Saturday 29th September 2012
At last some sunshine today.. and after so much rain it seemed a good idea to go to Betws-y-coed in Snowdonia to see how the river was affected.. I love the gushing water there even during normal rainfall periods, all bubbling and full of life.
I went with my son and we drove through the mountains-always a beautiful drive-and managed to pull over to take a couple of quick photos :
In the centre of Betws you can look over a little stone bridge and this is where the water is always the most exciting :
We sat at our usual favourite picnic table eating piping hot chips...you know how delicious they are eaten out in the fresh cold air, especially with the sound of the river rushing by...mmmm.
We then walked over to the railway station..as well as having a normal train line and station there's also a miniature train ride for kids and some lovely old preserved railway carriages which have been turned into a cafe/restaurant :
Beyond the station is an old church with such a lovely peaceful graveyard..lichen-covered headstones sit under a beautiful ancient tree..not a bad place to end your days!
Here's a couple of pics from inside the church..an old tombstone and some information about it :
A little way beyond the church is the river with the "wobbly bridge"..since they were tiny my kids have loved to jump about on the bridge and make it shake..sure enough today there was a teenage boy with his Dad and the boy was following the tradition..made me smile. You can just see the old church up left above the river,seen from the bridge. This is a place I always come to in hope of seeing kingfishers.I don't know why but it just feels the right place for them.I have yet to be spot any sadly..but one day maybe.The water here is always so still and is full of reflections of the trees. A tranquil spot.
I found some broken twigs on the ground.They had various lichens and mosses on them..tiny perfect life forms:
Back home again now and it feels a bit too quiet this evening : my daughter is at her boyfriend's house for the weekend. It's his 21st birthday this week so I made him this card..so much nicer to give a hand-made card, time permitting of course :
I have been researching how to join my crocheted granny squares in anticipation of actually having enough to make a blanket..one can live in hope..there seem to be as many methods as there are designs for the squares themselves. I tried a few methods I'd seen on YouTube and settled in the end for the instructions shown on a blog I started following recently, "Attic 24". They seemed to give a firm connection between the squares without giving too much of a ridged effect...if you're a crocheter you'll know what I mean.
Off to bed soon..all that fresh air and walking has made me tired..that is if I can sleep for laughing! I've got into the new book by Sue Townsend (who wrote the Adrian Mole books) called "The Woman Who Went To Sleep For A Year"..it's about a middle-aged empty-nest woman having a life-changing time, which sounds depressing but really,it's SO funny :-) Not intellectual stuff or self-improving but vastly entertaining, and let's face it, that's just what you need to relax after a day being, well, yes, a middle-aged woman who has done the empty nest thing quite recently too.
All for now , wishing you all a happy weekend. xxx