Monday, September 01, 2014

Last of the Summer…

Warmth? Sun? Holidays? Any of those words could sum up this post! I debated about splitting this post into two halves as it is so picture heavy, but I think the pictures together sum up our final holiday for the season so perfectly that it would be a shame to leave you in suspense.

In August I shared pictures from our trip to the New Forest, where it was HOT HOT HOT...now I’m sharing pictures from our second getaway which was the complete polar opposite... “polar” giving you a BIG clue!   Well…I guess it’s not too much of a surprise as we we did decided to visit North Wales.. Any of you that have been reading since 2009 might remember what happened the last time we were there….

Set within the Snowdonia National Park and only a 10 minute walk from Bala, our campsite (seen on the edge of the map below) was “home” for 10 days.  The owners were lovely and always around to give extra local information and guidance while at the same time running a super site that was immaculately clean.  Even though the site was almost full for much of our stay we never queued for toilets or showers..and that’s always a plus in my book! :o)

Along with a wonderfully clean site there were also a few tucked away surprises like these glamping caravans…

…and some stunning wood carvings by Simon O’Rourke.

The weather forecast for the week was never going to be that great, but just the same we still managed to find the dry patches just when we needed them.  One of our first day trips took us to the coast to Barmouth which gave us the true taste of “sand”wiches as the wind gusts came across the expanse of sand.  That haze in the picture below is sand! 

The winds carried on for the first day or so and then came a bit of calm but cold, always with a mix of rain, so we were geared up with our waterproofs that were bought 3 years ago for our trip to Scotland (which if you recall was scorching hot!).  We have been so lucky with the weather for the past few years that the tags were still on the waterproof trousers…but no more.  DD2 was permanently in her blue coat, which as you can see from the pictures became a bit of a feature.

Along with dodging raindrops, we visited Harlech Castle which provided stunning views.  The town itself is very quaint with little shops.  The beach was deserted, but we still went and stood for awhile, until another cloud of rain threated to soak us.

Of course, a trip to that area isn’t complete without a trip to Snowdon.  Honestly the pictures just don’t do it justice as you just can’t capture the scale, but rain or no rain it was stunning…

After hiking wandering around on Snowdon we were ready for a cup of tea, so we travelled on to Beddgelert.  The sun was trying to peek through the clouds, which gave us an excuse to stop at the ice cream shop too…I know really naughty having a cream tea and ice cream, but we had been hiking wandering on Snowdon after all.

The rest of the week was much the same…up a mountain (or a hill depending on your point of view) down a mountain, dodging raindrops and bundling up warm…

We discovered our little caravan does a really good job of keeping us dry…

…and that it is possible to bbq and keep warm in the rain…over…

…and over…

…and over… again!

One bonus to rain is that I did go prepared and managed a bit of hand-sewing.  I’ve been working on class samples and I’m really excited about the new program I’m teaching.  I hope there will be something for everyone.  My plan is to share some of what we do along the way here too, so I’ve been taking pictures and planning some tutorials.  Should be good!

Until next time...♥

16 comments:

The Cozy Quilter said...

It looks like you had a lovely holiday, despite the rain. The scenery was beautiful and you were prepared for the weather. Your pictures are stunning, as usual.

Timi said...

"Can't capture the scale"???
I think your photos are perfect and beautiful! I love them!!!
These places! Amazing!!!

Tammy said...

I love seeing pictures of your adventures. The country side and beaches are gorgeous and I would love to visit your country someday - but for now seeing your pictures gives me a mini visit. Glad you have fun!!

Janet said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous photography!! I'm sorry your trip was cold and wet but it sure was beautiful!

Cathi said...

Your photographs are spectacular! What incredible beauty in that area.

Chookyblue...... said...

what a beautiful spot to holiday..........

imquilternity said...

What a lovely and fun trip you had. Your photographs are truly beautiful.

black bear cabin said...

your pictures are absolutely gorgeous (as always)...what a wonderful trip! i would love to make it out there someday :)
poor hubby had to do all that cooking in the rain...but it looks like you guys survived and had fun! Thanks for taking me on your adventure :) hugs

Leanne, Gemma, Lucas, Tony & Sean said...

I always enjoy my virtual holidays with you. Such a beautiful place to camera walk.

Lynda said...

Oh English holiday weather - you just never know! Glad you made the best of it.

Stitches said...

When looking at your beautiful pictures, I couldn't help but seeing several of them made into landscape quilts. Have you ever thought about making a quilt from one of your photos? It would be a great memory of a nice vacation..

Thimbleanna said...

Well, rain or no rain, I should think Wales would be a perfect place to be. Your photos are beautiful Jane -- and it looks like you made the best of not-so-perfect weather. Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures!

alexa said...

Sounds like a lovely vacation - rain or no. :) Beautiful photos of Wales. Can't wait to visit one day...

Lisa J. said...

We did a trip to England and North Wales a few years back. Your pictures brought back lovely memories.

Sarah said...

Looks like fun! Warm or cold, you can guarantee wind where we live in South Australia. This January we camped for ten days. It started out cool and really windy, and ended up sooo hot we had to go home to air conditioning. I prefer the cool camping. It's nice to be cozy in the tent or caravan.

nerospost said...

Fantastic photos, Jane! x Teje