Unfortunately, I didn’t get chance to write an update for the blog last night after writing some of the book. My, it was hot and I was really tired! I don’t know about high temperatures in the future, it seems that it’s happening right now!
My characters begin the tour of Llanberis in the future. As part of this, I tried to imagine the buildings. Some of the modern-constructed ones are still standing, though others have been replaced by simpler structures built out of recycled and natural materials, the aim being to build simpler and more sustainable dwellings than before. Where did my ideas for these come from? Take a look at the link below to a webpage about this remarkable little place in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. It’s called Ty Crwn and it’s located in Brithdir Mawr. I remember it making it the news in the late 90s when it was discovered from the air. It had been built without planning permission and, because of its turf roof, was camouflaged. There were moves to have it demolished but it has managed to survive to the present day after several reprieves.
It’s built out of wood, mud, turf, and recycled materials (I can see a bottle in the wall in one of the photos!) and was inspired by Celtic Roundhouse designs. It blends in with its environment as it has a turf roof constructed with straw bales. The walls are cob construction and solar panels have been fitted on the roof. It’s a remarkable little construction and I’m glad it has survived. I figured that similar structures could be built in Llanberis, using cob-construction and maybe slate or turf roofs where appropriate. Maybe there could also be some inventive use of recycled materials to generate electricity or hot water as well?!
Check out these links to get a bit more information about the house here: