I like Wales, gorgeous place and perfect destination for our Easter holiday break. We set off on Thursday night and braved the M4 like 80% of the population in London. After edging about 30cm or so for a good half hour to even get onto the M4, we knew the journey would be a bit of a long one. We were pleasantly surprised to find the rest of the journey wasn’t as congested as we managed to get to the cottage in about 3 and a bit hours. Got to love my iphone that becomes a tom tom!!
There were six of us in all, seven if you include the peacock that become like one of the family on day one. Cheeky bugger he was and subsequently became the focus of a lot of camera attention, particularly from one member of our party! 100…maybe 150 photos, he could have set up his own facebook album. Anyway, day one saw us not only in awe of our new pretty little bird friend, but in absolute awe over where we had landed the night before. It was fantastic to wake up to rolling green hills, fresh country air and the rushing river. I was in heaven! No bloody thunderous plane noise, screaming sirens and monotonous traffic for 5 days….bliss. You do realise how noisy and stinky London really is when you leave. I do miss clean air and quiet times….food for thought!
Our cottage (Abercamlais) was in the Breacon Beacons, the national park in the centre of Wales. I decided to perfect my Welsh, as you do on the journey in the car down. Not the actual welsh language mind you, just my crapversion of the accent. M was mighty impressed I can tell you. Anyway, I digress…the cottage itself is attached to a mansion house ,the land itself had belonged to an English Knight around 1570. His descendents are still living in the mansion today, very cool. I love that about this little island, the history! The cottage is called the Dovecote and named after the Dovecote that still stands next to it today.
It was fantastic to just enjoy some quiet time with mates, play tennis, darts if you wanted to or just read and eat and soak up all that sunshine…and then eat some more and maybe have a few bevvies or ten. We even checked out a few castles in the area, well one to be exact and the famous Tintern Abbey, just beautiful. It is only a shell now but it doesn’t take much imagination to conjure up how magnificent it would have been in it’s day.
And to top it all off, we even got to celebrate a birthday. Young D at 31….Happy returns my friend.
If you ever get a chance, go and visit Abercamlais, you won’t be disappointed.