Tom Evans, Gwanas Cefn Gwlad


Tom Evans, Gwanas

Dai Jones sy'n ymweld a Tom Evans Gwanas a'i deulu, yn ardal Brithdir ger Dolgellau. In a 2007 episode, Dai Jones visits Tom Evans Gwanas and his family, in the Brithdir area ne...


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-I'm making my way up from one of

-Wales's most well-known valleys...

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-..Cwm Hafod Oer in Meirionnydd.

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-I'm on my way to Gwanas Farm.

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-Tom Gwanas's name...

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-..and indeed the name Gwanas itself

-is familiar to everyone.

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-I'm looking forward

-to seeing these hills.

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-Tom and his brother Trebor

-tell me they've worked hard here.

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-# CAN YR ARAD GOCH #

-Piano Introduction

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-# If you'd like to know

-how a man like me lives,

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-# From my father,

-I learned mankind's first craft,

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-# I learned how to turn a bog

-into a fertile green meadow,

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-# To turn a bare wilderness

-into green earth. #

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-The enchanting voice of Tom Gwanas.

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-This voice has won two Blue Ribands.

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-Tom has lived at Gwanas Farm

-in Meirionnydd all his life.

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-His family is very musical...

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-..and it has also produced

-excellent hill farmers.

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-# I follow the red plough

-on the great mountain. #

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-# But the ancient language

-still lives on,

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-# And the ancient songs endure,

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-# But the ancient language

-still lives on. #

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-Dic Pennal always said,

-when we passed this way...

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-.."Old Gwanas is a big place."

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-He was right, too.

-What a place you've got here!

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-I don't have many fields lower down,

-mind you.

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-Most of them are up here.

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-Most of them are up here.

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-How far up do you go?

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-How far up do you go?

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-Right up to the summit.

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-There's a dip

-like a small valley over there.

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-Yes. That part's called

-Ceunant y Gigfran.

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-You don't do any lambing

-up here do you?

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-Oh, yes.

-Lambing takes place up here.

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-That's where a bike comes in handy.

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-That's where a bike comes in handy.

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-You've got sheep up here...

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-You've got sheep up here...

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-..and I've seen cattle too.

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-You graze cattle up here too.

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-You graze cattle up here too.

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-Yes, they come up here.

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-Yes, they come up here.

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-It's time for them to go in though.

-It's wet.

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-This old soil has endured very well.

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-Yes.

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-It's difficult for you

-to improve the soil on the slopes...

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-..but there are some

-nice green spots in places.

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-A year ago, I got a helicopter

-to spray the bracken.

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-It did a very good job.

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-It did a very good job.

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-Expensive, though...

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-It did a very good job.

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-..but what else can you do?

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-..but what else can you do?

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-There'd be nothing for animals

-to eat otherwise.

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-Is this where your roots are?

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-Didn't your father

-come from Cwm Hafod Oer?

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-Yes, lower down there.

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-What about your mother?

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-What about your mother?

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-She came from just over the ridge.

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-She came from just over the ridge.

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-Looking for shelter, was she?!

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-There was a well-worn path here

-before they married!

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-I can't think of a bleaker name

-than Cwm Hafod Oer.

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-This valley is very bare.

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-There aren't many trees.

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-Very few trees.

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-That's how it's always been.

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-But there are some trees

-growing here now.

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-How far does your land extend?

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-How far does your land extend?

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-As far as the Dinas road...

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-As far as the Dinas road...

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-..up to Pen y Bwlch.

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-You live between Bwlch yr Oerddrws

-and Cwm Hafod Oer...

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-..you need two overcoats!

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-And thermals!

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-This is the first time

-I've seen this view.

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-It's a lovely view, isn't it?

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-Do these fields have names?

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-I sincerely hope people don't forget

-the Welsh names given to fields.

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-Yes. Sons should be told.

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-It's so important.

-Names are better than numbers.

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-I know the names

-of most of these fields.

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-That's Foel Caerynwch over there.

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-The small house down there

-is called Tyddyn Llwyn.

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-It's amazing how much land

-there is up here.

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-Did farmers work together up here?

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-Did farmers work together up here?

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-Yes, we used to help each other.

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-Yes, we used to help each other.

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-Shearing was done at Gwanas.

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-Sheep had to brought over

-from Mynydd Bylan.

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-We had to walk up the moors

-all the way to the top.

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-That's not the best land

-for walking!

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-Walking in those conditions

-is exhausting.

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-Do you have any land

-on the other side?

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-Not much.

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-There's Mynydd Bylan, Mynydd

-Tyddyn Du, Mynydd Hafod Oer...

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-..and Mynydd Cefn Naw Clawdd,

-in the distance.

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-An outsider would be amazed that

-you can remember all the names...

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-..but they're a part of you.

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-Moments like these

-can stir your blood.

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-Tom is fortunate to have a son,

-Geraint, to follow him.

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-He likes sheep but he's particularly

-interested in cattle.

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-This is a fairly new breed -

-the Stabiliser.

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-The weather's very changeable,

-isn't it?

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-What's this Stabiliser breed?

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-They must be quite hardy,

-or you wouldn't be keeping them.

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-It's cold here in winter.

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-The Stabiliser

-is made up of four breeds.

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-Two of the breeds are British

-and the other two are Continental.

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-Is there any Aberdeen in them?

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-Is there any Aberdeen in them?

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-Yes.

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-Yes.

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-Hereford and Angus

-are the British breeds.

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-The Continental breeds

-are Gelbvieh and Simmental.

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-Maybe you won't get a Lim's backside

-with them...

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-..but they have a good width

-and good sides - a decent size.

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-Their backs are wider, and that's

-where the most expensive meat is.

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-Would you say they're best

-for producing dams...

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-..where you don't need a cow

-with too much milk?

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-Yes, that's the idea -

-to produce a breeding cow.

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-It seems that your ideas are coming

-to the fore here at Gwanas.

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-Is this what you intend to do?

-Keep suckler cattle?

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-Yes. The problem is

-Dad's getting slower...

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-..and he can't run after Limousins

-these days!

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-Stabiliser cows and calves

-are a lot more tame.

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-You've noticed that, have you?

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-You've noticed that, have you?

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-Yes. They're easier to manage.

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-Yes. They're easier to manage.

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-We heard Tom

-singing Ceiriog's lyrics...

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-.."From my father

-I learned mankind's first craft."

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-One of those crafts

-is building dry stone walls.

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-These farms wouldn't be the same

-without them.

