Day one of our holiday in Wales was spent driving from home to Llandudno. We normally drive to Porthmadog via Llangollen, Corwen and Bala but this time we wanted to visit Bodnant Gardens as we hadn't been there for such a long time. We dropped into Llandudno first to have a little walk around and the first thing we did was bump into some people from Stoke-on-Trent! We stood on the front overlooking the sea having a chat about this and that before setting off along the pier.
It isn't far from Llandudno to Bodnant Gardens and we could see straight away that there had been some major changes most notably to the entrance. When we've visited before you had to take your life in your hands to cross the road to the entrance as this was where all the cars were coming down to and pulling into the car park - now there is a passage way under the road that comes out into the garden close to a brand new ticket office. I took far too many photos in the gardens so I've put them into collages to show as many as possible otherwise this post would be very long.
The roses and clematis were still flowering in the rose garden and all the roses I photographed were beautifully scented.
All the hydrangeas were at that gorgeous stage of faded 'paperiness' which I love so much.
Whilst late summer was still visible in the flower borders and rose garden in the woodlands and down in the dell autumn had definitely made its mark with some lovely orange and russet red colours.
I just loved the old mill which was down in the Dell near the River Hiraethlyn
The Pin Mill was an interesting building at the end of the canal terrace close to the rose garden. The building was moved to Bodnant Gardens from Woodchester in Gloucestershire in the 1930s. It dates from 1730 and was built as a garden house or shooting lodge. It became known as the Pin Mill when the owner converted it to a factory for the manufacture of dress making pins.
After a long wander around and a visit to the farm shop and tea shop we set off through Llanrwst, Betws-y -coed, Capel Curig and Beddgelert to our home for the next few days.