I have spent the weekend in Wales, some of it in a hotel room while my humans were of partying which was tad mundane, but I also got to spend nearly an afternoon visiting a very interesting museum. It wasn’t a boring ‘things in glass cases’ sort of museum, but a museum of really old buildings, which had been moved from their original sites to the safety of the St Fagans National History Museum. There was quite a lot of walking to do but fortunately I got carried around in the spotty bag (as you probably know my little legs tend to struggle with long walks).
Some of the the cottages had open fires roaring away, I stayed out of those as my fur is enough to keep me warm, and it is summer here.
This is Y Garreg Fawr Farmhouse which was built in 1544. It was built to last a very long time as the walls were very very thick and it was much smaller inside than out. I didn’t go in this one as it was too hot in there as a fire was burning in the hearth.
The Tannery was a thought provoking place. People used to work here with animal skins and used animal wee and poo in the process of making leather. It must have been a really horrible place for humans to work in. It was closed about 70 years ago and moved to the museum about 10 years before I was made.
We came across a fairground, where I tried to win a coconut by throwing a ball at a coconut – the ball did hit the coconut but I think as I am only a small bear I don’t have much force in my throw. Bigger bears might be better at winning coconuts. A shame really as Karen likes coconut and I would like to have won one for her.
I was very interested in The Corn Mill. As you may know, I was made in The Town Mill in Alresford. This mill was a bit odd really as the water was being pumped to it by electricity as there is no stream next to it. I guess that is a problem with moving building to different places to keep them.
It was like stepping back to 100 years ago..
St Fagans is a very big place and unfortunately there wasn’t time for us to see everything, though I am happy to say Karen says that we will visit again to see the buildings that we missed.
We did have time though to have a look at a very old pigsty..