A trip to Betws y coed, sweetcorn fritters, ballet & chocolate shoes...
19th October, 2013.
I was feeling a bit gloomy with these shorter days setting in so decided to embrace autumn properly and make the most of it..a few hours in Betws y coed was just what I needed.It's a few miles inland from here but a total change of scene from my life on Anglesey. A short trip through the Ogwen Valley and here we were, an hour later. It was cold..it started to rain..but today there was nowhere else I wanted to be..sheltering underneath the dense trees, crunching acorns and crisp leaves underfoot, eating a tray of piping hot chips and watching the rushing water..thrilling!! (I am such a cheap date!)
This tiny house on the left of the terrace (on the town's main street) always makes me pause and wonder... about its past, the lives lived there, how they managed in such a tiny doll's house. I hope it's as cosy as it looks.
We walked through the town,going into this shop and that and then had a warming coffee and hot chocolate..love the interesting Alpine Coffee Shop & Gallery by the station..
...and outside I noticed these interesting sculptures..
Back home next, where annoyingly it turned out that the sun had been shining most of the day.Ha! Next time look at the local weather forecast Carol!
I've discovered that frozen sweetcorn is MUCH cheaper than the tinned variety so I bought a huge bag and to make the most of this sudden abundance I thought I'd have a go at making fritters. Well, who knew how easy they'd be to make and how delicious they'd be! Honestly, all you do is make a thick batter from an egg, a cup of milk and a cup of flour (either self-raising or add a bit of baking powder if it's plain flour)..adjust milk amount adding more if necessary until it's a thick pancake consistency..add sweetcorn and fry in a shallow pan. Despite my daughter saying the uncooked fritters looked like pools of vomit with sweetcorn in (she has had too many late nights out in Bangor!) they turned out well and everyone liked them. Will definitely make them again.
Our local theatre is being rebuilt so I've not been out so much recently but I decided to treat my daughters and myself to an evening out at the ballet in Llandudno. A Midsummer Night's Dream is my favourite play but I had never seen it done as a ballet.(I have seen it several times in outdoor theatre events in the garden of Plas Newydd and also have seen the film many times..the one with Michelle Pfeiffer as Titania and Kevin Kline as Bottom) I was so entranced by the ballet that I forgot to take any photos and just managed to grab this blurred shot during the final bows. So lovely to see live ballet.
Something funny happened the other day..I was having my hair cut and mentioned I'd just driven past a new shoe shop in our local town with some beautiful shoes in the window. The hairdresser asked if I'd seen the new patissier and chocolatier shop which had also opened this week...wow, two new glam shops in our tiny town. Of course it was me making a fool of myself (nothing new there)...I had in fact seen CHOCOLATE SHOES and the "shoe shop" was in fact the new patissier! Do you think they look real too? I know..but I was driving in busy traffic at the time!!
I picked the last of my tomatoes this week.The dark ones are called Black Cherry (new to me this year) and taste lovely..almost as if they have had a little sprinkle of salt. The little orange ones are Sungold..the sweetest of tomatoes and my favourites.I always grow these. Sad to see the end of the season. It's been a good one.