Wales was pretty cool. My favourite pics are up on flickr, but here’s a few of them:

Tintern Abbey

Boats at Caernarfon

Caernarfon Castle by night.

Sunset at Caernarfon

The obligatory travelling sock picture, taken at the Northern Hemisphere’s longest place name, woo (Regia bamboo, before anyone asks. I left the pattern at home, winged it, it’s too big so I’m starting again. But at least it gave me something to do on the bus).

General impressions of Wales:

  • More rural than I expected (I’d heard the jokes, but there really are sheep everywhere!) with lots of wilderness, a lot like NZ in many places but smaller – smaller mountains, smaller waterfalls, etc
  • Hay-on-Wye was closed! If you don’t know about Hay-on-Wye, it’s a village full of bookshops – ie book Mecca. But for some reason our tour stopped there from 9:30-10:30 on a Sunday morning, in the middle of Bank Holiday weekend. Nothing was open.
  • People in North Wales who weren’t associated with the tourist industry spoke Welsh ALL the time, even to us. So weird but cool!
  • Stayed in a great B&B within the Caernarfon town walls, only now I can’t remember what it was called! They served a full Welsh vegetarian breakfast – mmmm!
  • Came second in a pub quiz to the home team, also managed to get a spot prize for answering “bacon” as the missing ingredient of carbonara sauce, thus getting offside with both the carnivores on the tour and a very drunk and angry local…
  • Never, EVER go to Stratford-upon-Avon on Bank Holiday Monday (ok, that’s in England, but the bus stopped there all the same)
  • Must go back to Hay-on-Wye when it’s open….

3 thoughts on “Wales

  1. I have a couple of questions for you. I found your version of Sizzle on Wendy’s site and I’m also planning on using Debbie Bliss Cathay for mine. I was curious, did you knit your exactly as the pattern says? I’m knitting it for a friend who is 6’1″ and I’m thinking I might want to make it longer. What size did you knit yours? How tall are you/was the length right you?

    I’m sorry to bother you with something you knit so long ago, but I would REALLY appreciate your help. THANKS!

  2. Gorgeous photos, Wales looks like a fab spot, yet another place added to my ever-growing list of places to visit! How’s everything going in London, hope all’s well? Take care. J 🙂

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