Saturday, 27 July 2013

A Long Weekend by the Sea


With all the glorious weather around at the moment we couldn't resist running away to the seaside for a long weekend. So we headed for the Mid-Wales coast, an area we normally whiz past on our way to Pembrokeshire.
Starting in Aberystwyth we pottered around the area discovering more than enough beaches for a long weekend.

                       Newquay/Cei Newydd with quaint "fishing village" streets and two beaches

Further south to Llangranog - seen here from high above on the coastal path

A brief respite from the sea in the old walled garden at Llanerchaeron. This is being restored by National Trust volunteers and is full of flowers, vegetables and fruit trees - a place I could happily spend hours.

Back to the coast at Aberporth. Dolphins can be seen all along this coast but this was the only one we spotted this weekend.
Late afternoon at Aberporth

and to the small village of Tresaith to catch the sunset

...and for our last morning, a visit to Aberaeron with its pretty pastel painted houses and still harbour.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Bodnant Gardens

Over the Spring Bank Holiday we went to Bodnant Gardens. It's a long, long while since our previous visit and many things seem to have changed - though that could easily be my memory at fault!


I'd hoped to catch the laburnum arch in flower but we were a little early -
it must look stunning when in full bloom

The rhododendrons were spectacular though

I think we caught them at their best.

...and it's nice to see that even a fantastic National trust garden can have Welsh poppies growing everywhere just like at home.