Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Recycling from slate

Really!!!!!


This is beautiful landscape in North Wales but if you look closer you will see all the discarded waste of the slate mines and the long forgotten homes of the workers. As you walk through this place it is eerily quiet, no birds calling or insects humming. 100 years ago it would have been all noise, men shouting, explosions as they blasted the rock, horses and wheels turning.
Anyway, the day before we had been to Penrhyn Castle and as we looked around the servants hall I saw a wonderful pastry board made of local slate, polished and cold. Pastry is so much better when made on cold stone rather than plastic worktops! I really wanted to buy one to take home but couldn't get one for love nor money, we were offered a sign for Nearly £50 which we could use the reverse of...however while walking through all this waste we found a piece that will do just right...for free! It's not polished or beautiful but today I intend to make pastry on it.

D gamely staggered back to the car with the slate muttering about hernias and tyre pressures on the car!
This is a picture of the Ffestiniog train, I just like the way the steam looks in the evening light.




5 comments:

Elizabethd said...

I can almost smell the steam from the train, brings back childhood memories!

Karen said...

I could imagine the scene of 100 years ago as you described it. Great photos. Love the train too.

bellaboo said...

Am new to your blog.I love the countryside and am enjoying your walks and lovely photos too.


Bellaboo

Bovey Belle said...

I'm glad you got your pastry-making slate - plenty of it laying around, that's for sure! My eldest daughter had to be dropped off with a host family in Blaneau many many years ago when she was taking part in the Urdd Eistedfodd up there. She was only 8 and I had to give her to a total stranger! Of course, they were a lovely family and she even had a cat on her bed . . .

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Amazing picture of the train...just like a postcard from Harry Potter!