Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Wednesday afternoon

We did have another fight with the stove last night, and thought that we had cracked it - then it went out. Four firelighters later, we gave up and turned in for the night. At least the firelighters gave out some heat! The big problem, I think, is that the wood chunks they have provided are too big, and not having an axe with me (why ever not, I hear you ask) there's not a lot I can do about it.
This morning started off bright and sunny I'm told, but by the time I woke up, the day had turned dull. Breakfast at the lodge was the same as before, and I have to say that their home made muesli and granola is lovely. We also got to witness the joys of parenting as we watched other couples struggle to control their children. One partcularly amusing scene saw a dad failing to stop his young daughter wailing, but she stopped the instant another child asked if she wanted to play. It was just as though a switch had been thrown, as she was suddenly as happy as could be, leaving dad bewildered and us laughing.
By now it had turned very dull and looked like rain. We decided to head off to the Chocolate Farm! As you can imagine it took a lot of persuasion to get Sally to agree to this ;-). Despite the lack of road signs my navigatonal skills (!?) Got us there without too many wrong turns.
We didn't really know what to expect of the farm, but it turned out to be a very good choicen and is to be recommended to others. The tour of the "factory" itself was a little disappointing, but there was plenty to see and do there, with a very interesting film show all about chocolate from the harvesting of the beans all the way through to the final product.
Needless to say, we did buy a few bits at the shop, thereby helping the local economy!
We also had lunch at the cafe there, and this was also very nice. Probably the best coleslaw that I have ever tasted!
By now, it had started to rain, and we decided to make our way to Llys y Fan resevoir and country park. This involved more navigating of very narrow roads, only made possible due to Sally' superb driving skills. (She made me put that bit!! Though it is true!)
There is a visitors centre here, the shop is closed, but the cafe is "open", and it is from the warmth of this that I am typing this. We are overlooking the resevoir, which I'm sure is lovely when the weather is better. It is not actually raining at the moment, but is windy and looks threatening.
They have closed the servery of the cafe now, and we expect to be thrown out soon! We were hoping to stay in the warm a bit longer.....

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1 comment:

  1. We have 'enjoyed' so much your commentary of your hol so far Mike. Sorry about the stove continuing to win the battle, could you soak the logs in BBQ lighter? a suggestion from Ron. The pictures look interesting, what a long haul for your luggage, OK in fine weather. We are doing OK our weather today especially on the chilly side. Continue to enjoy....
    Lots of love, B & R.