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March 23, 2023

Everyday Lives

Whilst current Story 3 activity is focused on the Story Studio at Treherbert, yesterday also saw three of us return both in person and spirit to Ynysybwl. Driving up and over to Cwm Clydach from Blaenllechau in the Rhondda Fach, we paused near the top to take in the wonderful views north and west across the valleys and south to the hills of Exmoor in the far distance beyond the Bristol Channel, courtesy of the clearing cloud and emerging blue skies.


If there was ever a need to remind ourselves of the evolving energy landscapes of the south Wales valleys this was it. Within a few hundred metres of us was Old Smokey, a now-greening coal waste tip towering over Tylorstown, which can be seen for miles and whose name seemingly derives from a long lasting fire within it that was only stopped by lopping off its top! Created by…

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