Monday, June 08, 2009

photo round-up

Finally got round to sorting out some photos, so here's a brief round-up:
  • A few of Tredegar House and environs, taken a few weekends back when I was at a loose end and fancied a bit of fresh air. Basically the other end of the park we visited back here - even more noticeable close up how the M4 carves a big slash across the middle of the old avenue, which must at one time have stretched all the way up the hill opposite. I imagine they must have had to slip old Lord Tredegar a few shekels to be allowed to do that.
  • Some of our visit to the hallowed turf of Wentworth for the final round of the BMW PGA Championship. Glorious weather, beer not too ridiculously expensive, and we were by the 18th green to see the winning putt go in (and just as well, as a play-off would really have thrown a spanner in the works). Getting a train from Reading to Virginia Water, as we did, really saves you some grief and queueing getting into and out of the car park, plus you can steam into the lager with a clear conscience and save the planet at the same time.
  • Some of our trip to the New Forest the following week - we stayed at the excellent Ashurst campsite, run by Forest Holidays who also run the campsites at Beddgelert and Spiers House, as well as a handful of others in the New Forest and elsewhere. In addition to a bit of cycling and much barbecuing and pub-visiting we also visited the New Forest Otter and Owl Wildlife Park a shortish walk from the campsite, where much interesting animal life can be found. And - hey! - it's not just otters and owls; they have other stuff as well, some of it not beginning with "o".
  • Finally a few of our ascent of Cadair Idris last Sunday - we were staying over near Welshpool with some friends and the weather was pretty grim, so I wasn't very hopeful, but actually it wasn't too bad. A bit breezy and wet at the top, but, heck, I've had worse. Apparently Cadair Idris is the second-most-climbed mountain in Wales after Snowdon, which I find slightly surprising as I would have assumed it was Pen Y Fan, which is easier to get to and also easier to get up.

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