Wednesday, May 17, 2017

By the Sea

Looking out of the window at today's pouring rain it's hard to remember the warm sunshine we delighted in last week.  We spent a few days away on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales always a favourite area to visit and we were so lucky with the weather. 

 It was our first sighting of the sea this year and it felt good to walk along the local beaches in the warm sunshine.

 Early evening in Criccieth and a walk before an evening meal

Early morning at Borth-y-Gest and the tide is in

so we took a walk along the coastal path

 and then walked back along the beach as the tide was receding.

A drive up towards Capel Curig on our way to spend a day in Conwy (of which more in later posts)


We popped along to visit the Glaslyn Osprey Project at Pont Croesor which is only about five minutes by car from where we always stay.

 There are two nests to see this time as one of last year's offspring has returned  here.  I saw one of the birds called Blue5F on the Pont Creosor nest through the telescope.  This new nest is closer that the original nest where Ospreys called Mrs G and Arran nest each year.  Here is a - link - to the project's website so you can find out more.

The bird on the feeder is a Redpoll, in the water under the bridge is a Grey Heron.  The steam trains which stop at the station nearby are on the Welsh Highland Railway which runs between Porthmadog and Caernarvon.

By Thursday afternoon the weather was changing as you can see from the mist over the mountains.  

 By the time we reached Beddgelert raincoats were needed.

It looks from the dryness of the riverbed that rain is needed here too.

I'll be back with more on Friday.
 

15 comments:

  1. A wonderful post Rosie with lovely photos - so good to see the sea again via your pictures :) So interesting to read about the Ospreys - we are stopping for a night soon near Porthmadog and checking on google maps it is very close. So thanks for the information - hopefully may get chance to go and see them :) Photos of Beddgelert brought back memories :) Looks like you had a good time - look forward to reading more :)

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    1. ps - glad you are enjoying the Merrily books - I loved the whole series but now I have finished reading them I have to wait until he publishes a new one!!

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    2. Yes, the Osprey project is close to Porthmadog, you can drive up through Tremadog and on towards Beddgelert, at Prenteg you turn right towards Garrreg the Osprey project is signposted alongside the sign for Plas Brodanw a most beautiful garden at the home of Portmeririon founder Sir William Clough Ellis. Both well worth a visit:)

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  2. Looks like a beautiful place and with some sunshine. Bet you were glad of a few days away. We are hoping to get to Snowden later this year. I'm already with my wet weather gear :). B x

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    1. We were lucky to get dry weather for three of the four days we were there. Often the weather along the Llyn Peninsula is totally different to that in the Snowdonia National Park, much milder and warmer:)

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  3. How lovely to be by the coast in the sunshine. Today's weather is dreadful - humid and rainy! I am glad the you had a few days break away. It looks lovely in Wales. x

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    1. It is a lovely area in Wales so many different kinds of landscape. It was great to have dry and sometimes sunny weather:)

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  4. How fabulous, what a great week you chose with all the weather being so hit and miss at the moment. A real tonic. We must get back there again one day. Looking forward to hearing more about it. 😊

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    1. We were very lucky with the weather, it made it feel like we'd had a much longer break than we did:)

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  5. I'm glad you were able to return to the osprey project. It's such a beautiful area I'm not surprised that you had a lovely time.

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    1. It is such a beautiful area with the sea and the mountains and the coastal paths and pretty villages, we always try to visit the Osprey project if we can, I was sad that this week as a complete contrast to when we visited they had been flooded across the site and had to close for a day or two:)

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  6. Everything looks so glorious here Rosie!!! Beautiful!x

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    1. Thanks Kezzie it was beautiful and a wonderful break to lift the spirits:)

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  7. All my favourite places! what a delight xxx

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    1. Some of my favourites too. We go every year and always visit the same places and never tire of them:)

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