Or’Eira and Bodnant Garden near Conwy (Conwe

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

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

I woke up early today and had some prayer time before breakfast. It was a beautiful morning with sun and dew on the grass and a great view of the mountain Cader Idris(cadder id-riss) which means the chair of Idris. the giant.  David told me today that Or'Eira, the cottage where we are staying, means "from the snow."   Chris and Lisa fixed a full English breakfast of sausage, bacon, egg, black pudding (blood pudding), broiled tomatoes and mushrooms, toast, OJ and of course tea.  We ate on the back patio and I finally got to wear my sunglasses.

After we had cleared up the breakfast and hung the wash on the line, after all this is a bed and breakfast with all that goes with that, we headed north along the coast and then inland to Conwy Vale (valley).  The drive was gorgeous with rolling hills, green fields dotted with sheep separated with rock walls that made the hills and vales look like a patchwork quilt.  We stopped at one point where there was a great view of Mount Snowdon in the distance. 

Bodnant Garden is touted as one of the best gardens in a country of beautiful gardens.  There weren’t as many flowers blooming as in the spring but it was still spectacular.  There are trees and plants from all over the world including the tallest coastal redwood in the UK.  There were formal and informal gardens, vast lawns, Italianate gardens with cement ponds and an area called the Dell through which a beautiful stream flowed  .  There was a long archway covered with Laburnum which bloomed in May and June but was still impressive now.

We stopped in the garden shop where I bought Lisa a plant that she wanted for her garden in Stourbridge and a silk flower she wanted for the arrangement in the stairway at Or’Eira.  We stopped in the Tea Room for a Cream Tea.  This consisted of Tea and Scones with clotted cream (cream whipped with sugar) and jam.  We also had a Welsh fruit bread the consistency of fruit cake and very tasty.  That was at tea time about 4:00.  We took a slightly different road back, very scenic and it passed a wind farm with huge windmills like the ones outside San Francisco. 

We took in the washing from the line, including some of my clothes.  Lisa and Chris started supper while I skyped Larry with a computer problem which we fixed in short order.  I was then able to send my blogs to Erin to post on Travel Pod.   Next I skyped Derek and he was already reading the blogs I had sent Erin.  I also skyped Erin as it might be my last opportunity because of the time difference.   The three of them will fly next Saturday and meet me in Frankfurt on Sunday.

While we waited for supper to be ready, I started reading a book about Mary Richards, a woman botanist and member of the gentry, who lived in this area during Edwardian times (early 20th century).  It was fascinating and I got the first chapter read.  Then I went for a walk to take some more pictures of Cader Idris and the cottage.  Chris has had an observatory with telescope installed up above the garage and that was the best place for a photo of Cader.  I also walked down to the old carriage road where I met up with David and he showed me the best place to take a picture of Cader from there. 

When we returned we had a full English dinner of roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, roasted potatoes, gravy,  and veg (green beans and carrots) with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon.  For dessert we had apple crumble with Byrd’s custard and strawberries and a cuppa.  We certainly did nothing low calorie.  By the time we finished the washing up it was time for bed.
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Peggy on

All so very gorgeous and good for the soul. Enjoying your adventure.

Love, Peggy

Sandy on

The simplest tasks give the greatest joy! I'll bet that your clothes smelled fantastic! May the blessings just keep coming!

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