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-Many generations of his family

-have been building these walls.

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-Tom himself

-has been doing it for years.

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-Placing poles in a stone wall

-is a tricky job.

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-It's difficult to get them in

-firmly.

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-Big stones

-force your poles out of line.

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-It's amazing how much shelter

-these walls provide for young lambs.

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-They like these stone walls.

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-They like these stone walls.

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-At lambing time...

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-They like these stone walls.

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-..you should see all the sheep

-gathered here.

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-That's a good wall.

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-Are you with the Tir Gofal scheme?

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-You've put up conservation fences.

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-You've put up conservation fences.

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-Yes.

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-Yes.

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-You imagine you provide shelter

-with stone walls...

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-..but these stones are cold.

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-..but these stones are cold.

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-They're fine when they've warmed up.

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-They're fine when they've warmed up.

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-You've got lots of cattle,

-and they're doing well.

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-Down to feed once a day,

-then up the hill again?

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-Yes, they're fed once a day

-at the moment.

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-What would we do without silage

-and big bales?

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-They're a blessing.

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-It would be difficult

-to produce enough hay for all these.

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-The summers are so dry.

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-Years ago, there were cowsheds

-around the place...

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-..one down there and one over there.

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-Hay had to be carried

-to those cowsheds.

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-You must have spent all day

-going round the cowsheds!

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-We've got bikes nowadays.

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-They have four legs -

-we've only got two.

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-When I look down

-from the mountain...

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-..I see traffic moving between

-Machynlleth and Dolgellau...

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-..and from Dinas.

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-It's a busy spot

-to keep cattle and sheep.

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-Yes, it's difficult.

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-Yes, it's difficult.

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-You're on a crossroads.

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-You're on a crossroads.

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-I lost a dog recently.

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-A car hit it on the road.

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-You can't afford to lose a good dog.

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-You can't afford to lose a good dog.

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-No.

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-No.

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-Have you finished with this wall

-for today?

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-Yes, I've finished.

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-# Beside the lake,

-beneath the boughs,

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-# So long ago,

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-# There, watching the waves moving

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-# Back and forth.

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-# I remember one

-so gentle and charming,

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-# My foolish heart,

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-# Then came cold autumn,

-So long ago. #

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-Don't break it... there.

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-You're doing a good job here, Tom.

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-Extending the space for feeding.

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-Extending the space for feeding.

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-The concrete has set well.

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-The concrete has set well.

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-Yes. It was muddy.

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-Concrete's easier to keep clean.

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-Was it ready-mixed,

-or did you mix it?

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-We mixed it. We get the gravel

-from a local quarry.

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-It's a good building.

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-It's healthy too.

-The cows won't catch pneumonia.

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-Yes, it's healthy.

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-I like that thing

-for flattening concrete.

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-Oh, yes.

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-You're like me -

-you don't like bending over.

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-It's a hell of a job

-when you have to kneel.

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-I'm at Gwanas

-and I'm reminded of that song...

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-..'Wrth Fynd Efo Deio I Dywyn'.

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-You're mentioned in that song.

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-That's right.

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-How does it go?

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-How does it go?

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-"Bread and cheese...

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-"Bread and cheese...

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-"..and tea at Gwanas."

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-"..and tea at Gwanas."

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-You need bread and cheese...

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-"..and tea at Gwanas."

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-..doing a job like this!

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-..doing a job like this!

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-Was that a hint?!

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-..doing a job like this!

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-# On we went, past Dinas,

-Tra la la la la la la la la la la,

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-# We had bread and cheese at Gwanas,

-Tra la la la la la la la la la la,

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-# Through Talyllyn we went directly,

-Tra la la la la la la la la,

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-# When I went with Deio to Tywyn,

-Tra la la la la la la la la la la. #

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-November 2006 was a historic time

-for the family.

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-Nia and Geraint moved in

-with their children, Robin and Meg.

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-The fun of moving

-delighted the children.

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-Make sure all the books are there!

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-Of course...

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-..this young family remembers

-moving in here, many years ago.

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-The sweet face of Glesni

-who died in tragic circumstances.

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-Will you help me?

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-I'll try. Don't give me anything

-valuable in case I drop it!

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-Let's start with this.

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-Let's start with this.

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-That's a good picture...

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-That's a good picture...

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-..cattle on the mountain.

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-..cattle on the mountain.

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-With Cader Idris in the background.

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-With Cader Idris in the background.

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-Shall I put them in here?

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-Shall I put them in here?

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-That's right.

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-Shall I put them in here?

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-Pack them like this.

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-Pack them like this.

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-That's the way.

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-I'm leaving this here.

-It's Geraint's.

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-He won it.

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-An environmental award.

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-That's a picture of Glesni.

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-We were unfortunate to lose Glesni

-while she was away travelling.

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-She died in Bangkok 15 years ago.

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-Moving is quite a job.

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-Yes, it is.

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-Here's a rare item

-I've never seen before.

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-Everyone who's won

-the Blue Riband twice.

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-Not many have managed it.

-One, two, three, four, five, six.

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-Two... three of them

-are from Meirionnydd.

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-That's right. I'd noticed that.

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-That's right. I'd noticed that.

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-Wil Prysor, Tom and Dic.

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-Wil Prysor, Tom and Dic.

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-Three bassists.

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-Bob Bach was a character, too.

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-There's a lot

-of talent in Meirionnydd.

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-They're big singers

-to look at - tall.

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-Here's his latest certificate.

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-The Blue Riband in Pembrokeshire.

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-Here's an old picture.

-We're taking it with us...

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-..Tom driving sheep.

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-That's Morris Caerynwch.

-Tom's there somewhere.

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-You can tell how long ago it was

-by looking at the cars.

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-The '50s, probably.

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-The '50s, probably.

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-There's a Standard 10.

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-There's a Standard 10.

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-I had a Standard 10.

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-The gearstick

-was the strongest thing about it!

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-It couldn't even overtake a bike!

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-It couldn't even overtake a bike!

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-These are pictures...

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-These are pictures...

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-..of my grandmother's home,

-Pantyneuadd, in Parc.

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-Here's Nain, carrying bread.

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-Here's Nain, carrying bread.

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-Look at the size of those loaves!

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-Look at the size of those loaves!

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-That's Aunt Mari, my father's

-sister, with a load of bread.

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-Here's another photograph,

-by the big oven.

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-They worked hard, didn't they?

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-Here's my favourite.

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-There's a side of bacon

-hanging at the top.

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-Aunt Meinir played that harp.

