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Many customs have survived in Wales one being the giving of Love spoons by the men of Wales. This custom dates back to the 17th century. Traditionally the spoons were carved by the common man who maybe lacking in a formal education were skilled in many arts and crafts, many hours would be spent decoratively carving the handle of the wooden spoon so that he could present it to a young girl in the village as a token of love and affection. The custom continues today and Love spoons are used to commemorate many occasions not just love. You can buy them from many art and craft shops all over Wales and they are now given to celebrate births, christenings, birthdays, engagements, marriage and anniversaries. They make a great gifts or souvenirs
Updated Dec 7, 2009
Puffin Island lies of the eastern tip of Anglesey, in the Menai Straits, and is currently uninhabited. Made of Carboniferous limestone, it is the ninth largest Island off the Welsh Coast, is 58m above sea level at its highest point and is surrounded by steep cliffs. The island is owned by the Baron Hill estate, and no landings are allowed without permission.
St. Seiriol, who established a monastery in the Island in the 6th Century, is said to be buried there. It is known that a Monastery still existed on the Island as late as the 12th Century from Giraldus Cambrensis, who visited there in 1188.
It is said that King Cadwallon ap Cadfan of Gwynedd sheltered here in the year 630, while fleeing from an Invasion from Northumbria.
There are still several ecclesiastical buildings are still visible on the Island, as well as a disused Telegraph station on the northern tip.
There is one identified Shipwreck also, that of the Steam ship The Pioneer, which ran aground when the tow lines to it broke after it was rescued from engine failure. The ship was carrying a cargo of Iron Bars.
The Island is now a Special Protection Area (SPA), mainly because of the large Great Cormorant colony which inhabits the Island, with over 750 pairs it is one of the largest int he UK. The puffins, from which the Island gets its name, once numbered over 2,000 pairs, however Brown Rats which were introduced accidentally to the Island and reduced the puffin population to very few pairs. The numbers of Puffins on the Island is rising again however, after the Countryside Council for North Wales initiated a programme of poisoning the rats which appears to have eradicated them.
During the summer months, pleasure cruses are run from Beaumaris so tourists can view the Island, the Seal colony and birdlife.
Written Mar 13, 2009
Hmm. Bangor is hardly known for its "Sports avtivitys". But by travelling a few miles or so out side of Bangor, you reach Plas Menai.
I recently went here to take part in rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, hiking and various other outdoor and water sports.
It is situated right on the Menai Straights, meaning access straight into the sea.
Although hardgoing and sometimes very challenging, fun can be had and you come back to a nice warm meal!
I believe there is a swimming pool in side the building although I was outside so could not comment on this.
The instructors are very good, so I would reccomend this as in Bangor there is only a couple of gyms! And fresh air is lovely!
Equipment: All gear is provided.
Written Mar 11, 2010
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