Sunday, 22 February 2009
149 - 152 days to go: Mist Covered Mountains
Hello again, it’s been a very busy time.
Our 20th wedding anniversary, Valentine’s Day and my birthday – all in the space of eight days.
To celebrate our landmark anniversary I wanted to do something special and North Wales is a very special place for us.
“These mist-covered mountains are home for me now,” I wrote in my diary after arriving at Bangor University in October 1985. I must admit I had been listening to a lot of Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits at the time but the essence was true.
I loved the sea, the mountains and the space.
I met my husband at university and we spent many happy times there.
Whenever I get the chance I love to return.
In the past 12 months we have stayed at my husband’s former holiday home in Cemaes Bay and been camping on Shell Island.
When our eldest son was just two we visited the magical world of Portmeirion.
Crafted in the cliffs of a dramatic Welsh town is the colourful man-made village of Portmeiron.
It is modelled on an Italian village, like those of Portofino and Portovenere but there is all manner of eclectic architecture gathered there.
The holiday village – the first of its kind in the UK – was the brainchild of Sir Cough Williams-Ellis, a visionary self-taught architect who had a passion for Wales but believed tourism could enhance the countryside.
As well as two hotels and a mixture of holiday cottages there are woodland walks and gardens that has a surprise around every corner.
Portmeirion was also the setting for the popular sixties television show, The Prisoner,
which is being made into a film due for release later this year.
We booked for dinner, bed and breakfast and stayed in a fantastic room overlooking the water.
During the day we walked for miles around the village and walks and in the late afternoon we sat with out books in front of the log fire before dressing for dinner. Perfect!
Here is a selection of snaps and a collection of what I have been wearing over the past few days.
Normal service will resume from tomorrow.