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June Notes

Spring is often referred to as ‘blossom time’ which is true, as most trees and shrubs produce their flowers at this time of the year, in an attempt to attract the insects needed to allow pollination to take place.

Blossom time in this area seems to invite cold winds and rain, just at the most unwelcome time of the year, this is reflected by the poor fruit crops often found on apple and plum trees in our gardens.

Orchards of fruiting trees produce a beautiful sight when in full bloom and of course a delightful scent on a warm still evening, but surely the most spectacular sight must be the magnificent Japanese cherry trees, which have graced our gardens for the past century.

There are a very wide range of cherry trees or ‘prunus’ to give them their proper name, trees of varying habit, size and flower colour to satisfy most gardeners, and of course there are also many fruiting types as well.

The flowering type most often seen is the strikingly beautiful Prunus Hisakhura which is clothed in pale pink blossom in early spring. Sadly this is short lived and petal fall leaves the ground covered in pink ‘confetti’.

The wild cherry (Prunus Avium) is seen growing in hedgerows and certain woodlands, this valuable timber tree produces small white flowers, and is not nearly as striking as some of its cultivated cousins. Another cherry for the larger garden is the ‘bird cherry’ (Prunus Padus). This is an upright growing tree which produces bunches of small white blossom in early spring.

For the small garden, the compact upright growing cherry (Prunus Ama-Na-Gawa) is ideal as it has a neat habit and masses of pink flowers, without becoming too large for the average garden.

Weeping cherries are popular; if you have a larger garden you could try ‘Cheals weeping’ which produces double pink blooms in late spring. If space is not a problem there is nothing more striking than Prunus ‘Taihaku’ in full bloom, this wonderful tree also known as the ‘Great white cherry’ is surely without equal in a large garden or public park.

I have recently planted a Prunus ‘Autumnalis’ which is unusual in the fact that it starts flowering during the winter , in mild spells and continues in the early spring.

There are literally dozens of other varieties available from specialist Nurseries. It is worth doing some research before making your final choice of a tree as it will be growing with you for many years to come.

Happy gardening and blossom watching

Old Gumboot.

March Notes

February has certainly lived up to its traditional title, ‘February Fill-dyke’ and has left our stream and ditches flowing well. March winds are now blowing strongly, but they are not drying the ground adequately to allow progress to be made in the vegetable garden. With a bit of luck things will improve before Easter. When the days lengthen and the temperature rises, it will be worth starting off the new growing season in the vegetable plot. Onion sets and shallots are usually the first subjects to plant out. These should be ready for harvesting by late summer.

Seed potatoes should be sprouting well by now in their‘ chitting trays’ in a frost free place and be ready for planting out soon. Traditionally, early potatoes were planted on Good Friday every year. Harvesting would then commence 12 ~ 14 weeks later in an average season.

Smaller seeds can be sown when the soil warms up a bit more; early carrots, beetroot, broad beans, spring onions etc. may be sown outdoors. The greenhouse is really useful at this time of the year. Apart from being a‘bolthole’ for the gardener, the protection provided allows the sowing of more tender vegetables such as tomatoes, French beans and, of course, all the salad crops. With the annual ‘Garden Competition’ being held again this year, why not raise some of your own plants from seed this year to enhance your front garden display of summer bedding. Try some dwarf African type marigolds. These are easy to grow and give a dazzling display with large yellow/orange blooms above neat foliage, giving more impact than the smaller French marigold family. Cosmos are also easy to grow and are a very showy plant that will give a bit more height to a bed or container. ‘Sonata’ is probably the best strain to choose as they do not get too tall, therefore they do not suffer too much wind damage. If you wait a few weeks for the warmer weather, you will find a wide range of annual bedding plants available from your local garden shop or nursery. Plants chosen should not be in full flower when you buy them. Far better to buy them while they are still in bud as they will establish themselves more quickly and ultimately make better plants. Feeding your annual display is vital if you want them to last all season.

If you are planting in a multi-purpose compost, it is simple to add some ‘slow release’ fertiliser prior to planting or mix in some ‘fish blood and bone fertiliser if you do not like chemical fertilisers.