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-Have you heard of Hywel Wood?

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-Have you heard of Hywel Wood?

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-Yes, Hywel Wood.

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-Yes, Hywel Wood.

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-That's him.

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-Nain, of course,

-used a smaller table.

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-This is a photograph from the '40s.

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-It brings back happy memories

-of my childhood.

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-Let's pack these then.

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-These mean a lot to me.

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-Tom's busy polishing.

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-Here's a picture of Bethan.

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-She'd had a makeover

-in somewhere or other.

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-It's a wonder she sat still

-long enough to take a picture!

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-She's not too proud of that.

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-Right.

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-Right.

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-You're only moving a few miles...

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-You're only moving a few miles...

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-..but everything has to be moved.

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-Yes.

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-I'm leaving this calendar

-until the last moment.

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-You won't need a clock

-or a calendar after retiring!

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-I see you've left the files

-and the bills for Geraint!

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-Geraint can sort those out.

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-And these keys...

-it's all last-minute!

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-I'll have to watch this step.

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-What about this old clock?

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-What about this old clock?

-

-That was handed down.

0:17:500:17:51

-That was handed down.

0:17:510:17:51

-Griffith Davis, Dolgellau.

0:17:520:17:53

-That came from Hafod Oer.

0:17:550:17:58

-The Gwanas family has long

-played its part in Welsh singing.

0:17:580:18:03

-The late Llew Evans

-was Tom's father.

0:18:030:18:06

-Tom's mother loves

-coming back here to visit.

0:18:060:18:10

-It's great to see you back here,

-Mrs Evans.

0:18:100:18:14

-You must have many sweet memories.

0:18:140:18:15

-You must have many sweet memories.

-

-Yes, very sweet.

0:18:150:18:16

-You must have many sweet memories.

0:18:160:18:16

-There was plenty of work

-to do here back then.

0:18:170:18:21

-How many children do you have?

0:18:220:18:25

-We all know Tom and Trebor.

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-The others were girls, weren't they?

0:18:280:18:30

-Yes.

0:18:310:18:32

-The eldest is a girl.

0:18:320:18:35

-She lives in Llwyngwril.

0:18:350:18:36

-She lives in Llwyngwril.

-

-She conducted Llwyngwril choir...

0:18:360:18:36

-She conducted Llwyngwril choir...

0:18:360:18:37

-..for many years.

0:18:370:18:39

-Yes, in Machynlleth.

0:18:390:18:41

-The youngest is in California.

0:18:420:18:44

-Did you ever get the opportunity

-to go there?

0:18:450:18:48

-I've been there eight times.

0:18:490:18:51

-California?

0:18:520:18:52

-California?

-

-Yes.

0:18:520:18:53

-Yes.

0:18:530:18:54

-You don't drive, do you?

0:18:540:18:55

-You don't drive, do you?

-

-No.

0:18:550:18:56

-No.

0:18:560:18:57

-You get around, nevertheless!

0:18:570:18:59

-Singing has always been important

-in your family.

0:19:000:19:03

-Yes, it always has been.

0:19:040:19:06

-You and your husband sang.

0:19:070:19:09

-You and your husband sang.

-

-Yes. We often sang together...

0:19:090:19:11

-..often in chapel.

0:19:120:19:13

-If there was a Communion service,

-they asked us to sing a duet.

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-We sang in Salem many times.

0:19:190:19:22

-You raised children here.

-It's a big farm.

0:19:230:19:26

-Was there a lot of work?

0:19:260:19:29

-We had three workers and

-four children who had to be fed.

0:19:290:19:35

-Sometimes, we received help.

0:19:350:19:37

-Then, when our eldest daughter

-finished school...

0:19:390:19:42

-..she was able to help us.

0:19:420:19:45

-But everyone had to be fed.

0:19:460:19:48

-But everyone had to be fed.

-

-Did you make your own butter?

0:19:480:19:49

-Did you make your own butter?

0:19:490:19:50

-Twice a week, sometimes.

0:19:500:19:52

-Did you make butter here?

0:19:520:19:54

-Did you make butter here?

-

-Yes, here.

0:19:540:19:55

-Yes, here.

0:19:550:19:55

-This area used to be all stone

-on both sides.

0:19:570:20:01

-This is where we made butter

-which we sold in Dolgellau.

0:20:010:20:06

-You must be very happy.

0:20:060:20:08

-Tom and Mair are moving out, and

-their son, Geraint, is moving in.

0:20:080:20:14

-That must make you very happy.

0:20:140:20:17

-The same family's still living here.

0:20:170:20:18

-The same family's still living here.

-

-It's important.

0:20:180:20:20

-It's important.

0:20:200:20:20

-Yes, it's important.

0:20:200:20:21

-Perhaps their children

-will be singers too.

0:20:220:20:25

-If that's what Nain wants,

-I'm sure they'll do their best.

0:20:250:20:30

-No money - nothing inside!

0:20:430:20:45

-Just dust and a spider!

0:20:450:20:48

-Tom and Mair are lucky to have

-their children living nearby.

0:20:500:20:55

-They're all helping with the move,

-so Tom won't be landed with a bill!

0:20:550:21:00

-I bet you had fun here

-when you were young.

0:21:000:21:04

-I've never seen such a big porch.

0:21:050:21:08

-If I'd been naughty,

-they locked me upstairs...

0:21:080:21:11

-..and I used to escape

-through the window by climbing down!

0:21:120:21:16

-There used to be ivy growing there.

0:21:170:21:19

-The place holds memories.

0:21:190:21:21

-Dad's moving down the road.

0:21:210:21:23

-But this will still be

-the family home - Gwanas.

0:21:240:21:27

-You're known as Bethan Gwanas, and

-that's how you'll always be known.

0:21:280:21:33

-It's the same with Llinos.

0:21:330:21:35

-In Bala...

0:21:350:21:37

-..if someone shouts "Gwanas!" I turn

-around but it's Llinos they want!

0:21:370:21:42

-I won't ask

-which of you is the eldest!

0:21:420:21:46

-Llinos is the most petite,

-but you play rugby.

0:21:460:21:50

-Yes. Bethan used to play too.

0:21:500:21:53

-But you still play, don't you?

0:21:530:21:56

-With what team do you play?

0:21:560:21:59

-Bala women's team.

0:21:590:22:01

-And there are enough women

-to form a team?

0:22:010:22:05

-Sometimes. It depends.

0:22:060:22:07

-Sometimes, we play on Sundays...

