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Golwg ar gartref ym Mryn Crug ger Tywyn a chartref yr artist Gwenllian Beynon ym Mhontrhydfendigaid. Aled Samuel visits the house of an artist in West Wales and a Welsh home in ...


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-Tonight, we'll visit

-houses of all shapes and sizes.

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-We'll see

-artist, Gwenllian Beynon's home.

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-We will travel to leafy London

-to meet Pauline Rowlands...

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-..at her home

-in Hampstead Garden Suburb.

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-First, we visit Bryncrug...

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-..to see Iwan Gruffydd Ellis's

-prospective home.

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-Welcome to 04Wal.

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-A house made of wood, designed

-to respect the environment...

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-..built on private land

-has caused quite a stir.

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-It's amazing!

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-Did you see Iwan Gruffydd Ellis's

-log house on the news?

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-His planning application

-was rejected.

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-That issue hasn't been resolved

-but Iwan remains undaunted.

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-What sort of house

-does he want to build?

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-Why did you choose this location?

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-I chose it because

-this is the old, family farm.

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-My grandfather, my father

-and my uncle farmed this land.

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-It's a sunny spot

-and the view is stunning.

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-It's special to me.

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-This house of yours doesn't

-have foundations, as such, does it?

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-No. It sits on these huge feet.

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-This Douglas fir tree

-came from Corris.

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-I had to raise the house

-a metre off the ground.

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-Sea water may rise back up here,

-one day.

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-I'm not sure if the wood will rot,

-underground.

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-Sea water is salty and I hope

-it acts as a preservative...

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-..to prevent the wood from rotting.

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-If it should rot, it's possible

-to replace it with a new one.

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-It's very unlikely to happen,

-mind you.

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-How would you replace it?

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-How would you replace it?

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-I'd use a high-lift jack, dig the

-old one out and slide a new one in.

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-Wow!

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-You make it sound easy!

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-You make it sound easy!

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-Yes, but you never know

-what might happen.

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-Yes, but you never know

-what might happen.

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-What about the building process?

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-You need some sort of sealant

-between the logs, don't you?

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-No, they sit on top of each other,

-with moss in the gaps between them.

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-Will the logs shrink,

-over the years?

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-Yes, they'll shrink

-over a period of six to eight years.

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-They'll shrink an inch per foot,

-I'm told.

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-Give it 50 years

-and you'll end up with a shed!

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-What makes you so determined

-to build a log house?

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-It's a healthy environment

-because wood breathes.

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-It doesn't need to be plastered

-or painted.

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-That suits me!

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-Iwan took me to see Alun Griffiths's

-log house in Goginan, Aberystwyth.

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-This will give me a better idea

-of what he hopes to achieve.

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-This is a very distinctive

-style of house.

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-Yes, it's unique.

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-There's something special about the

-feeling you get when you go inside.

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-I like it.

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-Will your house resemble this?

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-Will your house resemble this?

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-Yes, it will be similar to this.

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-The shape will be different but

-it will be built in the same way.

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-Let's take a look at the kitchen.

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-The chimney runs all the way up

-through this house.

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-How is the chimney

-attached to the wood?

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-It isn't attached to the wood

-in any way.

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-It's an important part

-of a log house.

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-The wood shrinks

-and the house sinks.

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-The chimney must go from the bottom,

-out through the roof.

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-It must be

-completely separate from the house.

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-Will the wood stop shrinking?

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-Will the wood stop shrinking?

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-Yes. It will settle, in time.

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-This staircase leads

-from the kitchen to the first floor.

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-This is the bathroom.

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-This is the biggest bathroom window

-I've ever seen!

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-This is no ordinary bathroom.

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-It also boasts a sauna!

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-It works very well

-and it has some stunning views.

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-We then make our way out

-of the bathroom, past the shower...

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-..through these double doors

-and into this glorious room.

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-This glass room

-is warm all year round.

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-It's so warm,

-the owners grow grapes in here!

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-I've lived in a stone house

-and a brick house.

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-Nothing beats living in a log house.

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-Will your house have a balcony?

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-Will your house have a balcony?

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-Yes.

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-I think it's important

-to have a balcony.

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-I'd love to open my bedroom door

-and walk out into the sunshine.

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-You should build it in Spain!

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-You should build it in Spain!

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-Yes, I'll walk out

-into the rain here!

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-Gwenllian Beynon's home,

-in Pontrhydfendigaid...

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-..is striking, in many ways.

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-It's a colourful canvas, it's

-the home of her printing work...

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-..and it's central to the lives

-of both her and Dafydd, her son.

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-What drew you to Pontrhydfendigaid?

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-What drew you to Pontrhydfendigaid?

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-Well, property is really cheap here

-and this house is really old.

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-This house is steeped in history

-and I like that.

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-It's called Butter Hall.

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-It was on the drovers' route.

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-They collected milk and made butter

-and it was sold from here.

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-It was one large property,

-originally...

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-..but it was split into two houses

-in 1860.

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-There was a cottage

-where my bathroom is today.

