This entry covers Kate and I’s tour out of South Wales, through the centre and out to England so Kate could catch a train for a reasonable price.
|06.07.2014 – 09.07.2014|
|A beach on Dinas head|
|Fishguard Fort and I|
|Fishguard Fort and Kate|
|The church at Nevern. The bend is supposed to represent the tilt of Jesus’ head on the cross – sounds like a builder excuse to me!|
|Gum at Nevern. Gross.|
|Llancerchaeron house. Not OTT at all, any old well-off old person!|
|An aTractorve picture.|
|Dolaucothi Gold Mines tour|
|Silvery stuff. More convincing and less gross without the flash!|
The mines were extensive. Our guide demonstrated this by jumping on a wooden plate over a vertical shaft. The echo reverberated down, down into the deep. The LOTR sound department could’ve done some recording in there – it was choice!
The next morning we headed north to Strata Abbey. There was bugger all left of this abbey, just one stone arch and some decorative chapel tiles. The best bit was watching Kate putting on a monk outfit.
|I made the best of what was on offer at Strata Abbey.|
|The Devil’s bridge – three bridges!|
|Probably better in winter when you can see stuff.|
The less-gross highlight was being flown over by two F-18 jets, twisting and turning, chasing one another. Their engines reverberated through the valleys long after they’d departed. This whole area of Wales is part of the low-flying training area and we were treated to heaps of neat planes buzzing low over the next few days.
|F18 (?) – Awesome! Just another day in Wales!|
|A Red Kite – creepy silhouette on this one!|
Arriving at the centre, we were two hours early for the feeding, and to park there long enough was going to cost about £4. NOT LIKELY. So, deciding we’d been luckier to see them in their natural state, hunting not being fed, we carried on. Later Kate read ahead in the Rough Guide – the feedings are a frenzy of 200+ kites all fighting over scraps of meat. DAMNIT.
|The River Dovey in the evening.|
In the morning we visited the Centre for Alternative Technology. Similar in principle and ideals to the Cornwall’s Eden Project, this one was much more laid back. You just rock up and can wander around as a variety of hippies go about their hippy business. They do lots of education things too which is cool, and there were tonnes of great hands-on learning experiences for us to play with – well worth a look in!
|Flower power dude.|
|KATEZILLA CRUSH TINY PETRE IFAN!|
|All piss-taking aside it was very good and we had a lot of fun too – the Centre for Alternative Technology.|
We had to drop Kate in Shrewsbury to save about £60 on train fare, so we headed east and popped in to Powis Castle to round off this leg. This castle was spectacular – compared with the inside, the outside is fairly unassuming! Unfortunately we weren’t able to take photos inside, but the place is ornate. Wow!
|One for Michael Bay.|