0:22:070:22:09

-..but many of the girls are in

-a bad state on Sunday morning!

0:22:100:22:15

-It's strange

-that you two took up rugby.

0:22:150:22:19

-Here we are among the lonely hills.

0:22:190:22:22

-All the boys here play football.

0:22:220:22:24

-All the boys here play football.

-

-No, no.

0:22:240:22:25

-No, no.

0:22:250:22:26

-Both games are played in Dolgellau.

0:22:260:22:28

-Dad used to play rugby.

0:22:290:22:31

-That may have something

-to do with it.

0:22:310:22:34

-We had to watch rugby every Sunday.

0:22:350:22:36

-We had to watch rugby every Sunday.

-

-We're a rugby family...

0:22:360:22:37

-We had to watch rugby every Sunday.

0:22:370:22:37

-..but we girls

-weren't allowed to play.

0:22:370:22:38

-..but we girls

-weren't allowed to play.

0:22:380:22:40

-But girls always follow Dad.

0:22:410:22:42

-But girls always follow Dad.

-

-They must do.

0:22:420:22:43

-They must do.

0:22:430:22:43

-Did your mother

-give you a telling off?

0:22:430:22:47

-Well, Mam...

0:22:470:22:48

-Mam's a bit more ladylike

-than we are.

0:22:490:22:52

-Yes, she is.

0:22:520:22:53

-Yes, she is.

-

-She tried to get us to dance...

0:22:530:22:54

-She tried to get us to dance...

0:22:540:22:56

-..to be ballerinas.

0:22:560:22:58

-You've got the body

-to be a ballerina!

0:22:580:23:02

-Both of you!

0:23:020:23:02

-Both of you!

-

-Thanks very much, Dai!

0:23:020:23:03

-Thanks very much, Dai!

0:23:030:23:04

-You've dismantled the clock, boys.

0:23:120:23:15

-Do you remember Laurel and Hardy?

0:23:150:23:18

-Remember them dropping a clock?

0:23:180:23:20

-Hardy's right here!

0:23:200:23:22

-This is a very old clock.

0:23:250:23:27

-Yes, it is.

0:23:280:23:29

-Look how "Dolgelly" is spelt.

0:23:290:23:32

-You said you had a room

-where a choir used to practise.

0:23:330:23:38

-It was this room.

0:23:380:23:40

-It was a mixed choir.

0:23:400:23:42

-My father's brother conducted...

0:23:420:23:44

-..and he had the whole choir

-right up against him!

0:23:440:23:48

-How many were in the choir?

0:23:480:23:50

-How many were in the choir?

-

-Nearly 30.

0:23:500:23:51

-Nearly 30.

0:23:510:23:51

-Your father

-was with Cor Meibion Dolgellau.

0:23:530:23:56

-Yes. So was I.

0:23:560:23:58

-For a while.

0:23:580:24:00

-A singing tradition.

0:24:000:24:02

-It's not a bad day for moving,

-though it's wet outside.

0:24:020:24:07

-We've already taken

-the smaller things.

0:24:070:24:10

-Mair wants more boxes or something.

0:24:100:24:13

-It's a big thing, moving.

0:24:130:24:15

-And you're moving in, Geraint.

0:24:150:24:16

-And you're moving in, Geraint.

-

-It's a lot of work.

0:24:160:24:18

-It's a lot of work.

0:24:180:24:18

-You'll be closer to your work.

0:24:190:24:20

-You'll be closer to your work.

-

-It's better for me.

0:24:200:24:21

-It's better for me.

0:24:210:24:22

-And less work for the old man.

0:24:220:24:25

-Less of the 'old'.

-we're the same age!

0:24:250:24:29

-But we like to give young people

-a chance!

0:24:290:24:32

-A small chance!

0:24:330:24:33

-A small chance!

-

-A small push!

0:24:330:24:34

-A small push!

0:24:340:24:35

-Have you moved yet?

0:24:350:24:37

-This is a nice job for us two

-at our age.

0:24:390:24:44

-Don't move anything

-that's too heavy.

0:24:450:24:48

-You'll get a lot in here.

0:24:500:24:53

-Mind your head.

0:24:530:24:54

-Tom has been a member

-of Cor Godre'r Aran for many years.

0:25:090:25:14

-I wonder if he's asked - I'm sure

-he is - "Do your children sing?"

0:25:150:25:21

-Llinos can sing.

0:25:210:25:22

-Llinos can sing.

-

-No, she can't!

0:25:220:25:22

-No, she can't!

0:25:220:25:23

-Though they tried their best

-with me!

0:25:230:25:26

-Llinos can play the piano too.

0:25:270:25:28

-Llinos can play the piano too.

-

-No, though they tried that too!

0:25:280:25:29

-No, though they tried that too!

0:25:290:25:31

-It would have been nice

-if you could play.

0:25:310:25:35

-That was the dream, I think.

0:25:350:25:36

-That was the dream, I think.

-

-Dad wanted an accompanist.

0:25:360:25:38

-That was the dream, I think.

0:25:380:25:38

-He tried to get us girls interested.

0:25:380:25:41

-Mrs AA came here to give us

-piano lessons in the parlour.

0:25:410:25:46

-Mrs AA -

-her husband worked for the AA!

0:25:460:25:50

-But I really hated

-playing the piano!

0:25:500:25:53

-I protested so much.

0:25:530:25:55

-When she came once, I kicked

-a football and broke a window!

0:25:550:26:00

-Llinos wasn't quite such a rebel

-in those days.

0:26:000:26:04

-Is she very rebellious these days?

0:26:040:26:07

-She did rebel a bit later on.

0:26:070:26:10

-Back to today, Bethan - doesn't

-travelling so much scare you?

0:26:110:26:15

-I'd be scared of getting lost!

0:26:150:26:16

-I'd be scared of getting lost!

-

-I'm never on my own.

0:26:160:26:18

-I'm never on my own.

0:26:180:26:18

-I prefer to travel alone.

0:26:190:26:21

-Llinos came with me to America once

-to play rugby.

0:26:210:26:25

-That must have been an experience!

0:26:250:26:28

-It was great!

0:26:280:26:30

-I'd rather travel on my own, really.

0:26:300:26:33

-But when I'm doing 'Ar Y Lein',

-there's a crew as well.

0:26:330:26:38

-I've nothing against them,

-but that's work.

0:26:380:26:41

-What an experience though.

0:26:420:26:43

-You meet different people

-in different countries.

0:26:440:26:47

-In this country,

-everyone's the same, more or less.

