Ffion Dafis yw'r olaf i'n tywys i 3 lleoliad o'i dewis: Dolwyddelan, glannau'r Fenai a'r A470. Ffion Dafis takes us to Dolwyddelan, the Menai Straits and the infamous A470. Last...
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-Though I was born in Old Colwyn,
-when I was about two...
-..Dad was appointed headmaster
-of a school in the countryside...
-..in a beautiful village
-I lived here
-until I was seven or eight.
-It's where I spent
-the happiest years of my life.
-I still feel longing for the place.
-It was a wonderful place
-to be brought up.
-This is the balcony of Llais Afon...
-..the house Dad built
-It was revolutionary
-in Dolwyddelan at the time...
-..because among the stone and slate
-houses was a modern '70s house.
-We lived upstairs
-and slept downstairs.
-My friends thought that was wowee!
-They'd come round to the house
-just to see its design.
-We had an orange kitchen.
-Mam decided to put orange Formica
-in the kitchen.
-After taking about five years
-to build it...
-..we only lived in it
-for three or four years.
-Losing it affected me.
-After moving away,
-I used to phone the house.
-Whoever lived here answered it
-and I'd put the phone down.
-I wanted to maintain a link
-with the house I missed so much.
-I remember Dad waking my sister
-and I up from our bunk beds.
-He got us up out of our beds
-in our night dresses...
-..put wellingtons on our feet...
-..and plonked us in the middle of
-wet cement to get our footprints.
-It's so lovely
-as I haven't seen these for years.
-These are my footprints.
-I was six at the time.
-And my sister's little footprints.
-She was four.
-That's so lovely.
-We were a very close-knit family.
-We're still very close
-even though we've lost Mam.
-We lost her when she was 50.
-This reminds me a lot
-of when Mam was young.
-She was healthy and happy.
-She was young. She was
-in her thirties when she was here.
-My memories of Mam here
-are very happy.
-A young couple
-starting their careers...
-..and giving the most wonderful
-start to their two young daughters.
-We walked to school, of course.
-We used to walk downhill.
-We used to cross this field.
-It's a field
-that is badly affected by floods.
-So we often had to go around it
-We'd walk hand in hand with Dad...
-..through the field,
-over the bridge...
-..to the school.
-That was our simple life.
-I'd say that my happiest memories...
-..are based around this school.
-It was a small school
-of about 27 children, I think.
-There were only four in my year.
-Two girls, Eifiona and me,
-and Adrian and Paul.
-We were a very strong unit.
-I'll never forget Dad saying he was
-taking up a headship in Bangor...
-..and that we'd have to leave here.
-I knew I'd have to leave
-this strong little unit.
-I remember running from this room,
-or from the hall, I think...
-..to the toilet
-that was around the corner.
-I locked myself in
-for about half an hour.
-I couldn't leave
-I was crying so much.
-That heartbreak is still so real
-in my mind.
-Coming back here,
-the place is so small.
-It was a hive of activity.
-There was so much going on.
-It was very sociable.
-Considering the very small number
-of children here...
-..what happened in the school
-I was quite a shy and serious child.
-There were things
-that really affected me.
-I was quiet, happy
-I wasn't naughty at all.
-I was fairly quiet.
-My sister was the nightmare.
-is very close to my heart.
-This is where we used to come
-What a place
-to have as a playground.
-There's an old legend about an old
-cauldron buried under the castle.
-When we were children, we'd look
-for the cauldron at weekends!
-We really believed that we were
-going to find this cauldron...
-As Dolwyddelan Castle
-is one of the few Welsh castles...
-..it attracts tourists.
-We took full advantage
-We charged them money.
-Eifiona, my friend,
-had a horse called Pwtyn.
-Without a saddle or anything, they
-were plonked on the back of Pwtyn...
-..and took them around the farm
-We'd then go straight down to the
-shop to buy sweets and ice cream.
-It's obvious how gorgeous
-and lovely the place is.
-Of course, you want to live
-in a beautiful place.
-But it's more than that.
-The people made Dolwyddelan for me.
-They're down to earth
-but there's a strong culture here.
-There are poets and singers here.
-I was surrounded
-by these special people.
