Venturing out of Beaumaris we found a few little gems leaving others to be discovered for another visit.
One of our visits was to Llynnon Mill. We visited the mill on a beautiful sunny day. One of those days when there was barely a cloud in the sky and we felt like we had ventured to Brittany not Wales. Having got over various stomach upsets our boys were in fine spirits and keen to explore.
Built in 1775 Llynnon Mill is the only working windmill in Wales, and it produces wholemeal flour. Unfortunately the downside of the beautiful weather was that it wasn’t windy enough on the day we visited to see it working. The staff were wonderful though, showing our boys how to make flour from wheat and letting them have a go with rotating a smaller mill stone to the one turned by the mill. We were shown how to collect the flour from a shoot between the first and ground floors too with both boys being rewarded with handfuls of flour when the shoot was opened. They also talked them through the process of sowing the seeds with one generous member of staff pretending to be a horse whilst the older two of our boys took it in turns to ‘sow’ seed on the grass outside the mill with an old seed drill.
A very short walk down a grassy path led us to the two roundhouses on site, set up to demonstrate living quarters for farmers over 3000 years ago. We were particularly surprised that a standard sized double bed would have been shared by seven family members! The roundhouses were big and airy inside and felt cool on an otherwise warm day, although no doubt the pleasant temperature would take on a chillier edge during the winter months despite room for fires within to allow for some heat. On a side note to this, and a point that I had not thought of although it seems obvious now, roundhouses with their thatched roofs did not have a central hole to allow for the release of smoke from the fire as this could cause an updraft that would set fire to the roof. Instead smoke would accumulate inside and harmlessly seep through the thatch. I really do feel like I learn something new everyday!
Back to our visit though, and after we had seen the roundhouses we took a very short stroll on from the mill to where the remains of a bakery stood, with a large brick oven which used to bake 80 – 90 2lb loaves at a time. We took it in turns pretending to load the oven and I was immediately grateful for our much smaller electric version at home! We finished off our exploration on a small grassy area next to the bakery. It was perfect for family photos and our picnic.
In the present and reflecting back on that day the mill was superb. A really lovely family day out. We happily spent 4 hours there relaxing together and sampling the local ice cream served in their café. A little wonder, filled again with the friendly, happy reception that had been forthcoming in Beaumaris, helping our journey to falling in love with Anglesey a little bit more.