Monday, 30 November 2009

Llechwedd Slate Mines

industrial heritage
train ride
food & drink

Take an underground tour to experience the life of Victorian slate miners, Llechwedd Slate Mine, Snowdonia

Stroll around a Victorian mining village have a drink in the Miners arms and buy sweets in Ffestin Morgan's sweet shop.
There are seasonal events throughout the year.
Santa will be visiting throughout December.

Kathy & Angelo

Porth Dinllaen, Lleyn Peninsula

food & drink

The small coastal village of Porth Dinllaen owned by the National Trust is nestled along a two mile stretch of magnificent natural harbour which includes Nefyn and Morfa Nefyn on the Lleyn Peninsula. The village pub the Ty Coch Inn is rated by many as the best pub in Wales for its location, views, ales and good lunch time menu.
Vehicular access is restricted to residents only. Visitors must park and walk, either across the beach or across the golf course.
Jet Skis photo by Kirsty of
Angelo & Cathy

Friday, 27 November 2009

Late night Christmas Shopping Cardiff

Late night Christmas shopping Royal Arcade Cardiff will be held 3rd December between 5pm - 8pm.
Melin Tregwynt (the mill shop) will be open. Its a great place to find unique Welsh gifts including blankets, throws, nursery stuff, outdoor stuff, gifts, accessories and lots more. The mill is in Pembrokeshire. Do visit when you are in the area.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Great Orme, Conwy

tram journey
flora & forna
historical interest

The Great Orme Tramway travels up to one of the most spectacular country parks in Wales. The wildlife is rich and varied and there is an enormous variety of wild flowers, butterflies and birdlife. The views are inspiring, the historical interest captivating. Do call in at the Visitors Centre (open between Easter and October) where you will find a wealth of information to enhance your time in the park.

Cathy & Angelo

A trip up to the top of Snowdon

We are on our way up Snowdon on the only rack & pinion railway in the UK.
Half Way Cafe

Not much of a view today.Better luck next time.

Thank goodness for Hafod Eryri on the summit - shelter from the elements, toilets, warm food and drinks.
Cathy & Angelo

A walk on Barafundle Beach Pembrokeshire

In early September of this year I took my dog down to the beach of Barafundle ( one of the best in the UK ) and to be honest looking at these pictures I'm not sure who enjoyed it the most.
I have my suspicions that it was Lucky!!!
Sue B & Lucky

Monday, 23 November 2009

Portmeirion Snowdonia

food & drink

Portmeirion is a unique Italianate village on the southern shores of Snowdonia in Wales designed & built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis to show how a naturally beautiful landscape could be developed without spoiling it. The village is surrounded by 70 acres of sub tropical gardens, woodlands and lakes with miles of path ways. There is a variety of shops (look out for Portmeirion pottery) and a choice of places to eat and drink.

Angelo & Cathy

King Arthur's Labyrinth Underground Adventure Snowdonia

Visit King Arthur's Labyrith in Corris Machynlleth.

underground scenery
Welsh mythology
food & drink
children's play area

Take a unique boat journey along an underground river, through the great waterfall and sail into a world of mystery, legends and story telling. Explore a labyrinth of tunnels and caverns as tales of King Arthur and other Welsh legends unfold. Great fun for all the family.
The Labyrinth closes for the winter but reopens for 4 days in December, 12th & 13th also 19th & 20th as a magical Santa's Grotto. Travel by boat to visit Santa. Children receive a present, adults can enjoy a warming glass of punch..

Do allow time to visit the Corris Craft centre too.
10 individual craft work shops produce hand crafted goods including:
jewellery, leather work, candles, wooden toys, ceramics, pottery, quilting & patch work, glass, furniture, turned wood & cards.

Sunday, 22 November 2009


As I walked the canal path between Newtown & Abermule this morning I came across this wonderful sight. The temporary cladding of this house is an art work by Steve Messan,commisioned by the Oriel Davies Gallery to celebrate the cultural and industrial heritage of Newtown & surrounding area. The derelict timber framed 13century building has been wrapped in 300 Kerry Hill sheep fleeces with detail in Black Welsh Mountain sheep fleeces.

Bosherston Lily Ponds & Broad Haven Beach Pembrokeshire

bird watching

The wild weather last weekend abated enough for us to brave a walk. The wind remained strong but the rain held off. We chose Bosherston, the track alongside the lily ponds is relatively sheltered. It was quite beautiful in the afternoon's watery sun. Several bold little robins sat amongst the shrubbery keeping to their territory even as we passed very close by and a pair of swans kept pace with us along along the ponds in the hope of titbits.

A dramatic scene greeted us as we stepped out onto Broad Haven beach. The waves so huge that Church Rock almost disappeared with every other gigantic roller sending up a protest of spuming white foam. A handful of thrill seeking surfers took their chances in the boiling surf enthralling us with their nerve and skill.

