With two cancellations of missionary flat inspections and a kind providing of lunch by one of the sets of missionaries, we had some extra time to go to the nearby St. Fagans Heritage site near Cardiff. During our family visit we saw the castle side of St. Fagans, so this was a nice opportunity to see the other half, the cottages, schools, church, village… sort of like Nauvoo or “This is the Place” village. It was a lovely experience to go back in time and connect with my Welsh ancestors a little!
I think of my ancestor Thomas Jenkins, who was a roof thatcher, when I see cottages like this. It is a very skilled process, with intricate braiding that you can see inside (though too dark to capture on camera), and the signature way they top it off.
This is a toll house, another fascination, because my Grandpa George Kendrick was born in a tollhouse in Worcester. When farmers brought animals to market, they had to pay taxes here to enter the city.
Cute little Welsh people trying to scurry out of my photo, not knowing that they were part of the charm!
St. Teilo church
We loved the colorful inside of the church. When they went to move the church to St. Fagans, they discovered these huge paintings and murals stored underneath the church, that they copied in the restoration.
We loved seeing the farmhouses, cottages, barns,…
Recognizing us as missionaries, this kind Welsh couple from Newport greeted us, along with their visitors from Mapleton.
Hwyl Fawr (Good-bye in Welsh) and Cheerio!