(Wednesday, Aug. 25/10) Met my friend Eirlys Owen in Llanrwst at the Eagles Hotel for lunch. (Leek soup and sandwiches). It was lovely to see her again and we wasted no time picking up where we left off the last time we saw each other.
After lunch we did a little shopping (I bought some ridiculously red lipstick!) and we had a few quiet moments in the St Grwst churchyard.
Then we drove to Snowdonia National Park, which is one of the most beautiful places imaginable, filled with dramatic scenery. The region was apparently formed by receding glaciers after the last ice age. We were lucky that the weather was clear so we had views; quite often the the tops of the hills are shrouded in mist and clouds. In a few places sheep had managed to escape from their dry stone fences and were grazing beside the road, munching happily on heather. A couple of cheeky ones were actually on the road. The sheep look really good this time of year. They were shorn a few weeks ago and their fleece has grown in. It’s a nice length, thick and clean. By the time winter comes, many of them will have very dirty coats.
Admiring views is serious work, so soon it was time for a coffee. We stopped at the Caffi Gwynant in Nant Gwynant and had a cappuccino and what the hell, might as well have some cake, too. Every occasion deserves cake!
Then it was back to Eirlys’s lovely home in Llanrwst where her garden is blooming beautifully.
In the evening, I spoke to a small group at the Llanrwst Public Library, followed by tea and coffee. A delightful way to the end a wonderful day here in North Wales. Special thanks to the Conwy library ladies (and don’t forget I am a member of the library now!) and to my delightful Welsh friend Eirlys for a grand day out!