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Subject: Very cool
Date Posted: 5/18/2010 11:47 PM ET
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llewelynfyncan.jpg Llewellyn ap Gruffydd fynchan picture by lettyloveswillStainless steel sculpture of Llewellyn ap Gruffydd Fynchan who was hung drawn and quartered by Henry IV, from Kathryn Gibson's face book page. Llywelyn ap Gruffudd Fychan acted as a decoy, leading the troops of Henry lV away from Owain Glyndwr. Henry had Llywelyn disembowelled then hanged in the town square of Llandovery.
Owain Glyndwr escaped capture through Llywelyn's action.



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Date Posted: 5/19/2010 8:05 AM ET
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Is this a new sculpture?

Date Posted: 5/19/2010 10:53 AM ET
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Wow, it's beautiful!

Date Posted: 5/19/2010 11:15 AM ET
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Cathy, I believe that it has been there for a few years, the Artist is David Thomas Peterson.

Kathryn Gibson is the lady who lives is Llywelyn Fawr's palace of Garth Celyn, she puts up the most amazing pictures of Wales and is actively raising funds to save her historical home and use it as a cultural center  for future generations.  When they bought it years ago it was described as a chicken farm with "Elizabethan stone house"  Well in the renovation and through the local stories she realized that it was Llywelyn's Palace at Aber.  Which lead to bringing in experts who dated the tower to the 12th century. For more info. http://www.garthcelyn.com/21860_103319553030864_100000584607229_90102_6782199_n.jpg

 



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Date Posted: 5/19/2010 11:17 AM ET
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Oooh, that would be my ideal home.

Date Posted: 5/19/2010 11:25 AM ET
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It is amazing isn't it.

ETA  Can't you just see Joanna waiting for Llywelyn in one of the windows.  Kathryn says sadly "no ghosts"!



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Date Posted: 5/19/2010 11:57 AM ET
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Oh, that is cool! I wonder if I could get my James to build one for my backyard. He could do it; he's very artistic and can make anything, but I think he'd look at me crazy if I suggested it. lol

I want to visit that palace. I just love the history of Wales, it's my favorite thing.

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Very very cool.  And an incredible backstory.  Thanks, Jerelyn.

Date Posted: 5/19/2010 2:20 PM ET
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You are welcome.smiley

Date Posted: 5/20/2010 8:31 AM ET
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Jerelyn, after reading the link you provided here and having recently finished Child of the Phoenix, where the relationships between the English, Welsh, and Scottish were so fascinating, I just have to read The Brothers of Gwynedd. I know others have said it is not their favorite Pargeter, but it might still be very insightful.



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Evelina,  In my conversation with Kathryn she commented on  The Brothers of Gwynedd and  Child of the Phoenix as well as SKP's novels.  She takes her stewardship of the house and grounds very seriously, she is a fascinating lady and her background as an historian has served her well.

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Aber Falls    25432_104739779555508_100000584607229_123323_6742316_n.jpg
Date Posted: 5/22/2010 11:27 AM ET
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What a gorgeous shot!!

Date Posted: 5/22/2010 11:42 AM ET
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Oh, that is beautiful! Aber Falls was mentioned in "Child of the Phoenix" and now I can actually see it! It's even better than I'd pictured it.

Date Posted: 5/22/2010 12:11 PM ET
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Kathryn always has the best pic s.  There is one of Snowdon and a lake,  I am going to see if I can find it.  there is another taken from her property and you can see Anglesey.  I'll post them in a minute,



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 View from Garth Celyn across the Menai Strait to Anglesey.  Shows Llanfaes site of the Franciscan Friary where  Princess Joanna and Eleanor De Montfort were buried.
 
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 Wyddfa (Snowdon)  Photo by Terry Jones
 
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Date Posted: 5/22/2010 12:43 PM ET
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Oh my gosh, Jerelyn, you're torturing us with these gorgeous photos. Do you think we can get a group discount to Wales????

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Deb, you read my mind wouldn't that be a blast.

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Jerelyn, these photos are absolutely breathtaking!   I want to be there on that spot next to the water and imagine...   deep breath... shaky sigh.....

 

crying

 

 

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Lovely!smiley



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 You can see Edward I castle of Beaumaris across the Straits.
 
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okay, this is all surreal...sigh.......it's absolutely wonderful to see these beautiful pictures of places I've read about.   I need someone to put together an historical fiction Wales tour...

 

 

 



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Date Posted: 5/23/2010 3:54 PM ET
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Jerelyn, I did some more reading and googling hoping to find some interior pictures.  I had read they had found a trap door that led into the mountains, Tudor fireplaces behind newer structures, and something called the gatehouse which is undergoing restoration.  I couldn't make out if the gatehouse is the tower or another structure.  All fascinating!  Kathryn should write a book about her experience, including bureaucratic frustrations!

In the meantime, I think I'll have to read Castles in the Air: The Restoration Adventures of Two Young Optimists and a Crumbling Old Mansion by Judy Corbett.  They restore an old mansion in (what a coincidence!) North Wales! 

Date Posted: 5/23/2010 4:07 PM ET
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Evelina,  I have that on my wishlist,  I think I may have to break down and buy it.  

 

This is a comment from Kathyns facebook page

Rhys Jones commented,

Edward's castles stand souless supported still by government money, Garth Celyn stands alive and full of life supported by the people, in your face Edward, we're still here despite all your villany and weight of numbers, and we'll still be here till the Day of Judgement


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