I have just returned from another visit to a place that I have always called magic-land. It is a museum exhibiting real buildings from all over Wales. These have been painstakingly demolished stone by stone at their original site and rebuilt here in the grounds of St Fagans Castle, amongst the woodlands and many secluded country lanes. It is an immensity that visitors’ will marvel at as they walk around from building to building, some are even working exhibits (the blacksmith, the baker, Gwalia Stores). There are exhibits from all over the country, urban and rural, large and small, and from all centuries.
This is a photo of the first exhibit ‘The Kennixton Farmhouse’, my inspiration for the Portolans’ hunting lodge at the foot of Mount Trespass. For those who have read my book they will notice the rowan tree in the front garden and the vivid colour red of the walls – both having the aim of warding against the Devil.
You can see more at their website http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/stfagans/ But looking here will only give you a taste of the magic. Go and see, it’s just on the outskirts of Cardiff and it’s free entry but you can leave a donation. And I’ll defy anyone not to like it!
Several of the exhibits will appear in my next novel. Don’t ask me which ones, I have so many to choose from.