17.05.2013 - 22.05.2013 20 °C
Our first taste of Wales, was in an idyllic green valley near Abervageny. We were so fortunate to be staying with the sister of a lovely lady who Stew has worked with for years. Rhiannon had recently moved into a cottage in a tiny village with a pub called the Goose. She was so hospitable and warm, immediately welcoming us by introducing us to the locals at the pub and holding a dinner party in our honour. She is an amazing cook and we were spoilt with fabulous produce. On a mundane note, it was a bonus doing washing and hanging it on the line . Funny when dreary tasks become a source of joy ! She took us on beautiful walks that explored the scenic world she lives, amongst the wild moorland of the Brecon Beacons and picturesque wooded glades. Rhiannon and her friend Susan were so interested and informed about the surrounding countryside. We learnt so much from their incidental chat and learned to identify a wood pecker and skylarks, very exciting. We stayed longer than planned before we headed off to Machynlleth via Hay on Wye a pretty village preparing for their annual writers fest, 30 book shops or so in a little village each with their speciality. Our exploration through the mountains on tiny one lane roads were spectacular and we explored the coast of West Wales. The Welsh people were warm, patient and kind without exception, not to mention the glorious weather we had.