Wales is somewhere I went on holiday a lot as a youngster, easy access from the West Midlands where I grew up, but this was Imogens first trip there. We had lovely weather despite my memories of rather indifferent weather in Wales - I know it can be lovely and sunny some times but is very prone to wet weather. I'm pleased to say we only had some drizzle one morning which soon cleared, and all other rain was overnight a couple of nights.
In short we visited New Quay, Harlech Castle, Centre for Alternative Technology, Llanaercharon, National Wool Museum and Aberystwyth ... think that was most of the main places anyway, with little stops here and there. Fun filled days and relaxing too. Here's what we did and saw ...
New Quay Harbour and beach
Excited and thoughtful on our boat trip
Rock pooling with her beloved net!
Taking in the views at the top of Harlech Castle
climbing many steps to the top
I could go on for hours about the next place (there will be a blog post dedicated to this soon)
- the National Wool Museum - a wonderful visit, I thought maybe we'd spend and hour or so there and move onto something else but we were there for hours and delighted with what we saw, not just me!
and up in the clouds
We visited the Centre for Alternative Technology near Machynlleth
What a wonderful place CAT it to visit, it had been almost 7 years since we were last their on one of the members conferences we attended, much has developed since then and we all loved our visit, learning and exploring.
We visited Llanerchaeron - a National Trust property that was an 18th century self sufficient estate.
and one of my favourite apples below, the Worcester
We returned to the beach ...
and collecting seaweed
(something we do a lot whilst out these days - seeing what we can see in the clouds)
and her reply after a little thinking was ... EVERYTHING!
Imogen especially enjoyed visiting these neighbours of our farm location cottage, feeding them grass and giving them names - we looked for them and visited them on our way out, on our return and before bedtime.
Alex the Ram
we didn't name the flock of white sheep (a few in the picture above)!
Billy the goat!
A great holiday, lots of fun days out and adventures, and memories to take home with us. We were also delighted to see many Red Kites in the area - just a few miles from the cottage was an official feeding station which we passed a couple of times at feeding time, how glorious to look up and see up to 30 Red Kites flying above. I didn't have the opportunity to photograph them at that time so you'll have to take my word for it, I did take a few but they were further away.
... and of course we saw many sheep, and photographed a few like these hill dwellers, and no I didn't bring any wool back with me!
So that was our Summer holiday of 2011, great memories.