0:26:470:26:51

-But, in some places,

-people can be very different.

0:26:510:26:55

-They're completely different,

-but then again, they're the same.

0:26:550:26:59

-It doesn't matter where you go.

0:26:590:27:00

-It doesn't matter where you go.

-

-Do you enjoy it?

0:27:000:27:01

-Do you enjoy it?

0:27:010:27:02

-Oh, yes. I like talking to people.

0:27:020:27:05

-I get bored if I'm sitting

-looking at moose or elk all day!

0:27:050:27:10

-I don't know how

-Iolo Williams does it!

0:27:110:27:14

-It's people I'm interested in...

0:27:140:27:16

-Llinos, would you like to travel?

0:27:160:27:19

-I'm not sure.

0:27:190:27:21

-I'd enjoy if Bethan and her sister

-did something like 'Ar Y Lein' once.

0:27:210:27:25

-That's a good idea!

0:27:260:27:27

-.

0:27:280:27:28

-888

0:27:330:27:33

-888

-

-888

0:27:330:27:35

-The family has a lot of work to do

-during the week.

0:27:380:27:43

-They have land in Maentwrog

-and Anglesey.

0:27:440:27:47

-Managing these Continental cattle

-can often be quite a job.

0:27:470:27:51

-Go on.

0:27:580:28:00

-Go on.

0:28:010:28:03

-This is a very sheltered spot.

0:28:080:28:11

-It's not at all cold.

0:28:110:28:13

-It's not at all cold.

-

-No, and it's nice and dry.

0:28:130:28:13

-No, and it's nice and dry.

0:28:130:28:15

-I'm sure this was in its glory

-this year.

0:28:170:28:21

-Yes. It started late,

-but it was good once it came.

0:28:210:28:25

-You keep cattle here, and you've

-created a great place for them.

0:28:260:28:31

-It's next to the road.

0:28:310:28:33

-Getting them in can be quite a job.

0:28:330:28:36

-You've got to plan ahead.

0:28:370:28:39

-I would think

-you've got plenty of patience.

0:28:390:28:43

-Me?!

0:28:430:28:44

-That's what I think.

0:28:450:28:45

-That's what I think.

-

-You're not serious, are you?

0:28:450:28:46

-You're not serious, are you?

0:28:460:28:47

-Yes! I think you have patience!

0:28:480:28:50

-Shall I go and look

-for the other cows?

0:28:510:28:55

-Are you sure?

0:28:550:28:56

-Are you sure?

-

-There was a time...

0:28:560:28:57

-There was a time...

0:28:570:28:57

-..when I could run around

-and get the cattle in!

0:28:580:29:02

-But this is enough for me now!

0:29:020:29:03

-But this is enough for me now!

-

-The 0-60 has gone!

0:29:030:29:05

-I could do it years ago!

0:29:050:29:08

-Let that white one through?

0:29:140:29:16

-Whoa, bach. Come on.

0:29:180:29:19

-Will they get past you?

0:29:210:29:23

-No, they won't get past me.

0:29:230:29:26

-Guaranteed?

0:29:260:29:27

-I'm not as tall as you,

-but I'd fill a bigger hole!

0:29:270:29:33

-I want those two.

0:29:340:29:36

-Let that red one come.

0:29:450:29:47

-There we are, boys.

0:30:030:30:05

-Gwanas, here we come.

0:30:060:30:08

-They're one step closer to the bank.

0:30:100:30:13

-The family, responding

-to circumstances...

0:30:380:30:41

-..has diversified in its work.

0:30:410:30:44

-Diversification is an important word

-in agriculture nowadays.

0:30:440:30:49

-A few miles down the road,

-they have a caravan park.

0:30:510:30:55

-People flock here.

0:30:550:30:58

-It's a lovely spot.

0:30:580:31:00

-You've spent a lot of money on this.

0:31:010:31:03

-That building's new.

0:31:040:31:05

-It's about a year old.

0:31:060:31:08

-It's a great asset.

0:31:080:31:10

-Building something like that

-costs a lot.

0:31:110:31:14

-All the utilities must be in place.

0:31:150:31:18

-There are regulations.

0:31:180:31:19

-These days, people

-want the best facilities.

0:31:200:31:23

-Is this the largest park?

0:31:250:31:28

-Yes, this is the park

-with the static caravans.

0:31:280:31:32

-It's an excellent park

-and totally rural.

0:31:320:31:35

-City people like to escape

-for holidays in a quiet spot.

0:31:360:31:40

-I'm sure you don't have any trouble

-filling the place.

0:31:400:31:44

-So long as the sun is out.

0:31:450:31:46

-So long as the sun is out.

-

-The weather is your only problem.

0:31:460:31:48

-The weather is your only problem.

0:31:480:31:48

-Yes, but it's quite sheltered here.

0:31:480:31:51

-Wind isn't a problem.

0:31:520:31:53

-Does anyone outside the family

-help to run the show?

0:31:530:31:57

-No, it's the family, mostly.

0:31:580:32:00

-Of course, this began

-as a means of diversification.

0:32:000:32:04

-You got the chance to buy it.

0:32:040:32:06

-You got the chance to buy it.

-

-Yes, back in '96...

0:32:060:32:07

-Yes, back in '96...

0:32:070:32:07

-..we got the chance

-to buy the place.

0:32:070:32:11

-We bought it

-the day before BSE broke out.

0:32:110:32:15

-It's been a great help to us.

0:32:160:32:19

-You're clever with your hands.

-You can build stone walls.

0:32:190:32:23

-Did you do a lot of the work

-yourself?

0:32:240:32:28

-Yes - walls, fences, and I've done

-a lot of work on the caravans...

0:32:280:32:33

-..plumbing, and preparing places

-for new caravans.

0:32:330:32:36

-Of course, these caravans

-must have all the amenities.

0:32:370:32:41

-They have to be available.

0:32:430:32:45

-Yes - electricity,

-water and sewerage.

0:32:450:32:48

-We may install gas this winter.

0:32:490:32:53

-When does the season start? Easter?

0:32:530:32:55

-Yes, Easter or April 1.

-It depends which comes first.

0:32:560:33:01

-It finishes at the end of October.

0:33:010:33:04

-There's a lot of work involved

-with these walls.

0:33:110:33:14

-You should be getting full grants.

0:33:140:33:17

-These old walls fall down easily.

0:33:170:33:19

-You have to maintain them properly.

0:33:200:33:21

-You have to maintain them properly.

-

-Yes, these walls in particular.

