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This blog will from time to time complement my Wales Antiques Web Site and its printed companion. The guide is a developing listing of general suppliers of antiques and collectables in Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Powys and beyond; it now including auctions and in the future specialist heritage related attractions. Over 23 years it has become an essential resource for anyone with an interest in buying and selling antiques and collectables in West Wales and Beyond. If you would like to know more visit the site here.

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Dragon Festival Newcastle Emlyn 2011

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Prize Winning Dragon

This years Newcastle Emlyn Dragon Festival was blessed with warm sunshine.
A full set of my pictures can be seen here….

Flog It! at Rhosygilwen 2010

I won’t dwell on it but info about the Flog It! team’s visit to the Cardigan area can be found at Wales Antiques here.

If I go I’ll bring back some photos…

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Photos: Cardigan Criterium Racing 2010

Enduring Cardigan-based cycling club Velo Teifi eventually achieved their goal of running a street cycling event in Cardigan; described by one veteran as ‘the best circuit I’ve seen in years.’

It’s not the first time street racing has taken place in Cardigan (see blog passim) but nonetheless it is an historic event, presaging further events in years to come.

Here are some photos.

Photos: Barley Saturday, Cardigan, 2010

Another Barley Saturday; another overcast day, warm but waiting to rain. Not a lot different to last year, though a week late and under the watchful eye of S4C.

24 photographs in the slideshow and I’ve picked what I think is my best shot; I’d love to hear what you think it might be…

Photos: Studt's Fair Night Cardigan

A faint reminder of Cardigan’s rural Market Town past arrives in town this week. It’s approaching November 10th – the annual Fair Day. After 100+ years Studt’s travelling fun fair still fetches up at the Fair Field car park. Conveniently located by the the Infant and Primary schools, for the last few days excitement has ramped up as new bits of mysterious kit arrive. Today dodgems, tarped, but not quite hidden, tomorrow who knows what?

An attraction for the children, and I assume teachers, is that it will be a whole day off school. Lord only knows what frenzy will be unleashed next year because Vernon Studt is bringing his fair rides into town for a two day ‘Big Weekend’ extravaganza from August 20th and 21st 2010.

This particular fair probably had it’s roots in the November All Saints’ Day Hiring Fair. And jolly good fun it seemed to be; carousing til the small hours and the prospect of work for the coming year! Preferable to the utter woefullness of the modern Job Seeking experience I’d have thought?

Indeed if this 1850-ish account is to be believed a Cardi could be educated too.

Saw a giantess, a Hottentot woman, a flaxen haired negro, two serpents, a crocodile, a sand sloth, a jackal, a muscovy cat, an American sea serpent, and a boa constrictor. I also saw a very fat woman and one who lifted 300 pounds by her hair.

Nothing remarkable about the last two (they can be seen still on most Saturday nights in Cardigan) but the rest must have been eye-poppingly exciting.

Anyway enough of my yakkin’…

Here are some photographs from 2007 when a little girl I know took her first ride at Cardigan Fair.

Ffair Aberteifi – Cardigan Fair
Aberteifi / Cardigan
Cardigan Annual Street Market and Funfair
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Thanks to Gateway to Wales: History of Cardigan by W.J. Lewis for the quoted material.

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