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Steps Back In Time : Cenarth Falls.

Updated on October 1, 2013

Here is another in my series Steps Back In Time and at the end of this hub there are links to my other journeys.

I hope you enjoy.


Another Sunday Morning.

"Oh well I'm going to sort this magazine/carrier bag/vegetable rack out!!" I had been meaning to do it for so long, you all know what it's like there's always tomorrow, but tomorrow never comes unfortunately!!

"Ok then I'll go and clean the car ," Dai says going to get the bucket, power wash and another dozen or so items that were needed for this great operation.

Fair play though I have got to say the car is always sparkling clean!

As I am sorting out all the leaflets/booklets/ magazines etc. I come across a booklet that had arrived the other day but I hadn't got round to reading yet!! It was advertising Cenarth Falls, a beautiful, and picturesque village about 5 miles away. No need to strain my poor brain any more.

"Do you fancy going to Cenarth?" I shout to Dai as he's trying to clean the car, but he's being interrupted by his favourite person; Slimy Samuel!!!

Slimy Samuel lives round the corner from us and he is horrible. If I could send you all a photo you'd know why he's called this not so endearing name.

However I'd better not , even though he would be thrilled if he caught me in the act of trying to photograph him. Ughh that's given me the 'chilly willies' now!!

"I'll be there now babe!" Dai says and turns to slimy Samuel, "Sorry , got to go ,the missus is calling!"

"Oh make sure you don't make her cross!!" Slimy Samuel says while giving me one of his toothles leers!!

I think I may one day publish a poem on here dedicated to our slimy neighbour.

Have any of you tried that ; If someone has made you angry or upset compose a daft poem about them , making sure they look utterly stupid in the poem. It sure works for me!!!

"Why don't we go to Cenarth ?" I repeated as Dai made his hasty retreat from our awful neighbour.

I was getting very excited thinking about the day ahead.

"You can take photos while I jot down my inspiring thoughts.!" I add.



We're on our way. How could anyone get fed up with this beautiful countryside?

Well here we are , and as soon as I got out of the car I felt those bewitching rays of wonder surround me.

"Well how are you Dai?? I haven't seen you for years." I turn round to see Alun, a friend of ours.

"It's only the other day we were talking about you!" Dai returns with a beaming smile.

Do you know you can have some people who call themselves a friend but they wouldn't know the meaning of the word if it slapped them in the face!!! However Alun is one of those friends that will stick by you through thick and thin.

"Where are you off to ?" Alun asks.

"We just came for a walk around more than anything." Dai replies.

"Well I was going to take a walk round the river to see what the fishing situation is doing here." Alun adds."Do you want to come for a nosy?"

"I'd love to!" Dai looks at me.

However I had another idea and said "Why don't you two go round the river and I'll go up to the Thatched Roof Tea Rooms!" " I haven't been there for years."

"You ring me when you've finished and I'll come back to the car." I add.

It was a beautiful afternoon which was adding to the magical powers that Cenarth so wondrously possessed.

I entered the Tea Rooms and it hadn't altered one tiny bit since the last time I had been here. That would have been about seven years ago now.

A friendly lady in a welsh lady costume waited on me. That was nice and added to the olde worlde charm.

I ordered a toasted tea cake and a Latte.

I noticed a book on the shelf by me which caught my eye: "Coracle Making."

"Would you mind if I read this ?" I asked the lady as she brought my tea cake and Latte over.

"Not at all !" she replied. So I settled down to read ..............................

Rose scented mist.


The making of a Coracle

Oval in shape and very similar to half a walnut shell, the structure is made of a framework of split and interwoven willow rods, tied with willow bark. The outer layer was originally an animal skin such as horse or bullock hide (corium),with a thin layer of tar to make it fully water proof - today replaced by tarred calico or canvas, or simply fibreglass. The structure has a flat bottom to evenly spread the weight of the boat and its load across the structure and to reduce the required depth of water — often to only a few inches, making it ideal for use on rivers.

They are an effective fishing vessel because, when powered by a skilled man, they hardly disturb the water or the fish, and they can be easily manoeuvred with one arm, while the other arm tends to the net. Two coracles to a net.


Ty Ni.

I felt very lightheaded and found myself wrapped in a shawl of rose scented mist, which mysteriously disappeared as soon as it had emerged............................................

I was very weary, as I had been up since 5 o' clock this morning and as I looked at the old clock on the wall I saw that it was now 2 o'clock in the afternoon. I looked around the little house that had become my home since my parents had died. My name is Nanw Morgans and I am eleven years old.

The house is called Ty Ni (Our House).

We are in the month of February and the year is 1930.

My mind goes back to that awful afternoon 8 months ago when my Mam fell into the river and drowned and my Dad also lost his life trying to save her. I now live here with my Mamgu and Dadcu, Mamgu cannot walk and stays in bed most of the time and Dadcu is a coracle maker and fisherman.

