Or’Eira, Dollgellau, Wales

Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
Trip End Aug 31, 2010

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

This morning Aidan tried to put photos onto the netbook but had no luck. He put the pictures I took with Peter's camera and the photos and videos he had taken onto a disk.  Lisa, Chris and David came to get me about 10:30 and of course we had a "cuppa" tea before we set off.  I said goodbye to Peter, Barbara and Aidan and we set off to Wales.  I sat in the back with Lisa and we talked all the way to the cottage, Or’Eira ( or-eye-ra).  We drove the scenic route as there was less traffic.  It was very scenic when it wasn’t raining.  We had bouts of showers most of the way.  I knew I was in Wales when we started to see green fields divided by field stone fences and dotted with white and a few black sheep.  When we got to the pass through the mountains we could barely see the view.  When we got to Ball which is situated along one of the largest lakes in Wales, we stopped for fish and chips at a take-a-way shop.  We were only a few miles from the cottage at that point.  The closer we got to Dolgellau (Doll-geth-lee) the more it started to look familiar.  We finally turned up the mountain on the one lane road and before we knew it we were parking and getting out with just the fish and chips.  The smell had really made us hungry and it was almost 2:00.  There is nothing like English fish and chips with malt vinegar.  However, it isn’t the same as it used to be when you got them wrapped in newspaper.  We got ours in styrofoam boxes. 

Lisa and Chris are such good hosts.  After lunch Chris, David and I went down into Dolgellau to get some groceries.  When we got back, we had a “cuppa” up on the new deck behind the flat (small apartment) above the garage.  As soon as we sat down, Peter and Hilary, from up the road came and joined us.  Then friends who have stayed in the cottage stopped by and there were eight of us sharing a cuppa and biscuits (cookies).   

 After the company left, David and I took a walk around the block, up the hill, across in front of Peter’s and Hilary’s, down the hill, across the old carriage road and down to the bottom of the pond.   We walked up the hill through the field beside the pond.  David has just bought the 12 acres that surround the cottage on the cottage side of the road.  So now there are about 20 acres, all in the National Park (Snowdonia).  David is a couple of years older than me, a retired Swiss banker, who lives in the Alsasce region of France with his French wife Monique.  He has just recovered from a stroke and being in an induced coma.  He is amazing.  This is the first I have seen my cousin David since I was two!!!  I have been so fortunate to see so much of the family.

When we got back I skyped Larry and Derek who were freezing green beans and making salsa.  It was the first Larry had heard from me.  He said he had received two photos from Sally and posted them on my blog.  He said he was sure I had gotten here when he saw a charge on the VISA card.  We talked for about a half an hour and then it was time for supper here.  Lisa and Chris had made lamb crumble (casserole), baked potatoes, broccoli, and roasted zucchini, summer squash and other seasonal veggies.  For pudding (dessert) we had fresh strawberries and raspberries with sugar and cream.  After supper I tried to skype Erin but she wasn’t online so I checked email and tried to answer it but it wouldn’t send it out.  I’ll ask Chris if he can figure out why not tomorrow.  While I was doing email, Erin skyped me and we talked for a little while.  It is now after midnight and I am ready to sleep.
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