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Now for 2 weeks worth of J &S' Collections. First Jenny's frogs.
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and there is more. )
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Spring has come to my garden, I have a a daffodil in bloom, a yellow Narcissus actually, a tiny one.
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A few of you remarked that you would like to see my friends collection of snake ornaments when I used her fish tank as one of my photographs and there was one little cobra in front of it. So here they are with a few others for good measure. You would have had these much earlier if I hadn't left my knitting bag with camera in so I wouldn't forget it sitting on their dinning room table on Thursday. Just in case there are those of you with phobias they are under the cut but her I will introduce Reilly one of their two rescue cats(he has been with them about 2 years now). For the first time since I have been visiting with Saffron he decided to stay in the living room with us on his settee. I don't think I will ever get a photo of Tommy even though he was rescued as a kitten, he was so traumatised it has taken him 10 years just to let me stroke him, dogs terrify him.
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for those arachniphobes and Ophidiophobes and any one under 16 the rest are under the cut )
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Saffy and I went back to the canal today and went in the opposite direction. It doesn't have as much of interest but I did get one or two photos..
First there was this

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We took a look round while we were down there, that is I looked and Saffy sniffed and I found an easier way out that took me past another listed structure, at least I think it is. It is a disused railway bridge and wouldn't still be standing if it wasn't listed. You can't see it very well through the trees but it consists of a metal trough on 60 to 80 feet tall stone piers and crosses from one side of the valley to the other. The only way to take a good photo of it is to stand in the middle of the valley bi pass and I don't intend to do that. I've played with the colour balance to make it clearer.

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This is the only shot we could get from the bank.

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so I looked for a different view point.

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Today Saffron and I took a walk along the canal to see if I could get a picture of the Abercarn Aqueduct and bridge one of our listed buildings. The only place to park was about a 10 minute walk down the canal from it so we parked and walked. I took a few shots on the canal as we went.

This one is on the other side of the canal and is the grave yard of one of our older chapels.
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These are the war Memorial at Cwmcarn it is a 'listed building' as are the railings around it as a seperate listing.

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Today I took my camera where ever I was going, Do walking and shopping to be exact.

The first ones come from dog walking.

Meet Ollie(the West Highland terrier) and Buster. They live at the bottom end of my hill and today is the first time they have seen Saffron and were very interested.

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I was going to go out and about today to photograph a building but the weather is grey and damp. The rain is of the 'soft' variety, a thick heavy mist that is slowly falling from the clouds, it clings to you as it falls and is evil. So I took cousin A shopping this morning in the 3 hours off from caring for her mum. Just food shopping but to fill in the time we window shopped and actually went into St' David Foundation(Hospice at Home charity)shop where I get most of my broaches. Didn't find any I liked but I did find two HUGE cups and small saucers that I fell in love with and bought them for soup cups.

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Baking day today

This is what I started with
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And this is what I finished with.

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I am way behind with my photos so have these taken Saturday for Saturday Sunday and Monday. Today's will appear after evening class. These are bits of the stream that feeds into Cwmcarn Lake.

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There may be a hiatus in these over the weekend as I will be dog sitting for Beth. She and her sister have gone off for a weekend break in an adults only hotel in North Wales. Saffron and I are moving in with Losyn for the duration. I am not sure of how much time I will be spending here so there may or may not be pictures. Today shows my little madam looking a proper Raggedy Annie after a good ruffle from her favourite man.

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I have spent today almost entirely indoors, it was Beth's turn to walk the dogs this morning and I had a chance to sit in the warm with my feet up, a cup of coffee and book in hand for nearly 2 hours(she went to the supermarket after the walk)without my little madam nagging me with pleading eyes and nose nudges to 'feed me, play with me or let me out into the garden'. Which one she wants is up to me to guess. This afternoon we visited my housebound friend in Newport so I haven't taken any more photos of listed building in my area. In stead here is a picture taken at Jenny's house. A sense of scale can be had from the Metal scorpion ornament far left on the table. It's tail is 6 inches above the table.

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the picture is showing up as enormous so just in case it is behind this cut ) This St. Luke's church Abercarn for a lot of my life it was the parish church of Abercarn but as the years went by the congregation dwindled to a point where we could not maintain this huge building and it was de-consecrated .In 1980 the remaining worshipers now share the Welsh Pesbyterian church building I posted yesterday. Some one had the sense to make it a listed building before it was demolished but now time and neglect and outright vandalism is taking it's toll and I fear it won't be long before it just falls down of its own accord.

This shared use of the Welsh Church as it is known locally is not the only connection between the Welsh Church and St. Luke's so sit back put your feet up and read.

In the early years of the 19 the Centuary a young man named Benjamin Hall inherited the Abercarn Estate from his uncle and took up residence in the manor house (Abercarn House)down by the river at Chapel of Ease. In 1823 he married August Waddington and our story begins.

Now Augusta was a very nice lady and was good to her husband's tenants by and lending out her prize ram and bull to improve the tenant farmers stock and upgrading the village bulit for the estate workers by having water piped in to them. She did have a few foibles though.
1. She would only own black animals. Her ram was black, her bull was black, her dogs were black and her horses were black.

2. She was an ardent supporter of the Temperance Movement and no pubs were allowed on lands she and her husband owned. That's why Chapel of Ease has no pub.

3. She firmly believed that no one and no animal should work on a Sunday and since the nearest Anglican Church was 5 miles up hill horses and people would have to work very hard to get there. As a result of this she built a small chapel at the bottom of the hill in Chapel Of ease for her family with services in English and a Church at Abercarn which the Welsh speaking Anglicans of the area could hold services. Both buildings remained the property of The Halls. A decade or so after the church was built the vicar asked permission to hold one service a month in English for the increasing number of outsiders coming to work in the mines and iron works in the valley. The Halls(by then Lord and Lady Llanover)refused and turfed the Anglicans out and the Presbyterians were in. It was 1890 before an other church was built for the Anglicans a corrigated iron building which became the Parish Church of the new Parish of Abercarn. It remained as such until the New St' Luke's was built and consecrated in 1926. The Llanovers will be revolving in their graves, English services being held in their Welsh Church!!

Oh and even those of you in far flung foreign lands will know about Benjamin Hall even though you don't realise in. I'm sure all of you have heard of Big Ben, the bell that strikes the hour from the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament. Sir Benjamin, as he had become, was Clerk of Works during the building's construction and Big Ben was named after him.

Any one wanting to see more of St. Luke's can go here
http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=35494
Where some one far braver than I has been inside and photographed as it is now.
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The Welsh Presbiterian Church Abercarn, another of our listed buildings. I know the story of this one but don't have the time to tell it now. I'll post it tomorrow.

This is the West end of the church, the door here is only opened for brides and grooms to come out and for funerals to go in. For services the door in the porch on the right is used. It is impossible to get a good photo of it as the path drops like a stone down hill and if you were able to get back far enough you would be floating about 10 feet above the ground.

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Thanks to suechosethis I now have inspiration for my photography from the British Listed Buildings site. The Cenotaph at Abercarn is listed and here is a photo of it.

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Now thanks to an online translation I know the inscription means 'better death than shameful acts'.
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Cwmcarn Lake, water intake.

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Cwmcarn Lakes Out fall.

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