Sunday, September 30, 2018

Trip to Wales - Day 3

On Monday of our break we had a lazy morning, extremely luxurious showers, and set off to Llanidloes around lunchtime. The previous day we'd seen a sign for a vegetarian/vegan cafe, so decided to go there for lunch. I am not sorry we did!

Lee had tomato and lentil soup with bread, and although I dabbled with the hot dishes, which each came with salad, I decided on the salad bowl instead. There were about 10 kinds of salad and I had all of them except the Waldorf salad! It was a bowl of yumminess and I was really pleased!

After lunch we wandered round a few shops. Lee spent a lot of time looking through the records on a big stall, and bought a Venom record for £1 which he was pleased about. We mooched in the charity shops and then decided to go to Powis Castle to get an ice cream. I think I've been there before, when I was little, but I'm not entirely sure. While we were there we saw a deer! He came right down to near the cafe and just settled down, bless him.

We then went a very scenic route back to Llandinam because there were roadworks all the way through Newtown. I'm not sure we actually got back any faster but we had a laugh and saw some nice villages, and had to contend with loose sheep in quite a few places!

When we got back we played some records on the Dansette player, it was so gorgeous and they had a nice selection of stuff. We also played Scrabble, which I don't usually like playing but Lee does, so I said I would. We had two games and I beat Lee both times so I wasn't too bothered!

In the evening Lee made pan haggerty which he often makes on holiday. It's a bit fiddly to do so requires some time and patience. It was as always delicious.

The ducks had all exited the pond and wandered up to the car with us

Sparkling apple juice for lunch - I wasn't expecting it to be sparkling and I'm not sure I liked it

My salad bowl

The old market hall in Llanidloes, the traffic has to go in a loop around it which was pretty cool

Scene of a chartist outbreak apparently!

I liked this graffiti

We could see the deer come down the hill from where we were sitting eating our ice creams...

And then he came right down next to the cafe to sit

Some of the loose sheep

And finally back at the cabin the biggest ducks were out of the pond too!

The chicken wanted to come in the door!

How cute is this?!

Lee was trying to work it out

And here we go on Scrabble!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Trip to Wales - Day 2

On the Sunday of our break we lounged around a bit after breakfast, then set off out to a place called Machinations in Llanbrynmair, which had a bunch of automated wooden models and a RABBIT VILLAGE. It was a cafe, and it wasn't huge, but the models were really cute and made really well. We had some lunch and FED THE RABBITS. I was very excited about the rabbits! It was 80p each and we got some food to feed them each. I'd recommend the place, it was so cute.

Then we drove around a bit and went through Llanidloes and to Llyn Clywedog where there's a dam in the river. We were above it on a lookout point which was beautiful. We could also see part of Owain Glyndwr's path, which was really cool for me as I like the history of Glyndwr and a lot of the mystery around him.

We drove around a bit more, then called into the pub in Llandinam for a couple of drinks. Lee doesn't drink alcohol so we almost never just sit in a pub, but it was really nice. We were hoping to book a table in this pub for tea on Tuesday but it turned out they were shut on Tuesdays which was a pain.

We headed back to the cabin and had a barbecue for tea. It wasn't that warm outside but with my hoodie on and a blanket around me I was okay. The cabin had a barbecue so we used that, and it had a fire pit so we lit that too. It threw out a lot of heat! It was a lovely peaceful day.

Ducks on the pond! They all came towards me thinking I'd feed them, so I had to, obviously

The chickens came right up to the door!

One of the models in the cafe, I thought they were all really cool!

The river in Llynbrynmair

Lee in the rabbit village!

We liked this one best

There was a whole hill for the rabbits to wander around in 

They were really tame so kept coming over to demand food

I thought it really did look like a Welsh village!

Can you see the guinea pig? He was very shy but when Lee put food on his doorstep he came out to get it

Nomming some cabbage

Honestly, it was just so cute

The lake, the dam was on the left out of shot

The far shore is Glyndwr's path

Looking the other way

Looking a bit windswept but we're cute!

More information about Glyndwr. He was the last native Welshman to hold the title of Prince of Wales!

Back at the cabin, these posters were above the bed

Getting the fire pit going, I was in charge of this while Lee was barbecuing

And finally I toasted some marshmallows for dessert!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Trip to Wales - Day 1

Lee and I went to Wales over his birthday in the middle of August. We'd been wanting to go away for a few days, but weren't sure where. I'd been hoping for some kind of last minute deal thing, but couldn't find anything cheap enough and it was stressing me out, so Lee took control and decided we'd go to Wales. He looked through a ton of Airbnb listings and we ended up going to The Mousehouse in Llandinam in Powys. It was one of the most stunning places I've ever been, it was gorgeous and I would highly recommend it. In fact, if you're not an Airbnb member, here's my referral link for £25 credit!

Saturday was also Photo An Hour which I joined in with on Instagram, so I think I'll just post these photos and explain a bit more through those!

8am ish at home, I was up and about to get in the shower.

9am, we were packing things up into the car

10am, on our way! This actually isn't quite true because we had to take the cat to my grandma's first of all, but the point remains

11am ish we were on the M62, a motorway I truly truly hate, there's always traffic on it

Noon, in the car

1pm ish, we stopped just into Wales to have lunch

I had a burger and chips, it was really nice

2pm, Wales!

3pm, our cabin. It was just so beautiful, I can't say it enough

The living room and dining table

The kitchen

The bedroom. The bed was super king size and it was just ridiculous! And very comfortable

The metal railing is the deck off the cabin, there's a pond down there and there were lots of ducks that we made friends with

Because it was called the Mousehouse there were little mice everywhere including this one in the roof!

I was also very into these doors which opened to wide and let so much fresh air in

Lee sitting out by the barbecue (which we used the following day)

6pm ish drinking this which was yummy

7pm we were watching Ghostbusters, which I love

We met the chickens! We had been left some of their eggs which was great. They were very friendly

Like I did when we went to Cornwall, I ordered a cake from one of the cafes in our village for £10. It was so worth it. So yummy!

Lee around 10pm

And lastly, me in bed around 11pm!