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We hope that our musings will paint a picture of this most beautiful area.

nature on our front door

Posted on 12th May, 2017

It’s been an exciting morning for both us and guests. We have owls that nest in the woods close to the house. Their calls can be heard at night and we regularly see them, but today was quite special. Chris called me to the kitchen at just before 7am to watch the tawny owl sat in one of the trees outside. Normally the owl would fly away after a minute or so, but 10 minutes passed and the owl was still in the tree. We carried on with chores, popping back to the window from time to time and...

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A sunny spring afternoon at Bodnant Garden

Posted on 25th April, 2017

When I have a couple of hours free, Bodnant is a favourite place to visit. My intention had been to explore the newly opened Furnace Wood and Meadow, but on this occasion, I hardly made it past the Terrace. The colours and perfumes of the flowers were intoxicating. Guests staying with us from the US were not going to visit the Garden because they did not think that there would be many colours at this time of year. How wrong they were. It was way too bright for photography, but as always, I could not resist. The photo is my...

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Lonely Planet chooses North Wales in the top 10 regions in the world to visit in 2017

Posted on 30th November, 2016

We are delighted, but not suprised to have been voted as one of the best offbeat destinations in the world. A link to the Lonely Planet article https://www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-travel/regions

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The Laburnum Arch

Posted on 6th June, 2016

If you are visiting the area in late May and early June, an absolute must see is the laburnum arch at Bodnant Garden.   The arch is 180 (55m) feet long, made up of 48 plants which have been replaced over the years but have provided a continual display of golden flowers in late spring since 1882. Called Golden Rain, laburnum produces a dazzling flush of bright yellow pea-shaped flowers up to 50cm long in hanging racemes, followed by seedpods. In late May and early June the arch is literally buried under long, golden yellow pendulous bunches of flowers.   I go...

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Autumn

Posted on 19th November, 2015

Autumn-time, thy scenes and shades Are pleasing to the tasteful eye; A line from the poet, John Clare. The soft light and woodland colours make Snowdonia a dream location at this time of year and we do not have to travel far from our home to enjoy this. Our silver birch trees sparkle in the afternoon sunshine and the woodland in the nearby Gwydyr Forest looks sublime. Gwydyr has many marked walking and biking trails and never fails to look beautiful.

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