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...
Posted on 19th January, 2017
A short drive away, is the village of Ysbyty Ifan (meaning Hospital of St John). The village now has fewer than 200 inhabitants, but it has a history to rival many large towns. Although a village existed before that date, it is named after the Knights of St John, who in the 12th century established a hospital and hostel to care for pilgrims. Later the notorious Red Bandits of Mawdday, took advantage the Knights' priviledge of sanctuary to hide in the hospital. The hospital was abolished during the dissolution of the Monasteries, but the village continued to play a part...
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
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...
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.