A-Z of Cardiff – F is for St Fagans …

A truly magical place after Christmas ❤

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Writer Katie Hamer is busily discovering parts of the city and revealing them through her We Are Cardiff series, the A-Z of what makes Cardiff special to her. She’ll be sharing the parts of the city she finds with you over the following weeks, so stay tuned!

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F is for (St) Fagans

There are three places for which I will always find time to take an annual pilgrimage. These three places are the Eden Project in Cornwall, the grounds of Cliveden in Berkshire, and St Fagans’ National History Museum in the heart of Cardiff.

I thought I was fairly clued up about this open-air museum until my most recent visit last week. I got chatting to a couple of Australian tourists, who posed a relatively simple question to me: “So, why’s it called St. Fagan’s?” They were clearly very puzzled, and I was completely stumped.

On the off…

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Dreams of Christmas Present

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As

Always the

Anticipation

Of present giving brings hope

Through friendships renewed

This Yule Tide

Hour.

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In Response to ‘The Windhover’ by Gerard Manley Hopkins

A Spiritual Flight, A Vision – An Awakening

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The flight of many memories emerging merci-

fully, within the realm of daylight, dawn, and daybreak,

to drift, and glide before the rolling hills and meadows,

across a chessboard, chequered with herds of cattle, sheep,

and onward to the Angel of the North

then further still, to the unfurling curvature of the coast

the waves that listen on a crest of time and tide

that no man can halt, although they falter

upon the singing sands and hidden caverns of starfish,

the stalagmites and stalactites within a cove

or Capel Ogof – a chapel in a cave,

where nature’s terrestrial haven

becomes a celestial heaven, once more.

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Dreams of Christmas Past

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So tell me,

Do You Hear What I Hear

as I drop the stylus,

and watch it glide across the grooves

with pops and crackles,

to recall the moments

of Christmas past?

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A-Z of Cardiff – E is for Ely …

An Iron Age Hill Fort in Cardiff…

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Writer Katie Hamer is busily discovering parts of the city and revealing them through her We Are Cardiff series, the A-Z of what makes Cardiff special to her. She’ll be sharing the parts of the city she finds with you over the following weeks, so stay tuned! 

E is for Ely …

Hidden behind houses, and further concealed by a thicket of trees, you will find a treasure trove for archaeologists and historians alike. The magical place I’m referring to is the location of the hill fort, near the suburbs of Ely and Caerau. For the second year running, this site is being excavated by the CAER Heritage Project team, who are searching for evidence of its use during the Iron Age.

The existence of this hill fort is hardly a secret, as the naming of nearby Hillfort Close demonstrates. Even so, very little has been known about it, and there is almost no…

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A-Z of Cardiff – D is for Daleks …

The Dr Who experience in Cardiff Bay…

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Writer Katie Hamer is busily discovering parts of the city and revealing them through her We Are Cardiff series, the A-Z of what makes Cardiff special to her. She’ll be sharing the parts of the city she finds with you over the following weeks, so stay tuned! 

D is for Daleks


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I had real difficulty deciding on what my ‘D’ could be.

Then I remembered a conversation I had with an American friend. She said that my previous articles had opened her eyes to a whole new Cardiff. Before, she’d only known the city from the Doctor Who television series. Eureka! I had a light bulb moment from talking to her. I’d found the answer to my quest – D is for Daleks!

With this new idea in mind, I decided to investigate the Doctor Who Experience. I booked a time-slot online, which is very easy to do, printed out my e-tickets, and planned…

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A-Z of Cardiff – C is for Cardiff Castle …

Cardiff Castle revisited…

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Writer Katie Hamer is busily discovering parts of the city and revealing them through her We Are Cardiff series, the A-Z of what makes Cardiff special to her. She’ll be sharing the parts of the city she finds with you over the following weeks, so stay tuned! 

C is for Cardiff Castle

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I’ve always noticed a special atmosphere outside the castle, most noticeably at Christmas and on St. David’s Day. It’s very picturesque when decked out with twinkling fairy lights or crowned with daffodils. Also, in the summer you can see the tourists arriving by the coach load, pausing at the gates to take a group photo, before entering. The festive feel of this walled castle projects a vibrancy into the city. I often wondered if I were missing out on something by not making a visit, as I would rush by on my daily commute.

I finally decided to make a visit to…

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