Ocean inspired jewellery

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Pa-pa Jewellery Gallery Opens

I am opening a new gallery in Parkmill, at the old barn in grounds of the Heritage Centre. Admission is free with ample parking. You welcome to visit . The gallery is open every day through the summer holidays from 10am till 5pm.


The Pa-pa gallery has a unique Collection of designs in silver and gold that I hope will inspire you. Many of the designs from the website will be on display and for sale. I will have the facility to take all major credit and debit cards at the gallery.

The Pa-pa gallery is situated in the centre of Parkmill at Gower Heritage Centre on the main South Road that takes you along the South Coast of the Peninsula. The centre is a wonderful place to visit with the whole family, offering an insight into Gower’s agricultural and historical past. It also offers a fun play area for younger children undercover, alongside a cafe with traditional welsh hot and cold food.

Look out for activity days at the centre for a fun packed day for all throughout the year.

Visit the Pa-pa Gallery and then enjoy a nice coffee or Cream Tea at the Centre!

Combine a visit to the Gallery with a day exploring Gower.

Parkmill also hosts the gateway to one of the best beaches in the world according to the lonely planet guide for 2011. Three cliffs bay and its stunning scenery begins here at the stream adjacent to the heritage centre where the cool waters from the Gower hills floods down to the sea at Three Cliffs. A stroll from Parkmill through a wooded valley is rewarded at the end by stepping foot on the golden sands at one of Gower’s most beautiful and treasured beaches – Three Cliffs Bay.

Parkmill is also on the doorstep to Green Cwm. A valley full of history. Here lies the graves of a number of Neolithic men and women buried deep in limestone tombs. More recently and of huge importance was the possible discovery of one of Europe’s oldest cave paintings dating back thousands of years BC. The valley hosts three deep Cavernous caves a thrilling place for any nature lover. Birds of prey circle the tree tops every morning their cries can be heard echoing through the Cwm, on a recent walk we found badger sets deep in the woods and the hot summer afternoon air was buzzing with dragonflies. A truly majical place and well worth a walk.

Giant's grave, neolithic tomb

Cat hole cave

Path through the Cwm.

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Green Cwm Cottage where my ancesters lived in late 1800's

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Gower beaches



 Gower sunset from the ledges of Rhossili cliffs. A common grey seal was hunting close to the rocks.

Celebrating Gower for 2012 - Rhossili's Worms head landscape silver necklace with diamond. see more at http://www.pa-pa.co.uk/orig.cfm
With the beautiful weather around Gower for the last two weeks I have been out and about exploring the coast of the Gower beaches. I have been rewarded with discoveries of masses of dog whelk egg cases, Purple and yellow pip shells and hundreds of nomad worm sand tubes. 
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The may algae was in full bloom two weeks ago, with mounds of floating foam swashing up over the sand at Llangennith Beach.
With sadness I came across the carcass of what I believe to be of a harbour porpoise washed up with the high tide with what looks to be boat damage to its dorsal fin.
Wild ponies at Gypsy fields, Llangennith, Gower grazing in the summer sun.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Ancestry of the Curry family in Gower

My great aunty Violet who is now in her late eighties has been kind enough to share her memoirs and given me permission to add her recollections to this site. Violet  Edwards daughter of Olive Edwards nee Curry has always been a very creative lady, learning to read when she was only five recalls having read every book including adult novells in grandfathers study as a small child at Bryn Llanerch Farm where Curry Close in Hendrefoilan is today.  With poems and short stories to add to her list of talents, she also painted and for years fundraised for the church by offering her hand made gifts for sale. Her account of our family history is mostly from memory.Violet still has many endearing stories to share from times in her life that she cherishes. I find her accounts of her youth facinting. Many of the hardships and challenges that our ancesters over came on a daily basis  are sometimes  remarkable and unimaginable in this day and age.

Ancestry o f Curry family 1836-1998
Henry Curry born 1836 was a coachman for William George Amherst Tyssen the first baron of Hackney,who owned Diddlington Hall , Foulden. He married Rebecca and had 10 children, 6 of whom emigrated to America.
William Curry son of Henry and Rebecca was born in 1862 at Diddlington Hall, Norfolk married Rose Bowers.They had a duaghter Alice. Rose died at childbirth.
Willaim Curry worked as a trainee Gamekeeper for Lord Surtees.It was often the case that employees of one Estate would help out at other Estates when there was a big game shoot.This happenend to William, he was sent to Sandringham to help out where the Vivian family were accompanying Edward V11 on a shoot. They asked William if he would accept a job as a gamekeeper at the Le Breos Estate,Gower and the family moved in 1884.He Accepted and moved to the house in Green Cwm,Parkmill, Gower.William when working as a gamekeeper was to stock the marsh fields at Oxwich for Lady Blythswood and established pheasants in the woods and stocked the ponds with fish there. He also planted the trees at Ilston Cwm.



Green Cwm Cottage, Parkmill, Gower




 William Curry married a lady from Cilibion ,Gower Elizabeth Roberts.
Elizabeth and William had seven children, Kate (who died at birth1886) Annie, Henry, Gladys, John,William and Olive.
As a wedding gift Elizabeth who lived at Penyfordiorde House with her uncle David Harry from Cilibion, was given the fields adjacent to Bryn Llanerch called Cwm Llwyd.
The family moved from Green Cwm to Bryn llanerch in 1906 where they farmed until 1961.
Bryn Llanerch was the last slate fronted house in the area.It was origionally two houses converted into one farmhouse. Attached to the house were the stables where the large shire horses were housed.They could be heard kicking the walls from inside the house.There was a large kitchen with a marble slab where Aunty Gladys used to cure the hams.Upstairs Elizabeth(grandmother)was to sprend much of her latter years bedridden.
Willaim used to allow the gentry to shoot on the fields of Cwm Llwyd. He used to order  a crate of brandy now and again from grants of london who used to send it down by train from London. He spent much of his time in the Black Boy public house in Killay. The farm was quite prosperous, William used to sell the produce to ships in the port and in the market.


I found these photographs in an old album of Violets. A few generations of the family .

Olive Curry marries Mr Edwards


















































 William Curry married a lady from Cilibion ,Gower Elizabeth Roberts.
Elizabeth and William had seven children, Kate (who died at birth1886) Annie, Henry, Gladys, John,William and Olive.
As a wedding gift Elizabeth who lived at Penyfordiorde House with her uncle David Harry from Cilibion, was given the fields adjacent to Bryn Llanerch called Cwm Llwyd.
The family moved from Green Cwm to Bryn llanerch in 1906 where they farmed until 1961.
Bryn Llanerch was the last slate fronted house in the area.It was origionally two houses converted into one farmhouse. Attached to the house were the stables where the large shire horses were housed.They could be heard kicking the walls from inside the house.There was a large kitchen with a marble slab where Aunty Gladys used to cure the hams.Upstairs Elizabeth(grandmother)was to sprend much of her latter years bedridden.
Willaim used to allow the gentry to shoot on the fields of Cwm Llwyd. He used to order  a crate of brandy now and again from grants of london who used to send it down by train from London. He spent much of his time in the Black Boy public house in Killay. The farm was quite prosperous, William used to sell the produce to ships in the port and in the market.
























































































Original photograph