Water newly planted plants thoroughly and of course, keep them watered through the season. The lawn has probably had a tough time during the winter with heavy rain washing away some of the nutrients which will encourage the growth of moss. A good scarifying or raking with a spring rake will help to remove some moss and the build up of old grasses that form a ‘thatch’. This will enable the grass to ‘breathe. Apply a lawn fertiliser to encourage grass growth, which in theory helps to stifle moss growth as moss hates nitrogen fertiliser.

Mowing too closely is not a good idea early in the season, it is far better to gradually mow closer in stages. Spiking or hollow thinning the lawn will help drainage which will also help to discourage moss, but in our local climate it is difficult to combat the moss problem due to the high level of rainfall and humidity.

When you have completed all those tasks, and think that you have finished work for the spring, I am sorry to say that is when the weeding job starts, along with dozens of other tasks, so I am afraid you will have to wait a little longer before you can relax with that refreshing drink!

Happy gardening.

Old Gumboot

FUN GARDEN AND CRAFT SHOW

PENCADER & DISTRICT REGENERATION GROUP

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FUN GARDEN AND CRAFT SHOW

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PAVILION

PENCADER

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SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2018

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 Entry fees: – per item 40p, children 20p, payable on the day

 Doors open to the public at 11.45 am

Items to be removed between 1 & 2pm

Click 2018 Garden and Craft Show to download a printable copy of the full details with an entry form. 

More details available here…

Entrants must reside in the Pencader area including Alltwalis, Dolgran, Gwyddgrug, Llanfihangel ar Arth, New Inn and Pont Tyweli

CHAIRMAN’S BLOOMERS 2017

This year instead of a Garden Competition, there will be recognition for the best or most interesting front gardens under the heading of “Chairman’s Bloomers”.

Judging will be through Spring and Summer up to early September. Everything that is visible from the road or public footpath, with no entry to the garden being necessary, is eligible. The display does not have to be flowers – the front garden could be planted as a vegetable garden if that is your choice.

Stuart Wilson (as Chairman) will be the judge and as he goes out and about on his travels, he will keep a watch on the various areas and draw up a list of possible contenders.

“Highly Commended” certificates will be awarded at the Garden at Craft Show on Saturday 9th September after the main prizes from the show are awarded.

Anyone can send in nominations, you can nominate your own garden if you want to – just contact Stuart Wilson on 384709 and leave a message and be sure to leave a contact number for him to get back to you. Or email janegriffithsuk@btinternet,com with your suggestions.

Good Luck!

Fun Garden & Craft Show

Buy your seeds and start planting and growing – the Garden & Craft Show will be held at the Pavilion of Saturday 9th September 2017. There will also be Cookery and Handicraft sections plus something for the younger members of the Community. This is an event in which all the family can take part. Full details and schedule will be in the next edition of Clecs Bro Cader

Greetings Cards

Regeneration Group Greeting Cards

Letters to the Editor

October 2016

Sir

I would like to say what a wonderful day we all had on Carnival Saturday. The sun shone all day, it was warm and relatively wind free; the crowds were generous with their money and everyone was very happy with the new Carnival Committee.

There were five floats plus plenty of attractions in the stalls arranged around the field. It was a really good effort and next year is bound to be even better.

I know I am a bit late but I do want to say “Congratulations” all round!!

Sincerely Stuart Wilson, (Cwmgwen, Dolgran Road, Pencader)

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December 2015

Dear Editor,

With reference to the sentiments voiced in the ‘Parish Pump’ section of Clecs, I have to agree with the writer that “Speed Kills” this has been proven beyond doubt on several occasions in recent months on the A485 between ‘Windy Corner’ and Carmarthen. I too have taken part in various forms of motor sport over the years, but fortunately have managed to curb my enthusiasm when on the public highway.

If some of these ‘speedsters’ were to leave for work 10 minutes earlier, they would be able to drive at a more sensible pace, arrive feeling less stressed, and in time to enjoy a cuppa before starting their work. I think this would be preferable to spending time in A&E or even worse!!

