Posts Tagged ‘Cardiff’


A general view of Cardiff Bay with the Water Tower fountain feature in front of the Wales Millennium Centre

One of the delights of working in Cardiff Bay is the proximity of so many wonderful sights to enjoy during the lunch-hour. For nearby is Mermaid Quay, at the heart of the “vibrant” development surrounding the 500-acre freshwater lake created by the building of the Cardiff Barrage, opened (or closed) in 1999 to impound the tidal waters of the rivers Taff and Ely. (more…)


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Cormorants at dawn on the former Bute East Dock in Cardiff

I now find myself working as a temporary admin officer for Cardiff Council in the Highways department at County Hall. I have been there a week and love it. I am acting as maternity cover for someone, so I hope it will last for a while.

County Hall is in Cardiff Bay and not far from the main attractions of Mermaid Quay, so I will share my images of that area on another occasion. But what I have discovered in my first week is that many water birds nest on a long rectangular lake alongside the council HQ. It used to be the East Bute Dock when Cardiff was the main port for the export of South Wales coal. (more…)

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One of very few yellow leaves fallen from the 100 elm trees in Pontcanna Fields, Cardiff


I really shouldn’t be disappointed, but I was hoping for a hint of fall colour in the 100 disease-resistant elms, Ulmus ‘New Horizon’, in Pontcanna Fields this month. After all, September is officially the start of autumn, according to the weather people.

The trees may still be as green and lush as ever, but the weather has definitely become more “back-end-ish” as the daylight hours grow shorter. The summer never did come to anything, the rain continues and now it’s getting colder, too.

There’s that distinctive something in the air that inspires nostalgia for childhood and renewed ambitions to cuddle up and do something creative. (more…)

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Fresh growth on one of the 100 elms in Pontcanna Fields, Cardiff


A month ago we were coming to the end of a mini-heatwave, but now I can hardly remember a day without rain this summer. It’s very cool for August, too.

I visited the 100 disease-resistant elms, Ulmus ‘New Horizon’, in Pontcanna Fields one morning this week and drizzle was threatening.

The recent wet weather means the elms are looking as green as ever and not much has changed since last month. (more…)

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Elms in Pontcanna Fields, Cardiff, on July 10


This month for a change I visited the 100 disease-resistant elms, Ulmus ‘New Horizon’, in Pontcanna Fields in the early evening, having usually made it a morning date.

This was after a few weeks of very dry, sunny weather, so I was pleased to see that the trees were all still very green and healthy.

Over the next 24 hours we had thoroughly soaking rain, so hopefully that has also topped up their resources. (more…)

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Cardiff and Vale College in Dumballs Road, Cardiff Bay

I think I had better explain why I haven’t published a blog post for over a week! Last Monday I started an intensive four-week course at Cardiff and Vale College (CAVC) and have had even less spare time than I expected. I will still be publishing the tree-following link box on July 7 and I hope to share some monthly tree news from all over the world, but if there is not much else you will know why.

Having been made redundant from newspapers twice in the last two years, I am now embarking on a new career, even though I am past what used to be a woman’s retirement age. (more…)

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A field of tents beyond the row of elms in Pontcanna Fields


The 100 disease-resistant elms, Ulmus ‘New Horizon’, in Pontcanna Fields saw a different background in early June, as soccer’s European Champions League final came to Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

In the game on June 3 Real Madrid beat Juventus by four goals to one, which was a bit disappointing and one-sided after all the build-up.

The whole city was affected and in expectation of a huge number of visitors a special campsite was set up in the fields, right beside the elm trees.
So of course I went to explore a few days before the match. (more…)

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