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-A lady called Siani

-used to live there.

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-She was such a big lady,

-she sat on her cat and killed it!

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-That's one of the stories

-I've heard.

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-Tell me about the graffiti

-I can see on that wall.

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-You decided to keep that?

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-Yes, it was created by two men

-called Geraint and Bodfan.

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-They live in the valleys...

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-..and they inherited this house

-from their aunt 20 years ago.

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-They must have written that

-when they were children.

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-I'm fond of graffiti

-and I think it's nice.

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-I enjoy collecting things.

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-I haven't bought a single thing

-in this house from a shop.

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-I find lots of things in skips

-and people give things to me.

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-I rarely go out and buy things.

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-If I do, I buy second-hand stuff.

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-Is the fireplace staying?

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-I was thinking about it

-the other day.

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-It's a 1950s fireplace and

-it'll be worth a fortune, one day.

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-These things are rare

-because people trash them.

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-You see them in skips.

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-You see them in skips.

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-Yes. There's a good reason for that!

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-They're ugly

-but they're also kitsch.

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-That's what's nice about them.

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-How much work

-have you done here, Gwenllian?

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-A lot of work. It was derelict.

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-We lifted the slate floor and

-replaced it with a wooden floor.

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-We couldn't save the slate because

-it splintered as it was taken up.

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-We raised the ceiling - it only

-reached the height of the door.

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-We raised the ceiling height so that

-we could have the two windows.

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-They let in much more light.

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-We removed the fireplace

-and that was a real headache.

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-The walls

-are made of stone and soil...

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-..and half the wall collapsed

-when we took out the fireplace.

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-We created a pile of dust and rocks!

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-A surveyor came here

-and he gave it the all-clear.

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-But he added,

-"Don't move another stone."

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-There are three bedrooms upstairs.

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-This is Dafydd's room.

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-He is Gwenllian's son.

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-Everything a six-year-old boy wants,

-including a Spanish doll!

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-This is the master bedroom.

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-Mementoes of Gwenllian's travels

-around the world hang on the walls.

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-The smallest bedroom is over here.

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-This is the spare room.

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-What's known as the Flying Freehold

-is in this room.

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-These two feet of the room...

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-..have actually been built

-over the house next door.

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-Take a look at it from the street

-and you'll see exactly what I mean.

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-What do we have over here?

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-This is Gwenllian's studio.

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-It's more of a storeroom

-than a studio, to be honest.

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-There are materials everywhere.

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-This window allows natural light

-to flow into the lounge.

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-You get the feeling

-a lot of work gets done in here.

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-A very creative space.

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-That's it!

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-This house reflects what you,

-Gwenllian, do for a living.

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-There are examples of your work

-on the walls.

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-I'm not keen on living with my work

-but it's there to cover the walls.

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-I love colour.

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-I like the one above the fire.

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-It's a celebration of Dafydd's birth

-and it's important to me.

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-I enjoy living here,

-even though it's rough and ready.

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-It's comfortable

-and I like living here.

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-Say the word, 'London' and dust,

-noise and pollution spring to mind.

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-It's hard to believe it but

-there are some leafy havens here.

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-Yes, you can find

-small, utopian corners of London...

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-..where trees grow

-and birds twitter.

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-Hark!

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-Could that be

-a cuckoo's plaintive call?

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-We're woken by birds every morning.

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-My parents come here to stay...

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-..and they say it's quieter than

-their home in Drefach, Llanelli!

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-Henrietta Barnett established

-Hampstead Garden Suburb in 1907.

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-The London slums shocked her and she

-decided the poor deserved better.

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-Architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens

-contributed to the project...

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-..and everyone wanted to live here.

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-Only the rich

-can now afford to live here.

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-Jonathan Ross lives nearby.

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-Judy and Richard

-and Martin Bell live here.

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-Elizabeth Taylor was born here.

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-You're in very select company!

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-You're in very select company!

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-Definitely!

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-It's a different world from Drefach!

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-Pauline Rowlands

-and Nick, her husband...

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-..have lived in this area

-for 25 years.

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-They've lived in this house

-for three years.

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-It's semi-detached

-but it's a four-storey house.

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-It's quite big.

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-I love the bay window

-and the turrets.

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-There's a fantastic bay window

-in the bedroom.

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-Light floods in and I love it.

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-That's good design.

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-It's remarkably light in here.

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-You need sunglasses, sometimes!

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-I think white

-makes other colours more striking.

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-We have a collection of paintings

-and objects.

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-We wanted them to stand out

-and white makes that possible.

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-What work, other than decorating,

-did you carry out here?

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-The kitchen was there

-and this was the dining room.

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-The kitchen was the living room,

-so we've changed everything!

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-I co-ordinated the project

-and gave up work for six months.

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-I'd go to Jewsons, the builders'

-merchants, up to four times a day.

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-I now know all about screws and

-plumbing. It's unbelievable.

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-This was the lounge.

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-You changed it into the kitchen.

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-You changed it into the kitchen.

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-Yes, that's right.

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-We chose it as the kitchen because

-it's the biggest room in the house.