. I have to get the range lit and make sure that the breakfast and tea is ready for my Dadcu by 6 o' clock in the morning as he comes home after finishing. Then he has to return to his business of repairing and selling coracles from his shop by the Smithy .

The first task every morning is to light the paraffin lamps.

Every monrning when I get up I hope and pray that the range has not gone out or it's extra work to go outside and get kindling to light it again.

That done I then make a huge bowl of porridge for my little brothers and sisters before three of them, Twm, Ifan and Megan go to the school nearby.

The two babies Siam and Mair are with Aunty Hettie until 3o'clock which means I can see to mamgu and get supper ready.

I haven't introduced you to Ffan either, as I say her name here she comes. She is a collie and Mam & Dad gave her to me 2 years ago. She's not supposed to be in the house but Dadcu won't be back for another couple of hours so I spoil her. As well as being my dog she is also my best friend.

You are lucky because I have a few minutes to spare, the children aren't due home from school for another two hours and my mamgu is fast asleep.

Wiat a minute while I check the Cawl simmering on the hearth.

I go over to the black couldron hanging above the fire.

Cawl is made from cheap cuts of lamb or beef.

I boil the meat in water and add, carrots, swede, parsnips, cabbage, turnip, and if I am very lucky a leek also.

When it is all cooked through I add a little salt and there's enough there for supper two days on the trot.

Right are you all ready, then I shall begin.......................................

Oh before we go for our walk: here is a picture of my kitchen.

I wanted to show it because I am very proud of the fact that I keep this kitchen clean and tidy and I am only eleven years old.

My Mam always said if there is something you are proud of you must tell the world, and this is what I do because I want Mam to be proud of me.

Ok now then we can go on a little tour now: Mamgu will be asleep for another two hours at least so that's ok.


A Coracle.

A coracle maker takes such pride

The vessel not simply a boat.

Oh no it's a pure work of art

With pride on our rivers to float.


The Old Mill.

The old mill doth stand

So proud and strong.

This is where she thrives

Here she doth belong.

(The old mill which still works to this very day)

Cenarth Bridge, Falls, Teifi Estuaries


Wearily she'll flow along

Into estuaries she'll divide.

These are the rivers of life

Which one is ours to decide.


The Smithy.


A tapping comes from the Smithy

With it's metres oh so right.

They say it's still to be heard

Mingling with secrets of the night.


St. Llawddog Church.

The church commands respect

So full of wonders and stories.

How she tells with such a pride

Men's bravery and their glories.


The well.

Here sits another enchantment

In this a well of peace;

Throw in copper or silver

Your ailments eternally cease.

Nanw and a neighbour.
Nanw and a neighbour. | Source

From Nanw.

"Well I really do hope that you enjoyed your tour because I know that I did. However all good things must come to an end as they say. I have to go back to take Mamgu a cup of tea up and the little rascals will be home from school and Aunty Hetty will be bringing Sian and Mair back."

So I hope you remember me and our tour sometimes."

"Take care and God Bless you my friend."

I was once more suurounded by a mist and felt so giddy, however it lifted just as quickly and my giddy feeling had also disappeared.


I was sat on a bench just outside The Coffee House.

So mysteriously enveloped

in serenity and prayer.

My heart full of wonders so golden

My soul oh so beholden.

Looking at my watch I realised it was time to go and find Dai and quickly I sent him a text .

As I was about walk off I heard the sweet Welsh lilting voice of a young girl .

"Do not forget me." "Remember me because I will not forget you!!"

I looked back but couldn't see anyone !!!

However I did not need to see anyone as I knew this voice belonged to Nanw.

I smiled to myself and whispered in return

"I shall never forget you Nanw ;you have made me realise that I have so much to be grateful for !!"

"Goodbye cariad bach!!" and made my way back to the car.

Dai was waiting for me by the car. He had also had a successful afternoon, so a day enjoyed by all.

Magical and Inspiring!

I settled down in my seat.

Oh what another beautiful day. The sun was no longer shining, but that didn't mean that the beauty of nature had diminished at all.

Look at the colour of all the leaves that are maturing on the trees;

Listen to the bird calls;

Listen carefully and you may even hear the tap tap of the Wood Pecker's beak against the tree in the hope of disturbing all the bugs that he likes to eat.

Can you hear bees buzzing?

Can you hear lambs bleating?

So much beauty in each heart.

A Robin Redbreast. A gift of nature.


The Seasons In Our Hearts.

In the spring we see new lives

Of this wonder nature never deprives.

When summer beams down on the sea,

Those waves beckon you and me.

As Autumn invites and wisely matures

The golden leaves float on the rivers.

Then winter comes with ice and snow

The rain may fall and the winds may blow.

These are the seasons that warm my heart

All their magical powers play their part.

I hope you all enjoyed today's steps back in time and here's to so many more to come.

Here's wishing you all a wonderful day.



