Sunday, 25 May 2014

Llanfendigaid, Day 1

The big old house is alive with bustle and activity: a meal being repaired various converstations about the day, children playing. There are 19 of us here; three families, grown up children and their children.  In days gone by we came here each year for 10 years when the children were young; the ladies decided to return this year to celebrate their 60th birthdays.  After yesterday's thoroughly wet journey to the North Welsh coast between Aberdovey and Barmouth, today was a mixture of sun and showers.  
The House
I was up and out early this morning at 5.30 and on the way down to the beach at the mouth of the small River Dysynni which runs down from Cader Idris, looming inland, chair-like, waiting for King Arthur to resume his seat.  The sun was just rising above the clouds as I arrived and the light brilliant.  It was pure pleasure to have the world to myself during this best part of the day.  I had a splendid time stalking and photographing a pair of ringed plovers, feeding on the rocks.  The light was superb for landscape photography.
By the time I returned at 7.30 the house was just waking up.  Breakfast was a lengthy affair, after which all parties did their own thing: cycling, swimming, chilling out.  We wrinklies or grumpies as it has become termed opted for a local four mile walk in sun and showers, complete with the obligatory tea shop stop.  Following a late lunch it was all down to some serious chilling out and I took the opportunity to photograph the local pied wagtails.
The evening meal was a hectic social affair followed by a relatively early night.

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Early light on the Dysynni Estuary
The Dysynni Estuary
The Estuary
The Beach
Looking towards the mountains.
Looking towards the Llyn
Bar Tailed Godwit
Pied Wagtail
Pied Wagtail
Ringed Plover
Wall Pennywort

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