We have just come back from spending a week in North Wales in a wonderful cottage near Dolgellau (pronounced Dolgethly apparently) and we have had a whole heap of fun. The 4 hour journey there was marred slightly by the fact that The Dog, who had to sit on the back seat next to The Child, due to the amount of stuff in the boot, had chosen to roll in something of a dubious nature just before she got into the car. This meant that she now hummed. A whole packet of baby wipes later she was smelling a bit better but then disgraced herself by trying to steal The Child’s gingerbread man from him whilst he was eating it, leaving her teethmarks in the gingerbreadman's green bow tie, thus apparently rendering the gingerbread man ruined.
A quick plugging in of The Child to The Ipad and peace was restored. Our cottage was pretty remote, up a long track, through woods and over 3 cattle grids, but what a find. The view over the valley was spectacular and the cottage – a restored 1800s farmhouse full of character with wooden beams and a whole host of original features was fabulous. This was good as I had been slightly dubious about the prospect of spending a whole week in the middle of nowhere where the weather might not be that great. My levels of dubiousness increased as The Husband’s books arrived in the week before the trip which had titles such as ‘Family walks in Wales’ and the accompanying Ordnance Survey maps which meant that there could be some long muddy walks afoot. I am not especially a massive fan of long, muddy walks. I am more a fan of languishing by a nice pool or beach having a quick dip now and then to cool down, or in winter, sitting by a roaring fire with a nice glass of wine. However, establishing that we had wifi, a logburner and wine meant that it was OK to be in Wales.
We managed to pack a lot into the week – we got the train up to the top of Snowdon, we visited various beaches – Barmouth being a favourite, being very picturesque with dramatic surrounding scenery and a wide open beach and across the estuary, the Fairbourne miniature Railway. We went down a goldmine and panned for gold at the National Trust Dolaucothi Gold Mines, we built dams in the river, had a trip on the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway, got to drive the car onto the beach at Black Rock Sands (much excitement from The Husband and The Child) and managed to fit in a cycle ride at Coed Y Brenin which had cycle trails running through the forest alongside the river – beautiful, although I found this slightly more strenuous than anticipated but enjoyed it nevertheless!
Of an evening we enjoyed roast dinners and the log fire and Uno, Monopoly and Pictionary. I am now pretty much Monopolied out, but am feeling quite smug as I won every game. Pah to Daddy’s frugality and saving strategy, spend it all and spend it fast is what she says...once she had that strip of double ticket booths on 4 consecutive properties there was no stopping her...ah ha ha.
Tyn Llwyn Cottage: tidd.ly/b7676381
Coed Y Brenin Bike Trails: http://www.beicsbrenin.co.uk/
Welsh Highland Heritage Railway: http://www.whr.co.uk/
Gold Mine: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dolaucothi-gold-mines