The Welsh Buzzard is watching you ...
28 April 1942
Gareth Griffith-Jones, a Welshman, was born on 28 April 1942 in Cardiff and spent his early years on his grandfather's dairy farm, Pantrhiwgoch Farm, Tyla Lane, Castleton, Monmouthshire, midway between the cities of Cardiff and Newport.
Education, both prep school in Langley Road, Watford (from age 8) and public school, Merchant Taylors' School (from age 13) was in England. Both were boarding schools in my day.
James Hywyll Thomas, his maternal grandfather, was born in Cynwyl Elfed, near Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire. He was a Producer/Retailer of farm TT milk (tuberculin tested milk), a farmer/dairyman, and moved into Pantrhiwgoch Farm in 1929. He sold his house in Cardiff that overlooked Roath Park Lake but retained his other property, also in the centre of Cardiff, which housed one employee, his family, and the milk depot and bottling department. The collective business was named "J H Thomas & Sons", with his two sons, Elvet and Idwal, each based on one of the two other farms. Elvet in Pwll Coch Farm, Druidstone Road, St Mellons, and Idwal in Glanynant Farm, Holly Bush Road, Cyncoed. Their elder sister, Mary, was a teacher of domestic science until the summer of 1941. She had married Thomas Francis Griffith-Jones that January. He was an officer in the Royal Artillery, and had bought a house, "Abercray", Sherbourne Avenue, Cyncoed, but because he was busy elsewhere, fighting the Nazis, Mary and Gareth remained throughout the remainder of World War II on Pant Farm. The telephone number was Castleton 37... just that. Sadly, the dairy farm, which had been part of the Tredegar Estate, was devastated when the extension to the M4 from Tredegar Park was created right across its land, heading towards St Mellons and Cardiff. Work commenced during November, 1975, and was opened to the public in October, 1977. Subsequently, the M4 took another route to the north of the city and the new road was renamed the A48(M) motorway, becoming a spur of the M4 from junction 29 near Tredegar House to junction 29A in (St Mellons), and flowing into Eastern Avenue (A48) and on into the city centre.
My 1970 MG MGB GT & my 1961 Land Rover Series IIA
- Hello again!
After your making for me the two MGB userboxes earlier this month, you very kindly offered to help me again in the future.
Well — I would be thrilled if you were to make another one indicating that same message as shown here on this MGB GT userbox.
Here is an image that I would like you to use.
I have "cheated" a little, in that I have taken the photograph from the Wikipedia Land Rover Series article but, apart from the fact that mine has the old-style (grey metal symbols on black metal) numberplates, and does not have those rather modern-looking overtaking mirrors on the doors,
one would swear that it is an image of mine.
Obviously, I imagine you may wish to use a different image than this, should you know of a more suitable one.
OHV petrol engine
— Short wheel-base (88")
... purchased in 1990 ... and still sailing through every annual MOT test and running well.
Shown here with its "pick-up"-type (removable) cab.
I also own the original (removable) "full tilt" top – with sliding side-windows – in antelope, the original colour.
I look forward to hearing from you.
With kindest regards, Gareth Griffith-Jones (talk) 15:56, 29 January 2012 (UTC)
How is this?
Thank you very much!
I had not thought that you would have done it today.
What's more, three hours ago.
I am very pleased.
With best wishes,
-- Gareth Griffith-Jones (talk) 22:36, 29 January 2012 (UTC)