Monday, 4 July 2022

Exploring :: North Wales #8 … Pistyll Rhaeadr

Hi there everyone 😃

This is the last of the series of posts from our holiday in North Wales back in May. Having fallen in love with the area and ending up buying a holiday lodge over that way I’m sure there will be more posts in the years to come as we start to make the most of ‘lodge life’ and do more exploring 😃

As we'd done on our journey over to North Wales, we decided to have a bit of a stop off on the way home too ... planning to call in at Pistyll Rhaeadr, Britain's tallest single drop waterfall and pretty impressive by all accounts.

We had a very quick photostop at the dam at the Afon Tryweryn reservoir just before Bala ... it is always so beautiful ...
From Bala we wound our way cross country, through the mountains and small villages until we hit the signs for the waterfall. It is a fair way off the beaten track, down some very narrow lanes, but eventually we managed to get our first spot of the falls in the distance ...
We gradually made our way closer, pulling in for photos where we could ...
There is parking at the site of the waterfall, which costs £5 on a weekday, £10 at the weekends. There is a bit of free roadside parking before you hit the falls car park but this was full when we visited. We did have to wait there though as BT were doing a bit of repair work and blocking the road. 

I couldn't wait to see what we were going to find so left mum and Martin in the car and had a wander up the lane ...
Eventually BT had finished what they were doing and we paid our £5 and got parked up.

It really is the shortest of walks from the car park to the waterfall and we were so lucky and managed to have the place to ourselves for a few minutes, so got chance to take some nice photos, with no other people in the background ...
It really was a beautiful spot and a lovely day. I could definitely imagine there being plenty of paddling going on in the summer months.

We walked a short way away from the falls, to the bridge for a bit of a different perspective, but by now there were a few more people about ...
There is also a tea room at the site of the falls and, as we'd not had breakfast before leaving, we had to pay a visit ... and managed to find a table with a pretty decent view ...
So that was the end of a really lovely week away in North Wales. We knew we would definitely be back, as we'd loved the area so much ... we just didn't know quite how soon 😀

We were off to Kent next so look out for more from the south east very soon.

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Monday, 27 June 2022

What a difference a day makes

Hi there everyone 😃

Last Friday I took this photo of the self set poppies in the raised bed …

I took the photo to show my friend, who had kindly donated me some seedlings the year before last. They gave a bit of a paltry show that first year, but last year they did really well and were beautiful.

I saved loads of seeds and sprinkled them all round the garden and did get excited when lots of small seedlings started to show … none came to anything at all though … other than these which self set in their original growing position, I’ve even tried to transplant a few to try and spread them around the garden, but had no luck whatsoever … they have clearly decided they like it where they are.

This has left me with a bit of a quandary. The raised bed they are in was destined for a rebuild last year, but Martin never quite got round to it. It was a definite priority for this year and I’d even relocated all of the strawberry plants and the perennials that were growing in the bed in readiness … well, of course I can’t be emptying it now, not until the poppies have all flowered.

Interestingly I donated a load of strawberry plants to mum and they must have been loaded with poppy seed too as mum now has a bed full just ready to burst into flower.

Having taken my photo on Friday I couldn’t quite believe my eyes when I looked out of the landing window on Saturday morning …

Aren’t they beautiful? If you look closely you may even spot a plump looking buzzy bee investigating. I am hopeful for a fabulous display and will try again with spreading around for next year. I already have a list of friends and family wanting seeds saving so fingers crossed we all have more luck next year.

On the strawberry front it’s not been a good year … they obviously don’t like their new home, and have been very disappointing … I think I may have to move them back once the bed has been rebuilt.

On another note, still of the floral variety, it does look like it could be a good year for the roses … our rhapsody in blue is going a storm …
… and the pink one out the front next door is really doing well …
We still really have to get to grips with the garden this year. We have done a few bits, but there is still a way to go. We need a good run of decent weather ... but not too hot ... while we are at home, so we can get on top of things.

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Monday, 20 June 2022

Exploring :: North Wales #7 … Beaumaris

Hi there everyone 😀

It was Thursday and the last full day of our week's break on the Llyn Peninsular back in March. We opted for a bit of a 'big day out' and were heading for Beaumaris on Anglesey.

Martin and I had visited before, when holidaying on Anglesey back in 2017, and we had really loved it. We were really looking forward to going back for a return visit.

We managed to find a spot to park up on the road and whilst it was a little overcast the view looking back across to the mainland was pretty impressive ...
First stop was to wander back to the pretty pastel coloured cottages that we'd passed on our drive into the village ...
I can never resist a row of pretty coloured cottages and this is the view of them from a bit further along the road looking towards the pier ...

Whilst Beaumaris seems a small village at first glance, there is plenty to do here. There are lots of pretty little shops, full of lovely things and ideal for a good old 'mooch' ...
There is a lovely little café in the High Street, which we couldn't resist visiting again ...
... and a fairly impressive castle ... which we have not actually visited, but is just lovely for a wander around the boundary ...

From the castle we headed across the road and along the front back towards the pier, where we were hoping we might be able to pick up an ice cream as it had warmed up considerably ... we were in luck ...
It was then time for a wander out along the pier ...

... and back again ...

... before heading for home ... taking in the viewpoint to try and get some good shots of the bridge ...


It was then back down the narrow country lanes to The Crossing for our last night in North Wales for a while ...

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Monday, 13 June 2022

Exploring :: North Wales #6 … Abersoch & Pwllheli

Hi there everyone 😀

It was the Wednesday of our week's stay on the Llyn Peninsular, back in March, with mum … and having done plenty of walking so far, we opted for a bit of a drive. Luckily we were in no real hurry as we hit a bit of congestion along the way ...
We started out with a very quick wander around Aberdaron ...
... before heading back for a bit of a slower wander around Abersoch. We had been hoping to walk along the beach, but the tide was pretty well in ...
Mum and I ended up finding a nice spot for Martin to sit in a pub garden, whilst we had a good old mooch up and down the high street.

From Abersoch we made our way back homewards to Pwllheli ...
... where we were aiming for fish and chips for tea, hoping to find a nice bench along the seafront to eat them on. I think we can safely say we achieved that goal ...
It's the second time that we've had fish and chips from Allports in the centre of Pwllheli and both times they have been fabulous ... exactly what you want from seaside fish and chips.

Once we'd finished eating, mum and I decided to head through the dunes and walk back along the beach with Martin picking us up at the other end ...
It really is another fabulous beach and seems to go on for miles ...
It was time to head for home, but not without a quick drive round the harbour first ...

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