Gwanwyn yn Boduan – Cylchlythyr 124 – Mai 2021

It’s late spring and spirits are rising with the temperature. We are being freed from lockdown and the earth is producing fresh life. Day after day dawns bright the air sweet with birdsong; and while the wind can still feel chilly, there is real warmth in the sunshine.… (more…)

Mis Cennin Pedr – Cylchlythyr 123 – Mawrth 2021

I was fortunate to be in the wood on St Davids Day. It was glorious. The daffodils have just come into bloom, sunshine filtering through their bright spring bonnets. The wild daffs in the Baby Grove are doing particularly well and spreading freely… (more…)

Cylchlythyr 122 – Chwefror 2021

It was a letter from one of my readers that induced me to write this newsletter today. Maybe other people share her misconception. If so, there’s an urgent need to correct it. So here it is: We can and do bury people who have died of Covid… (more…)

Cylchlythyr 120 – Ionawr 2021

Even in January, the wood is lovely.

Happy new year! Blwyddyn Newydd Dda! My main resolution is to improve my Welsh to the point that I can actually hold a conversation and maybe even translate newsletters, but one year isn’t going to be enough.… (more…)

Cylchlythyr 119 – Rhagfyr 2020

Wishing you a Happy Solstice! The wood this week: wet but still lovely.

It’s less than a week till the winter solstice and Pen Llyn is absolutely sodden. I am dreaming of a white Christmas: blue skies, sunshine and clear dry. To be honest, I’m worried about all this rain. It makes life difficult for us and even harder for the wildlife in the wood… (more…)

Cylchlythyr 118 – Tachwedd 2020

For the living: A new November newsletter.

Today is All Souls, The Day of the Dead: an appropriate time to remember the people and pets buried in the wood over the last 15 years. The first person to take up residence, in 2005, was my father, Billy Melville. It would have been his 107th birthday today but he didn’t want to stick around, 14 years without my mother was already too long… (more…)

Cylchlythyr 117 – Hydref 2020

Such lovely colours!

As the nights lengthen and the days grow colder, the glorious colours of autumn appear in the world. I’m writing this newsletter just over a week after the autumn equinox, but already the change has been traumatic. I’ve started lighting my fire in the evenings, a good stock of logs from the world keeping me warm. We have plenty of well dried wood in our logpiles for everybody who can collect it, all we ask for in return is a small donation to the charity. (more…)

Cylchlythyr 116 – Gorffennaf 2020

High summer in the wood – Today’s report from Boduan Sanctuary Wood.

People, you’re allowed to vist the wood at last! The five mile travel limit has been lifted and visitors can come back to Pen Llyn. Our gates are open as usual; all are now welcome.

Enjoy! (more…)