-I'd experience the culture
-at chapel and local eisteddfods.
-They're simple, wonderful,
-is most definitely a part of me.
-After the shock of leaving
-Dolwyddelan when I was eight...
-..we moved to Bangor as a family,
-It's about a mile up the road
-from Menai Bridge.
-This stretch of the Menai Bridge...
-..became very, very important
-..as a young child, as a student
-and as an adult.
-It's a place that's meant a lot
-to me many times during my life.
-I wasn't very adventurous...
-where to go to university...
-..because I stayed near this river -
-I went to Bangor University.
-I decided to study Welsh and Drama.
-This part of the Menai
-really brings me joy...
-..without being over-sentimental.
-My whole family can see
-one small part of the Menai.
-Dad lives in Caernarfon,
-which is right on the Menai.
-My sister looks over
-this small bit of the Menai too.
-When I worked up here,
-I rented a place on the Menai too.
-There was something nice about
-knowing that every night...
-..that we all could see this one bit
-of the Menai.
-I'm not sure what the real name
-of this place is...
-..but I've always called it
-the fairies' circle.
-It's where we came as children
-to start being independent...
-..doing what children do.
-A lot of foolish evenings
-were spent here.
-Lots of talking and gossiping...
-..and growing up.
-After leaving the fairies' circle,
-you turn left along the Menai...
-..and then go along the path that
-takes you along the Belgian Prom...
-to go over the stone bridge...
-..towards Llantysilio island.
-The small church between Britannia
-Bridge and Menai Bridge...
-..has given me so much
-comfort and peace over the years.
-Llantysilio island has been a
-pilgrimage for me for many decades.
-It's been important to me
-in good times and bad.
-It's given me tranquillity.
-Having said that, I've had a lot
-of fun on this little island too.
-As students at Bangor University...
-..we'd go over Menai Bridge...
-..and find our way to this island.
-Cynan has been buried here.
-We had some silly evenings
-by the grave...
-..reciting poetry and so on.
-As life got a bit harder...
-..I've found that walking
-over the bridge along the Menai...
-..has helped the soul.
-This small church means a lot to me.
-When I lost Mam when I was 26...
-..it was hard
-to make sense of things.
-Why she had to die so young.
-Coming to this place on my own...
-..to clear my head
-and try to find something.
-I'm not religious at all...
-..but I liked the tranquillity
-and simplicity of this place.
-It's unassuming, simple
-and puts a smile on my face.
-Those are three things
-that I associated with my mother.
-So, it's also a very happy place.
-It's quite a special place.
-The third place isn't a place.
-Rather, it's a thing,
-a part of life.
-I'm talking about the road
-from North to South Wales...
-..or from South to North,
-the blinking A470.
-It's a part of us.
-It even has its own Twitter page.
-and part of being Welsh.
-# The A470 is calling
-# Following the white line
-on the road
-# The A470 is calling
-# Back to the big smoke #
-I love driving.
-Though I curse the A470...
-..I'm happiest when I'm in the car.
-I don't if it's because Dad put me
-in the car when I was a baby...
-..to get me to sleep!
-The place I stop for petrol most of
-the time is Cwt Gwyn in Dolgellau.
-I hate stopping for petrol, which
-I know is a silly thing to say...
-..because you need it
-to continue your journey.
-But I do hate stopping for petrol.
-Hello! Are you OK?
-I'll have my usual coffee.
-I like to stop for coffee.
-I'm very familiar
-with the coffee machine.
-The staff are very welcoming.
-They all speak Welsh.
-They ask me whether I'm on my way up
-or my way down.
-It's now a tradition.
-If I don't stop there...
-..I know that something's
-not right with the journey.
-I love driving
-and I love being in the car.
-It's a four-hour journey...
-..and if I do it as often as I have
-been doing in the past few years...
-..that's eight hours a week, almost,
-of being on my own.
-So my mind does wander.
-# Up and down, up and down #
-I do listen to a lot of music.
-I sing and let my mind wander.
-As very often happens,
-I come to and think...
-.."I've no idea where I am!
-"Have I been through Llanelwedd?
-Have I been in Llanbrynmair?"
-Since so many parts of the road
-look similar to another part...
