Monday, 21 September 2009

A little break in North Wales...and my 100th bird!

We have just had a week away staying in this little white cottage in Penrhyndeudraeth in North Wales. Lovely weather, wonderful cottage... the only fly in the ointment was the very large black spiders that were also resident in the cottage. From the front we could watch the steam trains on the Ffestiniog line go across the level crossing right in front of the house ( in fact I may have been standing on the crossing when I took this picture). We had doors flung open in the day when the sun was shining and in the evening lit a log fire to relax by.
Nearby was Porthmadog and this view from the Cob looking towards the Snowdonia mountains. Lots of walks around here and trying to bird watch too. The Ospreys had just left on their long migration to Africa.
In Porthmadog there is a great old fashioned shop called Kerfoots, it's a store with all sorts of stuff in it. There is an amazing Victorian staircase going up the middle which is unsupported by pillars,, when you see it you wonder why it doesn't collapse. This beautiful stained glass window was made to show the surrounding countryside and to commemorate the millennium and crowns the roof as you look up the stairs.
Very excited because at last I saw my 100th was a Grey Wagtail on a rock in a Welsh river that we had sat by to pass the time and "chew the fat" as they say.


Louise said...

Congratulations on your 100th bird! The little cottage you stayed in looks really sweet and cosy, shame about the other rather unwelcome guests :-)

Karen said...

Sounds like a lovely holiday except for the spiders.
Beautiful glass window.
Congratulations on number 100.

Elizabethd said...

What a beautiful place to ahve a short break. Spiders are coming inside now its Autumn!

Anna said...

Just stunning!