Maybe the ‘speedwatch’ initiative being introduced by the local police and community volunteers will have some effect.

Drive safely,

Concerned motorist

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Dear Editor,

I am writing in reply to a couple of issues that have been mentioned in the last issue. The first is speeding…if a car is going through the village at 50 mph it has either slowed down or is speeding up. Either way that same car on the roads outside of the village will have been going really fast.

I live near to Windy Corner and on quiet evenings and early mornings I can actually hear some of the cars and motorbikes accelerating as they exit the village and when they pass my gate they have to be travelling in excess of 80mph. Obviously the 50mph speed limit has had no affect on these individuals.

Even at busier times of day living on the outskirts we have to contend with other issues, one of the main being slow moving, heavy vehicles followed by frustrated drivers just itching to overtake, which they do without safety in mind. Are they doing 50mph when they overtake.. not a chance.

The Windy Corner end of the B4459 has now become somewhat of an accident zone with the Air Ambulance having to attend three accidents in the last 12 months, a couple of which had fatalities.

Driver impatience took the mirror off my neighbours parked car. You measure that distance and see how close the car actually skimmed past him, frightening.

People keep requesting a footpath between the village and Tremle House because of the increased traffic flow but these same pedestrians do not help themselves. I often drive from my home into the village and I see walkers on the wrong side of the road. The majority are wearing dull colours so they blend in with the foliage.

Perhaps it is a new ploy…I cannot be seen therefore I cannot be run over! It is a very dangerous practice. I have to date only ever seen one woman wearing a fluorescent jacket walking down that stretch of road and as it was intended, she stuck out like a sore thumb. With the nights drawing in and afternoons being dull, fluorescent jackets or safety vests are really something every pedestrian should have and wear. You can buy them cheaply now from many places.

The council could replace 5o benches in the village and that would not even come close to the cost of widening the bridge, something that they should have done when they rebuilt it and something that will need to be done to create a footpath. All councils are crafty in the way they operate. As I said, they had the opportunity to widen the bridge but did not.. why not? The bench replacement…it was nowhere near the cost of putting down a pavement but it could have lowered the spendable budget just enough to make the footpath unaffordable! You know how they work, if something is going to cost them £50 they will not start the work with only £49 to spend so by simply not spending £1 they save £49. I do not know what is in the coffers but I do know that swapping the benches would have certainly have dropped that amount. By enough to stop a footpath being built…your guess is as good as mine.

They installed a zebra crossing situated in the wrong location. It is hardly ever used where it is but if had it have been situated further into the village, perhaps by the small telephone exchange, it would have been in an ideal location for pedestrians However locating it where it was needed would have robbed it of the councils intended purpose. Installing a pedestrian crossing made them look as though they were providing for pedestrian safety but actually its purpose would have been to slow down incoming traffic. Putting it where it was needed and would be used, deeper into the village would have left the Maescader entrance exposed and more dangerous to exit. It is a practice not only done by our council but by many others…for them it is a two for one situation…make themselves look good in the public eye but really they are just meeting their own agenda.

These are my own opinions and assumptions, I have no factual evidence except using my own eyes and brain but after reading this letter I think that more people will see the light and realise how they are being ‘conned’.

Bryan C Perks, Pencader

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Letters are welcomed on any topic of local interest. They will be printed in the language in which they are written. The right is reserved to edit or decline to publish any letter. Please be concise and supply your name and address.

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 October 2015

To the Chair Person of local Parish Council        

Dear Editor,

I am writing a letter to inquire what prompted the Council to dispose of perfectly good quality benches and replace them with new benches. We had the original benches for years and they only needed a fresh coat of good quality paint that would have made them last for many more years. I inquired what they were going to do with the benches and was told that were going to be given to the surrounding football fields and parks. The majority of local people are deeply disappointed as this money should have been spent for a pavement as many local carers are risking their lives with traffic, please note that these carers are dedicated to caring for our local senior citizens that live in Tremle House.

