October is a special month for our family with lots of birthdays and visits. We celebrated a special birthday with our daughter and toasted her in a delicious liqueur that we were given by some wonderful Australian visitors earlier in the summer and then out of the blue we received some amazing Swiss chocolates from cottage visitors, who live in Geneva, who stayed in the summer. So celebrations and thanks all round!
We’ve had a splendid time sharing the half term days with our grandson. It’s lovely seeing the area through a child’s eye and we are so lucky to be able to visit so many differing landscapes and see many natural wonders .
A visit to Gwilli Railway was top of the visit list for our train mad grandson. www.gwili–railway.co.uk
We all loved the mail train on show in a siding and as one recited Auden’s :
This is the Night Mail crossing the border,
Bringing the cheque and the postal order,
Letters for the rich, letters for the poor,
The shop at the corner and the girl next door.
Pulling up Beattock, a steady climb:
The gradient’s against her, but she’s on time.
Past cotton-grass and moorland boulder
Shovelling white steam over her shoulder,
Snorting noisily as she passes
Silent miles of wind-bent grasses.
Jim , of course, was most interested in the coaches needing renovation. It looks as though the ‘ craneosaurus ‘ is going to eat him first!
The Black Mountain didn’t look very black as we walked across the spoil heaps left after the quarrying for lime. The information boards were very clear and helpful and made it much easier to read the landscape
Later that day we went to The Waterfall Country:
It was too wet to walk too far but we loved the walk up to Sgwd Gwladus. http://www.breconbeacons.org/waterfall-country
More waterfalls at Cenarth where I saw a HUGE salmon jump up the waterfall to only land flat on its back on the rock and then slide non too gracefully back into the bubbling waters below- no believed me !
Finally finishing off another day a visit to the seaside was a must! Tresaith Beach was our destination and we all enjoyed a cold paddle but where was all the sand Maybe it had been washed away by last winter’s storms…who knows!
It’s all quiet now on the homefront. The family have all returned to their home. Next stop Christmas!