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English Summer: Paddling

With simple childish pleasure we splish sploshed barefoot in to the water. Paddling is good any time of day but particularly as the sun goes down. 30 more words

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Wales: Time for tea

A recipe for Welsh Cakes comes later, but for a moment let us pause in 1888.

A Welsh Tea, Machynlleth, 1888

Tea-time was fixed for 4 o’clock, because our only possible return train started at 5, and it would never do to hurry a meal. 489 more words


Wales: Snakes!

We needed some ozone and a brisk walk. Aberystwyth early morning. It is a university town so there must be a lively life to be lived here but it’s well hidden from the casual day tripper. 91 more words


Wales: A forest trail

The smiley lady at the Coed-y-Brenin forest centre took our £2.50 and gave us a pack of trail and mountain bike route maps. The car park was full of school kids all booted up and ready for a long walk and so we drove off to another car park much deeper in the forest called Tyddyn Gwladys (which translates as Gladys smallholding which we rather liked – we made up a story of Gladys working in a small isolated telephone exchange on the edge of the forest and returning to her cottage each night to tend her chickens and cow – but I digress). 578 more words

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Wales: The adventure begins

We have just returned from the most perfect holiday. Eight days in a lovely cottage on a hillside in Wales. We will tell you more about the cottage soon, but now we are sorting through hundreds of photos and thinking about which adventure to share with you first – the forest trek, the heritage houses, the day at the seaside, Portmeirion, the tiny steam train up through the mountains, the found-photo album? 55 more words