Don’t know where I bought this ‘daffodil’ bulb but it is so pretty and a bright way to start a snowy day! What a difference a day makes!
5.39am is not a time that I am usually acquainted with but yesterday there we were on Llangadog station awaiting the train to zoom us off to Birmingham. The train didn’t exactly ‘zoom’ us it was more of a diddly- dum sort of ride but it was on time, it was nearly empty and it was taking us through the beautiful countryside of Wales on the Heart of Wales line.
The first part of the journey was in the dark but as the countryside awoke R L Stevenson’s poem just became alive!
‘Faster than fairies, faster than witches,
Bridges and houses, hedges and ditches;
And charging along like troops in a battle,
All through the meadows the horses and cattle:
All of the sights of the hill and the plain
Fly as thick as driving rain;
And ever again, in the wink of an eye,
Painted stations whistle by.’
We arrived at Birmingham International right on time at 10 and set off to the Education Show where we were meeting our daughter, who had a stand.
To say we felt as though we were in a parallel universe surrounded by people from another planet is an under statement! One forgets how we used to live before our retirement to the countryside when crowds and noise were part of our daily routine. At the NEC not only were there hundreds of people going to the various exhibitions but one of the exhibitions was the MCM Birmingham Comic Con! We were surrounded by many people dressed as characters from all the comics etc…very surreal!
The storm troopers let us pass and we found our daughter and her stand.
After one and a half hours at the exhibition it was time to head back to the station to catch the train home.
Couldn’t wait to get back to seeing the countryside again! Interesting brickwork and castle silhouette to see from Shrewsbury station, where we waited when we changed trains.
The snow had gone from much of the countryside so there was time to keep up to date on my iPad with the rugby matches and to stop taking photos! Well I did take a few!
But the rugby was excellent too! Well done Scotland, Wales and Ireland on their special St Patrick’s Day.
We crossed over the Knucklas (Welsh: Cnwclas, meaning “green hillock”) viaduct with its spectacular 13-arch span which was completed in 1865.
We arrived back at Llangadog safe and sound and on time just as the snow fall became heavier!
Through the night the snow continued to fall and the wind to blow. This morning everywhere looked beautiful but the birds were annoyed that their feeders had been empty yesterday! After filling the feeders and putting seed on the table it was soon gone and had to be replenished frequently. I think Senior Citizens should be given a bird pension to help feed the birds as it is a very costly hobby …but one that gives the greatest enjoyment and pleasure.
Hey…go away …I’m not feeding squirrels too! Well just this once then!