THE BEDROOM, Dolgor's Farm, Ceredigion 2006

THE BEDROOM, Dolgor's Farm, Ceredigion 2006 - CEREDIGION FARMHOUSES
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A long exposure, allowing my eyes to adjust to the room, a bedroom and a feeling of a former life. Piles of moth eaten clothes lay in the wardrobes, a small wooden clock sat veiled in cobwebs on the window sill. Family portraits hung tilted on the walls revealing cleaner, richer coloured wallpaper behind. In this particular house around 15 swifts lay dead on the floor. They had found way into the house but obviously not a way out. All this adds atmosphere. I remain silent throughout my visit and quickly vacate the premises and walk home content, if not a little moved and matured by my labours.

YR YSTAFELL WELY. Fferm Dolgors. Pontarfvnach. Ceredigion 2006
Dadleniad hir a chyfle felly i'm llygaid ymgynefino a lled-dywyllwch y ty; ystafell wely a theimlad o fywyd a fu. Llenwir y cypyrddau a phentyrrau o ddillad carpiog, a gwelaf gloc bach pren yn we pry' cop i gyd ar y sil ffenestr. Mae portreadau teuluol yn hongian yn gam ar y waliau, yn datgelu papur wal glanach, mwy lliwgar y tu ol iddynt. Yn y ty hwn gorwedda oddeutu pymtheg o wenoliaid duon yn gelain ar y llawr. Llwyddasant i ddod i mewn i'r ty, ond yn amlwg doedd dim ffordd iddynt fynd allan. Ni wnaf yr un smic o swn yn yr holl amser a dreuliaf yn y ty, a heb lawer o oedi rwy'n gadael yr adeilad ac yn dychwelyd adref yn fodlon, er bod fy ngwaith wedi fy nghyffroi a'm haeddfedu rhywsut.
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DOLGORS, Ceredigion 2003

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Photo comment By Sue: I lived around the corner from Dolgors from about 2000 to 2009 and sketched it a few times, from a distance. The story went that Mr Humphries (who owned the land behind our cottage) let it go because his mother had died there. It always seemed quite a sad and rather intimidating place to me as I passed it on my walks, but that may have been coloured by the fact that Mr Humphries was quite a rude man who did not appear to have any respect for his animals. He sold the slates from a small barn behind our house, leaving a lovely little shelter for sheep and swifts to rot away. A big shame.
Photo comment By Sue: I lived around the corner from Dolgors from about 2000 to 2009 and sketched it a few times, from a distance. The story went that Mr Humphries (who owned the land behind our cottage) let it go because his mother had died there. It always seemed quite a sad and rather intimidating place to me as I passed it on my walks, but that may have been coloured by the fact that Mr Humphries was quite a rude man who did not appear to have any respect for his animals. He sold the slates from a small barn behind our house, leaving a lovely little shelter for sheep and swifts to rot away. A big shame.
Photo comment By Valarine: I knew Dolgors farm since my early childhood. My mothers brother John William Hopkins (known as Jack spent all of his working life from age 14/15yrs working there with MISS Mary-Ann Humphries. Jack died in 1967 in his early 50's Mary Ann continued to work the farm until she became unable to do so &. she died in 1990's in a nursing home. Mary Ann was a real character & did all of the jobs around the farm as well as any man could. As a young child I remember her showing me how to churn butter. She left the farm to her nephew ,who I understand still works the farm but sadly the farmhouse circa 1600's has been allowed to degenerate. So sad to see it now.
Photo comment By Nick Bayliss: to Valarine, i knew Miss Humphreys very well too, i also knew your uncle Jack Hopkins, he died March 1967 & is buried in the Hafod church on the left hand side near the church itself, he also had a brother Evan who lived further up the road towards Devils Bridge, my parents rented Pant-y-craf off Miss Humphreys in the 60's-90's, i will add my email for the site owner who may pass it on to you so as to make contact
Photo comment By Nick Bayliss: to Valarine, your uncle Jack used to drive Miss Humphreys in a Black Austin A60, when your Uncle Jack died it was left in one of the cow sheds for a couple of years & Miss Humphreys let another of Jacks brothers have it, was that your father??, i have got photographs of Jack too, i hope we can get in touch (Paul White) please pass my email address to Valarine.

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