Le moulin de Rairé

Mrs barasadwrn and I were in France earlier this month and visited le moulin de Rairé in the Vendée. It’s the only mill in France to have never stopped milling since it was built. It was built in 1555 so that’s a lot of milling. And yet not much compared to today’s mills – the…

Llwyn Celyn

I spent last week volunteering with the Landmark Trust at Llwyn Celyn, a Grade I listed medieval hall house at the bottom end of the easternmost valley in the Brecon Beacons National Park. My visit was halfway through a 2-year, £4million renovation programme. Work was well underway to convert this beautiful building and farm complex…

Y Felin @ Mydroilyn

Last weekend was National Mills Weekend so I combined my regular trip to Lampeter to collect Felin Ganol flour with a visit to Y Felin in Mydroilyn, owned by Sue and Glen James. Tucked in directly behind the chapel, the earliest records for the mill date to 1740 and Sue told me that alterations were…

Seed Journey @ Artes Mundi 7

Back before Christmas I went to the National Museum with fellow members of the Welsh Grain Forum to meet Amy Franceschini and some of her companions on the Seed Journey, a year-long sailing expedition from Oslo to the Middle East that had been shortlisted for Artes Mundi 7. They were in the throes of setting…