0:33:210:33:22

-Yes, these walls in particular.

0:33:220:33:23

-The stones are from the river,

-so they're round.

0:33:230:33:27

-There's more work involved.

0:33:270:33:29

-You have to place the stones

-carefully.

0:33:290:33:32

-They're very heavy.

0:33:330:33:34

-Yes - they're hard on your back.

0:33:340:33:37

-You have to watch that children

-don't go jumping all over them!

0:33:370:33:42

-Mam often shouts at them!

0:33:420:33:44

-She's used to shouting!

0:33:440:33:45

-She's used to shouting!

-

-She had plenty of practice with us!

0:33:450:33:48

-I learnt mostly from my father.

0:33:490:33:52

-Every area has a different building

-technique or a different style.

0:33:520:33:57

-On the outskirts of Brithdir...

0:34:080:34:10

-..there's a place that's close

-to the family's heart - the chapel.

0:34:110:34:15

-It's closed now, but they're

-delighted with its new use.

0:34:150:34:20

-Here's the family graveyard.

0:34:200:34:22

-The gate's been painted too,

-fair play!

0:34:230:34:26

-Yes, it's nice.

0:34:260:34:28

-Things are well cared for

-in rural areas.

0:34:280:34:31

-Here it is - the family graveyard.

0:34:330:34:35

-Here it is - the family graveyard.

-

-Here it is.

0:34:350:34:35

-Here it is.

0:34:350:34:36

-There's Glesni - and your father.

0:34:380:34:40

-I hope there'll be room for me too.

0:34:400:34:44

-Before very long, I should think!

0:34:440:34:45

-Before very long, I should think!

-

-I wouldn't say that!

0:34:450:34:47

-I wouldn't say that!

0:34:470:34:47

-Was this the family chapel?

0:34:470:34:50

-Originally, we went to another

-chapel, further up the valley...

0:34:510:34:55

-..closer to Cwm Hafod Oer.

0:34:550:34:57

-That closed, so we came here.

0:34:570:35:00

-But this didn't remain open

-for much longer.

0:35:000:35:03

-The year 2000.

0:35:040:35:05

-In the year 2000.

0:35:050:35:07

-Today, it's a nursery, isn't it?

0:35:080:35:10

-Today, it's a nursery, isn't it?

-

-Yes, for young children.

0:35:100:35:11

-Yes, for young children.

0:35:110:35:12

-The original idea was to keep

-the building for the community.

0:35:140:35:18

-Then, after four years,

-we'd received enough grants...

0:35:190:35:23

-..to open the nursery at the

-beginning of this year, January 3.

0:35:230:35:27

-You must be very happy.

0:35:280:35:29

-You must be very happy.

-

-Yes. The chapel's been very kind...

0:35:290:35:30

-Yes. The chapel's been very kind...

0:35:300:35:31

-..to let us have it on lease

-at a small price.

0:35:310:35:36

-It's a very nice purpose -

-to nurture the future.

0:35:360:35:40

-Who could turn that down?

0:35:400:35:43

-Singers, perhaps.

0:35:430:35:44

-There'll be something wrong

-if there won't be any.

0:35:450:35:48

-Are you still involved with the

-place now that it's a nursery?

0:35:480:35:53

-Yes, we had to do something with the

-graveyard when the chapel closed.

0:35:540:35:59

-Three of us are trustees

-of the graveyard.

0:35:590:36:03

-If you want to be buried here,

-you phone me!

0:36:030:36:08

-I see!

-It's in very safe hands, then.

0:36:080:36:11

-Well, hello!

0:36:410:36:43

-How are you?

0:36:430:36:44

-Are you alright?

0:36:450:36:46

-A welcome at the door!

0:36:460:36:48

-How are you?

0:36:490:36:50

-How are you?

-

-I'm fine.

0:36:500:36:50

-I'm fine.

0:36:500:36:51

-They keep you busy, don't they?

0:36:530:36:56

-Very busy. We've just had lunch

-and now they're playing.

0:36:560:37:00

-You can see chocolate

-around their mouths!

0:37:000:37:03

-How old are they?

0:37:040:37:05

-How old are they?

-

-We accept them from three months...

0:37:050:37:05

-We accept them from three months...

0:37:050:37:08

-..until the time they start school.

0:37:080:37:11

-That varies, depending on when

-they have their birthday.

0:37:110:37:15

-None are over five.

0:37:150:37:16

-None are over five.

-

-How many of you look after them?

0:37:160:37:17

-How many of you look after them?

0:37:170:37:19

-There are six staff members.

0:37:190:37:21

-Tom's granddaughter works here.

0:37:220:37:24

-She's over there, feeding a baby.

0:37:240:37:27

-Do they miss their mothers

-when they leave them?

0:37:270:37:31

-They're very good. Some do,

-but they're all different.

0:37:310:37:35

-Some days, maybe, or if there's

-a change in circumstances.

0:37:350:37:40

-But they're very good.

0:37:400:37:41

-But they're very good.

-

-How many children are registered?

0:37:410:37:42

-How many children are registered?

0:37:420:37:43

-Hello, how are you?

0:37:430:37:44

-Hello, how are you?

-

-There are 30 in all.

0:37:440:37:45

-There are 30 in all.

0:37:450:37:46

-Really?

0:37:470:37:48

-Have you come to say hello?

0:37:480:37:51

-What's that? A mouth organ?

0:37:510:37:53

-What's that? A mouth organ?

-

-Hello!

0:37:530:37:53

-Hello!

0:37:530:37:54

-Everyone wants to say hello!

0:37:540:37:55

-Everyone wants to say hello!

-

-They're cheerful!

0:37:550:37:57

-They're cheerful!

0:37:570:37:57

-How are you?

0:37:570:37:59

-Are you alright?

0:37:590:38:00

-.

0:38:000:38:01

-888

0:38:160:38:16

-888

-

-888

0:38:160:38:18

-There's no need for the tourists

-to have everything.

0:38:290:38:32

-The sheep are brought to the park

-where there's plenty of grass.

0:38:330:38:38

-They think it's Christmas!

0:38:380:38:40

-They're delighted to get in there!

0:38:460:38:49

-They won't take long

-to graze it all.

0:38:500:38:53

-We haven't cut the grass

-for a while...

0:38:540:38:57

-..because the sheep can eat it.

0:38:570:38:59

-..because the sheep can eat it.

-

-There won't be any tourists...

0:38:590:39:01

-..because the sheep can eat it.

-

-There won't be any tourists...

