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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Welshpool November 7th 2017

Today is Lynda's birthday, she's caught me up again; so we decided on a trip up into Snowdonia, despite the grey clouds, and headed for Beddgelert. There's a very sad legend to this village, if you don't know, then google it! Needless to say there were a few caches to find, a river to walk along, a pub for lunch...what more could we ask for. We had a great day out, just sorry that Ineke couldn't join us too.... read more
start with a coffee
the owl bench
walking downstream to ·Gelert's grave

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Welshpool October 30th 2017

It was only a long weekend, but we fitted in lots of activities. On Friday we picked Martha up from nursery and went for a picnic in the woods. On Saturday, after the Ballet lesson, we went to Paisley for a Halloween event, where there were all sorts of children's activities ( and for which Sophie had a days paid work helping with the organising) and yesterday, since it was a particularly beautiful autumn day, we climbed a steep hill (Beinn Dubh, at Luss) beside Loch Lomond, again with a picnic, to admire the views. Martha hurtled her way both up and down, with adventures in bracken on the way: whilst Jack preferred daddy's shoulders on the way up and walking down, exploring tree stumps and rocks. Bella and I tried to keep up with Martha, ... read more
assault course 1
assault course 2
log walking

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Welshpool September 28th 2017

Before I start, may I say thank you to my NZ relations for their very nice comments. Now, I had to take Alex to Manchester airport on Monday for his flight to Jersey, So I decided to spend a couple of days in Southport, about an hour from from Manchester. I had imagined golden sands and a promenade, waves lapping the beach. But it turned out that the tidal range is huge and you only see the sea in a storm. The beach is "green" which means its been taken over by marshy vegetation, and you're advised to keep off in case the sea suddenly whips you away. Luckily a couple of miles along the coast I found a lovely sand dune area, and on the way home I stopped at Formby, which has a great ... read more
more green beach
mud flats
fish on sticks!

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Crickhowell September 27th 2017

We woke to fog again. Not so thick, but still there and making the world a bit grey again. The weather forecast for today was grey in the morning, but rain in the afternoon. We decided that if we wanted to do some walking in the Berecon Beacons, it would need to be this morning. The Llanthony Priory was our choice. The Priory is on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National park, and you can access a few walks from there. Zara had suggested walking up behind the Priory to Offra's Dyke, so we thought we would give it a try. The road into the Priory was one of the typical country lanes we have driven in over the last few days. You need to keep watching all the time so you don't hit a ... read more
The bracken as we walked
Some of the ares was forrested
The little engine at the Brecon a mountain Railway

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Crickhowell September 26th 2017

Today we moved on to Crickhowell from Solva. A three hour drive, or thereabouts, so we took our time and stopped at the National Botanic garden of Wales on the way. The weather at breakfast looked promising, but as we set out it became quite foggy. The fog continued most of the day, only dispersing a little as we got close to Crickhowell. We got to the gardens nesr Llanathne, and began with morning tea. A pity that the sky was so grey, I am sure it would have looked stunning in sunshine. Thee are many different areas within the garden, which is designed not only to show different specimens of flora, but also to show how gardens can be sustainable, and to trace the history of plants. The area had been a farm, with a ... read more
A huge moth in the butterfly house
In the walled garden
Some very ancient plants called horsetails

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Welshpool September 19th 2017

Alex and I have just spent three days in North Wales, at sunny Rhyl by the sea. We decided to approach from the Dee estuary direction, and by chance followed a pilgrim way from Holywell down to Green field dock. Yesterday we had a look at the lighthouse at Point of Ayr, and found out a bit the old coal mine nearby. And today we made our way home via Rhuddlan, which has a walk along the tidal river where we spotted lots of birds, and a castle. Lovely.... read more
at the abbey
I was there two
the cockle shell at the little harbour

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Welshpool August 10th 2017

I cant believe that we've got to August already, but another birthday has been and gone. A busy one too. Dad, Ineke and I met Kate and John for lunch in a lovely café in Chirk, where we enjoyed a drink before our lunch. Home again, and lots of friends called, one after the other, with various gifts and greetings, and as it was a beautiful evening we could mostly just sit outside and enjoy it. Not forgetting a special rendition of happy birthday from Martha and Jack, who'd given me their present before they left (under a bunting decorated tree on the field). So look at the pictures and you'll see what fun I had.... read more
chocolate eclairs

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Welshpool August 6th 2017

Sophie and the children have been staying for almost two weeks as Tom was busy with the Edinburgh festival. We've had a great time, visiting castles, a ride on a train, trip to the seaside, seeing various friends and exploring the "secret passages" on my field. They left this morning, and the house feels empty and so quiet. Though I realise suddenly how tired I feel! Here are some photos.... read more
Alex's birthday tea

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Welshpool July 3rd 2017

I've been away for a few days staying with my friend Hilary. The weather was really hot so activity was curtailed, though we went for a couple of walks before sitting on a shady bench in Hil's beautiful garden. Also, Liz popped up for lunch one day as she lives only an hour away.... read more
on the marshland
the creek meets the sea
and boats are moored there

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Welshpool May 6th 2017

The weather looked good and Alex had the weekend off, so we set off for Tywyn with the tents. Lovely day on Friday but the wind became very rough overnight and we felt as if we were on the high seas. It all calmed down again and the tents stood up to it. We walked a fair way in two days, it was lovely though involved a lot of uphill. Luckily I had an extra day as I didn't have to go to work today! I did a beach walk then sat and read a book in the sunshine, and once the tent was packed up I had a leisurely drive home, admiring some spectacular bluebell woods and collecting one last cache on the way. My face feels red from the wind and the sun, which ... read more
fish and chips at Aberdovey
on the beach after the chips
and up to the little bandstand on the hill.

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