On my way back from Moel-y-don the previous day, I decide to check out Melin Llynnon (Llynnon Mill), which is near the rural village of Llanddeusant. However, when I arrived the place was shut, so first thing my second day on Ynys Môn I went straight there.
|Mill and Roundhouses (Source)|
|One of the roundhouses|
The entrances to both roundhouses were wider and higher than those at Castell Henllys, which might reflect an attempt at depicting status. Only one roundhouse was open, so I spent time inside pacing it out (10 metres in diameter) and becoming acquainted with the decorations on the walls, the layout and construction of the building itself, the smell of the packed dirt floor and the thatched roof, and the furnishings. I loved the carved logs used for seats both inside and outside the huts and the dragon totem pole set up in the clearing nearby (though I don’t know how historically accurate this was.
|A typical Celtic loom|
|Dragon totem pole|
Obviously, my reason for visiting such places is to soak in the ambience, which I hope to then transfer to my novel, and discover relevant information unavailable through book and online research. One such discovery concerned construction, not of something in the roundhouses themselves but in the ground immediately around them.
|Typical Celtic utensils|
|Triskele wall decoration|
After wandering around the site for some time and walking the woodland trail, I bought gifts from the Melin Llynnon shop and went back to my hotel to catch up with family on Facetime before heading out for more explorations of Ynys Môn, which I’ll share in my next post.
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