Filming at Brechfa Pool

Filming at Brechfa Pool

An ITV film crew film in wind and rain outside my chapel

Well the equinoctial gales and rain brings a film crew to Brechfa to film an ITV station ident. Today you can’t even see the mountains, but the queer trees still stick up in the middle of the pond and a lone swan swims disinterestedly around. The crew is big – they even have a tea-tent! Then there’s my neighbour Pam and her friends on their horses – I hope they are getting well paid for their hours standing about in rain and mud, and then galloping picturesquely towards camera.

And this morning I made my first inroad into Kickstarter, to support a great-sounding documentary by a woman director my own age – fair play to you Penny Woolcock. The film’s about peacemaking between two gangs in Birmingham. I reckon learning to control our anger is the most useful thing we can do on this earth. (Salute to my friend Mary who managed not to clock two people whose dogs knocked her over and hurt her in a park, and who didn’t even apologise.) Here’s the link, if you’d like to support it.

Lastly, had a happy day yesterday with two friends, celebrating the spring equinox by foraging for food along the banks of the river Wye. This was Sabrina’s idea, and, to be honest, I thought we’d find nowt, but we collected young nettle tops (she, being Italian, made a tasty frittata with them plus eggs), wild spinach (lots and lots of it – I made soup with potatoes and onions – it was good too) plus dandelions and prickly stuff (name forgotten) which Iris, who knows all about herbs, made into salad. I found the prickly things difficult at first but got to like them. Had a slight tummy ache afterwards – my system not used to all that bright green food, but it seemed a great way to mark the spring and made my realise how much there is out there to eat for free. Iris recommended fennel tea for the stomach ache and it worked!

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3 thoughts on “Filming at Brechfa Pool

  1. Fresh young wild garlic leaves are also delicious and just about in season (when not covered in snow). Very nice raw in a sandwich or wilted like spinach.

      1. Yes, wild spinach does exist – I think it’s also called sea spinach and is found in coastal regions. I’ve collected it on Gower marshes behind the beach and on the Suffolk coast. It’s delicious. I was surprised you’d found it inland but that would explain it. According to Wikipedia, ramsons (wild garlic) is a favourite food of brown bears and wild boar, so keep your eyes peeled next time you go picking!

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