Birds at Bron-y-Graig
To our great pleasure the wagtails are back at Bron-y-Graig. None of us can work out if they are yellow wagtails or the slightly more common grey wagtail - which has a confusing amount of yellow on it - but we are thrilled to see them again.
Last year they didn't manage to raise any chicks but this year they are on their second brood. They nest in the Dublin Bay climbing rose beside the Stables so we ask our guests not to disturb them if they can help it. The birds are very cunning - you never see them fly direct to their nest - as soon as they spot you they won't go near it. I have only once seen the parents feed the first brood, and that was after spending half an hour crouching behind the quarry wall so they forgot about me.
Here's the only photo I managed to get
We always have the odd - and I mean odd - pheasant poking about.
As I write this I can hear small birds cheeping somewhere which probably means there are bluetits in Room 5's gables again. And there is a big swallow?housemartin? nest in the highest gable beside Room 6.
Wednesday, 18 December 2013
9 Harrington Street
18th December 1858
D Davies & Sons
We are in receipt of your favor of yesterday enclosing 2 ½ notes for £25.00 say Twentyfive Pounds and we beg to return our best thanks.
Bentham Bowen & Co
Thursday, 17 October 2013
Mr Ellis Thomas Liverpool
Bought of Jos Jones
Oct 17, 1839
One hundredweight sugar
2 boxes soap
3 Blue soap
1 Box Raisins
1 Bag Currants
1 Pun Treacle
Bag 10d, Ship 4/-
post and packing
The whole came to £84, 1/- 4d (eighty four pounds, one shilling & fourpence)
I think the underlined writing at the bottom says by Gwydir Castle which could be the name of a ship, indicating that the goods were brought into Wales from Liverpool by sea. I cannot read the second underlined word although it may be a signature as it is followed by the payment due date Nov 18th – by cash £34.0.0.
There were no envelopes in those days so the invoice was folded for posting and addressed on the other side to Mr Ellis Thomas, Grocer, Penmachno, Nr Llanrwst
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
This invoice is dated 22 May 1839 and records a sale to Ellis Thomas from Joseph Jones who describes himself as a Wholesale and Retail Grocer and Tea-Dealer. In swirly decorations round the firm name he advertises:
Teas direct from the India House. Butters, cheese, etc
Ships supplied with Stores on the shortest notice
If I am reading the list of goods correctly, the invoice is for
4 Blue Sugar
1 Bag Rice
You can see a hole with a brown stain round it where the bill has been stuck on to a somewhat rusty spike for storage.
Saturday, 18 May 2013
Today we got round to a project we'd been thinking about for ages - removing the box hedge from the front garden. It's probably about 100 years old and when first planted must have been small and smart. In the 20-odd years since we've been here it's become a monster, looming over the flowerbed, sucking out all the nutrients and bulging so fatly you can't get on to the lawn. Last month's freak snow was the final straw - the hedge was leaning drunkenly forwards. It had to go. The first picture is taken from Room 1 looking down on the huge hedge.
Taking off the outer greenery revealed a horrid tangle of naked branches. At this point the gardeners among you are probably reeling with horror at this arboreal vandalism.
To be honest we have no idea whether the box hedge will survive. It may - we had to cut back the box hedge on the upper terrace a couple of years ago after a hard winter, and it put out green shoots after a year. So this is a "wait and see" job. I now have a flower bed which has doubled in size!
|Just starting - the point of no return!|
|Tolkien-esque twisted trees|
|Flowers now have room to grow|
Tuesday, 30 April 2013
1859 Wholesale Chemist Invoice from the Roberts Family Archive
This invoice, dated 27th April 1859, is from Evans, Sons & Co, Wholesale Druggists, and gives their address as 31 Fleet Street in Liverpool, where they had a Mills and Laboratory.
It simply lists the purchase of two sorts of Williams Lozenges at a total cost of £11.00.
Evans continued as a firm into the 20th century and this advertisement for smoker’s pastilles is from July 1917. The company was eventually subsumed into Glaxo in 1961.
The big hole in the middle is where the document has been put it on a spike after processing.
Sunday, 28 April 2013
1840 Wholesale Ironmongery Invoice from the Roberts Family Archive
This invoice, dated 28 April 1840, lists a sale of “camp ovens and covers”. The name of the company selling the goods is Carron, which I remember as a maker of stoves, and which survives today as part of Carron Phoenix.
Carron was one of the largest suppliers of ironmongery in Britain in the 19th Century. It was set up in 1759 beside the river Carron in Falkirk, Scotland.
Also listed on the invoice are griddles – used for cooking welsh cakes – and pots. The total bill for 6 ovens, 6 griddles and 6 pots was £2.11.8 (two pounds, eleven shillings and eightpence). Note that a discount of 7 shillings and eightpence was applied.