Castle Combe, hello Wales

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
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Trip End Oct 01, 2012


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Tredegar Caravan Park

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Guess what we woke up to this morning, rain again, not the drizzly stuff that seems to be the norm here but real drops of rain. I might add that the weather forecast last night was that it would be clear and sunny for the rest of this week. BULLSHIT, how can they get it so wrong. Not to worry, cannot change a thing or do anything about it.  Yesterday Rick had a chat to a guy in the park who told him that he went to a place called Castle Combe, very nice it seemed. Now being a bit naive , we presumed that it was a Castle for us to look at, so we planned to call in on our way to Newport. Not far from where we were parked , and on the way to where we were going. Lots of narrow country lanes later we came across a sign that said Castle Combe Race Track. Oh oh were we on our way to see a race track? Carried on just the same and soon learned that all was ok, so onwards we went. No castle anywhere though, but what it ended up being, was the most gorgeous 12th century village. No castle to be found but we were delighted with the village. Pity about the rain, we did park Charlie and had a look around but the rain got the better of us so did not stay very long. It would have been fantastic to walk around there on a nice day.
Next stop Newport, Wales. good trip there, not very far away, just as well , as by now it was pouring and visibility was getting worse.We planned to visit a few other places along the way but decided just to go to the caravan park and set ourselves up.Arrived here just on lunch time, had some lunch and hid inside. The weather cleared later on so we went for a walk and visited Tradegar House which is on the same grounds as the caravan park. It is a beautiful mansion, build around mid 1600's and has remaind in the wealthy Morgan family for 400 years. Unfortunatly death duties made it impossible to keep the house in the Morgan family and is now run by the National Trust. Lovely and very interesting to walk through and a good insight as to how they lived in those early days. Sadly we did not have our camera with us so cannot show you any photos. we were only planning to go for a walk after all.
Tomorrow we will catch up with our neighbour's son Jamie once again. We saw Jamie and Natalie and kids last year and are looking forward to seeing them again.
Just watching the weather forecast and all seems to look brighter, seems like it is going to get better, less rain, more sun and should be warmer, we will keep you informed. They also give a warning for people to use sunscreen during this time, Yeah right.
A wet but a good day for us.
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