Blogs from Brecon, Powys, Wales, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Brecon July 8th 2019

Thich Nhat Hann says "Each moment of our lives, each moment that is given to us to live, we have to live very deeply" Not a bad philosophy. We have decided this week to do just that. Strata Florida was no Jumiege nor a fancy abbey but it was a very lovely place to while away an hour or two in the beauty of the Welsh countryside. Gabby the motorhome is parked up almost correctly lined up with the white pin on hardstanding at the Brecon Caravan and Motorhome Club site. It is expensive. £26 for one night and it is very regimental. You know what you get with them - a neat pitch, your own little slot , grass to put your chairs on, immaculate toilets and showers and tuggers. Yes tuggers - many of ... read more
A painted Ostrich egg
Just a few of the many medals in the display case
Not a brilliant photo of artifacts in the glass case

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Brecon September 23rd 2015

Kate and I - and two dogs - have just spent a week on a narrow boat on the Brecon and Monmouth canal. The scenery was lovely as the canal runs high up above the River Usk through the Brecon Beacons. The boat was very long- 50 foot, with all mod cons, just a little on the narrow side. We just about managed to steer the thing through bridges and marinas, but the main trouble was that the canal is notoriously shallow (a fact that escaped us when we booked) and we spent a lot of time "punting" ourselves out of the mud. This also meant that it was difficult to park whenever you fancied, as you couldn't get near enough the bank to leap off; a gangplank was provided, but I never did work out ... read more
squeezing over
tends to end in the trees
twirling in glorious sunshine

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Brecon July 20th 2015

Monday 20 July 2015 Today we experienced some Welsh summer weather. We're not sure if this is typical or just one of those days. The rain coats were readied and umbrellas were on hand. It was going to be warm but damp with some sun likely at some stage. In other words the weather was going to be a dampener on today's activities. We started with a walking tour of the town. Brecon appears to be a much larger town than we first thought. Our guide, who had been here before, took us on a wander. First stop a little compulsory retail therapy for some. The walk to the Cathedral was quite scenic. Along narrow lanes, across a stone bridge over a stream, and up a hill along a wooded pathway. The cathedral was built by ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Brecon July 19th 2015

Sunday 19 July 2015 After yesterday's surprise at Covent Garden we should really have a quiet day today, but this is not to be. A further birthday surprise awaits, involving a journey ... somewhere! Once again a time was given for departure and no questions were to be asked. We set off in two cars, Holly the dog happy to be included this time. Motorway driving followed as we headed west from London, negotiating what seemed like pretty heavy traffic and the odd detour. Nothing to do but sit back and enjoy the ride. Possible destinations on the exit signs came and went and still we drove. Suddenly Bristol was a possibility but no, we paid the toll and were over the Severn Bridge in no time. Aha! We must be going to Wales, a part ... read more
Tintern Abbey
Tintern Abbey
Tintern Abbey

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Brecon November 13th 2013

Due to being super busy or more like lazy while in Wale the tale of our time has not been added yet, but will be shortly so watch this space!... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Brecon July 1st 2011

We decided that Kath and Albert needed to see at least one waterfall while they are with us in Wales so we drove down to the Waterfall Visitor Centre at Pontneddfechan (apparently pronounced Pont-neath-vaughan) because Sgwd Gwladus is an easy walk from there. We thought that we might walk in further to a couple of the other falls so asked the guy at the visitor centre about accessibility. He advised that the track is along the riverside as far as Sgwd Gwladus, but then rises up to the rim of the gully. He said that he would not recommend attempting to access the falls further upriver by going down the side of the gully, but said that if we were careful, we could walk along a stone shelf along the riverbank as far as the third ... read more
Sgwd Gwladus
Sgwd Gwladus
Sgwd Gwladus

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Brecon June 28th 2011

Today we set out to see some Welsh waterfalls. From Bailea we headed towards Brecon on the A40 before turning south onto the A470. We stopped briefly at the car park opposite the Story Arms as this is the highest point on the A470. Walkers can set out from here to walk to the summit of Pen-y-Fan. We thought that the view would be more impressive but, according to the information board, we were only half way up the mountain. I'm sure if we had more time, a hike to the top of Pen-y-Fan would have been on the agenda, but there is a limit to what can be achieved in a week!! After our brief stop, we continued along the A470 until we turned off for Penderyn on the A4059. Before we reached Penderyn, we ... read more
On the Four Falls Trail
Sgwd y Pannwr
Sgwd y Pannwr

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Brecon June 27th 2011

Today we headed off on another photography course. We thought that we were going to photograph waterfalls specifically, but we ended up being taken on a more general tour of Welsh scenery. It didn't really matter, we've never been in this part of the UK before so all of the scenery was new for us! We met the photographer, Will, at Glasbury a few miles NE of Brecon. We transferred all of our gear to Will's car and he took us to a viewpoint above Llangors looking out over Llangorse Lake toward Pen-y-fan, the highest point in southern Wales. With the weather being fine and sunny today we had a really good view of the mountains. Our next stop was down beside Llangorse Lake. Will was really bemused about the ponies because they are usually grazing ... read more
Queuing for a boat ride
Llangorse Lake
Swans at Llangorse Lake

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Brecon June 26th 2011

With the SatNav programmed for Wallingford, we said our farewells to Marilyn and Jim and headed off for the cottage in Wales where we will be staying for the next six nights. We headed away from London along the M40 until we reached the A329 where we turned off to Wallingford. Hmmn, so glad we made the effort to drive through Wallingford ... not!! We didn't see a single thing that was reminiscent of Causton in Midsomer Murders. Ah well, it wasn't far out of our way. After taking a couple of (very ordinary) photos of Wallingford, the SatNav was re-programmed for Burford which is at the gateway to the Cotswolds. We headed along the A4074 towards Oxford and after taking the ring road around the south of Oxford we joined the A40 heading west and ... read more
Wallingford Houses
Perusing the beer menu

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Brecon April 23rd 2011

This morning we woke to another beautiful and sunny day. We took a drive around Abergavenny and then drove onto Brecon in the hope of having a ride on one of the long canal boats. Sadly, as we drove into Brecon and struggled to find a park, we watched the canal boat pulling out :( The next ride was at 2.30pm which was too late for us. Not to worry, we had a lovely long walk along the canal. I also had time to just sit and relax in the shade, on the bank of the canal, and write some postcards - 20 of them. Ummmm.....don't hold your breathe as I have not been able to get a chance to post them yet! Steve and I then had a wander up through the town. Brecon is ... read more
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