committee reading and offices. Quite fascinating.

After a break we headed to St Fagans castle set in such lovely grounds. This is a fairytale place reminds me of a true fairytale castle.
The grounds were so pretty  with the mass of daffodils in full bloom truly beautiful.  Very relaxing tranquil and de stressing. 
Within the grounds of the castle the Esgair model woollen mill and the Stryd Lydan Barn a very old barn well worth a look.
There are also other dotted buildings  and places of interest within these grounds.
Next stop was an old chapel called Pen-rhiw. This was so very out wooden pews throughout and a balcony running part of the way around the top.
Moving on we passed the Abernodwydd Farmhouse a house that used be situated in Llangadfan. Many houses and hay barns were transported from the north of the country.

Our last stops were Maestir School the old school house and Llainfadyn Cottage. This little old cottage had a fascinating story attached.  It was only small yet 10 people used to share this house. Mum, dad, 6 children, a servant and a lodger. How the devil they all fitted in there heaven knows but they did. In 1997 the grandson of the couple came over from America to St Fagans to see the reconstructed family home. He was 97 yrs of age.
Well we surely had a lovely day out. St Fagans receives a 10 out of 10 from us.

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