- Tintern Abbey -


 

We didn’t have much bad weather for most of our time  in Wales. But, on this day we woke to grey skies and the cold. It’s almost like the weather knew it was our last real day for sight seeing and wanted to spoil it. We weren’t to be deterred though as we donned our beanies and jackets for the day ahead. 

It was a dark cold day as the sun hid behind dense clouds. Despite the conditions, Tintern Abbey was a site to behold. The ruins are architecturally beautiful with its columns and gothic arches. However on this particular day, any and all light was absorbed by the stone making it difficult to photograph without a tripod.

We strolled amongst the ruins, taking in the countryside. I was in awe of the cathedral like columns and detail. I felt very small standing amongst the ruins.

To warm up we ducked in to the cafe, The White Monk for a takeaway tea. Takeaway teas and bacon baps, before heading off to see Nana Mary. Whilst waiting, Phil discovered traditional welsh cook books and bought them for my mum. I think he hopes that she will spoil him with delicious welsh delicacies that remind him of home.

- A Change of Plan -


Our original plan was that we would walk up Pen y Fan (the highest peak in the Brecon Beacons National Park). However, Phil was still recovering from a hernia operation and I had come down with a very bad cold which escalated to needing antibiotics. So, our plan had to change. We put our walk onto the back burner for the next time, instead, opting to take a drive through the National Park instead.

Blessed with blue skies and sunshine, but still a bit on the chilly side, it was a wonderful drive through the countryside dotted with small idyllic towns and rolling hills. The remnants of autumn lingering on the trees, made for a wonderful palette of contrasting colours.

- A Roman Bath -


Today we visited Bath and the Roman Baths. I have to say it… the Roman Baths were a little bit disappointing for me. I think the reason for this, is that I had romanticised it all in my head and on arrival it didn’t quite live up to expectation. I had expected the water to be crystal clear and that I might be able to dip my hand into the warm waters, where once Romans bathed and languished.

However, Bath is a beautiful town. We took ourselves out for a nice lunch and strolled the streets taking in the ambience of a town getting ready for Christmas.


- Stonehenge baby! -


I was so excited to visit Stonehenge today. Having grown up seeing images and being caught up in the mystery and magic of the place... today was the day that I had been waiting for.  

As we crossed over into England the weather took a turn and we found ourselves driving through the countryside in very grey wet conditions. As the temperature dropped to -2 degrees, we faced sleety snow. This soon passed and upon arrival at Stonehenge we were merely inundated with steady rain. It was very much worth the rain and cold.

I would have liked to have spent more time there but it was just too wet, cold and gloomy. 

 P.S. I am wearing one of the beanies from Alison Tod Couture Millner, the fabulous hat store In Abergavenny I visited twice! £35 and totally worth it! Thanks to Phil’s mum for the awesome purchase. I love it!

- Caerphilly Castle -


Did someone say castle?

Yes, it’s another castle. Maybe they were right, maybe Australian’s do like old buildings!

I think this was my favourite so far. It looks as a castle should and it has a moat. Once a functioning castle, known for its historically significant architecture, it was constructed by Gilbert de Clare in the 13th century as part of his campaign to conquer Glamorgan and is the second largest castle in Britain.