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    • Deborah Brooks profile image

      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Eddy.. oh my stars I love stepping back in time with you.. this should be a movie.. simply awesome.. Eddy I miss you on FB..


    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Wales

      Oh thank you Christina your comment as always appreciated. I also miss FB but it was a decision sadly that I had to make .Will email you shortly. Lots of love.


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      Christina M. Castro 

      6 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      This is written very beautifully. I enjoyed it much. Miss you on FB.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Wales

      Yes I agree with you FlourishAnyway and thank you so much for taking the time to stop by, read and leave a wonderful comment.

      Enjoy your weekend.


    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      6 years ago from USA

      Another beautiful picturesque journey back through the rose mist. People in times past had such difficult challenges compared to us.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Wales

      Glad you enjoyed this one too Deb. Have a wonderful weekend.


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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Another delightful trip. Thanks again for the wonder of the past, Eddy, as well as spectacular heritage.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much as always Rasma.

      Enjoy your day .


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Voted up and beautiful. Another lovely and wondrous poetic and picturesque journey you've taken me on Eddy. Enjoyed. You know when I started reading as soon as you wrote that you found that booklet my heart leapt with joy because I knew you would be off on to another adventure and you didn't disappoint. I am the same way I decide on the spur of the moment and just go. Passing this on.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Wales

      Hi DJ this story is set in the 1930s ;the Welsh Costumes by then were only worn by workers in the tea rooms. To this day here we have a sweet shop called 'Yum Yums' and the staff believe it or not dress in Welsh costumes. As for the Black Harts UI am not sure of the origins of these so one for me to look up. I have always known of their existence but never questioned it. Finally a Swede is a little like a Turnip and is peeled cut into chunks and boiled ;very often with carrots.. So glad you enjoyed this one and keep the questions coming.Eddy

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      DJ Anderson 

      6 years ago

      Oh, another golden tale of olde. Can we imagine the hard struggles just to stay alive, back then. I was quite surprised as you had made your year, 1930. I would have guessed 1830's.

      As much as I enjoy these trips back in history, I do have a few questions.

      What is "swede"? I do not think I have heard of that as a cooking ingredient.

      What is with the tall black hats? I noticed one in your first story.

      Why so tall?

      The singer, Bryn Terel, was absolutely marvelous! I enjoyed his voice and the song, greatly.

      Yes, I was the one with my hand up, forever waving it in the air, during


      Another enjoyable hub, Eddy. Sorry I am late getting to you. Busy day.


    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Wales

      Hi Joelle and thank you so much for sharing your weekend with me; it sounds like a great time was had.

      I have never tried to blow glass but you never know.......!!

      I love sharing my hubs and to know that others also enjoy doubles my joy.

      Enjoy your day.


    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Wales

      You are also welcome Michele and here's to many more for us both to share on here.


    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Wales

      You are so welcome janetwrites and here's wishing you a great day.


    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Wales

      So glad you enjoyed this one Eric and here's to so many more for us both to share on here.


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      6 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great hub, Eddy! Thanks for the guided visit, great poetry and lovely pictures :-)

      I followed your lead last weekend! I work a lot on my projects... almost 7 days a week but last weekend it was a special weekend in Ottawa but other parts of Canada as well; it was culture days! You can visit artists or behind the scene in art centres or museums, etc.

      I chose to blow glass! Glass blowing always fascinated me and I got to experienced it :-) It was so fun that I went back to blow another glass ball on Sunday! And I am planning other activities in the coming weekends.... I definitely think it gave me energy to not be always working on my computer.

      So thank you very much for setting a great example :-)

      Have a lovely day, dear Eddy!

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      Michele Travis 

      6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      I love your hubs. Different then what I am used to reading, they really stand out. Fantastic!

      Thank you so much for writing them.

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      Janet Giessl 

      6 years ago from Georgia country

      I really enjoyed this mix of personal story, historic background, poems and the story about Nanw. Of course, I also loved to watch the wonderful images. You really know how to put up an interesting and fascinating hub. Thank you for sharing this.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderful and enchanting. I am sure you will not forget her. And I shall not forget the slime man. (looking forward to that hub)

      I could eat that stew up right now.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so very much Shauna.


    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Wales

      Oh thank you so much Janine and here's to so many more posts/hubs for us both to share on here.

      Have a wonderful day.


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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Another wonderful story to start my day. The photos are beautiful, too. I love the fact that you and Dai get out and explore the countryside and take your imagination with you, Eddy!

    • Janine Huldie profile image

      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      I loved your step back in time, Eddy and will say that I really wish from this and so many more of your articles that I could visit your part of the world. Maybe someday, but until then, I read your articles and dream about it. Wishing you a wonderful day now!

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so very much Ghaelach and here's wishing you a wonderful day.


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      6 years ago

      Hi Eddy.

      A wonderful hub with beautiful words and awesome images.

      Well worth voting up and sharing.

      Take care and have a nice day.

      LOL Ghaelach


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