A Saint and a Pit of Excessive Size.

12 09 2012

Left: The Big Pit, a National Coal Mining Museum in Blaenafon, Wales.
Right Bottom: Kylie, Alexa, and me before heading down into the mines. We were equipped with lights with a battery pack, hard hats, and an emergency gas mask. Our guide had worked 14 years in the mines.
Right Top: Lord Robert-Windsor’s Estate (St. Fagan’s Castle) at St. Fagan’s Museum in Cardiff, Wales.

 

It’s Field-Trip Wednesday! Today, we visited St. Fagan’s Museum, an estate donated to Wales as a national museum where houses, shops, and churches were brought in from all over Wales. There is a Unitarian church still used for services (as well as filming movies), shops, and many examples of houses from different time periods.

The Big Pit is still considered a working coal mine, 90 meters (300ft) in depth. This is not actually very deep for a mine, and it is called the Big Pit because of the diameter of the shafts, which enabled two drums of coal to be brought up or down at the same time, instead of just one. The conditions were pretty bad for the workers, and they originally used horses to transport the coal, who only got 2 weeks per year above ground.

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/stfagans/

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/bigpit/

For all the people I’ve met and everyone back home: “I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.” ~1 Corinthians 1:4

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