Or’Eira and Bodnant Garden near Conwy (Conwe
Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
30Trip End Aug 31, 2010
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After we had cleared up the breakfast and hung the wash on the line, after all this is a bed and breakfast with all that goes with that, we headed north along the coast and then inland to Conwy Vale (valley). The drive was gorgeous with rolling hills, green fields dotted with sheep separated with rock walls that made the hills and vales look like a patchwork quilt
Bodnant Garden is touted as one of the best gardens in a country of beautiful gardens. There weren’t as many flowers blooming as in the spring but it was still spectacular. There are trees and plants from all over the world including the tallest coastal redwood in the UK. There were formal and informal gardens, vast lawns, Italianate gardens with cement ponds and an area called the Dell through which a beautiful stream flowed . There was a long archway covered with Laburnum which bloomed in May and June but was still impressive now.
We stopped in the garden shop where I bought Lisa a plant that she wanted for her garden in Stourbridge and a silk flower she wanted for the arrangement in the stairway at Or’Eira. We stopped in the Tea Room for a Cream Tea. This consisted of Tea and Scones with clotted cream (cream whipped with sugar) and jam. We also had a Welsh fruit bread the consistency of fruit cake and very tasty. That was at tea time about 4:00. We took a slightly different road back, very scenic and it passed a wind farm with huge windmills like the ones outside San Francisco.
We took in the washing from the line, including some of my clothes
While we waited for supper to be ready, I started reading a book about Mary Richards, a woman botanist and member of the gentry, who lived in this area during Edwardian times (early 20th century). It was fascinating and I got the first chapter read. Then I went for a walk to take some more pictures of Cader Idris and the cottage. Chris has had an observatory with telescope installed up above the garage and that was the best place for a photo of Cader. I also walked down to the old carriage road where I met up with David and he showed me the best place to take a picture of Cader from there.
When we returned we had a full English dinner of roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, roasted potatoes, gravy, and veg (green beans and carrots) with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. For dessert we had apple crumble with Byrd’s custard and strawberries and a cuppa. We certainly did nothing low calorie. By the time we finished the washing up it was time for bed.