-

-..until Easter.

0:39:010:39:01

-..because the sheep can eat it.

-

-..until Easter.

0:39:010:39:02

-The grass will soon grow back.

0:39:020:39:05

-The bottom field is very sheltered.

0:39:050:39:08

-The bottom field is very sheltered.

-

-It's much nicer than Cwm Hafod Oer!

0:39:080:39:08

-It's much nicer than Cwm Hafod Oer!

0:39:080:39:11

-Are they all Welsh sheep?

-No crosses?

0:39:120:39:15

-None.

0:39:160:39:18

-Do you get many twins?

0:39:180:39:19

-Do you get many twins?

-

-With these, yes...

0:39:190:39:20

-With these, yes...

0:39:200:39:20

-..but the mountain sheep

-won't have many.

0:39:210:39:24

-It's sheltered here

-and close to Gwanas.

0:39:240:39:27

-It's a very convenient arrangement.

0:39:280:39:30

-Yes, it works fine.

0:39:300:39:32

-Mair is nearby. She can help.

0:39:330:39:35

-Yes, within walking distance.

0:39:350:39:37

-Is it you

-who usually cuts the grass?

0:39:380:39:42

-Do you have a ride-on mower?

0:39:420:39:43

-Do you have a ride-on mower?

-

-Yes. I don't mind doing it.

0:39:430:39:45

-Yes. I don't mind doing it.

0:39:450:39:46

-Don't you?

0:39:460:39:48

-But when it comes to paperwork...

0:39:490:39:52

-..Tom and Geraint are happy

-to leave it all to Mair.

0:39:520:39:57

-This is a very important corner

-of the park.

0:39:580:40:02

-Yes. We're very busy in summer.

0:40:020:40:05

-Yes. We're very busy in summer.

-

-Is there much to do during the day?

0:40:050:40:05

-Is there much to do during the day?

0:40:050:40:08

-Keep things ticking over, I suppose?

0:40:080:40:09

-Keep things ticking over, I suppose?

-

-Yes.

0:40:090:40:11

-Cleaning the toilets

-is the worst job.

0:40:110:40:14

-We welcome people, make sure

-they pay and give them tags.

0:40:140:40:18

-I have different coloured tags

-for each day which helps...

0:40:190:40:23

-..because they can be sneaky.

0:40:230:40:25

-Are they decent people

-on the whole?

0:40:260:40:29

-On the whole, they're excellent,

-but you get the odd bad one.

0:40:290:40:34

-Can they buy provisions in the park?

0:40:340:40:37

-No, they have to go into town

-to buy provisions.

0:40:380:40:41

-That would be too much,

-though we'd make more money.

0:40:410:40:46

-Well, well, Mair - what's this?

0:40:480:40:50

-This is a kitchen for the campers...

0:40:500:40:53

-..where they can wash dishes...

0:40:550:40:57

-And prepare food?

0:40:580:40:59

-And prepare food?

-

-Yes, if it's raining...

0:40:590:41:00

-Yes, if it's raining...

0:41:000:41:01

-..they can come in here.

0:41:010:41:02

-..they can come in here.

-

-And there's a television.

0:41:020:41:03

-And there's a television.

0:41:030:41:04

-If there's a football game on

-or something, they fill the room.

0:41:040:41:09

-Do campsites

-generally have these facilities?

0:41:090:41:13

-Are they essential?

0:41:130:41:15

-Are they essential?

-

-No...

0:41:150:41:16

-Are they essential?

0:41:160:41:16

-..but we thought

-it would be something extra.

0:41:160:41:19

-..but we thought

-it would be something extra.

0:41:190:41:20

-It was an experiment, really,

-but people like it.

0:41:210:41:24

-I bought these seats

-in the chapel sale.

0:41:250:41:29

-It was being converted into

-a nursery, so we had a sale.

0:41:310:41:35

-I bought four of these seats.

0:41:370:41:39

-They add character.

0:41:400:41:41

-I bet some of the backsides

-that sit here...

0:41:410:41:45

-..have never been in a chapel!

0:41:450:41:46

-..have never been in a chapel!

-

-I'm sure!

0:41:460:41:48

-It costs a lot

-to build something like this.

0:41:480:41:52

-It does.

0:41:520:41:53

-The tourist board was good enough

-to give us a grant towards it.

0:41:540:41:59

-But you had to make sure

-it had everything.

0:42:000:42:03

-Yes. It had to be of a certain

-standard - and that cost money.

0:42:040:42:08

-Fair play...

0:42:090:42:10

-..you've diversified but

-you've kept the farm's character.

0:42:110:42:15

-People are all you need.

0:42:160:42:18

-Yes, things are always changing.

0:42:200:42:23

-But the landscape in this area

-will never change...

0:42:240:42:28

-..and thank heavens for that.

0:42:290:42:31

-It's like paradise.

0:42:330:42:35

-Though Mair and Tom have moved out,

-they're not far from Gwanas.

0:42:350:42:40

-They're in Dolgamedd -

-a very old place.

0:42:410:42:44

-In this house, there'll be plenty

-of talk about singing and farming.

0:42:450:42:50

-Bound to be.

0:42:510:42:52

-It's not far from Tycroes,

-the home of Ieuan Gwynedd.

0:42:530:42:57

-Owen Edwards mentions in his book

-that he walked past this house...

0:42:590:43:04

-..and he wrote that Dolgamedd

-looked Elizabethan.

0:43:040:43:08

-It's nice that your son

-has taken over Gwanas.

0:43:090:43:13

-And you have enough time to enjoy

-as he gets himself established.

0:43:140:43:19

-Yes, it's nice.

0:43:190:43:20

-And you know how farming is -

-all those forms.

0:43:210:43:24

-He does all that himself.

0:43:240:43:27

-I'd have retired ages ago

-if it wasn't for him!

0:43:270:43:31

-Will you be going home to Gwanas

-by mistake occasionally?

0:43:340:43:38

-That's quite possible!

0:43:380:43:40

-I came out of Ty Glas one day

-and turned towards Gwanas!

0:43:420:43:47

-I had to turn around and go back!

0:43:470:43:50

-What will you do

-with yourselves now?

0:43:510:43:54

-You'll be busy in summer.

0:43:550:43:56

-You'll be busy in summer.

-

-Yes, I'll be busy in summer.

0:43:560:43:57

-Yes, I'll be busy in summer.

0:43:570:43:58

-You don't sing, do you?

0:43:590:44:01

-No, but I listen!

