Hips and Haws, with Jade from Wildpickings- foraged foods- 14/09/19

Hips and Haws, with Jade from Wildpickings- foraged foods- 14/09/19

1.30- 4.30pm

Join professional forager Jade Mellor for a gentle wild food walk around Ceridwen grounds.
Participants will identify and gather a selection of seasonal foraged fruits, leaves, roots and seeds.
Nature provides us with an abundance of what we need when we need it; the Autumn bounty prepares us for Winter and we will use some of our findings to make an Elixir, to help keep colds and illnesses at bay.

£35 per person
Book through us at Ceridwen


“Welsh Hat” built at Ceridwen by Bryn

“Welsh Hat” built at Ceridwen by Bryn

Many of you will have heard that this year, 2017, has been designated Year of Legends in Wales and that a competition to choose eight structures to represent Welsh legends, history and heritage was held by Visit Wales in conjunction with Epic Retreats and Cambria Tours. The eight finalists are being  featured on ‘Cabins in the Wild’ on Channel 4 on Sunday nights at 8p.m. , a four part series which started on May 21st. Two of the ‘cabins’, the Dragon’s Eye and the Welsh Hat, were designed and made in Wales.

The Welsh Hat was designed by Niall Maxwell’s Rural Office for Architecture, based near Newcastle Emlyn and then the build took place at Ceridwen Centre, with Brynmor Dafys being the main man here doing most of the timber construction work!  Elements brought in from outside were the steel  fabrication, from Andy at Capel Iwan, the canvas making from specialists in Cardiff and the wool supplied by the National Wool Museum in Drefach-Felindre.

We were absolutely thrilled that the Welsh Hat won her heat and is now in the final four. Results this Sunday coming – 11th June.

Croeso i Gymru (Welcome to Wales)

For a small country we have a varied and dramatic landscape. It is only 274 km (170 miles) from north to south and 97 km (60 miles) east to west at its shortest points.

There are over 1,200km (750 miles) of coastline – in the south and west Gower, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Cardigan Bay all have wonderful, clean beaches and some surprising marine life.

Visitors to our shores include dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks, Atlantic grey seals and leatherback turtles. Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion are seen as an area of international importance for bottle nosed dolphins, and New Quay in Cardigan Bay has the only summer residence of bottle nosed dolphins in the UK.

The Gower Peninsula was the first area in the whole of the UK to be designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in 1956. There are also several islands off the Welsh mainland, the largest being Ynys Môn(Anglesey) in the northwest.

Shaped by the last Ice Age, some 10,000 years ago, our landscape is mountainous, particularly in north and mid Wales. The highest mountains are in the dark and craggy Snowdonia range in the north, and include Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), which, at 1085 m (3,560 ft) is the highest peak in Wales.

As you travel south you will notice the landscape becomes much softer, though the hills remain of course. In mid Wales we have the Cambrian Mountains and then moving further south the Brecon Beacons (highest point Pen-y-Fan 886m (2,907ft).

South Wales, where the industrial revolution really took hold, has a very different feel from the rest of Wales, which is generally more rural. Here you will find the steep-sided valleys once home to our coal mines, carved up by rivers like the Rhondda, Taff, Rhymney and Cynon.

Useful links

Welsh Geology and Geography

Welsh (or Cymraeg) is a Celtic language, closely related to Cornish and Breton. The Welsh spoken today is directly descended from the language of the sixth century, and is one of Europe’s oldest living languages.

Basic Welsh Language Phrases

  • – Bore da (Pronounced: Boh-reh dah): Good morning
  • – Prynhawn da (Prin-houn dah): Good afternoon
  • – Nos da (nohs dah): Good night
  • – Croeso i Gymru (Croesoh ee Gum-reeh): Welcome to Wales
  • – Iechyd da! (Yeh-chid dah): Cheers!
  • – Tafarn (Tav-arn): Pub
  • – Diolch (Dee-olch): Thanks
  • – Da iawn (Dah ee-aw-n): Very good

Other Useful Links

BBC Big Welsh Challenge
S4C Welsh learner’s pack
Cardiff University’s Welsh for Adults Centre
Say something in Welsh