-..I very often
-don't know on which bit I'm on.
-# Up and down, up and down
-# In the air, on the ground #
-One part of the journey that
-takes my breath away every time...
-..is Bwlch yr Oerddrws.
-It doesn't matter if I'm travelling
-from north to south...
-..or from south to north, Bwlch yr
-Oerddrws has something to offer.
-If I'm going from south to north...
-..you can't beat the car chugging
-just as it gets to the top...
-..and then it feels like
-it deserves something at the end.
-What it gets is
-as you come over that ridge...
-..you see the expanse of Cader Idris
-and the other mountains.
-If you go from north to south,
-seeing that and leaving it behind...
-..just before you go downhill...
-..you know that one of the best
-stretches on the A470...
-..is coming up.
-# Up and down, up and down
-# In the air, on the ground #
-I use the car very often...
-..if I have something to learn.
-I'll turn into a layby
-or I'll park in a park...
-..because in the house,
-I'll find something else to do.
-I feel that the car
-restricts me to one place.
-But you don't feel lonely
-if you're parked somewhere.
-You still see the world
-going on around you...
-..yet you don't have to talk
-I'd say that most of my lines
-over the years...
-..have been learnt in the car.
-"I have suckled a baby...
-"..and I know how sweet it
-is to love the baby at my breast."
-After leaving university, I made a
-living as a presenter to begin with.
-the acting bug caught me again.
-I've had great parts over the years.
-The ones that come to mind
-are Llinos in Amdani...
-..Theatr Genedlaethol's Siwan
-and Anweledig's one-woman show.
-Also, the part of Alwena
-in Rownd a Rownd...
-..and more recently,
-Rhiannon in Byw Celwydd.
-Unfortunately, as I get older...
-is actually getting worse.
-I suffer a lot with nerves.
-Not just on stage, any more.
-I suffer with nerves
-when doing television work too.
-I didn't suffer from that at all
-when I was younger.
-For years, I had a superstition...
-..of waving at a plastic chef...
-..that was outside a cafe
-I did it for years.
-If I didn't wave
-at the little chef...
-that something bad would happen.
-until I passed the cafe one day...
-had stolen the little chef.
-It was made of plastic.
-Because that happened, I decided
-I had to find something...
-..that would never move
-and no-one would be able to steal.
-So I've chosen
-a statue in Mid Wales...
-..I know that even a nuclear bomb...
-..wouldn't be able to shift.
-It's a statue
-of David Davies, Llandinam.
-I forgot to wave once.
-This is no word of a lie.
-I'd gone about five miles...
-..but I drove back to do the wave
-That's the level of superstition
-# Reaching for the horizon
-through the drizzle
-# It plays on my mind
-like an old song
-# Only ninety miles to go
-# Before I see the sea
-# The A470 leads me back #
-I think I am a bit of a gypsy.
-It's reflected in the type of career
-I've decided to follow.
-I can't tie myself
-to one place for too long.
-Though I was in Rownd a Rownd
-for eight years...
-..I also lived far away...
-..so that gave me the variety
-in terms of travelling.
-I'm not one who likes commitment.
-But, as I get older,
-I do crave some stability.
-I have decided to try and look
-for more work in Cardiff...
-..or base myself in Cardiff
-When I return to the city, I make
-sure I reconnect with friends.
-I don't see a lot of them
-during the week.
-One of the places I love doing that
-After four hours on the A470...
-..there's nothing better
-than seeing a familiar face.
-I sit with a friend discussing
-the week that's gone by...
-..with a large glass of red wine.
-Reaching the end of any journey
-..but reaching the end
-of the A470 is lovely...
-..because I know I'm home.
-Choosing the places I have...
-..makes me realize that this road...
-..connects me to two other
-very important places in my life.
-But I hope that this is
-only half the journey...
-..and that there's a nice,
-very happy road in front of me.
-S4C Subtitles by Testun Cyf.
Ffion Dafis yw'r olaf i'n tywys i 3 lleoliad o'i dewis: Dolwyddelan, glannau'r Fenai a'r A470. Ffion Dafis takes us to Dolwyddelan, the Menai Straits and the infamous A470. Last in series.