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Winter in the Celtic Village

Ian Daniel, 1 December 2010

Winter in the 'Celtic Village' is an opportunity for families to watch preperation for the winter.

Come and try your hand at weaving wicker and reed.

4th and 5th of Dec, 12:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 15:30

Celebrating Moel y Gaer

Ian Daniel, 12 November 2010

A big thanks to the pupils of Ysgol Rhos Helyg, Rhosesmor, Flintshire and Ysgol y Berllan Deg, Cardiff for celebrating the opening of the new Moel y Gaer with us yesterday. We were all inspired by Dewi Pws Morris, Children's Poet Laureate. He worked with us in creating a performance and a poem. I'm going to carve the words of the poem on a wooden slab over the next weeks and it will be on display next to Moel y Gaer for all to see. You can read the poem which talks about home, memory, invention and a sense of continuity between past and present

Ti yw cartref y Celtiaid

Yn llawn o atgofion henfyd

Pobol cryf a dyfeisgar ein gorffennol

A ni? Dani yma o hyd

Pupils from Ysgol y Berllan Deg, Cardiff with Dewi Pws Morris, Children's Poet Laureate
Pupils from Ysgol Rhos Helyg, Flintshire performing with Dewi Pws Morris
Opening the doors

Learning new skills

Ian Daniel, 24 September 2010

Over the past weeks I've been busy learning new skills. Paul Atkin spent a few days at the Village and showed me how to create my own wooden bowls. He also built a lathe. With the help of our blacksmith and leather worker we hope to start making our own bowls! Helen Campbell has also been over to teach me basket weaving skills. Come and join me over the next months as we prepare for winter.

Find out how we think people in the Iron Age stored plants and food for the winter
8-10 Oct 11.00 - 13.00 & 14.00 - 16.00
 
Watch me prepare for the winter and come and try your hand at weaving wicker and reed
4-5 Dec 12.00-13.00 & 14.00 - 15.30
 
Ian Daniel having a go with a lathe
Having a go with the lathe
Ian making a wooden bowl
Can you see the bowl taking shape - remember this was my first time!
Ian making a wooden bowl
No pressure with so many watching!
baskets Iron Age
Helen Campbell showing us how it's done
baskets Iron Age
My first basket!

A new life for the roundhouse

Chris Owen, 30 July 2010

Who is smiling on the newest roundhouse in Wales, today? Dafydd and his construction team step back after months of work to celebrate at our mini and informal opening of the latest Moel y Gaer roundhouse. They are congratulated. I've formulated a ritual for the opening. Thanks for joining us at our special event, we all hope you enjoyed following the history of the roundhouse.

Celebrating with everyone
What did I put in the burial by the entrance? Find out next week.
The first fire in the new look Moel y Gaer
Welcome - the first visitors to my new home!

Official Opening of the Roundhouse

Ian Daniel, 27 July 2010

We've almost finished the roundhouse. Dafydd and the team have thatched the roof and as you can see we've experimented with the design by creating a small vent for the smoke. I hope this will work but time will tell when we light our first fire! I need to limewash the interiors and then we're all done. We will be celebrating all the hard work this Saturday. If you are around join us at 3pm for the official opening in the 'Celtic Village'. Thanks to everyone for their support and interest in this project over the last four months and to the volunteers, Dylan Hammond and Lauren Parfitt, who have helped us.

Ian Daniel outside Moel y Gaer
Outside the new look Moel y Gaer
Finished thatched roof
Thatched roof
Creating a vent in the roof
Creating a vent in the roof
Reed bundles
Reed bundles can be removed to create ventilation
Moel y Gaer roundhouse as it looks completed
The new look Moel y Gaer