Rhoscolyn has a fascinating history, with its patron saint, Gwenfaen, first making her home and church here in 630 AD. Some say that the druids’ last stand against the Romans, who invaded Mona (Anglesey) in 60 or 61 AD, was at Cymyran, the inland sea between Mona and Holy Island and the open sea, south of Four Mile Bridge.
Another childhood memory from Susan Hanbury
A historic cake! Well, the cake tin is historic, the cake this year’s I am assured!
Susan tells us that she uses her mother’s old baking tins, and enjoys in doing so remembering the rich baking smells in Bryn Goleu where she and her family lived. Her mother, Sheila, always made two cakes – one for Christmas and one for her husband’s birthday (he would have been 100 this month!). So she suddenly realised that the tins must be nearly 100 years old too as her mother’s brother would have been 95 now!
I must say, I wish I could make a cake that looked as perfect as this one. Something I remember about Christmas baking, is that the Christmas puddings were always made by my mother a year in advance, then sealed up and stored until the following year. She used to make two – one for Christmas day and one for New Year’s Eve. I also remember one Christmas day the pudding was duly put on to boil, and when the bowl was ceremoniously uncovered then tipped onto the serving plate, the bowl was removed and all that was there was a pile of mouldy crumbs, with the silver sixpence, thimble and other goodies! Not sealed as well as it might have been obviously! I think we had the New Years Eve one instead and that came out just right.
A ghost of the seas dredged up off Puffin Island
This rare aerial image show what remains of a 500-tonne ship wrecked off the Anglesey coast almost half a century ago. The Hoveringham II, a sand dredger which sank after developing a leak in 1971, remains lying on its side near Puffin Island on the eastern side of Anglesey. Steven Thomas, of Roby Aerial Work, used a drone to photograph the 160 x 30 foot vessel from above at low tide, giving a view never before seen by most.
Despite only being visible when the tide is at its lowest, the wreckage has been mistaken for a small island or distressed vessel on countless occasions over the years (see picture in margin).
Ty Crainc, built in the early 1900’s, known by sight to everyone who visits Rhoscolyn, has, for the first time in its history, moved out of the hands of the Rae family having recently been sold. James Rae took this picture, and the two in the margin are by Caro. We hope we will still see James and Helen Rae around Rhoscolyn.