The Maltsters Arms is a public house in Pontypridd known to date back to at least 1858. It is believed to sit on the site of the original earthen house from which Pontypridd takes its welsh name (Pont-y-tŷ-pridd – the bridge by the earthen house).

Maltsters Arms

Maltsters Arms

My strong memory of the Maltsters Arms is walking by over the bridge on an evening and hearing the live music that is often being performed down in its cellar room. The cellar room opens out onto a stone patio beside the River Taff.


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Pont yr Daf Revealed By Drought

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For this week’s theme, I had originally planned (and uploaded; they’re in my Flickr photo stream if you want a sneak peak) some macro shots taken around the house, but that will have to wait.

Thursday last week, I think it was, I saw a newspaper headline about impending drought and water shortages. That seemed odd, thought I, remembering how full the Welsh reservoirs had been earlier in the year, and thought nothing more of it. Then, on Saturday, I saw these photos on Flickr by trelewis of an old bridge normally hidden beneath the reservoir waters at Llwyn Onn.

So on Sunday afternoon, Kristi and I went up to see for ourselves. Given that it’s only mid-June, with the summer months still to come, the reservoir levels are very low indeed, and I changed my mind for this week’s theme and decided to share with you some of the shots I took, shots that normally simply aren’t possible. There’ll be more shots each day this week, and on Saturday I’ll publish the full set here on this blog.

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If you’re reading this in the RSS feed, my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed, so for now you’ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map. Sorry.

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