Safely home having enjoyed a great break in Machynlleth; a small market town located in the lower Dyfi valley, beautifully surrounded by the foothills of Snowdonia's National Park. We stayed in a quaint 300 year old Georgian coaching inn where we dined like a Queen. The food was exceptional and memorable. The gold medal chef, Gareth Johns, had the honour of cooking the celebration meal for the Queen when she opened the Welsh Assembly. The town holds an important place in Welsh history. It was once the medieval capital of Wales, and was the location for Owain Glyndwr's parliament, where he was proclaimed king in 1404.We had some short sudden bursts of rain which did not stop us in our tracks, and were quickly over. It was mild for November, and it was lovely to be out and about enjoying the beautiful surroundings.The fields, valleys, and mountains are covered in sheep - giving the impression that there are more sheep in Wales than people!
Welsh cattle are adoreable, with their petite stature, and thick sooty black coats.
The next post will be a wonderful garden near Snowdon; surprisingly it happens to incorporate a small Cotswold building that once stood in the valley below where we live.
Wales looks beautiful with all those sheep without any people around. They look all quite different.ReplyDelete
Welsh lamb is one of their major exports.Delete
I hope you will share the content of your meals with us, Rosemary. This getaway looks idyllic and I am sure you took full advantage of the mild November. From the Cotswolds to Wales is a journey from one enchanted part of the British Isles to another.ReplyDelete
Sorry David, too busy enjoying the food to take any photos. We definitely hope to return and enjoy more of their food.Delete
Machynlleth is a nice little town and a good place to explore the surrounding countryside.ReplyDelete
It's a great area and one that we hope to revisit.Delete
Sounds like a delightful getaway! And mmmmm, the food, the FOOD!ReplyDelete
Loved it and will definitely make a return visit.Delete
Detalhes fotográficos fascinantes que me encantou ler.ReplyDelete
Pensamentos e Devaneios Poéticos
Eu amo seus cumprimentos gentis e poéticos - obrigado Ryk@rdo.Delete
These are wonderful shots.ReplyDelete
The clock tower against the hills is a beautiful shot, Rosemary, as is the one with the hawthorns. A lovely place to stay combined with delicious food and good weather sounds like a wonderful little holiday.ReplyDelete
We shall definitely return again Lorrie. Also it is a very easy journey from home for us - all through beautiful countryside.Delete
Lucky to get such good weather as it can be a wet time of year. 15 degrees now, even up here, and still green with flowers still lasting.ReplyDelete
I saw a bush full of spring Camellias flowering in a garden near Snowdon.Delete
Looking good in Wales, the scenery beautiful along with the animals.ReplyDelete
Seeing I've just found out my Ancestry DNA is 63% Welsh, Scottish and Irish I'm more interested in these places now :)
One day you shouyld make a visit especially considering your DNA ancestry.Delete
Sounds like a wonderful break away and delicious food too! I do love that area of Wales. B xReplyDelete
A return visit is definitely on the cards B - it is such a pretty and very easy ride for us from here.Delete
Thank you. Not a part of Wales that I know but it looks and sounds wonderful especially the food. I look forward to your next post.ReplyDelete
It was a delightful few days away.Delete
Dear Rosemary, that was a wonderful pleasure trip to Wales!ReplyDelete
And to find an excellent cook who even cooked for the Queen - that was the icing on the cake.
My image of Wales contains a bit rain - one can prepare oneself and enjoy the raindrops on the deep red abundant rosehips. And grass looks greener when wet.
Wales is still on my bucket list - I only touched its rims.
Dear Britta - should the chance come your way then do head for Wales. There is so much wonderful scenery and history to be found.Delete
Dear Rosemary, I remember many sheep, many horses and lots of daffodils in whales, but no little calves. I wonder how you got that shot. He must have been standing on a hill top. He also looks like he was ready to charge. Only a brave photographer would risk life and limb for us.ReplyDelete
Have many fond memories of Whales. Thank you for posting such beautiful photos.
Dear Gina - you must have visited Wales during springtime when daffodils are plentiful and the daffodil is of course their national flower. The little bull is not fully grown but Welsh black cattle are docile and easy to handle.Delete
I like Wales. Looks like you had a great holiday.ReplyDelete
It was just a few days but sufficient to wet our appetite for a return.Delete
Thank you for your beautiful photos of your visit to Wales... just dreamy, yes, I would like to travel there, enjoy the scenery, the old buildings and meet the people :-)))ReplyDelete
Many greetings to you. Viola
Thank you for your visit Viola - I am pleased that you enjoyed seeing the photos from Wales.Delete
Dear Rosemary - What a lovely tour to Wales! I love the architecture of Clock Tower and Parliament House. Nice to meet Welsh sheep and black cattle! I must say, the tour was perfect with delicious food cooked by such a skillful chef and the nice weather including the short shower.ReplyDelete
Dear Yoko - we really enjoyed our short trip away and have now returned home nicely refreshed, and grateful for such a lovely break.Delete
Wow! Some fantastic pictures! Wales is on my bucking list :) Looking forward to your next post Rosemary :)ReplyDelete
Hope you do have a chance to venture over to Wales at sometime in the future Titti. Once the spring arrives we shall hope to go again.Delete
how lovely, what a very pretty place and a 300 year old inn is quite spectacular! sorry for lack of comments recently there was an issue with blogger/cookiesReplyDelete
Lovely to hear from you Betty - that area is situated in a beautiful country, and we definitely hope to return.Delete
This was another of those so memorable trips I can tell, and how beautiful the landscape and animal photos are. I can imagine the meal in that wonderful inn, and those amazing plates above the hearth - I hope Gina noticed them!ReplyDelete
My first Christmas card has arrived - and it's yours!!!! Thanks so much dear friends - we think of you so much. Today I will start writing my cards, a few a day - I found some lovely ones at my local independent bookshop.
I wonder if Gina did notice them Mary - they have obviously been made by a local potter with that fine Welsh dragon displayed in the middle. Looking forward to a return visit to the inn and the sooner the better.Delete