Today I’d like to share a wonderfully evocative piece of writing describing some adventures during the July heat on the Mawddach written by DoubleSkinnyMacchiato, the celebrated coffee blogger – who in the interests of full disclosure also happens to be my daughter, Bex:
A Summer Weekend on The Mawddach
An afternoon in June, 2013.
At Rhuddallt and a watercolours lesson under indifferent skies – the Mawddach retreating fast beyond the bridge.
From Hilary’s terrace: matchstick figures on manoeuvres ran on sands beside the headland at Farchynys.
A desert warfare weekend for the CCF.
Kodi Beveridge-Smith, Captain of School in action giving a marvellous speech at the QMC dinner and keynoting the significance of Farchynys to his own experience of Queen Mary’s. Kodi is pictured with Guest speaker Cdr Matthew Punch MBE and Richard Langton, Head of School
A celebration of the Mawddach, Barmouth and an old Coach House on the Estuary at Farchynys
In one eventful weekend in November 1963, the President of the United States was assassinated, The Beatles launched their second album, Dr Who exited his Police Box to confront the Daleks for the first time and a convoy of Walsall grammar school boys arrived on the Mawddach to spend their first weekend at Farchynys. This was Queen Mary’s newly acquired adventure centre, an old coach house on the Mawddach estuary lying in the shadow of Cadair Idris, just 4 miles from Barmouth and its iconic railway bridge.
Every week for the following fifty years, successive generations of QM folk have made the hundred mile journey to the coast and have promptly fallen in love with this special place, discovering that estuaries can be wonderfully productive eco-systems for personal growth. Marians on the Mawddach tells the stories of pupils and their teachers and also of the people they meet as they explore this highly contrasting landscape to their home in Walsall.
Buy now at:
Daunt Books, Marylebone
A Likely Story, Tywyn
Walter Lloyd Jones, Barmouth
Coed Y Brenin Visitor Centre
WD Wilkins, Dolgellau
George 111, Penmaenpool
Penr’allt Gallery Bookshop, Machynlleth
White Rose Bookshop and Café
Queen Mary’s Club
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