The Quarries of Treflach

The Quarries of Treflach
Think of quarries and Dolgoch, Treflach and Whitehaven come to mind, however the landscape is pox marked by a cottage industry that was a necessity...

The Leaf Drifts of Treflach

The Leaf Drifts of Treflach
As a child I remember coming down this road on many occasions coming across old men with containers and bags collecting these leaves for their allotments before the invention of garden centres with all their available composts...

The Yule Log of Treflach

The Yule Log of Treflach
Picture credit: Pinterest Grandad Steele, born in 1893, used to have an old saying – “you get two warms with logs. The first when you cut it and t...

The Lightning of Treflach

The Lightning of Treflach
When lightning occurs it creates nitrogen oxide.  When it rains it dissolves in the soil making dark lush green grass.  Pictured is a local tree s...

The Pinfold of Treflach

The Pinfold of Treflach
  Pictured are dressed stonework, the remains of what was a pound for stray cattle in a roadside hedge – old ordinance survey maps show its positi...

The Watercress of Treflach

The Watercress of Treflach
Once prescribed for the treatment of scurvy this creeping abundance of leaf and stem flourishes in the lime rich waters of Treflach.  A member of ...

The Puff Balls of Treflach

The Puff Balls of Treflach
Puff balls are the Queens of the mushroom world being very rich in protein usually over 40%.  Found in pasture land where soil is undisturbed, whe...

Great Mullein of Treflach

Great Mullein of Treflach
Great Mullein is also known as Aarons Rod as in the past its healing properties were biblical not only for human health but for farm animals as we...

The Gorse of Treflach

The Gorse of Treflach
Gorse, clover and broom are all members of the pea family and are a tremendous forage for bees and butterflies.  Although gorse (or whin as it’s k...

The Moles of Treflach

The Moles of Treflach
Even today the Jacobite’s toast the little gentleman in black velvet for obvious reasons.  It is this time of year and Autumn they are most prolif...

The Marcescence Of Treflach

The Marcescence Of Treflach
When I was young I wrote to a local newspaper about an anomaly with a local deciduous tree - every winter it kept its leaves, however they were no...

The Herbal Gins of Treflach

The Herbal Gins of Treflach
Gin was first invented in 1550 by a Dutch physician for medicinal purposes.  Highly addictive and cheap, in 17th century England it became known...