Lily & Skye, 3 & 1, charged with all the excess electro static energy in the atmosphere played roly poly endlessly. Their squeals of excitement and glee pierced the roar of the wind and waves as they tumbled down the soft sand dunes.

Our walk back to the National Trust car park completed the loop as we followed the path on the other side of the ponds passing a keen fisherman on route.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Newport Winter Festival Pembrokeshire

Friday, 20 November 2009

Newport Winter Festival Pembrokeshire

Rare Breeds Cattle at Bodnitho, Botwnnog, Lleyn Peninsula

Mrs Rhian Parry and her family own Bodnitho, Botwnnog a lovely old farmhouse for holidays on the Lleyn Peninsula. Farm land surrounds this stylish self catering home for 10 and guests can see the animals at  close quarters indeed they are positively encouraged to visit the working farm a mile down the road.

Mrs Parry says:
"The farm is a modern 700ac beef and sheep holding. Stocking comprises of 200 suckler cows plus followers, with all stock finished on the farm. There are 850 ewes with 250 ewe lambs. Cropping consists of swedes, maize, spring oats and barley all grown in a full farm rotation. Rotational cropping gives us a broad range of habitat which encourages wild life diversity.

All our cattle are Stabilizers which is more of a breeding “concept” than a breed. This concept was developed in Nebraska, USA and was introduced to this country in 1999 by the importation of embryos and semen, in which we have been heavily involved. The cows are a 4 way “composite” or cross which is ¼ Hereford, ¼ Red Angus, ¼ Simmental and ¼ Gelbvieh.

The Hereford and Angus give fleshing, hardiness, and the ability to live on grass, Simmental gives muscling and milk, while the Gelbvieh offers early maturity which allows us to calve the heifers at 2 yrs old instead of the usual practise of calving at 3 yrs old. The advantage of using North American genetics within the concept is – generations of selecting for ease of calving, thriftiness (with calves up on their feet and suckling within 20 minutes without any human intervention) fertility and maternal longevity.

We are part of a dedicated group of producers which supply early season Welsh Lamb to Waitrose, which is marketed as “Llŷn Lamb” in store. The Llŷn Peninsula is ideal for natural early lamb production because of the mild winter climate due to the influence of the Gulf Stream. The native Defaid Llŷn (Lleyn Sheep) play a vital role in our lamb production programme.

The family philosophy towards the farm is to use a proactive management approach and have the business evolve constantly."

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Menai Suspension Bridge & James Pringle Weavers Anglesey

The Menai Suspension Bridge built by Thomas Telford and completed in 1826 spans the Menai Strait between Anglesey and main land Wales. It was commissioned to cope with the increasing traffic from London to Ireland.

James Pringle Weavers near the bridge - is a collection of shops, a railway station, Sidings Restaurant and Tourist Information Centre all under one roof. Shopping includes clothes, shoes, outdoor gear, Welsh food & gifts, Portmeirion pottery, golf equipment, Hornby trains & Scalextrix sets, homewares and much more.

The centre is located in the little Welsh town with a big name


which means
Saint Mary's church in the hollow of white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the church of Saint Tysilio near the red cave.

Angelo & Cathy

Harlech Snowdonia

historic interest
food & drink

Picturesque Harlech with its steep winding streets of shops, cafes & galleries is dominated by magnificent Harlech Castle. The most formidable of Edward 1 'steel ring' built to subdue the Welsh. It takes advantage of the natural features seeming to grow out of the rock upon which it stands with commanding views of the land and sea.

Castle Cottage Restaurant in Harlech was overall winner of 'Wales True Taste Eating Out Award 2008/09

The impressive statue of 'Two Kings' outside the castle represents one of the stories from the Mabinigion (a collection of 11 ancient Welsh tales).
Bendigeidfran Gwern carrying the body of his nephew Gwern.

Angelo & Cathy

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Beaumaris Anglesey

historic interest
attractions & actvities
food & drink
waterside location

Beaumaris is a charming old Anglesey town on the Menai Straits with a medieval castle, Victorian pier, boat trips, beach, leisure centre, one of the oldest court houses in Wales, Edwardian jail house, a variety of interesting shops, golf courses, yacht club, local artists and a choice of places to eat and drink.

Beaumaris bustles with entertainment including live music, local produce markets, arts festival, fortnightly sailing regattas, Victorian Christmas celebrations and historic events in the castle.
Angelo & Cathy

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Anglesey Sea Zoo

food & drink
dog friendly (fresh water & free, secure dog pens)

A great place to visit on Anglesey whatever the weather, whatever your age, with over 150 fascinating species to see. Educational fun with conservation at its heart.

Daily fish feeds,diving displays and talks take place throughout the holidays.

There is an award winning licensed bistro and a gift & souvenier shop.

Angelo & Cathy