Helen (heleninwales) wrote,

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Cymer Castle

My feeling that the seasons are starting to shift from winter to spring were proved right. Friday morning was beautiful with a blue and white sky and the first hints of warmth from the sun. Bliss!

I ventured to take the DSLR (with big zoom lens attached) out with me when I went to walk Brith. It turned out that Brith might make a good photographer's dog after all. Until now I've felt he was too nervous for me to cope with him plus expensive camera, but I knew the good weather might not even last until the afternoon, so if I wanted the shot of the castle, I had to go for it in the morning while out with Brith. And if I wanted it to show anything more than a small blob on the horizon, it had to be the DSLR plus zoom.

To be honest, I haven't had all that much luck with the zoom in the past because unless the weather is very bright it really needs a tripod to keep it steady. I therefore decided to risk looping Brith's lead around a fence post so I could use both hands for the camera. Even resting the lens on another fence post produced a couple of blurred shots, but this one came out nicely. Meanwhile, Brith waited happily, apparently understanding that the human was engaged in something complicated and he should not bother her.

Anyway, this is purported to be the remains of Cymer Castle, built in 1116 by Uchdryd ap Edwin in 1116 and destroyed in the same year. I have my doubts that what you can see in the picture was actually built 900 years ago, though this could well be the site of the castle and the current building has been "preserved" and altered over the years.

Cymer castle

Of course a castle built by an ambitious local lord, trying to take over a bit of territory was never on the scale of the Edwardian castles like Harlech (see icon). It would have been more like Dolwyddelan.

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