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-We spend a lot of time in here.

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-Pauline, you spend a lot of time

-in here...

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-..and it's wonderful

-to be able to see the garden.

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-I love looking at the trees.

-It's like being in the countryside.

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-The table and chairs

-belong to my husband's parents.

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-They're German pieces.

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-I enjoy a mixture of modern and old.

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-That's an interesting piece.

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-If you open it,

-you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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-We have lots of 78s.

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-You open it

-and you'll see an old record player.

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-That's amazing!

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-That's amazing!

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-Yes, it's lovely.

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-We enjoy using everything.

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-I don't believe in using things

-only on special occasions.

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-We use everything every day.

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-That includes the cutlery.

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-Nick's parents

-gave us some amazing cutlery...

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-..and we use it every day.

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-They're solid silver.

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-There's an 'S' on each piece.

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-They're exquisite.

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-Is that the family name?

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-Is that the family name?

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-Yes - Salisbury.

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-It was Salzburg originally

-but they changed it.

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-I delight in using these every day.

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-You've done well

-out of your in-laws!

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-They gave you

-everything in this house!

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-I could have cried when I saw

-the furniture, but I've used it all.

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-Is this your study?

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-Is this your study?

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-Yes, I spend most of my time here.

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-This is very interesting.

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-You open it and look at that.

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-Isn't it beautiful?

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-Isn't it beautiful?

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-Yes. It's stunning.

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-There's a secret drawer here

-but I won't tell you any more.

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-We keep the crown jewels in it!

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-This is a bureau, is it?

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-This is a bureau, is it?

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-Yes. Nick's mother's bureau.

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-Out we go, into the hall.

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-This wonderful oak floor leads from

-the front door to the cloakroom.

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-Here's a reminder of the work Nick

-and Pauline have done to the house.

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-This masterpiece

-is the work of Welsh plumbers.

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-Pauline left it uncovered -

-as a work of art.

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-If they were as expensive

-as Llandeilo plumbers...

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-..I'm sure it cost

-as much as a work of art!

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-Step out, into the hall and you see

-this beautiful art deco piece.

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-It looks like

-something from Superman.

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-This staircase

-leads us to the first floor.

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-There are two bedrooms

-on the first floor.

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-This is Pauline and Nick's room.

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-This is the bathroom.

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-This is the dressing room.

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-As you can see, there's no shortage

-of clothes to choose from!

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-I do believe

-this is a Vivienne Westwood dress.

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-If we leave the dressing room,

-we'll find Hannah Angharad's room.

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-She's Pauline and Nick's

-youngest daughter.

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-It's a sea of pink, in stark

-contrast to the rest of the house!

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-This shade is called

-'Piggy Piggy Pink'.

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-There's a lovely bay window

-over here.

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-It lets light flood into the room.

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-You can see in all directions

-from this window.

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-Let's head back out onto the landing

-and see the master bedroom.

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-Nick and I sleep in here

-and I love this room.

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-It's really tranquil.

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-It's a clutter-free zone,

-apart from Nick's books!

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-I keep telling him it makes me

-queasy to see his pile of books!

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-I do my best to keep it tidy.

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-Are these old pieces of furniture?

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-Are these old pieces of furniture?

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-Yes.

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-I painted them pale blue.

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-I'm fond of pale blue.

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-Look at this! I love it.

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-You can have a cup of tea, in bed.

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-They're really modern.

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-Were they made during the 1920s?

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-Yes, they're art deco pieces.

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-Are there any Welsh pieces

-in this room?

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-Yes, this came from Tenby.

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-It reminds me of Tenby.

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-That's where my heart is, really.

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-I look at that

-when I wake up each morning.

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-Here we are,

-back on the ground floor.

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-We'll walk past the lounge

-and the kitchen...

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-..and head downstairs,

-to the cellar.

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-We've reached the journey's end.

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-This is the largest room

-in the cellar.

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-It's a convenient guest area

-for Pauline's family.

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-There are two single beds

-over here...

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-..and this is

-what's known as a day bed.

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-It's handy for those of us

-who need an afternoon snooze.

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-If we walk through this door...

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-..it's like leaving London and being

-transported to Carmarthenshire.

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-Something like that!

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-Did Nick's parents buy a house here

-when they moved to England?

0:23:000:23:05

-Yes, they came over here

-from Germany...

0:23:050:23:08

-..and they bought a house here

-for 500.

0:23:080:23:11

-This house is worth somewhere

-in the region of a million pounds.

0:23:110:23:16

-Workers could never live here now.

-It's too expensive.

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-That's sad, in a way.

0:23:210:23:23

-Yes, Henrietta Barnett's dream

-is dead and buried.

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-Yes.

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-We're lucky

-to live in such a wonderful place.

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-S4C subtitles by

-Eirlys A Jones

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Golwg ar gartref ym Mryn Crug ger Tywyn a chartref yr artist Gwenllian Beynon ym Mhontrhydfendigaid. Aled Samuel visits the house of an artist in West Wales and a Welsh home in London.