0:44:010:44:03

-And criticise! I'm a critic!

0:44:040:44:06

-Do you have any other interests

-to keep you occupied?

0:44:080:44:12

-Is there anything you'd like to do?

0:44:120:44:15

-I'd like to do more exercise

-like yoga or something like that.

0:44:160:44:21

-More time to do things like that.

0:44:210:44:22

-More time to do things like that.

-

-Skiing too.

0:44:220:44:23

-More time to do things like that.

0:44:230:44:24

-Oh, yes - skiing.

0:44:240:44:24

-Oh, yes - skiing.

0:44:240:44:25

-Skiing's my hobby these days.

0:44:250:44:27

-I've only just started.

0:44:280:44:30

-# White seagull above the lake... #

0:44:310:44:36

-I had the privilege of sharing

-a stage with Tom Gwanas many times.

0:44:370:44:42

-It was a real pleasure.

0:44:420:44:45

-I've heard this country's

-greatest musicians...

0:44:450:44:48

-..saying Tom Gwanas is the most

-musical singer they've ever heard.

0:44:480:44:53

-Hear, hear, say I.

0:44:530:44:55

-No-one has won - it used to be

-the Princeps Cantorum...

0:44:580:45:03

-..but it isn't awarded any more.

0:45:030:45:06

-I was the only one to win it twice.

0:45:060:45:09

-Did you prefer to compete

-rather than sing in a concert?

0:45:090:45:14

-This shows you, I think.

0:45:140:45:16

-I preferred to compete.

0:45:170:45:19

-You won both your Blue Riband

-in Pembrokeshire.

0:45:190:45:22

-'86 and 2002.

0:45:220:45:25

-I won at Llangollen in '84 and '89.

0:45:250:45:29

-Do you think the eisteddfod stage...

0:45:290:45:32

-..is the best place

-to serve your apprenticeship?

0:45:320:45:35

-Not just with singing...

0:45:350:45:37

-..but with living in a rural area.

0:45:370:45:38

-..but with living in a rural area.

-

-Yes, it is.

0:45:380:45:39

-..but with living in a rural area.

0:45:390:45:40

-Everyone loses unfairly sometimes,

-but you take it in your stride.

0:45:400:45:40

-Everyone loses unfairly sometimes,

-but you take it in your stride.

0:45:400:45:44

-When did you start

-with Cor Godre'r Aran?

0:45:450:45:48

-It was in 1969.

0:45:480:45:50

-I was with a male voice choir before

-that - Cor Meibion Dolgellau...

0:45:510:45:56

-..and before that I was in the

-Dinas Mawddwy cerdd dant octet.

0:45:570:46:02

-Everyone said

-my enunciation was bad...

0:46:030:46:06

-..and that cerdd dant

-helped with enunciation.

0:46:060:46:09

-But it wasn't true in my case.

0:46:090:46:12

-I wouldn't say

-your enunciation is bad!

0:46:120:46:15

-You can't say that when you've got

-two gold medals from Llangollen...

0:46:160:46:20

-..and two Blue Ribands.

0:46:210:46:22

-Being on an eisteddfod stage

-is an honour.

0:46:220:46:26

-It's a thrill

-to sing at an eisteddfod.

0:46:260:46:30

-You're also scared

-of going on stage.

0:46:300:46:33

-But once you've done it,

-it's a great feeling.

0:46:330:46:37

-# Shining,

0:46:370:46:41

-# Oh, most beloved star... #

0:46:420:46:48

-Is your voice

-as good as it's ever been?

0:46:500:46:55

-Oh, no.

0:46:550:46:57

-But if I continue to sing

-with the choir...

0:46:570:47:01

-..or in concerts...

0:47:020:47:04

-..and practise, it's alright.

0:47:040:47:07

-But if I don't sing for a while,

-I can hear it starting to go.

0:47:070:47:13

-During lambing, for example,

-when you don't have time to sing...

0:47:130:47:18

-..it's difficult to come back to it

-afterwards.

0:47:180:47:22

-When I won my last Blue Riband...

0:47:220:47:25

-..I tried to keep practising

-during lambing.

0:47:250:47:28

-Up to about a week

-before the Eisteddfod...

0:47:280:47:32

-..I wasn't going to compete.

0:47:320:47:34

-The songs just didn't come.

0:47:340:47:37

-But during the final week,

-they came.

0:47:370:47:40

-# ..my heart. #

0:47:400:47:49

-APPLAUSE

0:47:510:47:52

-Is there any country

-you'd like to visit?

0:47:530:47:56

-I don't think so.

0:47:560:47:57

-I don't think so.

-

-You've more time on your hands.

0:47:570:47:58

-You've more time on your hands.

0:47:580:47:59

-So you say!

0:48:000:48:00

-So you say!

-

-Let's called you semi-retired.

0:48:000:48:01

-Let's called you semi-retired.

0:48:010:48:02

-You'll never really retire.

0:48:020:48:03

-You'll never really retire.

-

-No. Never.

0:48:030:48:04

-No. Never.

0:48:040:48:06

-But, on behalf of your family, and

-especially your father and mother...

0:48:080:48:12

-..who had such high regard

-for eisteddfodau and singing...

0:48:130:48:16

-..it's wonderful

-that you've won all these.

0:48:170:48:20

-Yes, it's quite nice.

0:48:200:48:21

-Yes, it's quite nice.

-

-It's something you can share.

0:48:210:48:22

-It's something you can share.

0:48:220:48:23

-On a wet afternoon,

-you can sit here and look at them!

0:48:230:48:28

-And clean them!

0:48:290:48:30

-And clean them!

-

-I thought Mair cleaned them!

0:48:300:48:30

-I thought Mair cleaned them!

0:48:300:48:32

-No, it's me who cleans them!

0:48:320:48:35

-If any viewers need someone to

-clean the house, contact Tom Gwanas!

0:48:350:48:40

-# I lie down late in the evening

-and get up at dawn,

0:48:420:48:47

-# I lie down late in the evening

-and get up at dawn,

0:48:470:48:52

-# To follow the plough

-on the hillside,

0:48:520:48:56

-# And follow the red plough

-on the great mountain. #

0:48:570:49:06

-S4/C subtitles by TROSOL Cyf.

0:49:070:49:10

Dai Jones sy'n ymweld a Tom Evans Gwanas a'i deulu, yn ardal Brithdir ger Dolgellau. In a 2007 episode, Dai Jones visits Tom Evans Gwanas and his family, in the Brithdir area near Dolgellau.