Yours truly

                           Liz Beynon

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Dear Editor,

Innocent Knitted Hat Campaign

So far over 300 hats have been knitted for the Age Cymru campaign. Many thanks to knitters, Gillian, Mrs. Griffiths, Joan, Catherine, Carol, Maisie and those people who have left packets of hats on my doorstep!!

I have yarn if anyone wants to have a go with the hat pattern below. There is no closing date, just keep knitting!!!!

Using 4mm ( No. 8 ) needles and any DK yarn -

Cast on 28 sts; knit 2 rows; starting with a knit row, work in stocking stitch for 12 more rows. Row 15: knit 2 tog. to end of row (14 sts); Row 16: purl 2 tog. to end of row (7 sts). Cut yarn leaving say 25cms. Thread the yarn through the 7 sts and remove from knitting needle. Tighten the yarn and sew the little hat together along the side seams. Once sewn, turn inside out.

Approximate measurements are 5 – 7cms along the bottom and at least 3cms high.

Frances Fuller

01559 384499

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April 2015

Too Trusting                            

Dear Editor,

At 4pm on the 30th of January I was driving along the hill top road that the old Dragon Concrete works used to be on. The majority of it being single lane you do encounter other traffic and have to give way, sometimes reversing to a lay-by. This happened to me but unfortunately, as I pulled out of the lay-by, I found that I had a flat tyre. I reversed back to a safer spot and then tried to use a can of ‘Instant fix’ repair. No joy. Thinking that it might have done the job but not blown the tyre up I flagged down several people and asked if they carried a foot pump. I had a spare but was not well enough to fit it myself so in the end I called out the recovery people. While waiting for them to arrive, one person who I had spoken to earlier actually returned and offered to change the wheel for me but I explained the AA were on their way and he left. There are two points to this story: the first is to thank those who did stop and especially the fellow that returned. The second point is a bit more of a warning. In Wales, especially in this area, people are friendly, helpful and trusting, and it is the trusting bit that worries me. I am in effect a stranger standing in the middle of a very quiet lane, just before dusk, waving at the odd car when a young lady pulls up in her works van. We spoke through her wound down window and then without hesitation she jumps out, opens the van, a rental, to see if there was a pump inside. I could have been the Yorkshire Ripper for all that she knew but her rural upbringing probably never even made her give such a thing a thought. It is this naivety that worries me. In any city or big town in the country, with people and cars everywhere, the most that I would expect would be to talk to a driver through a small gap in the window, and even if they could help, they would probably refuse to. This is because those city dwellers are knowledgeable of the risks they are exposed to daily. All I am asking is that people in our area be aware, never put yourself in a situation where you could be at risk, no need to worry all the time but just think twice and ask yourself this question before you act…”Am I putting myself at risk?” This applies to everything from stopping for a stranger to simply opening your front door.

Regards,

Bryan Perks

Pencader

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December 2014
Cais am gymorth

Annwyl Olygydd,

Sgwn i a fyddech yn gallu fy helpu. Hoffwn i blant a myfyrwyr Ysgol Gymraeg yr Andes Trevelin ac Esquel ddod i adnabod pentrefi, trefi a dinasoedd Cymru yn well, ac felly buaswn wrth fy modd petai pobl Cymru – unrhyw un sydd â diddordeb – yn anfon cerdyn post atom ni o lle maen nhw’n byw yn cynnwys ambell i frawddeg fach am y lle dan sylw. Gallwch eu postio i Ysgol Gymraeg Esquel, i Ysgol Gymraeg Trevelin, neu’r ddau os ydych chi’n dymuno.

Dyma’r cyfeiriadau:

Ysgol Gymraeg yr Andes Esquel,               Ysgol Gymraeg yr Andes Trevelin,

Centros Galeses de la Cordillera,              Casa de la Capilla Bethel,

Rivadavia 1065,                                         Trevelin 9203,

Esquel 9200,                                              Chubut,

 Chubut,                                                     Patagonia

Patagonia,                                                  Argentina

Argentina

Diolch

Denise Davies

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Letters are welcomed on any topic of local interest. They will be printed in the language in which they are written. The right is reserved to edit or decline to publish any letter. Please be concise and supply your name and address.

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